Oscar Hammerstein Festival Weekend Pass (includes benefit concert)

April 22, 2017 — April 23, 2017

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Mark your calendars!
Our 3rd Annual Oscar Hammerstein Festival will be on April 22 and 23.
Please join us as we celebrate our mission of developing new musicals, inspired by Oscar Hammerstein’s mentorship with Stephen Sondheim at Highland Farm.

Festival Schedule

Saturday, April 22

    The Master Class Series (Sessions include…)

        Developing a Musical: From Thanks to There Goes the Neighborhood . . .
        We Have The New World

        From the smallest detail to the biggest showstopper, creating a new musical means endless
        changes! Join composer, Gary Adler, and lyricist, Phoebe Kreutz,
        to  discover how the outrageously funny musical The New World has evolved as they get
        ready for its premiere at the Playhouse this Fall.

        Razzle Dazzle: The Battle for Broadway by Michael Riedel
        Known for his wisecracking wit, as well as being the source for all the theater gossip, New
        York Post’s Michael Riedel has single-handedly made the 
        Broadway columnist relevant again! Join Riedel as he talks about his provocative book that
        chronicles the people, the money and the power that reinvented   
        Broadway.

    Special Benefit Concert: Hammerstein in Hollywood • 8pm
    (featuring the Playhouse Hall of Fame induction of Shirley Jones)

    Join film and TV icon Shirley Jones, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Ted Chapin and four
    Broadway stars as they explore Oscar Hammerstein’s remarkable contributions to film
    and television.

    Don’t miss this special benefit concert created and hosted by Ted Chapin and featuring
    Ashley Brown (Mary Poppins), Carmen Cusack (Tony nominee for Bright Star) Malcolm
    Gets (Tony nominee for Amour) and Max von Essen (Tony nominee for An American in
    Paris
). From Show Boat to Carousel and beyond, Hammerstein’s contributions to some
    of Hollywood’s great movie musicals is staggering. With memories and stories from film
    and TV icon Shirley Jones and songs from a talented cast of Broadway stars, Ted Chapin
    illustrates Hammerstein’s complex relationship with Hollywood-guaranteeing you an
    evening of story and song you will never forget.   

    Musical Direction is by David Dabbon (Broadway’s Disaster); Josh Rhodes (Broadway’s
    Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella) is the director.

    VIP and passholder reception follows the performance in the Playhouse courtyard.

 

Sunday, April 23

    Festival Finale
    Passholders are invited to mingle with the Festival’s creative team at an informal brunch
    at the historic home of Producing Director Alexander Fraser.

 

For more information please contact, Development Manager, Trevor Wise at 267.740.2090 x107 or by email at trevor@bcptheater.org.

 

 

Biographies

            
     (Shirley Jones)        (Shirley Jones in Oklahoma!)

    Shirley Jones
    
No performer is more indelibly linked to the great American movie musical than Shirley
    Jones. In an extraordinary career that spans more than six decades,   Jones starred in
    over 30 motion pictures, including three of the most iconic film musicals of all time. After
    being awarded the title of “Miss Pittsburgh,” she traveled to New York to audition for the
    chorus of South Pacific, but instead was personally selected by Richard Rodgers and Oscar
    Hammerstein to star in the film version of Oklahoma. Jones next appeared in their film
    adaptation of Carousel. She also memorably played opposite Robert Preston in Meredith
    Willson’s The Music Man. At the age of 25, she received the Academy Award for Best
    Supporting Actress for her role in Elmer Gantry. Jones gained fame with a new generation
    as the star of the classic musical sitcom, The Partridge Family. Jones made a triumphant
    return to Broadway opposite her son, Patrick Cassidy, in the revival of 42nd Street.

               

      
     Ashley Brown originated the title role in Mary Poppins on Broadway for which she
     received Outer Critics, Drama League and DramaDesk nominations for Best Actress.
     Ms. Brown also starred as Mary Poppins in the national tour of Mary Poppins where
     she garnered a Garland Award for “Best Performance in a Musical.” Ms. Brown’s other
     Broadway credits include Belle in Beauty and The Beast, and she has starred in Jack
     O’Brien’s national tour of The Sound Of Music and Disney’s On The Record. Ms. Brown
     has starred in both Oklahomaand Showboat at Chicago’s Lyric Opera. Ms. Brown has
     performed with virtually all of the top orchestras in North America including the Boston
     Pops, the New York Philharmonic, The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra at Disney Hall, The
     Pittsburgh Symphony, the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall (four times), Fort Worth
     Symphony, the Cincinnati Pops, Philadelphia Orchestra (two times), etc. Ms. Brown’s
     PBS special called “Ashley Brown: Call Me Irresponsible” received a PBS Telly Award.  
     Other television credits include NBC’s “The Sound of Music.”  Ms. Brown is the voice
     of Disneyland celebrating its 60th anniversary singing the newly penned Richard Sherman
    song, “A Kiss Goodnight.”  Ms. Brown’s long awaited album of Broadway and American
    Songbook standards is available on Ghostlight/Sony.  

   
    Carmen Cusack received a Tony Award nomination for her Broadway debut in Steve
    Martin and Edie Brickell’s Bright Star. Most recently, she performed the one-woman show,
    Do This (Gulfshore Playhouse), after starring in Sunday in the Park with George (City
    Center). Off-Broadway: Carrie. National tours: Wicked, South Pacific. Regional: For the
    Record: Scorsese 
(The Wallis), The First Wives Club (Oriental Theatre), and Sunday in
    the Park with George 
(Chicago Shakespeare Theater). West End: Over the Rainbow
    Les MisérablesThe Secret GardenPersonals, Phantom of the Opera. Ms. Cusack studied
    opera at the University of North Texas.

   
    Malcolm Gets
New York: Steve; Allegro; Irma La Douce; Macbeth; The Vigil; The Story of My
    Life; Amour
(Tony and Drama Desk nominations); A New Brain; The Molière Comedies; Merrily
   We Roll Along
(Drama Desk nomination, Obie Award); The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Obie);
   Hello Again; Boys and Girls; Finian’s Rainbow; Polish Joke; Juno; and The Boys From
   Syracuse
, Bash and The Apple Tree, all for the Encores! series. Regional: Little Miss
   Sunshine
at La Jolla Playhouse; also productions at Williamstown, The Kennedy Center,
   Yale Rep, Hartford Stage, ACT, Goodspeed and Westport Playhouse. He was Richard,
   the tortured artist, on NBC’s “Caroline in the City.” Other TV credits include “Godless;”
   “Suits;” “Elementary;” “The Good Wife;” “Blue Bloods;” “Law & Order;” “Remember
   Wenn;” “Incredi-Girl: Leaps and Bounds” and “South Beach.” Films include the HBO
   film “Confirmation,” “Miles,” “Outliving Emily,” “Thirteen Conversations About One
   Thing,” “Love in the Time of Money,” “Adam and Steve,” “Sex and the City,” “Mrs.
   Parker & The Vicious Circle,” “A Flash of Green” and HBO’s “Grey Gardens.” Gets
   sings on many original cast CDs, including Barbara Cook’s “Mostly Sondheim,”
   his Carnegie Hall debut. His first solo CD, “The Journey Home,” is available
   from PS Classics on iTunes and Amazon.

  
   Max von Essen
recently finished a run on Broadway in An American in Paris as
   Henri Baurel, a role which earned him a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured
   Actor. He previously appeared in the revival of Evita as Agustin Magaldi, the first
   revival of Les Miserables as Enjolras, Dance of the Vampires as Alfred, the closing
   company of the original Les Miserables, and the first revival of Jesus Christ
   Superstar
. Other New York credits include The Mint Theater’s production of Yours
   Unfaithfully
, Maury Yeston’s Death Takes a Holiday at the Roundabout Theatre
   Company, The Transport Group’s revival of Michael John LaChiusa’s Hello Again
   (Drama League nomination), Jerry Springer: The Opera at Carnegie Hall, and
   Finian’s Rainbow at the Irish Repertory Theatre. He led the first national tour of
   Xanadu as Sonny Malone, appeared as Mary Sunshine in the national tour of Chicago,
   played Tony in West Side Story throughout Europe and performed as a back-up singer
   for the legendary Liza Minnelli. Television and film credits include “Law & Order: SVU,”
   “Elementary,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “The Good Wife,” “Royal Pains,” “Gossip Girl,”
    “The Beautiful Life,” “The Intern,” “Sex and the City 2,” “Seven Lovers” and the short
   film “Blonde.” He was also a regular on the hit web series, “Submissions Only.”
   Mr. von Essen’s recordings include “An American In Paris” (Grammy Nomination),
   “Evita,” “Death Takes a Holiday,” “Love Songs of Andrew Lloyd Weber,” and
   “Finian’s Rainbow.” Find Max on Twitter/Instagram/Snapchat as @maxizpad.