Cinderella Poster

March 11, 2017 at 2 PM

Cinderella has never sounded sweeter! This heartwarming and comedic retelling of the fairy tale classic is one part storybook and four parts Great American Songbook. Four lovable and dynamic singer-actors bring a huge cast of characters to life with the use of colorful costumes and playful props, as they join forces with the American Pops Orchestra to introduce the next generation of music lovers to some of the best-loved American songs of the Twentieth Century. This show is interactive and immersive, with plenty of audience participation. Fun for all ages. Starring Austin Colby (Signature Theatre West Side Story), MaryJoanna Grisso (National Tour West Side Story), Hilary Morrow (APO She Did it Her Way), and Dale Sampson (54 Below).

DATE: Saturday, March 11, 2017
LOCATION: First Congregational UCC (945 G St NW, Washington, DC 20001)

Luke Frazier

Luke Frazier (Music Director)

Marvin Hamlisch put it best when referring to Luke Frazier: “So talented, and sensitive to every nuance.” A rapidly rising star in the Pops world, Mr. Frazier has already proven himself among musical heavy- weights as both an innately musical conductor and a sensitive pianist. Mr. Frazier’s commitment to re-envisioning pops programming has quickly established him as a dynamic force across the music community. He has the distinction of conducting in all three of the largest venues at the Kennedy Center. He has worked with artists Rene?e Fleming, Kevin Spacey, Denyce Graves, Darren Criss, Lea Salonga, Laura Osnes, Eric Owens Liza Minnelli, Chita Rivera, Rita Moreno, Michael Feinstein, Christine Ebersole, Elaine Paige, Arturo Sandoval, and Norm Lewis, among others.

As a testament to his mission to reimagine pops programming, Mr. Frazier has founded the American Pops Orchestra and the National Broadway Chorus in Washington, DC. His commitment to the American Songbook is also evident through his involvement on the Board of the Great American Songbook Foundation.

Mr. Frazier enjoys an active schedule as a guest conductor. He has recently appeared with the West Virginia Symphony, the Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra, and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. He also serves as the Artist-in-Residence for the DC Youth Orchestra. For more information, visit, or follow @LSFConductor on Twitter.

Nathan Brewer

Nathan Brewer (Director) is Resident Director for The American Pops Orchestra.  Selected credits include Seussical (Theatreworks/USA National Tour), Piaf: A Centennial Celebration (Town Hall), Propaganda (New York Musical Theatre Festival), What Do Critics Know (The York Theatre, Reading), Spring Awakening and Cabaret (American Theatre of Actors), Bubble Boy (New 42nd St. Studios, Workshop), Grand Hotel (Pennsylvania Centre Stage and Theatre at St. Clements), Mirette (Princeton Festival), The Secret Garden, The Drowsy Chaperone, Merrily We Roll Along (Long Island Musical Theatre Festival), Hello Again (Manhattan Theatre Source), numerous award shows and concerts collaborations with The Kennedy Center, Fairfax Symphony, West Virginia Symphony, Park Avenue Armory, and 54 Below.  Director of over forty productions on the campuses of New York University, Penn State, Princeton University, Rider University, and Westminster Choir College.  Assistant/Associate: Aladdin (Broadway, Toronto, and Seattle), Relatively Speaking (Broadway), Hispanic Heritage Awards (PBS), Around The World In Eighty Days (Pittsburgh Public), The World Goes Round (Pittsburgh Public), Mirita (Off-Broadway), Born For Broadway (Off-Broadway). Nathan has taught at Penn State University, The New York Film Academy, Westminster Conservatory, and is President and Artistic Director of Recreational Arts, Inc.

Austin Colby

Austin Colby is currently playing Rolf in the national tour of The Sound of Music, directed by Jack O’Brien. He is happy to be back in D.C. where he was last seen at Signature Theatre in West Side Story (alongside MaryJoanna Grisso). Other credits include Arena Stage: Smokey Joe’s Café; Signature Theatre: Crossing and Simply Sondheim; Olney Theater Center: Forever Plaid, Spring Awakening, Cinderella. Graduate of James Madison University with a Bachelor of Music and Theater minor.

MaryJoanna Grisso

MaryJoanna Grisso is thrilled to join The American Pops Orchestra for this exciting production of Cinderella: A Magical Musical Tale. She happily returns to the DC area after having recently performed in Signature Theatre’s West Side Story where she was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award for the role of Maria, which she has played almost 600 times. Other credits include: Les Miserables (Cosette), Propaganda! The Musical (Fired Girl), Guys and Dolls (Sarah Brown), Urinetown (Hope), The Sound of Music, Peter Pan, The Marriage of Figaro (Barbarina). CONCERTS: Mozart’s Requiem at Carnegie Hall, Broadway Rocks with Marvin Hamlisch, Heinz Hall. MaryJoanna is thrilled to collaborate with and rejoin wonderful colleagues and loved ones on this special project. Gratitude and love to God, Matthew, and my amazing family and friends.

Hilary Morrow

Hilary Morrow is thrilled to make her return appearance with The American Pops in Cinderella: A Magical Musical Tale after her premiere performance with the group as a featured soloist in She Did it Her Way last season. She recently performed at the famed jazz club, Birdland in New York City and at the Human Rights First Beacon Prize Awards. Last winter, she toured a musical theatre masterclass series for underserved schoolchildren in Maine with Maestro Luke Frazier. Previous credits include: Brünnhilde in Hugo Ball: a Dada puppet AdveNTurE!!/?1!!//, Snowella Mistletoe in A Very Pointless Holiday Spectacular, Charlotte Stackhouse in Let Trump Be Trump and Isabella Andreini in a one-woman show entitled, Oh, What Can’t A Woman Do?. She received her BA in musical theatre from American University and is a member of the National Broadway Chorus.

Dale Sampson

Dale Sampson is a National Champion in Humorous/Dramatic public speaking.

National Tours: Suessical (Cat In the Hat), Junie B. Jones (Herb)

NYC: Rent (Mark), Evita (Che), Propaganda! The Musical (Rookie, lead) at NYMF as well as the first workshop at the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, Kingdom Come (Freddy/Michael), winner: Best Musical at DUTF, Best Imitation (Landon) at FestivALL, Emerging Artists Theatre, and Midtown International Theatre Festival.

Regional: The Last Five Years (Jamie), Footloose (Ren), Honk! (Ugly), Romeo and Juliet (Romeo).

Dale is a member of the a cappella group the Perfect Fifths. He is also the creator and star of the new musical Sam’s Room, which recently won New York Theatre Barn’s IMPACT Award.

Taylor Ferrera

Taylor Ferrera (Author) is a writer, singer, actor, and Paul Newman enthusiast based in New York City. Her satirical songs on YouTube have over a million views and have been featured in the Huffington Post, on NBC, and various radio shows and periodicals across the country. She has written for television (Questionable Choices – Music Choice), web series (Community Theater: Seinfeld the Musical), as well as the stage. Her first musical, Propaganda! The Musical, was selected for the 2014 New York Musical Theatre Festival and produced at the Pearl Theatre on 42nd street. She received her degree in acting from West Virginia University, is a San Francisco Giants fan, and will always cry when she visits the grave of Robert F. Kennedy (which she does more often than you’d probably guess.)

Matt Webster

Matt Webster (Author)  is a New York City based actor and writer. His first musical, Kingdom Come, won Best Musical at the 2012 Downtown Urban Theatre Festival in NYC.  Since winning the festival, Kingdom Come has been featured at the New York Theatre Barn’s Night at the D-Lounge and had a sold-out run at the Secret Theatre in Long Island City. His second original musical, Propaganda! The Musical was produced at the Pearl Theatre on 42nd St. as part of the 2014 New York Musical Theatre Festival. It won several awards, including: Best Featured Actress (Broadway’s Kenita Miller) and Best Choreography. He received his BFA in Acting from West Virginia University where he was named the outstanding graduate from the College of Creative Arts. As an actor, Matt has been seen onstage as Glad Hand in the Broadway Tour of West Side Story, and with many companies throughout NYC, including: LaMaMa Theatre, LABA Theatre, Vital Theatre, Connecticut Children’s Theatre, and Rescue Agreement. Matt can also be seen on screen in various feature films, commercials, web-series, and short films. Matt was recently named the recipient of the 2016 Johnny Mercer Award for Songwriting. Matt currently works as an assistant to Broadway’s Andrew Lippa.

Tyler Gunther

Tyler Gunther (Production Designer)

Originally from Arkansas, Tyler moved to New York after earning his MFA in Costume Design from the University of Maryland. While in school he designed for theatre, opera, dance and theatre for young audiences. This past summer he worked at The Santa Fe Opera, assisting Ashley Martin-Davis on a new production of Romeo et Juliette and David Woolard on The Roads to Home at Primary Stages. Currently Tyler is designing costumes for Wooly Mammoth Theatre, Theatre J and Adventure Theatre in Washington, DC.