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"Broadway Direct" brings a festive musical benefit for Saint Michael's Playhouse

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Saint Michael's Playhouse presents a benefit performance Broadway Direct at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the McCarthy Arts Center. With a terrific line-up of talent and tunes, this holiday benefit performance takes to the Playhouse stage once again.

An all-star Playhouse cast led by Broadway veteran Bill Carmichael along with John Jensen (Fiddler on the Roof), Kathryn Markey (Nunsense, Rumors), Amanda Ryan Paige (Unnecessary Farce, Marvelous Wonderettes), and Gabrielle Stravelli (Fiddler on the Roof) will perform a festive musical event featuring the best music of Broadway.

Tickets are $27 and can be bought online at saintmichaelsplayhouse.org. All the proceeds benefit the Saint Michael's Playhouse 2014 summer season. The Box Office phone and walk-up window opens December 2.

Musical numbers from blockbuster Broadway shows – The Lion King, Mame, Phantom of the Opera, Guys and Dolls, Pippin, Mamma Mia and more, will be performed.

Bill Carmichael was last seen on Broadway in Mamma Mia.  Other Broadway credits include Les Miserables, Cats, and Peter Pan. In Los Angeles he was in the original US premiere of Ragtime, Forever Plaid and Sweeney Todd with Kelsey Grammer and Christine Baranski. 1st National tours include Phantom of the Opera, City of Angels, Ragtime, and Cats. Bill's local productions include 10 productions at Saint Michael's Playhouse, and performance throughout the state. 

Kathryn Markey appeared in the Saint Michael's Playhouse productions of Nunsense, The Drowsy Chaperone, the Brighton Beach trilogy, as well as directing Fiddler on the Roof, Over the Pub, Boeing, Boeing and 80 Days. She appeared in Three From Brooklyn. On-screen: Law and Order, SVU, Premium Blend, All My Children, Filmic Achievement, DutchWestTV, CollegeHumor and Amateur Hour. As co-creator of the satirical country band "The Chalks" she appears regularly around the country, most recently in Holidays With The Chalks at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta. 

Amanda Ryan Paige has performed Off-Broadway:  Zanna Don't! (Houseman); Charlie Brown, Henry and Mudge (Lortel). Other NYC Credits: Trailer Park (NYMF); Awesome 80's Prom (workshop/co-writer); Dreams This Way/ Raw Impressions (TADA!); Babes In Toyland (Avery Fisher); Lucky Stiff (APAC).  National Tour: Fiddler, Water Coolers, plus a number of Playhouse shows. 

John Jensen is a freelance Actor, Director, and Teacher who moved to South Burlington, VT in 2011.  From 2004 through 2011, Mr. Jensen taught Acting, Movement, and Voice at Case Western Reserve University. Most recently John played the Rabbi in Saint Michael's Playhouse production on Fiddler on the Roof, Mike in Vermont Stage Company's production of Good People, and Marvin in Falsettos at the Town Hall Theatre in Middlebury.   

Gabrielle Stravelli appeared last summer as Tzeitle in the Saint Michael's Playhouse production of Fiddler on the Roof. She has been featured in 92Y's Lyrics and Lyricists series, with the Nelson Riddle Orchestra at Lincoln Center's Midsummer Night Swing and regularly appears at New York's Birdland Jazz Club as a featured vocalist. Gabrielle was one of 10 vocalists selected internationally for the 2011 Montreux Jazz Festival Vocal Competition and was first runner-up at the 2009 Jazzmobile Vocal Competition in Harlem, NYC.  

Scott Nicholas (Music Director/Accompanist) has appeared throughout the US and internationally in solo and chamber performances, and has served as pianist for the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, The Three Irish Tenors, The Borromeo String Quartet, the Leyontene Price Vocal Arts Competition and among many others.

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