An intimate evening of music from legendary musicals by today's leading stars
Wednesday, August 25, 2021, 6:00 PM Concert The Pond at Moose Meadow Lodge
With most of the shows on Broadway
closed until later this year, some of Broadway's leading stars are heading up
to the Green Mountains for a special outdoor concert event. Vermonter Merritt David Janes who performs
regularly on Broadway and in national tours will bring his friends for
“Broadway In Vermont” on Wednesday, August 25th at 6:00 PM on the
grounds at Moose Meadow Lodge in Duxbury.
Enjoy your favorite songs
from Phantom of the Opera, Chess, Little Shop of Horrors, Sweeney Todd,
Shrek and more. The singers, accompanied by a live band, will perform songs intermingled with stories about their professional journeys. The event
will be an intimate look at some of the most legendary musicals and life as a
Gates open at 5:00
PM for picnicking. Bring your own chair and picnic. Food will also be available for purchase from vendors: Mediterranean Mix and The Udder Guys Tricycle. Parking is limited. Carpooling is highly encouraged.
Tickets are $30 general admission, $25
students and children.
Merritt David Janes
Originally from Colchester Vermont, Merritt is a graduate of the Circle in the Square Theatre School in New York City, and is an alumnus from the University of Maine (Class of '04 and 2012 recipient of the Spirit of Maine Alumni Achievement Award.)
Janes' professional career began playing the title role in the first Broadway National Tour of the Wedding Singer as Robbie Hart. He would then move immediately into his second Broadway National Tour in his second consecutive title role as the youngest actor ever to tour the part of the murderous barber Sweeney Todd. Moving next into the role of the magical French candelabra, Lumiere as an original cast member of Disney's newest creative version of the Beauty and the Beast Broadway National Tour served as great contrast to both of his previous productions, as did the role of Lord Farquaad in the Broadway tour of Shrek which became an around the world adventure with an international run in Asia. He then played the role of Carl Hanratty chasing Frank Abagnale all over the country in the first Broadway Tour of Catch Me If You Can. He was an original cast member in the 25th Anniversary Broadway Tour of Phantom of the Opera and has most recently finished the 1st National Tour and Broadway run of School of Rock as Dewey Finn. "As a Vermont native and former resident of the Mad River Valley, I couldn't be more thrilled to bring my dear friends, who represent the very best of Broadway, back home to perform with me at the beautiful Moose Meadow Lodge!"
BEN JACOBY is delighted to join his friends on stage at the Moose Meadow Lodge! For over three-and-a-half years, Ben played the role of “Barry Mann” in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical on Broadway. On tour, he originated the role “Raoul” in Cameron Mackintosh’s re-imagined 25th anniversary production of The Phantom of the Opera. He has appeared regionally at the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Marriott Lincolnshire, Gulfshore Playhouse, and Vermont’s own Weston Playhouse, among others. Television credits include appearances on both The Good Wife and Madame Secretary, as well as Netflix’s When They See Us. Ben holds an MFA in Acting from UC Irvine.
Cooper Grodin is an actor, singer, musician, composer and a big fan of all things Merrit David Janes. Born and raised in New York City, he received his Masters Degree from the Manhattan School of Music. Title role in Phantom Of The Opera National Tour, Les Miserables National Tour, The Bands Visit Lab directed by Hal Prince, Shakespeare In The Parks Into The Woods, Annie at Paper Mill Playhouse, Carbonell nominated Best Actor in the Carbonell winning Best Musical Sunday In The Park With George, Drama Desk Nominated The Golden Land, Henry Award winning Best Musical Oklahoma! at the Denver Performing Arts Center, NBC’s The Blacklist, ABC’s Deception. Cooper’s Original album “It’s The Little Things” is available on iTunes. @CooperGrodinOfficial
Julia Udine grew up in Voorhees, NJ where her love for performing started at a very young age. She danced for 15 years at South Jersey Ballet School under the artistic direction of Andrea Duffin, where she studied Ballet, Modern and Jazz. When she was 9 years old, she began studying voice at the Melissa Daniels Vocal Studio, where she continues to train currently. At 18, Julia moved to NYC where she enrolled at T. Schreiber Studios for acting. She also completed the Professional Semester at Broadway Dance Center, where she was able to work with some of the most renowned choreographers and dance instructors in NYC. After auditioning for a year, Julia landed the role of Christine Daae in the new production of The Phantom of the Opera currently touring the US. Julia then went on to make her Broadway Debut as Christine Daae in the Phantom of the Opera. Other professional theatre credits include City Center's Pirates of Penzance (Mabel) with Mastervoices, Jack's Back (Jenny), Shrek (Princess Fiona). TV: Law and Order: SVU, All My Children.
KATIE TRAVIS is an award winning singer/actor who played Christine Daae over 700 times in The Phantom of The Opera throughout North America. Broadway: The Phantom of the Opera Regional: Cosette in Les Miserables at The MUNY, Fireside Theater, Liederkrantz Opera Theater. NYC Reading: Edme in Cheri with Natalie Dessay and Vanessa Williams. Katie has recently performed concerts with the Saginaw, Midland, El Paso and Mt Rainier Symphonies. She is a winner of the Lys Symonette award in the Lotte Lenya Competition and is currently an Adjunct Voice Professor in the School of Theater at Penn State University.
Kelly Thomas is the current music director of the national tour of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Other tours: Fame (conductor/keyboard 1), Legally Blonde (keyboard 2), Saturday Night Fever (keyboard 2). Off-Broadway: Attack of the Elvis Impersonators, The Underclassman. Regional: Saturday Night Fever (Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, music director). She has played concerts at venues throughout NYC (54 Below, Joe’s Pub, Birdland, The Duplex, etc.). She is a regular audition accompanist at many casting offices in the city, and also enjoys working with kids and teens as a music director at Broadway Artists Alliance. Kelly is a native Texan and holds a music degree from Belmont University.
Matt Cusack is a Broadway musician and actor, songwriter, arranger and producer. You can see him regularly perform with the Broadway bluegrass band known as The Playbillies of which he is a founding member. His bass playing can be seen and heard on the show The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. He regularly works as a producer and arranger for theatre, podcasts, and audio books. Broadway: One Man Two Guvnors; Bandstand. Off-Broadway: The Robber Bridegroom; Desperate Measures. National Tours and Regional: Sweeney Todd, Million Dollar Quartet, Buddy Holly Story, Beauty and the Beast. See and hear more at mattcusackmusic.com.
Dov Michael Schiller
Boston Native, Dov Michael Schiller began his journey and passion for all things percussive at the age of five after being gifted a hand drum on the streets of Jerusalem in 1977. Dov continues to strike things that create a plethora of sounds & rhythms to enhance the overall tapestry of musical color needed for any project at hand. Schiller attended the New England Conservatory of Music where he studied and worked with fine jazz, third stream & klezmer luminaries. After touring in Europe for 10 years with various Broadway Musical Theater tours, Dov is now based in Vermont but maintains a busy touring schedule with an incredible array of musical projects throughout New England, New York City and Los Angeles. Schiller has had the pleasure of working with Sir Michael Tippet, Ben Schwendener, Joel Grey, Wes Wirth, Arlo Guthrie, Peter, Paul & Mary, John Adams, Mr Ho's Orchestrotica, Featuring the music of Juan Esquivel, Liz Swados, Amanda Palmer, Stuttgart Ballet, Shyamdas, Clay Aiken, David Friedman, Rachel Bissex, Carl Roskott and Leonard Bernstein among others.