Triple Threat Comedian J. Elaine Marcos Returns to Broadway in GETTIN’ THE BAND BACK TOGETHER and Debuts One Woman Show at Feinstein’s/54 Below

J. Elaine Marcos
GETTIN' THE BAND BACK TOGETHER cast members J. Elaine Marcos, Jasmine Richardson, Garth Kravits at the ONCE ON THIS ISLAND Tony Party at Vida Verde in New York on June 10, 2018. Photo by Lia Chang
GETTIN’ THE BAND BACK TOGETHER cast members J. Elaine Marcos, Jasmine Richardson, Garth Kravits at the ONCE ON THIS ISLAND Tony Party at Vida Verde in New York on June 10, 2018. Photo by Lia Chang

J. Elaine Marcos returns to New York and brings her comedic timing and scene stealing talents to Gettin’ the Band Back Together this summer and debuts her one woman show What I Did for…a Job at Feinstein’s/54 Below on September 5th, 2018 at 9:30 pm. Click here for tickets.

J. Elaine Marcos
J. Elaine Marcos

In What I Did for… a Job, J. Ms. Marcos humorously reveals her approach to auditioning for musicals and shares her unique journey in what it took to book 9 Broadway Shows.

“I had to learn to break the “rules” in order to be noticed and many of my audition pieces were practically cabaret acts. So, I put them all in a show,” says the Broadway vet.

Ms. Marcos will be joined by fellow Gettin’ the Band Back Together cast member Ryan Duncan along with some special cameos from her Broadway past and Mark Hartman will music direct.

Ms. Marcos was last seen stealing big laughs in Los Angeles in the 2017 CBS Diversity Showcase.

Clarke Thorell as Rooster, Jane Lynch as Miss Hannigan and J. Elaine Marcos as Lily in Annie. Photo by Joan Marcus
Clarke Thorell as Rooster, Jane Lynch as Miss Hannigan and J. Elaine Marcos as Lily in Annie. Photo by Joan Marcus

Prior to relocating to the West Coast she re-created the role of ‘Lily St. Regis’ in the revival of Annie along side Jane Lynch. Her comedic reputation began after her portrayal of ‘Cynthia’ in Priscilla Queen of the Desert, earning her an Astaire Award Nomination for Excellence in Dance. Additional Broadway credits include the revival of A Chorus LineThe Wedding SingerFlower Drum Song, Sweet Charity, Wonderful Town, and Miss Saigon.

Cast of Flower Drum Song in rehearsal at 890 Broadway Studios in New York on September 22, 2002. Photo by Lia Chang Cast of Flower Drum Song in rehearsal at 890 Broadway Studios in New York on September 22, 2002. Photo by Lia Chang
Cast of Flower Drum Song in rehearsal at 890 Broadway Studios in New York on September 22, 2002. Photo by Lia Chang

On screen, J. Elaine made her feature film debut in Morning Glory as ‘Lisa Bartlett’ opposite Rachel McAdams; and went on to appear in St. Vincent with Bill Murray. On TV she appeared in :Grace and Frankie,” “2 Broke Girls,” “School of Rock,” “30 Rock” and “Law & Order: SVU,” and is featured in the documentary Every Little Step.

This skilled Filipina comedian writes and produces her own YouTube comedy blog series :Motivational Mondays,” starring as the linguistically challenged but always optimistic motivational speaker named ‘V’.

Feinstein’s/54 Below, Broadway’s Supper Club & Private Event Destination, is a performance venue in the grand tradition of New York City nightlife. Feinstein’s/54 Below presents iconic and rising stars from the worlds of Broadway and popular music and has set a new standard for culinary excellence worthy of the world-class entertainment on the stage. Located at 254 West 54th Street.

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Lia Chang, J. Elaine Marcos, Lea Salonga, Victor Lirio at the ONCE ON THIS ISLAND Tony Party at Vida Verde in New York on June 10, 2018. Photo by Garth Kravits
Lia Chang, J. Elaine Marcos, Lea Salonga, Victor Lirio at the ONCE ON THIS ISLAND Tony Party at Vida Verde in New York on June 10, 2018. Photo by Garth Kravits

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Lia Chang, Photo by Garth Kravits
Lia Chang, Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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Garth Kravits Returns to Broadway in John Rando Helmed GETTIN’ THE BAND BACK TOGETHER

Garth Kravits. Photo by Lia Chang
Garth Kravits Photo by Lia Chang
Garth Kravits
Photo by Lia Chang

Garth Kravits is returning to Broadway as Ritchie in Ken Davenport’s new musical comedy Gettin’ The Band Back Together, helmed by Tony Award winner John Rando and choreographed by Chris Bailey. Kravits made his Broadway debut in The Drowsy Chaperone. 

Gettin’ The Band Back Together begins preview performances on July 19th at the Belasco Theatre (111 W 44th Street) with the official opening set for August 13th.

Brandon Williams, Garth Kravits, Ken Davenport, Marilu Henner, Jay Klaitz. Photo by Lia Chang
Brandon Williams, Garth Kravits, Ken Davenport, Marilu Henner, Jay Klaitz. Photo by Lia Chang.
Sarah Saltzberg and Marilu Henner. Photo by Lia Chang
Sarah Saltzberg and Marilu Henner. Photo by Lia Chang

The cast also features Mitchell Jarvis as Mitch Papadopolous, Jay Klaitz as Bart Vickers, Paul Whitty as Michael “Sully” Sullivan, Manu Narayan as Dr. Rummesh “Robbie” Patel, Marilu Henner as “Mitch’s Mom,” aka Sharon Papadopolous,  Kelli Barrett as Dani, Brandon Williams as Tygen Billows, Sawyer Nunes as Ricky “Bling” Goldstein,Tamika Lawrence as Roxanne Velasco, Becca Kötte as Tawney and Noa Solorio as Billie.The ensemble includes Ryan Duncan, J. Elaine Marcos, Rob Marnell, Jasmin Richardson, and Tad Wilson. Click here for full bios.

Jay Klaitz, Sarah Saltzberg, Mitch Jarvis, Garth Kravits and Brandon Williams. Photo by Lia Chang
Jay Klaitz, Sarah Saltzberg, Mitch Jarvis, Garth Kravits and Brandon Williams. Photo by Lia Chang

Gettin’ The Band Back Together has music and lyrics by Mark Allen and a book by Ken Davenport and The Grundleshotz with additional material by Sarah Saltzberg. The creative team includes Tony Award winners Derek McLane (Scenic Design), Emily Rebholz (Costume Design), Ken Billington (Lighting Design), John Shivers (Sound Design) in addition to Music Direction by Sonny Paladino and Casting by Eisenberg/Beans Casting.

Paul Whitty, Jay Klaitz, Sawyer Nunes, Garth Kravits, Mitch Jarvis. Photo by Lia Chang
Paul Whitty, Jay Klaitz, Sawyer Nunes, Garth Kravits, Mitch Jarvis. Photo by Lia Chang

Mitch Papadopolous always dreamed about being the next Bon Jovi, but he chose security over stardom and left those daydreams behind for a day job. For a while he thought he had everything – the high paying job, the high-rise apartment – until his 40th birthday when he got handed a pink slip and had to move back in with his mom in Sayreville, New Jersey.

Jay Klaitz and Marilu Henner. Photo by Lia Chang
Jay Klaitz and Marilu Henner. Photo by Lia Chang

And when his high school arch nemesis threatens to foreclose on their house, this big-shot banker must save his small-town home the only way he can… by winning The Battle of the Bands.

Brandon Williams and Mitch Jarvis are rivals in GETT'IN THE BAND BACK TOGETHER. Photo by Lia Chang
Brandon Williams and Mitch Jarvis are rivals in GETT’IN THE BAND BACK TOGETHER. Photo by Lia Chang

So he dusts off his guitar, gathers his old gang, and sets out to win the battle… and maybe even win back the high school sweetheart he left behind… proving it’s never too late to give your dreams one last shot.

The cast and creative team recently gathered to celebrate at Golf & Body NYC.

Tickets for Gettin’ The Band Back Together are on sale through www.Telecharge.com / (212) 239-6200. Group tickets are available at http://www.YourBroadwayGenius.com or by calling 855-329-2932.

Brandon Williams, Lia Chang, Garth Kravits, Mitch Jarvis. Photo by Sheila Williams
Brandon Williams, Lia Chang, Garth Kravits, Mitch Jarvis. Photo by Sheila Williams

Garth Kravits appeared on Broadway in The Drowsy Chaperone. His Off-Broadway credits include Old Jews Telling Jokes and Toxic Audio: Loudmouth; The Wild Party (B-Side Productions). His regional credits include Gettin’ The Band Back Together (George Street Playhouse), Meet Me in St. Louis: A Live Radio Play, and It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, (Bucks County Playhouse); A Walk on the Moon (New York Stage & Film dir. Michael Greif) and Happy Days: A New Musical (Goodspeed Opera House); and as Benny Southstreet in the regional tour of Guys and Dolls. He has appeared on television in “30 Rock,” “The Blacklist,” “Nurse Jackie,” “Hostages,” “The Carrie Diaries” in the films Sweet November and Don’t Think Twice.  Kravits is represented by Henderson Hogan Agency. www.garthkravits.com

Gettin’ The Band Back Together is produced by Hunter Arnold, Roy Putrino, Carl Daikeler, Rob Kolson, Richard Roth, H. Richard Hopper, Diego Kolankowsky, Judith Manocherian, and Ken Davenport. The Associate Producers for the production are Kayla Greenspan, Valerie Novakoff and Brian Cromwell Smith.

Free original cast recording available at: www.GettinTheBandBackTogether.com

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J. Elaine Marcos Returns To Rockwell Table & Stage on January 15

Broadway’s triple-threat comedienne, J. Elaine Marcos will return to Rockwell Table & Stage on January 15th, 2018 at 8 pm after a successful debut of her solo show What I Did for..a Job this summer.

The show reveals humorous intimate experiences that J. Elaine encountered on The Great White Way and what it took to create her successful Broadway career. “I had to learn to break the “rules” in order to be noticed and many of my audition pieces were practically cabaret acts. So, I thought I might as well put them all in a show.” says 8 time Broadway actress.

J. Elaine’s was last seen in the 2017 CBS Diversity Showcase after being noticed playing ‘Connie Wong’ in the Hollywood Bowl production of A Chorus Line. Prior to relocating to Los Angeles, she re-created the role of ‘Lily St. Regis’ in the revival of Annie along side Jane Lynch. Her comedic reputation began after her portrayal of ‘Cynthia’ in Priscilla Queen of the Desert, earning her an Astaire Award Nomination for Excellence in Dance. Additional Broadway credits include the revival of A Chorus Line,The Wedding Singer, Flower Drum Song, Sweet Charity, Wonderful Town, and Miss Saigon.

On screen, J. Elaine made her feature film debut in Morning Glory as ‘Lisa Bartlett’ opposite Rachel McAdams; and went on to appear in St. Vincent with Bill Murray. TV appearances include “Grace and Frankie,” “2 Broke Girls,” “School of Rock,” “30 Rock” and “Law & Order: SVU” and many more.

This skilled Filipina comedienne writes and produces her own YouTube comedy blog series Motivational Mondays, starring as the linguistically challenged but always optimistic motivational speaker named ‘V’.

Tickets are available at http://www.rockwell-la.com and start at $20. Rockwell Table & Stage is located at 1714 N Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027. For more information, please visit www.jelainemarcos.org.