The music of Steve Marzullo
The music of Steve Marzullo
Theresa McCarthy and Yolande Bavan lead a cast of artists exploring the songs of celebrated composer Steve Marzullo. In an impressive variety of musical styles, Marzullo has set his music to the poems of various writers though the ages. A choice collection of spoken texts are woven together to be performed with Marzullo's songs in a whimsical evening directed by Judy Blazer.
Monday, December 15
Steve Marzullo New York Credits: Music Supervision and Vocal Arrangements for the Off-Broadway hit Disaster!. Music Direction for Once On This Island. Associate Conductor for Mamma Mia, Seussical, Grease (1st revival), Saturday Night, Floyd Collins and A Little Night Music (E.L.T.) Pianist/Keyboards for Ragtime, Sweeney Todd (1st revival), Smile, Olympus On My Mind, as well as the concert versions of Dreamgirls, Funny Girl, Chess, On the 20th Century,They're Playing Our Song and Company (original 1970 cast). Films: Pianist for Disney's Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin, Fox's Anastasia. Regional/Tours: Music Direction for I Do, I Do (Cape Playhouse), Cinderella (St. Louis MUNY), Tell Me On a Sunday (Kennedy Center, starring Alice Ripley), Paper Moon (Paper Mill Playhouse), Nude, Nude, Totally Nude (Canon Theater, starring Andrea Martin). He music directed and arranged the solo albums for Andrea Burns' A Deeper Shade Of Red and Andrea McArdle's 70's and Sunny. Composer credits include: Songs From an Unmade Bed [New York Theater Workshop], The Audience [The Transport Group] and for Audra McDonald: "Burning the Sauce" (Seven Deadly Sins), "Some Days" and "I Hid My Love" (Nonesuch Records). His songs have been recorded on solo albums by Stephanie J. Block, Andrea Burns, Andrea McArdle, Matt Zarley and Rebecca Luker. He has two albums released of his music entitled SHOW SOME BEAUTY and KISS ME WHILE WE HAVE THE CHANCE which features vocals by Judy Blazer, Ann Harada, Julia Murney, Heidi Blickenstaff, Annie Golden, Terri Klausner and others available on Amazon.com and ITunes. Training: Manhattan School of Music [Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance]
Theresa McCarthy has originated roles in innovative works on and off-Broadway including Titanic, Floyd Collins, Saturn Returns, and Queen Of The Mist. She is a featured vocalist on those sound tracks and on the Nonesuch recordings Bright Eyed Joy (the songs of Ricky Ian Gordon), Stephen Sondheim's The Frogs/Evening Primrose, and Audra McDonald's debut recording, Way Back to Paradise. Theresa was a soloist in the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's acclaimed Bernstein Mass, which played in Baltimore, in New York at Carnegie Hall, and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, with an acclaimed recording by Naxos. Theresa's television and other recorded media work include appearances on NBC's Law and Order and Netflix's House of Cards. She has been a teacher of acting, The Viewpoints and vocal music for students of all ages and experience level and is on faculty at Wagner College.
Actress and singer Yolande Bavan, born in Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon. She developed her skills as a jazz artist inspired by her friend and mentor Billie Holiday. She replaced Annie Ross in the award-winning jazz vocal trio, Lambert Hendricks and Ross, recording three albums with the group. Stage: Bombay Dreams, Chronicle of a Death Foretold(Broadway), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Caesar and Cleopatra (London West End), Bernard Alba, House of Flowers (Off-Broadway). Film and Television: Parting Glances, One True Thing,The Brave One, Accidental Husband, Law and Order (NBC). She received the Alexander Scourby Narrator of the Year award for Talking Books.
Jeremy Carlisle is a recent graduate of the College-Conservatory of Music at University of Cincinnati. She recently closed three productions with Thin Air Theatre Company in Colorado. She played the roles of Cherry Malotte in The Spoilers, Mimi/Hot Box Girl in Guys and Dolls, and Mrs. Poudre in Sherlock Holmes and the Cripple Creek Ripper. Jeremy completed a 10-month internship with Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati (ETC) in June 2014. Jeremy can be seen in the role of Dorothy in the 2015 feature film Carol, directed by Mr. Todd Haynes. She is a student of Dr. Barbara Paver and Mr. Joey Bates.
Laura Pavles is beyond excited to be a part of Steve’s concert! A graduate from The Boston Conservatory of Music, Laura has toured with musicals including the Lincoln Center production of South Pacific (Lt. Marshall) and A Year With Frog and Toad (Turtle). Some Regional credits include Xanadu (Calliope) at the Revision Theatre, The Marvelous Wonderettes (Betty Jean) at the Shadowland Theatre and South Pacific (Dinah) at the Ogunquit Playhouse. Currently, Laura lends her voice to various artists in their concerts, bands and cabaret series and can be found singing regularly at Don’t Tell Mama. Stop by!
Adam Hill is a New York City-based performer and is thrilled to be singing in Steve’s concert! Most recently, Adam performed in an industry reading of the new musical, On the Air, directed by Hunter Foster, and played Matt in The Fantasticks with Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh. Other recent credits include the Teen Angel/Johnny Casino in Grease (Summer Theatre of New Canaan); a soloist in the Broadway’s Future concert series at Lincoln Center; and solo engagements with the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh. Adam holds a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University. Many thanks to Judy, Steve, and Joey for this opportunity!
Jesse Manocherian is thrilled to be a part of this evening. A member of Actor’s Equity, he has played Leo Frank in Parade in New York, Chicago, and Pittsburgh. Other favorite credits include The Hidden Sky (Pineheart), Opa! (Stavros), Falsettos (Whizzer), Assassins (Booth), The Wild Party (Jackie), Biloxi Blues (Arnold) and more readings and workshops than he can remember. He is a founding member of the Brass Tacks Theatre Collective and a resident artist at The Cell Theatre.
Julia Lam Rosenberg is ten years old and a fifth grader at PS3. She loves to read, write, draw, sing and choreograph and has appeared in The National Asian Artists Project’s production of Oliver at the Pershing Square Signature Theatre. She has also participated in dance, music, and drumming performances at her school. She studies dance, piano, and has done advanced gymnastics. Julia wishes to thank all the grown ups who have supported her, and special thanks to her Gugu (Aunt Judy) for giving her this special opportunity.
Cellist Clay Ruede has performed with ensembles as diverse as the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Speculum Musicae, and was the cellist in the Arden Trio for 25 years. Mr. Ruede can be heard in film scores for Spike Lee and the Disney Studios, the eminent film composers Ennio Moricone and Elmer Bernstein, and as the solo cellist in the Robert Altman’s The Company. He has recorded the Beethoven Sonatas, the Caprices and Etudes of August Franchomme, piano trios of Ravel, Saint-Saens, Mendelssohn, Haydn, Arthur Foote and Evan Ziporyn, and is currently recording the sonatas of the French post-impressionist composer Joseph Guy Ropartz.