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November 11, 2016 at 8 PM | Lisner Auditorium

Celebrate Veteran’s Day with the American Pops as we tell the heartwarming love story of “Spark” and Charley Frazier (Luke Frazier’s own grandparents, a real-life Navy family) through actual letters exchanged between the couple during World War II and a swinging soundtrack from a fantastic era in popular music. Starring Broadway’s Ron Raines, Florence Lacey Stella, Claybourne Elder, and Rachel Eskenazi-Gold.

DATE: Friday, November 11, 2016
TIME: 8 PM – 11 PM
LOCATION: Lisner Auditorium (730 21st St., NW, Washington, DC 20052)

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.  www.nathanbrewer.net

Kelly Crandall d’Amboise (Choreographer) recently collaborated with The American Pops Orchestra, Tick Tick Boom at Convergence Lab, and Imagination Stage’s Conservatory Theatre. Upcoming: Urinetown at Next Stop, and Damn Yankees at Connecticut Repertory Theatre. Kelly has choreographed for several conservatory programs – shows include: Bye Bye Birdie, Sweet Charity, Oklahoma, and Hairspray. As an associate director and choreographer, Kelly worked on numerous productions including, Cabaret and La Cage aux Folles at Signature Theatre, Babes in Toyland at Lincoln Center, The Studio at Signature and South Coast Rep., Hot ‘n Cole at Westport County Playhouse, Aida at Westchester Broadway, Camelot at North Shore, Fiends and Scrooge No More at Busch Gardens, the Broadway workshop of Cheer, and You Never Know at Trinity Rep. Kelly is an Adjunct Professor at George Mason University’s School of Dance, and resident faculty member of Triple Arts. Broadway performance credits include the original company of The Boy from Oz (with Hugh Jackman), Chicago, Susan Stroman’s A Christmas Carol at MSG, and the national tour of The Producers. Broadway workshops include Dirty Dancing and Last Dance. She performed with NYC Opera in The Most Happy Fella and the Los Angeles Opera in Samson and Delilah starring Placido Domingo. Film credits include A Christmas Carol starring Jim Carrey and directed by Robert Zemeckis, What Women Want, and Beautiful, directed by Sally Field. She was one of the 8 Deadly Sin Dancers on the variety TV show, Penn & Tellers Sin City Spectacular, and has performed on the Academy Awards, the Tony Awards, and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. She is thrilled to return to The American Pops.

Kelley Lund (Writer) is delighted to have collaborated with Luke Frazier on several original projects for orchestra and singers, including I’ll Be Seeing You: A WWII Love Story, A Civil War Portrait, Paul Bunyan and Pals, Christmas by the Letter, and Forever Free, which debuted with the DC Youth Orchestra and Manhattan Girls Chorus in DC and NYC.  As Orchestra Manager of the American Pops, she also writes the payroll checks, which are arguably her best-received work to-date.  She holds a degree in Music from the College of William and Mary.  A Maryland native and longtime Virginia resident, she resides in Ashburn, VA with her husband, Christopher, and daughter, Eliana.

Claybourne Elder

Claybourne Elder (Young Charley) is a Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel 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 order nolvadex pct Pete O’Malley on the CW series The Carrie Diaries.

Rachel Eskenazi-Gold

Rachel Eskenazi-Gold (Young Spark) made her Broadway debut with Phantom of the Opera where she currently plays the role of Christine Daaé. Regional credits include Ariel in The Little Mermaid at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Louise in Gypsy, and Tzeitel in Fiddler On The Roof.  Rachel is a recent honors graduate of the University of Michigan’s BFA Musical Theatre program and attended Interlochen Arts Academy. Go Blue!  www.RachelEG.com  IG: @Rachel.EG Tw: @Rachel_eg

Florence Lacey

Florence Lacey (Spark) was last seen on Broadway in the critically acclaimed Kennedy Center production of Stephen Sondheim’s Follies. She made her Broadway debut as Irene Malloy in Hello Dolly! for which she won the Theatre World Award. And her biggest role was Eva Peron in Evita, a role she played on Broadway and on tour around the world. Her other Broadway credits include Fantine in Les Miserables; Marianne in The Grand Tour; and An Evening with Jerry Herman (Mac Award). Off Broadway she was seen in Sweetfeet, Elizabeth and Essex, Styne After Styne, and Under the Bridge. In regional theatre her shows  include, Pal Joey at Goodspeed Opera, A Little Night Music and Wings (Connecticut Critic’s Circle Award) at Connecticut Rep. At the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. she performed Sunday in the Park with George, Follies, and a staged concert version of My Fair Lady. The Tony winning Signature Theatre in Arlington Virginia has seen Flo in Sunset Blvd., The Rhythm Club, The Gospel According to Fishman, One Red Flower, Nevermore, Ace, Saving Aimee, Crossing, and Follies. She has concertized at Carnegie Hall in New York and The Hollywood Bowl in Los Angles, and performed in Symphonic Sondheim with the Hartford Symphony. Her recordings include: The Grand Tour (original cast); Hello Dolly! (30th anniversary recording); Evita (world tour recording); and Follies (40th anniversary recording). On TV she has been seen in One Life to Live, and sung on the Today Show and The David Letterman Show. She is married to Broadway conductor and music director Tim Stella and lives in beautiful Farmington Connecticut.

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Ron Raines (Charley) is a Tony Award nominee for the acclaimed production of Follies, Ron has had an illustrious international career spanning musical theater, opera, concert, and television. Born and raised in Texas, Ron Raines attended Oklahoma City University and The Juilliard School. He was a three-time Emmy and Soap Opera Digest Award nominee for his role as villain Alan Spaulding on CBS’s longest running daytime drama “Guiding Light.” Ron has appeared on “Elementary” and “Person Of Interest.” He starred on Broadway in Annie, Newsies, Chicago and Show Boat, and originated the role of Nick Longworth in Teddy and Alice with Len Cariou. He has delighted audiences around the world with his memorable starring roles in virtually every major American musical and operetta, including A Little Night Music, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, South Pacific, Annie, Kismet, Sayonara, Kiss Me Kate, The King and I, Naughty Marietta, The Merry Widow, Brigadoon, Rose Marie, Oklahoma!, Carousel, Side by Side by Sondheim, Guys and Dolls, and Man of La Mancha at the Covent Garden Festival. He has soloed with over 50 major American and international orchestras, including the Boston Pops, the Philly Pops, the BBC Concert Orchestra, the Jerusalem Symphony, and the Israel Philharmonic, and has performed at Carnegie Hall, the 92nd Street Y, Tanglewood, the London Palladium, Rainbow and Stars, and Royal Festival Hall. He has appeared on four PBS “Great Performances.” www.RonRainesOnline.com.

Ronald Bruce

Ronald Bruce Brady (Dancer) is excited to be joining the cast of I’ll Be Seeing You.  Recently he performed at the Olney Theatre Center in Evita, directed by Will Davis and choreographed by Christopher and Kelly D’Amboise, and Carmen: An Afro-Jazz Cuban Musical, directed by Moises Kaufman and choreographed by Sergio Trujillo. Having returned from traveling the globe aboard the Norwegian Epic, Ronnie is eager to break into the DC theatre scene. He gives all credit to God, and thanks his parents for their constant support and love.

Hannah Jennens headshot

Hannah Jennens (Dancer) is thrilled to be performing with the American Pops Orchestra! Originally from Virginia, Hannah resides in New York City where she performed in the Broadway Cares Gypsy of the Year opening number. She also work-shopped Born 2 Dance, a new show written by Stephan Schwartz (Princess Cruise Line). DC AREA: She was most recently seen in Catch Me If You Can at (NextStop Theatre Company), and Kiss Me Kate (NextStop Theatre Company). She has performed with Encore Theatrical Arts Project (ETAP) locally, in Greece, and Spain! She would like to thank her parents, and Rachel her stage mom for all their love and support. www.hannahjennens.com

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