A BROADWAY CELEBRATION is an all-new concert event created exclusively for Pocono Center for the Arts. Produced and hosted by New York Casting Director and Producing Artistic Director Stephen DeAngelis, five of Broadway's finest performers will recreate their most memorable musical moments, display their versatility, share backstage behind-the-scenes anecdotes and participate in an enlightening and entertaining question and answer session with our audience. Scheduled performers are Darlesia Cearcy (Once on This Island; Ragtime; The Book of Mormon; The Color Purple; Shuffle Along, or the making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed; The Goodbye Girl), Dan Domenech (Rock of Ages), Doug Eskew (The Color Purple; Five Guys Named Moe; Truly Blessed),Craig Schulman (Les Miserables; The Phantom of the Opera; Jekyll and Hyde) and Alysha Umphress (On the Town; Bring It On The Musical; On a Clear Day You Can See Forever; Priscilla Queen of the Desert; American Idiot). Musical Director/Accompanist will beEugene Gwozdz. The Broadway stars will be joined during the event by members of Just Around the Corner Productions, a local youth theatre group. The concert will feature songs from Les Miserables; The Phantom of the Opera; Fiddler on the Roof; Once on This Island; Rock of Ages; On the Town; Five Guys Named Moe; Funny Girl; Smokey Joe's Café; Ragtime; Ain't Misbehavin' and The Wizard of Oz.
DARLESIA CEARCY is a Broadway veteran with 6 Broadway shows including dynamic roles such as Sarah in Ragtime, for which she received a Helen Hayes Nomination; Nettie in The Color Purple; Lottie Gee in Shuffle Along, or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed; and most recently as Erzulie, The Goddess of Love in Tony Award Winning revival of Once on This Island. Other Broadway credits include The Goodbye Girl and the nine-time Tony Award-winning production of The Book of Mormon. She has sung with the Boston Pops Symphony Orchestra for "Pop Goes the Fourth" on ABC and has sung for the President and Democratic National Convention of 1998. She's sung on MTV's Most Wanted, VH1, Top of the Pops in London, and was nominated for a Viva Award for her single release "Everlasting..." which she co-wrote which later underscored an episode of "Baywatch". Television: "Law and Order: SVU" (Viola), "Rescue Me" (Mrs. Berg), "Mercy" (Adrienne Mercer), "House of Cards" (Congresswoman Simone Murphy) and Nurse Jackie (Stephanie's Mom).
DAN DOMENECH - Broadway: Rock of Ages (Drew). Off Broadway: Heathers the Musical. Tour/Sitdowns: Rock of Ages 1st National; Rent; Sister Act; Wonderland,; Kinky Boots. Other roles include PSF's Evita (Che), DTC's Rocky Horror (Frank n Furter), Tuachan's Aladdin (Aladdin) as well as guest appearances on Glee and Gotham on FOX. When not in Theater, Domenech can be seen singing around the country with the Symphony, The Rock of Ages Band and his one man show "Bootleg Famous".
DOUG ESKEW Broadway: The Color Purple (Rev. Avery); Five Guys Named Moe (Big Moe); Truly Blessed. Off Broadway: Thunder Knocking on the Door; Cabin in the Sky; Josephine Song. National Tours: The Color Purple; Five Guys Named Moe (NAACP nomination and LA Ovation Award); CATS; Dreamgirls; Ain't Misbehavin'. Regional Theater: Dance of the Holy Ghost; Caroline or Change (Salt Award nomination); Chasin Dem' Blues; Crowns (Barrymore Award nomination); Dreamgirls; Thunder Knocking on the Door (Helen Hayes nomination); Ain't Misbehavin' (Helen Hayes nomination); Ma Raineys Black Bottom, Polk County and Golden Boy. Television Credits: "One Life To Live", "The Oprah Winfrey Show", "Late Night with David Letterman", "The Tonight Show", "Good Morning America" and "The Tony Awards Show" (1992 and 2005)
CRAIG SCHULMAN was invited to represent the U.S. at the 10th Anniversary of Les Misérables in London. He is the only actor in the world to have portrayed three of the greatest musical theatre roles: the Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom Of The Opera; Jean Valjean in Les Misérables, and the title roles in Jekyll & Hyde. He has portrayed Jean Valjean in four different companies in three countries for a total of more than 2,000 performances. Widely recognized from the PBS broadcast of The 10th Anniversary: Les Misérables In Concert; he has also played Che in Evita, Tevye in Fiddler On The Roof, Archibald in The Secret Garden, and Father in Children Of Eden. Schulman moves freely between the worlds of Broadway, opera and symphonic pops programs. www.CraigSchulman.com. His debut CD, recorded in London at Abbey Road Studios is available in the lobby of today's performance.
ALYSHA UMPHRESS most recently starred in the Off-Broadway production of Smokey Joe's Café. She also starred as Hildy in the Broadway revival of On the Town. Other Broadway: American Idiot (OBC); On a Clear Day You Can See Forever; Priscilla Queen of the Desert; Bring It On!. Off-Broadway: Make Me a Song: The Music of William Finn. Regional: Dallas Theatre Center: Hood (Meg), Paper Mill Playhouse: Pump Boys and Dinettes (Rhetta Cupp), Signature Theatre: Beaches (Cee Cee Bloom) * Helen Hayes nomination-Best Leading Actress in a Musical. TV: "The Climb" (Misty), "Law & Order: SVU", "Nurse Jackie", "Royal Pains". Recordings: Solo album- "I've Been Played : Alysha Umphress Swings Jeff Blumenkrantz" (available on iTunes and Amazon), "Alysha Umphress Live at the Laurie Beechman". "American Idiot", "Bring It On!", "Wonderful Town" (Ruth) London Symphony Orchestra with Sir Simon Rattle, "On the Town" (Hildy), San Francisco Symphony with Michael Tilson Thomas.
"American Idiot", "Bring It On!", "Fugitive Songs". Graduate of the Boston Conservatory.
EUGENE GWOZDZ (Musical Director/Accompanist) is originally from Fort Worth, Texas and now resides in NYC. Eugene is the Music Director/Arranger for the American Dance Machine 21, and the Duke Ellington Center for the Arts.. Eugene was the MD/Arranger for Our Guy, Cy, a musical concert tribute to Cy Coleman, starring Tony Award Winners, Randy Graff, Cady Huffman, and Lillias White which received rave reviews from the NYC critics; MD/Arranger for the Jerome Robbins Awards honoring Chita Rivera, Harold Prince, and Stephen Sondheim. Music Director and Pianist/Arranger for Tony Award-winning "Princess and the Frog" star Anika Noni Rose at the Lincoln Center American Songbook Series; Drama league Tribute to Patti Lupone; orchestrated and arranged music for the critically acclaimed revival of It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Superman. Music Director and Music Director/Pianist/Arranger for the hit show, Thrill Me, and the critically acclaimed 20th Anniversary Revival Production of Maltby & Shire's Baby at the Paper Mill Playhouse. Broadway: The Full Monty and Oklahoma!. Broadway National Tours: Sunset Boulevard (with Petula Clark), Flower Drum Song, Swing!, The Color Purple, The Phantom of the Opera, The Will Rogers' Follies and West Side Story (Conducted and played keyboards). He has worked with many Broadway stars including Audra McDonald, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Norbert Leo Butz, James Monroe Iglehart, Shuler Hensley, Stephanie J. Block, Patti Lupone, Cady Huffman, Chita Rivera, Leslie Uggams, Donna McKechnie, Andre DeShields, Lee Roy Reams, Ken Page, Patrick Wilson, Billy Porter, Harvey Fierstein, Shirley Jones, Will Chase, Betty Buckley, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Will Chase, LaChanze, Nikki James, Victoria Clark, Kelli O'Hara, Andrea McArdle, Chris Seiber, Rachel York, Norm Lewis, Megan Hilty, Kristin Chenowith, Brent Barrett, Valisia Lekae, John Tartaglia, Laura Benanti, Melissa Errico, Karen Ziemba, N'Kenge, Mark Kudisch, Lou Diamond Phillips, and Laura Bell Bundy.
STEPHEN DeANGELIS (Producer/Host) is excited to return to the Poconos as early in his career he was the first Artistic Director of the Shawnee Playhouse. Last year as Producing Atistic Director of the Pocono Center for the Arts, he produced and hosted Broadway Divafest and Broadway Spotlight where he showcased the talents of Broadway's finest vocalists. Stephen has produced over 300 different Broadway concerts at venues in New York and across the United States featuring a multitude of Broadway stars including many Tony Award and Drama Desk Award winners and nominees, stars from hit television series and films whose roots are on stage and Broadway's fastest rising young performers. He is also the Producing Artistic Director and Host of At This Performance... , the critically acclaimed concert series that has showcased the talents of over 1000 Broadway Standbys, Understudies and Alternates since October 2003. He has cast over 3600 network television and radio commercials for Manhattan's leading advertising agencies for such clients as DirecTV, Olive Garden, Red Lobster, E*TRADE, Febreze, Cover Girl, Pantene, Advil, Robitussin, Downy and Hewlett-Packard and has contributed to many historic and award-winning spots and campaigns including many which have been recognized with Platinum, Gold and Silver Lions at Cannes. Stephen also cast the six-time Emmy Award nominated Playhouse Disney series "Johnny and the Sprites" starring Tony Award nominee John Tartaglia which was seen on the Disney Channel. His work has been seen in New York and regionally in over 300 theatrical productions for companies including Musicals Tonight!, York Theatre Company, The John W. Engeman Theater at Northport, The Drama League, Casa Mañana, North Shore Music Theatre, Virginia Stage Company, Connecticut Repertory Theatre, Syracuse Stage, Stage One, Studio Arena Theatre, American Stage Company, GeVa Theatre, Starlight Theatre of Kansas City, the St. Louis Municipal Opera (The MUNY) and Dallas Summer Musicals among others as well as numerous festival showcases, workshops and readings. Other credits include The World AIDS Day All-Star Concert Revivals of Pippin and The Secret Garden, the All-Star production of Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens and the 25th Anniversary National Tour of Hair. He is a proud member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and has staged musicals in major theatres across the country in Boston, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Dallas and St. Louis and throughout New York and New England. Throughout his career, Stephen has cast over 100,000 actors across all entertainment platforms. Recent productions include the New York premiere of Unexpected Joy by two-time Tony Award nominee Bill Russell (Original Cast recording on JAY records, the Off-Broadway production of Stephen Sondheim's Marry Me a Little and the All-Star concert version of Into the Woods. He also was nominated for two 2018 BroadwayWorld Awards.