The American Pops Hosts the Holidays

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December 15, 2017 at 8pm | The Theater at MGM National Harbor

Join Maestro Luke Frazier and The American Pops Orchestra for a holiday concert not to be missed!

The evening will feature holiday favorites from White Christmas and Sleighride, to Santa Baby and Merry Christmas Darling. APO will be joined by star of film and television Rumer WillisOrange is the New Black star Lea DeLaria, pop sensation Mobley, Broadway’s leading man Claybourne Elder, New York’s top tapper Luke Hawkins and DC superstar Nova Payton.

Friday, December 15, 2017

The Theater at MGM National Harbor

101 MGM National Ave
Oxon Hill, MD 20745

Partner - MGM National Harbor
Rumer Willis

RUMER WILLIS began her acting career as a child, starring with her mother Demi Moore in the major motion pictures Striptease and Now and Then. She most recently won Season 20 of ABC’s hit show, “Dancing with the Stars,” and immediately after, was a star in Chicago on Broadway. Ms. Willis is currently recording her debut album under the guidance of legendary music icon Linda Perry. Last year, Rumer starred in the pilot of “Songbyrd” for E! Network, based on the life of iconic songwriter Diane Warren. Known around Hollywood for her sultry vocals, Rumer and her band enjoyed a nearly two year Artist Residency at Hollywood hot spot The Sayers Club. Her recent television credits include “Workaholics” and “Hawaii 5-0,” and her film credits include House Bunny, Sorority Row, Diary of Preston Plummer and many more. Follow Rumer Willis on Twitter @TheRue and Instagram @RueLarue.

LEA DELARIA seems to have achieved overnight stardom with her two time, SAG Award winning, standout role as Carrie “Big Boo” Black in the Netflix hit series “Orange is the New Black.” However, DeLaria’s multi-faceted career as a comedian, actress, and jazz musician has, in fact, spanned decades. DeLaria holds the distinction of being the first openly gay comic on television in America which led to countless television and film roles portraying police lieutenants, PE teachers and the lesbian who inappropriately hits on straight women. Selected TV credits: “Awkward,” “Clarence,” “Californication,” “The Oblongs,” “One Life to Live,” “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Will and Grace,” “Friends,” and “Matlock.” Selected film credits: First Wives Club, Dear Dumb Diary, Edge of Seventeen. She’s received Obie and Theater World Awards and a Drama Desk nomination for her portrayal as Hildy in the Public Theatre’s revival of On The Town, an Ovation nomination for The Boys From Syracuse, and has played both Eddie & Dr. Scott in the gender-bending Broadway musical The Rocky Horror Show. DeLaria was the featured vocalist at the 50th Anniversary of the Newport Jazz Festival, and has performed in some of the most prestigious houses in the world including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Chicago Symphony, Hollywood Bowl, The Royal Albert Hall and the Sydney Opera House. DeLaria has five records on the Warner Jazz and Classics label, and her book, Lea’s Book of Rules for the World, is in its third printing at Bantam Doubleday and Dell. Her sixth record, House Of David: delaria+bowie=jazz, was released in the Summer of 2015 to critical acclaim.


CLAYBOURNE ELDER is a Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel Award nominee best known for his performances in New York and on Broadway originating the roles of Buck in Bonnie and Clyde, Hollis in Stephen Sondheim’s Road Show, and Ollie in Tennessee Williams’ One Arm. He was also seen in the NY revivals of Two by Two (starring Jason Alexander), as Joe Jr. in Allegro, as Eddie in Do I Hear A Waltz and the Soldier in Sunday in the Park… both at City Center, as well as Off Broadway in Venice at the Public Theatre. Regionally he has played Joe in Angels in America Parts I and II directed by David Cromer, as George in Sunday in the Park… at the Signature Theatre (Helen Hayes Award Best Musical), as the Wolf/Cinderella’s Prince in Moises Kaufman’s production of Into the Woods. On television he played Pete O’Malley on the CW series “The Carrie Diaries.”


LUKE HAWKING is so thrilled and honored to me performing with the American Pops Orchestra. He has danced in the Broadway productions of Xanadu, Cirque du Soleil’s Banana Shpeel (NYC) and Joya (Cancun, Mexico) as well as New York City Center Encores! productions of No, No, Nanette; Gentlemen Prefer Blondes; and On Your Toes. He has starred in many regional productions as Don Lockwood in Singin’ in the Rain, Ren in Footloose, Huck in Big River, Bert in Mary Poppins, Action in West Side Story, Will Parker in Oklahoma!, Tulsa in Gypsy, Robert in The Drowsy Chaperone and Bill Calhoun in Kiss Me, Kate. His TV and Film credits include tap dancing alongside Channing Tatum in the Coen Brothers’ movie Hail, Caesar!, the 2015 Tony Awards, “Gossip Girl,” “One Life to Live,” “America’s Got Talent” and “The Colbert Report.” Luke regularly teaches tap at The Broadway Dance Center, is co-owner of the Hawkins School of Performing Arts in Folsom California and Co-Artistic Director of The Hawkins Tap Company. Luke is a soloist tap dancer with the Manhattan Symphonie Orchestra that tours China annually. @luketaps.

MOBLEY’s work has been marked by solitude, ingenuity, and a drive that could only be called obsessive. Whether you experience him on record or at one of his incredible concerts, the passion is palpable in every aspect. He writes, performs, & produces his music, designs his artwork, directs his videos, produces his multimedia live shows, and even builds new instruments to carry out his vision. Over the past couple years, he’s composed dozens of pieces for stage and television (with placements on HBO, Fox, and NBC), played 200+ national tour dates (with the likes of Phantogram, JUNGLE, Mutemath, Robert Delong, & Wavves and at festivals like ACL, SXSW, CMJ, Savannah Stopover and Float Fest), and recorded (then scrapped) two whole albums in pursuit of the songs that would become his forthcoming full-length debut, Fresh Lies. The music – which Mobley calls “post-genre pop” – defies easy classification, drawing liberally (often simultaneously) from an array of musical traditions. He’s equally at home on a playlist next to The Weeknd and TV on the Radio alike, while his electronic, dub-dabbling production style calls to mind the intricate work of artists like James Blake and Thom Yorke. This fall, he’s touring as a one-man band, singing and playing keys, guitar, bass, drums, and samplers. He’s spanning the United States and Mexico in support of his newest EP release, Some Other Country, out now on Violent Films.

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NOVA PAYTON has shared the stage with well-known artists including Stevie Wonder, Ashford and Simpson, Stephanie Mills, Melba Moore, Yolanda Adams, Anthony Hamilton, Freddie Jackson, The Chi- Lites, The Dramatics, and Will Downing. Nova has been on national tours in 3 Mo’ Divas, Smokey Joe’s Café, and If This Hat Could Talk. DC theatre credits include The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Hairspray, Xanadu, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Black Nativity, Malik Yoba’s Acoustic Chocolate, 8-Track-The Sounds of the ‘70s, and J’s Jook Joint. Nova’s soul-stirring portrayal of Effie White in Dreamgirls earned her the 2006 Barrymore nomination for “Outstanding Leading Actress in a Musical.” The DVD/CD for 3 Mo’ Divas received a 2010 NAACP nomination. In 2012, Nova was honored as the Helen Hayes Award recipient for her portrayal of MotorMouth Mabelle in Hairspray at the Signature Theatre. Nova has also appeared on the Jimmy Fallon late-night talk show accompanying artist Glen Hansard. She leads and directs her own choir, Favour at St. Martin’s Catholic Church.

The American Pops Orchestra Roster

Violin 1:
Sonya Chung, Concertmaster
Sarah D’Angelo
Colin Scogi
Kei Sugiyama

Violin 2:
Laura Frazelle
Matt Maffett

Jim Kelly
Stephanie Knutsen

Sean Neidlinger
Kathryn Hufnagle

Greg Watkins

Michael Kramer

Brian Turnmire
Brandon Cave

Michael Hall
Shona Goldberg-Leopold

James Martin
Jerry Amoury

Jeremy Yaddaw
Curt Duer

Brittany Foster
Sarah McIver

David Drosinos
Shawn Buck

Jeffrey Watson