DON'T RAIN ON MY PARADE: 75 YEARS OF STREISAND

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January 13, 2017 at 8 PM | Lisner Auditorium

Legendary artist and ten-time Grammy winner Barbra Streisand marks her 75th birthday in 2017. Celebrating this iconic star and songs from Broadway to Pop and everything in between, this program demonstrates why the music of Barbra Streisand remains a centerpiece of the American Songbook and why, much like a milestone birthday and the artist herself, her music deserves great celebration. Hosted by TV’s Fran Drescher, featuring a parade of special Broadway guests, including Amber Iman (Shuffle Along), Lindsay Mendez (Wicked), Laura Osnes (Cinderella), Will and Anthony Nunziata (NY Pops, Carnegie Hall), Lucia Spina (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), and DC favorite Bayla Whitten!

DATE: Friday, January 13, 2017
TIME: 8 PM
LOCATION: Lisner Auditorium (730 21st St., NW, Washington, DC 20052)

Fran Drescher

Fran Drescher (Host)

Fran Drescher has a reputation for passion and commitment. Her portrayal as the lovable “Miss Fine” on CBS’s hit series The Nanny, which she created & executive produced, earned her two Emmy and two Golden Globe nominations.

An accomplished author, Fran received the prestigious NCCS writer’s award for Cancer Schmancer, which was a New York Times bestseller as was her autobiography Enter Whining.

A 16-year uterine cancer survivor, Fran turns pain into purpose through her leadership as a cancer advocate. Her mission is to shift America’s focus toward proactive healthcare. As Founder, President and Visionary of the non-profit Cancer Schmancer Movement, she focuses on three prongs to fight the disease: Early Detection, Prevention and Advocacy.

Fran uses her unique voice on Capitol Hill to advocate for a range of health issues and has won countless awards for her leadership in the health space, including the John Wayne Institute Woman of Achievement Award, the Gilda Award, and the City of Hope Woman of the Year Award.

Amber Iman

Amber Iman

Broadway: Shuffle Along (Eva/Mattie Wilkes), Soul Doctor, (Nina Simone). Off-Broadway: A Civil War Christmas (NYTW), and RENT (New World Stages). Regional: Man of La Mancha (Shakespeare Theatre Company, Helen Hayes Award Nominee, Best Actress in a Musical), Into the Woods (Alliance Theatre), Stick Fly (Arena Stage/Huntington Theatre, IRNE Award Nominee, Best Supporting Actress). BFA: Howard University. 2013 Clive Barnes Award Nominee. Most recently, Amber produced “Broadway for Black Lives Matter”, and is a proud founding member of the Broadway Advocacy Coalition. amberiman.com

Lindsay Mendez

Lindsay Mendez will be seen this spring on Broadway starring in Joshua Harmon’s highly-acclaimed new play, Significant Other. On Broadway, she starred as Elphaba in the smash hit, Wicked. Her time there included performances on The Today Show and The Katie Couric show, in celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the production. She received a Drama Desk Nomination, Outer Critics Circle Nomination, and a Drama League nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Musical for her performance as Rose Fenny in the Off-Broadway musical Dogfight. Lindsay was one of the stars of the Broadway Revival of Godspell at the Circle in the Square Theatre. In 2010, she was seen on Broadway as a Mennonette to Sherie Rene Scott in Roundabout’s Tony-nominated production of Everyday Rapture. She made her Broadway debut as Jan in the 2007 revival of Grease, directed by Kathleen Marshall. Off-Broadway, she has appeared in Dogfight (2nd Stage), Everyday Rapture (2nd Stage), Significant Other (Roundabout), and The Marvelous Wonderettes (West Side Theatre). Other favorite credits include: The Rose Tattoo (Williamstown Theater Festival), The Winter’s Tale (Shakespeare in the Park, Delacorte), and 21 Chump Street as part of This American Life LIVE (BAM).

She has performed in concert with the Lincoln Center American Songbook, Annapolis Symphony, and the Hartford Symphony. Notable New York venues include Feinstein’s, Birdland, Subculture, the Delacorte, Joe’s Pub and 54 Below. Last year, she was a featured singer inducting Marvin Hamlisch’s music into the Library of Congress in Washington D.C.

Lindsay is a renowned voice and acting coach for artists around the country. With composer Ryan Scott Oliver, she co-owns and runs Actor Therapy, an NYC based musical theater master-class series that mentors artists navigating the performing arts industry. www.actortherapynyc.com.

Her debut album with jazz pianist Marco Paguia entitled This Time, is available for purchase on iTunes. @lindsaymendez

The Nunziatas

Will & Anthony Nunziata

Entertainers, recording artists and advocates of arts nolvadex buy online uk in education, Will & Anthony Nunziata are the Brooklyn-born, classically trained singing and comedy brother duo hailed by The Huffington Post as “a nearly impossible pairing of talent, stage presence and charisma.”

Will & Anthony recently performed in two sold-out concerts in their Carnegie Hall debut as the headlining guest artists alongside with the New York Pops for their annual Holiday concerts on December 16 & 17, 2016.

The brothers have brought their distinct take on classic & contemporary songs to performing arts centers and theaters, as well as symphony concerts with orchestras such as the New York Pops, Detroit Symphony, Cleveland Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Lancaster Symphony, Annapolis Symphony, Cape Cod Symphony, Toledo Symphony, and Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.

Featured on Good Morning America and The Rachael Ray Show, Will & Anthony studied comedy at the famed Upright Citizen’s Brigade and are most proud to have created their Arts in Education Outreach Initiative and Master Class Workshops in which they visit schools and students providing education and inspiration in supporting the arts as a significant component of young peoples’ lives.

Separately, Will is an acclaimed stage director and Anthony an emerging songwriter whose original songs are featured on the brothers’ EP “The Gift Is You.”

Stay up to date with Will & Anthony on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @willandanthony.

For more information, visit www.WillandAnthony.com.

Laura Osnes

Laura Osnes will return to Broadway this spring in the new musical Bandstand after creating the role of Julia Trojan in the Paper Mill Playhouse production. Her other Broadway credits include the title role in Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Drama Desk Award; Tony, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League and Astaire Award nominations), Bonnie in Bonnie and Clyde (Tony Award nomination), after creating the role at Asolo Repertory Theatre and La Jolla Playhouse (San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Award), Hope Harcourt in the Tony Award winning revival of Anything Goes (Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and Astaire Award nominations), Nellie Forbush in Lincoln Center Theater’s production of South Pacific, and Sandy in the most recent revival of Grease. Other New York/regional credits include The Threepenny Opera (Drama Desk Award nomination) at the Atlantic Theater Company; City Center Encores! productions of The Band WagonRandy Newman’s Faust, and Pipe DreamThe Sound of Music in concert at Carnegie Hall; Carousel opposite Steven Pasquale at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Broadway: Three Generations at the Kennedy Center. On television, she has been seen on the CBS series “Elementary”, in the HBO pilot “The Miraculous Year”, Sondheim: The Birthday Concert at Avery Fisher Hall, HBO’s documentary Six By Sondheim, and the Kennedy Center Honors salutes to Barbara Cook (2011) and Dustin Hoffman (2012). Her many concerts and cabarets include performing with Michael Feinstein, the New York Philharmonic, The New York Pops, The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, The Boston Pops, and the Pasadena Pops, as well as appearing in such venues as Carnegie Hall, The Café Carlyle, 54 Below, Lincoln Center, NJPAC, The Smith Center in Las Vegas, and MN Orchestra Hall. In addition to being heard on several cast recordings, Laura has two solo albums, Dream A Little Dream: Live at The Café Carlyle and If I Tell You: The Songs of Maury Yeston.

Lucia Spina

Lucia Spina was named Best Female Vocalist for BroadwayWorld’s 2015 Cabaret Awards for her appearances at Joe’s Pub, Town Hall, and most notably Feinstein’s/54 Below where she is a regular of the series Sondheim Unplugged, 54 Sings, and Simply Streisand to name a few. Her Broadway credits include Rona in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Enid in Legally Blonde, Les Miserables, South Pacific and the original cast of Kinky Boots. Off-Broadway credits include the original casts of Miller & Tysen’s Fugitive Songs, as well as Silence! The Musical (Catherine Martin/Senator Martin) and it’s original cast album. Regional appearances include the Venticelli in Kwame Kwei-Armah’s production of Amadeus at Centerstage, Nurse/Mrs. & Harriett in Sunday In The Park With George, and Osgood in Anyone Can Whistle both at the Ravinia Festival directed by Lonny Price with musical direction by Paul Gemignani. Proud graduate of North Central College. www.luciaspina.com

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Bayla Whitten

Bayla won Broadway World’s ‘Best Actress In A Musical’ for her role in Jaques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris. Her favorite credits include: LONDON: WEST END: Les Miserables, No One in the World, The Lord of the Rings, promo; REGIONAL: Girlstar, Elmer Gantry, Beaches, Camelot, My Fair Lady, Two Gentlemen of Verona (a rock opera), Chess, Saturday Night, Merrily We Roll Along, Christmas Carol 1941, The Boy Detective Fails; NEW YORK: Lady, Hurricane, In The Ebb. Bayla trained at The Royal Academy of Music and London School of Musical Theatre. She released her first album Something Wonderful, the music of Carole King, which she recorded at the JCCNV last year. Bayla can also be seen around town singing with the band Bittersweet. www.baylawhitten.com

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