CCM presents Stephen Flaherty tribute at New York's Carnegie Hall
CCM students and Broadway stars perform during a fundraising gala on Jan. 14, 2024
Recently dubbed by Playbill Magazine as one of Broadway’s “Big 10,” the UC College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) unites Broadway stars and current students in a one-night-only performance to honor Tony Award-winning composer Stephen Flaherty at Carnegie Hall in New York on Jan. 14, 2024.
The performance celebrates CCM’s Broadway impact and raises money for scholarships and educational initiatives at the college. Featuring 100 current CCM students from musical theatre, dance and orchestral studies, as well as an all-star lineup of alumni, the event honors CCM alumnus Stephen Flaherty (BM Composition, ’82), composer of works such as Once on This Island, Ragtime and Anastasia.
Originally presented at CCM for the college’s annual fundraising event in fall 2022, the performance features the music of Flaherty and his longtime writing partner, book writer/lyricist Lynn Ahrens. It was conceptualized and developed by the following CCM alumni: Producer Kevin McCollum (BFA Musical Theatre, ’84; HonDoc, '05), Producer Jim Semmelman (BFA Musical Theatre, ’76), Music Supervisor Jeffrey Saver (BM Piano, ’79), Writer David Goldsmith (BFA Musical Theatre, ’85) and Sarah Mizelle Miller (MA Arts Administration, ’11). CCM Senior Director of Development and Alumni Relations Elaine M. Cox (MA Arts Administration, ’20) serves as the managing producer.
Marcia Milgrom Dodge, who directed the original production at CCM, returns as the director/choreographer for the Carnegie Hall event. Also reprising their roles for the Carnegie Hall performance are CCM alums and Broadway veterans: Christy Altomare (BFA Musical Theatre, ’08), Ashley Brown (BFA Musical Theatre, ’04), Jason Graae (BFA Musical Theatre, ’80), Aaron Lazar (MFA Musical Theatre, ’00), Bryonha Marie (Broadway guest artist), Geoff Packard (BFA Musical Theatre, '04), Stephanie Jae Park (BFA Musical Theatre, '14) and Alton Fitzgerald White (Musical Theatre, att. 1983-86).
The core ensemble will be joined on stage by CCM Musical Theatre, Dance and Orchestral Studies students, conducted by Saver. Additional students from CCM Orchestral Conducting, Stage Management and Arts Administration will also travel to New York to work behind-the-scenes on the production. Help CCM get to New York by supporting students through sponsorship opportunities.
Musical selections will include never-before-performed selections from Flaherty’s childhood; the first song of Ahrens and Flaherty; a new song from the upcoming revival of My Favorite Year; songs from new Ahrens and Flaherty shows Little Dancer and Knoxville; the New York premiere of “The Lorax,” an epic sequence cut from Seussical; as well as favorites from Anastasia, Lucky Stiff, Once On This Island, A Man Of No Importance and Ragtime.
This prestigious concert event is conceived in the multimedia tradition of shows like the Broadway retrospective, “Sondheim on Sondheim.” Stephen Flaherty, in projected images and filmed interviews, will introduce each of the musical moments with anecdotes and personal perspectives on the collaborative, creative and commercial processes involved in each of the selections. The interviews, with videography by Tyler Milliron Studios, were conducted by David Goldsmith in and around Broadway and in Flaherty’s New York City home.
The evening will end with Flaherty himself speaking about how his experiences at CCM and in Cincinnati shaped his artistic world-view, and how his own education was only made possible through generous scholarship support.
Join CCM in New York
A Special Alumni Tribute and Benefit for CCM
7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14, 2024
Stern Auditorium/ Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall, New York
Directions and Parking
- Featuring the Music and Lyrics of Stephen Flaherty* and Lynn Ahrens
- Additional content provided by David Goldsmith*
- Music Supervision and Direction by Jeffrey Saver*
- Produced by Kevin McCollum*, Jim Semmelman*, Elaine M. Cox*
- Directed and Choreographed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge
- Lighting Design by Aiden Bezark*
- Video Design by Tyler Milliron
- Production Stage Manager: Kali Ashurst**
- Sound Designer: Dan Gerhard
- Puppet Designer: Jamie Bressler*
- Featuring “The Glorious Ones” Guest Ensemble: Christy Altomare*, Ashley Brown*, Jason Graae*, Aaron Lazar*, Bryonha Marie, Geoff Packard*, Stephanie Jae Park*, Alton Fitzgerald White*
- CCM Student Performances by CCM Musical Theatre, CCM Dance and CCM Orchestral Students (full student list to be announced)
*denotes CCM alumni
**denotes current CCM student
CHRISTY ALTOMARE (BFA Musical Theatre, ’08)
Christy Altomare originated the role of Anya in the Broadway production of Anastasia for which she received the Theatre World Award and was nominated for an Outer Critics Award and a Drama Desk Award for lead actress in a musical. She made her Broadway debut playing the role of Sophie Sheridan in Mamma Mia! Off-Broadway, Christy portrayed the role of Sue Snell in MCC’s revival of Carrie the Musical. Christy can be heard in the cast recordings of both Anastasia and Carrie. She toured the country in the first national tour of Spring Awakening, playing the role of Wendla Bergman. Regional credits include Jerusha Abbott in John Caird and Paul Gordon’s production of Daddy Long Legs, Guinevere in Camelot at Drury Lane in Chicago, Nellie Forbush in South Pacific at the Aspen Music Festival, Susan Butterfield in The Wanderer at the Papermill and most recently, Scarlet in Noir. Christy is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Along with her passion for musical theater, she is a songwriter/recording artist, who currently released her new album of original music called "Wandering Bird." You can follow Christy’s day to day life @ChristyAltomare on Twitter and Instagram / @Christy.Altomare on TikTok.
ASHLEY BROWN (BFA Musical Theatre, ’04)
Ashley Brown originated the title role in Mary Poppins on Broadway, for which she received Outer Critics, Drama League, and Drama Desk nominations for Best Actress. Ms. Brown also starred in the national tour of Mary Poppins, garnering a Garland award for “Best Performance in a Musical.” Ms. Brown’s other Broadway credits include Belle in The Beauty and The Beast and the national tour of Disney’s On The Record. Ms. Brown most recently starred as Mother Abbess in multiple Tony Award winning director Jack O’Brien’s new production of The Sound of Music. Starring in the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s production of Oklahoma brought her further critical acclaim. She previously played Magnolia opposite Nathan Gunn in Francesca Zembello’s Showboat at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Ms. Brown has performed with virtually all of the top orchestras in North America, including the Boston Pops, the New York Philharmonic, The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra at Disney Hall, The Pittsburgh Symphony, the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall (five times), Fort Worth Symphony, the Cincinnati Pops, Philadelphia Orchestra (two times), the Milwaukee Symphony, the Indianapolis Symphony (three times), Seattle Symphony, the Houston Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Jacksonville (twice), and the Philly Pops. She has also performed with the BBC orchestra opposite Josh Groban. Ms. Brown made her solo concert debut at The Kennedy Center as part of Barbara Cook’s Spotlight Series, and has appeared in New York City at prestigious venues Feinstein’s at the Regency and Birdland. Other projects include star turns in The Golden Apple at City Center Encores, Hello Dolly at The Goodspeed Opera House, The Sound of Music at the St. Louis MUNY (for which she won a Kevin Kline award), Limelight at the La Jolla Playhouse, and her own PBS special entitled “Ashley Brown: Call Me Irresponsible,” which received a PBS Telly. Other television credits include NBC’s The Sound of Music. Ms. Brown is the voice of Disneyland’s 60th anniversary celebrations, singing the newly-penned Richard Sherman song “A Kiss Goodnight.” Both Ms. Brown’s album of Broadway and American Songbook standards “Speak Low” and her newly recorded Christmas EP “The Secret of Christmas” are available on Ghostlight/Warner Brothers. Ms. Brown is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
Tony nominee and Emmy winner Liz Callaway made her Broadway debut in Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along. She has gone on to star in Baby, Miss Saigon, The Look of Love, The Three Musketeers, and for 5 years appeared as Grizabella in Cats. Off-Broadway appearances include The Spitfire Grill (Drama Desk nomination), Marry Me a Little and Brownstone. Regional and international credits include the oneperson play “Every Brilliant Thing”, Dot in Sunday in the Park with George, Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard, and the European premiere of Sondheim on Sondheim at London’s Royal Festival Hall. Liz sang the Academy Award nominated song “Journey to the Past” in the animated feature "Anastasia." Other film work includes Jasmine in the two "Aladdin" sequels, "The Swan Princess," and "The Rewrite" with Hugh Grant. Her extensive concert and symphony career has included appearances in London, Paris, Vietnam, Australia, China, and nearly every major city in the U.S. She performs regularly with her sister Ann Hampton Callaway, as well as composer Stephen Schwartz, and has had the pleasure of singing with Jimmy Webb, Paul Williams, and the legendary Johnny Mathis. Liz has eight solo recordings including her newest album, "To Steve With Love: Liz Callaway Celebrates Sondheim." www.lizcallaway.com @LizGoesOn
JASON GRAAE (BFA Musical Theatre, ’80)
Jason Graae has been featured on Broadway in A Grand Night for Singing, Falsettos, Stardust, Snoopy!, Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?. Off- Broadway shows include the original casts of Forever Plaid, Olympus on My Mind, Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh (Drama Desk Nomination-Best Actor in a Musical) and many more. National Tours include Wicked, (The Wizard), Falsettos, (Mendel), and the Los Angeles production of Ragtime. (Houdini) Jason made his Metropolitan Opera House debut as the male vocalist in Twyla Tharp’s Everlast with American Ballet Theatre. Jason has performed his one man show all over the country, winning 4 Bistro Awards and 2 N.Y Nightlife Awards. His critically acclaimed show with Faith Prince, The Prince and the Showboy has played all over the US, winning a New York Nightlife Award and a Robby for best duo. In Los Angeles, Jason won the L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award for outstanding achievement in musical theatre. He originated Forbidden Hollywood and Forbidden Broadway Y2KLA! (Ovation Award). At The Hollywood Bowl, he played Benny in Guys and Dolls and Marcellus in The Music Man and with LA Opera, he was featured in The Merry Widow and The Grand Duchess. For 3 years, he starred as Scrooge in the world premiere of “Scrooge in Love” in San Francisco (Theatre Bay Award). On television, Jason has appeared on many shows including “Six Feet Under”, “Rude Awakening”, “Friends”, “Frasier”, “Sabrina the Teenage Witch”, “Living Single”, ”Caroline in the City”, “Providence”, etc. On PBS, he was a guest soloist twice with the Boston Pops, sang with Marvin Hamlisch and the National Symphony in “Holiday for the Troops at The Kennedy Center” and was in the Jerry Herman documentary “Words and Music by Jerry Herman.” He has been heard on many cartoons and for 5 and 1/2 years was the voice of “Lucky, the Leprechaun” for Lucky Charms Cereal. Jason has recorded over 70 CDs, including original cast albums, concerts, compilations, and 3 solo CDs. With Musical Theatre Guild, Jason most recently directed “Follies” at The Broad Theatre in Los Angeles. Jasongraae.com @jasongraae
AARON LAZAR (MFA Musical Theatre, ’00)
Aaron Lazar is a SAG Award and Connecticut Critics Circle Award winner and Drama Desk Award nominee who has starred in 11 Broadway productions. He debuted in The Phantom of the Opera; originated roles in the world premieres of A Tale of Two Cities, Impressionism and The Last Ship; starred in the revivals of A Little Night Music and Les Miserables; and romanced audiences in The Light in the Piazza at Lincoln Center and Live from Lincoln Center on PBS. He also starred as Larry Murphy in the first national tour of the Tony Award-winning smash Dear Evan Hansen and as Dr. Neville Craven in The Secret Garden at The Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles. On film and television, Aaron can be seen in The Daniel’s Academy Award winning film Everything, Everywhere All At Once and Season 5 of Yellowstone. He has worked with legendary directors Clint Eastwood (J.Edgar), Martin Scorsese (The Wolf of Wall Street), Shawn Levy (This is Where I Leave You), Mary Harron (The Notorious Bettie Page) and The Russo Brothers (Avengers: Infinity War & Avengers: Endgame). Aaron was also one of the stars of “Filthy Rich” on FOX. Other arcs: “Quantico”, “The Strain”, “Girl Meets World,” and “The Onion News Network.” As a singer Aaron has been a guest artist with some of the world’s top symphonies, including The New York Philharmonic, The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, The National Symphony Orchestra at The Kennedy Center, The Boston Pops, The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra at Masada, The English National Opera Orchestra and The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. His acclaimed concerts Broadway to Hollywood and All For You — with Tony Award nominee Kate Baldwin, have played cabaret clubs and PACs around the US. As a producer, Mr. Lazar created the album Broadway Lullabies — a collection of Broadway’s biggest stars singing Broadway hits reimagined as lullabies, is streaming everywhere. BA - Duke University. MFA - University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Aaron is an honorary board member of the Tennessee Arts Academy serving arts teachers K-12. www.aaronlazar.com @aaronscottlazar
Bryonha Marie is thrilled to help celebrate the legacy of Stephen Flaherty and remain in service to her brilliant husband, David Goldsmith! Broadway: Prince of Broadway; Book of Mormon; After Midnight; The Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess; Ragtime (revival). Off Broadway/NY: A Commercial Jingle for Regina Comet (Regina Comet), Promenade (Servant); Candide (Paquette); NY Philharmonic’s Showboat and Sweeney Todd (Beggar Woman); Ragtime @ Lincoln Center; National Tours: Falsettos (Dr. Charlotte). Concert: New York Philharmonic, San Diego Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra (MASS), Jacksonville Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, 92Y Lyrics & Lyricists. Regional: Sister Act (Deloris Van Cartier, The Muny), Sweeney Todd (Mrs. Lovett; Signature), Lie After (Beth; Goodman Theatre) *Jeff Award Nomination, Sound of Music (Mother Abbess; Muny), DAVE (Susan; Arena Stage) *Helen Hayes Nomination, The Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess (Serena; ART); Ragtime (Sarah’s Friend; Kennedy Center); Civil War (Networks); Hair (Dionne; Sacramento Music Circus); Dreamgirls (Effie White; NSMT), Little Shop of Horrors (Plant; BTG), and many more! Television: How to Die Alone (Hulu); SpongeBob Musical LIVE; Madame Secretary; Showboat and Sweeney Todd LIVE @ Lincoln Center for PBS (Emmy); 66th/68th Annual Tony Awards; The Today Show. Twitter/Instagram: @BryonhaMarie
GEOFF PACKARD (BFA Musical Theatre, '04)
As an actor, Geoff Packard has been seen on Broadway in Bandstand, Matilda, Rock of Ages, and Phantom of The Opera, as well as the First National Tour of Wicked, and has performed across the country at theatres such as: Papermill Playhouse, Goodman Theatre, Arena Stage, Shakespeare Theatre (DC), Ford’s Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre, Signature Theatre (DC), Huntington Theatre, Court Theatre, Bucks County Playhouse, KC Rep, and Goodspeed Opera House. Geoff has a Joseph Jefferson award (Chicago) a Helen Hayes Award (DC) and a IRNE Award (Boston) for Leading Actor in a Musical. As a soloist, Geoff has sung with Toronto, Detroit, Cincinnati, and Sioux City Symphonies. Geoff is an Assistant Professor of Acting/Directing at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. As a director Geof has worked on Water By the Spoonful, The Exonerated, Myths and Hymns and For The Record at the University of Michigan. BFA: University of Cincinnati (CCM) MFA: from SUNY Stony Brook.
STEPHANIE JAE PARK (BFA Musical Theatre, '14)
You may have seen Stephanie Jae Park burning up the stage as Eliza in the Broadway company of Hamilton. While Stephanie is better known for singing the contemporary/hip-hop Hamilton Score, she actually grew up as a classical singer and dancer. Stephanie’s classical training landed her a role in the Original Broadway Cast of The King and I as a Tuptim understudy and featured dancer, as well as in the Original Broadway Cast of War Paint. Other theatre credits include: Cinderella (1st National Tour, Marie u/s), Sunday in the Park (NYCC), The King and I (The Muny, Tuptim), The Music Man (BMA, Marian), Oklahoma! (Lyric Opera of Chicago), etc. She’s dabbled in the TV/Film world with such roles as Pen, Again (Pen), The Blessing (Brittany), and The Nanny (Christie). Stephanie is also a singer/songwriter, and recently released an original debut album Fire to My Air with her new music group, Saffron Lips @ saffronlips, available on all streaming platforms! So much love and gratitude to CCM, CLA, No Reverse Records, and the Park fam. @stephanieslaypark
ALTON FITZGERALD WHITE (Musical Theatre, att. 1983-86)
After completing a recordbreaking 4,308 performances as King Mufasa in Disney’s The Lion King on Broadway, Alton Fitzgerald White added Author and in-demand Keynote Speaker to his growing list of titles. Both his book and the audiobook of My Pride: Mastering The Challenge Of Daily Performance, an inspirational biography filled with secrets to fulfillment and joy in work and life published by Disney Editions, have been nominated for several major national book awards. Other Broadway starring roles include Mister in The Color Purple, Coalhouse Walker Jr. in Ragtime, Ken in Smokey Joe’s Cafe, John in Miss Saigon and The Hawker in The Who’s Tommy. Alton made his West End debut as Ken in Smokey Joe’s Cafe in London and has performed concert dates all over the world including engagements with the BBC Orchestra at London’s legendary Royal Albert Hall, Carnegie Hall, The Boston Pops, Tanglewood, Tokyo International Forum, The Atlanta Symphony, Wolftrap to name a few including The Cincinnati Pops where he recently made his directorial debut with the US Premiere of the New Symphonic Version of Ragtime: The Musical. Alton also co-produced his best-selling CD, Disney My Way!, full of re-imagined Disney on Broadway classics and he has appeared on the big screen opposite Oscar winners Nicole Kidman and Marcia Gay Harden and Oscar nominee Sam Elliott. He was also featured in The Pulitzer Prize winning and Emmy Award Winning RENT LIVE which was performed on FOX television. Alton’s resume includes Guest Star roles on the hit TV series Law And Order, The Blacklist, The Good Fight, Law And Order-S.V.U., Madam Secretary, Elementary, Mind Hunter, Code Black, FBI and a recurring role on Bull as Judge Tahani. He is featured in the latest season of Dexter and has featured roles in Let The Right One In for Showtime and Dear Edward for Apple TV. He can presently be seen in the long-awaited 2023 summer blockbuster Indiana Jones 5. Alton has written for several major magazines including a cover story about his detailed experience with racial profiling for The Nation Magazine titled Ragtime My Time that has since appeared in publications all over the world and in dozens of college textbooks where the article is studied for its content and structure. Alton’s popular TEDx Talk—Redefining Service To Dream The Impossible Dream–can be found online.
STEPHEN FLAHERTY (BM Composition, ’82)
Stephen Flaherty is a composer for theater, film and the concert hall. With longtime collaborator Lynn Ahrens, he won Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for the Broadway musical Ragtime and was nominated for two Academy Awards and two Golden Globes for the animated feature film Anastasia, which they also adapted for Broadway. Additional Broadway credits include Once On This Island (Tony Award, Best Revival), Seussical, Rocky, My Favorite Year, Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life (original songs) and Neil Simon’s Proposals (incidental music.) Off-Broadway and regional credits include A Man Of No Importance, The Glorious Ones and Dessa Rose (all three at Lincoln Center Theatre); Lucky Stiff (Playwrights Horizons), Little Dancer (Kennedy Center and Seattle 5th Avenue), In Your Arms (Old Globe) and Loving Repeating: A Musical Of Gertrude Stein (About Face.) Upcoming: Little Dancer and Knoxville. Film includes Anastasia, After The Storm, Lucky Stiff and Nasrin. Additional awards include London’s Olivier (Best Musical), Chicago’s Joseph Jefferson (Best Musical) and four Grammy nominations. He serves on Council for the Dramatists Guild of America and co-founded the DGF Fellows Program for Emerging Writers with Lynn Ahrens. In 2014 Ahrens and Flaherty received the Oscar Hammerstein Award for Lifetime Achievement and in 2015 they were inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame. www.ahrensandflaherty.com
KEVIN MCCOLLUM (BFA Musical Theatre, ’84; HonDoc, ’05)
Kevin McCollum (Producer) received the Tony Award for Best Musical for Rent (1996), Avenue Q (2004) and In the Heights (2008). Current: SIX (Broadway, U.S. tour); Olivier Award-winning The Play That Goes Wrong (Off-Broadway), Mrs. Doubtfire (UK). Credits: Mrs. Doubtfire (Broadway); Motown: The Musical (Broadway, West End, U.K. and U.S. tours); The Drowsy Chaperone (Broadway, UK); Something Rotten! (Broadway, U.S. tour); Hand to God (Broadway, West End); Mike Birbiglia’s The New One (Broadway, U.S. tour); Baz Luhrmann’s La Bohème; [title of show] (Broadway); Irving Berlin’s White Christmas (Broadway, tour); and the 2009 revival of West Side Story (Broadway, tour). McCollum also produced the West Side Story film (2021) directed by Steven Spielberg. Upcoming Musicals: The Devil Wears Prada, The Notebook, Night At The Museum.
JIM SEMMELMAN (BFA Musical Theatre, ’76)
Jim Semmelman (Conceived by and Producer) is a director, producer, choreographer, writer, lyricist, and stage manager with more than 30 years experience in theater, television and film. He has served as director/choreographer for productions including the national tour of SRO Standing Room Only, as well as regional productions of Grease, Jesus Christ Superstar, Working, Side by Side by Sondheim, his original children’s Christmas musical, Mooseltoe, and many more. Jim has been stage manager/ production stage manager for live theater productions on Broadway (Hello Dolly with Carol Channing, An Evening with Jerry Herman, Barrymore, Meet Me in St. Louis and Oh Kay! with Brian Stokes Mitchell); for National Tours (Hello Dolly, An Evening with Jerry Herman, Barrymore, Dancing at Lughnasa, Nunsense II); and Off-Broadway (Vagina Monologues and Chicago at City Center), among others. In addition, he has worked on numerous regional theater productions including at paper Mill Playhouse, Duke University, Court Theater in Chicago, and more. Jim served as stage manager for 13 years at the TODAY Show at NBC where he also stage managed Conan O’Brien, the Christmas Tree Lighting at Rockefeller Center, Nightly News with Brian Williams and the daytime soap opera, Another World. He has also been stage manager for ABC’s Rachel Ray Show, The Katie Couric Show, The View and recently Nick Cannon, and on productions for CBS, VH1, and the feature film “The Sisters”. Jim lives in Garrison with his husband, Ray Disco.
MARCIA MILGOM DODGE (Guest Artist)
“MMD” (Director and Choreographer) is a Tony & Drama Desk & Astaire Award nominated director & choreographer for her stirring & lovingly staged Broadway-Kennedy Center revival of Ragtime (Helen Hayes Award winner for Outstanding Director.) Television: Dodge appears as herself in Disney+ "Encore!" (Episode 1: Annie & Episode 12 Ragtime) and choreographed an Emmy-winning episode of "Sesame Street-The Tango Festival" and Elmo’s "Wild West" video. Some of Dodge’s bold new approaches to classic plays & musicals include Disney’s Beauty & The Beast & Once The Musical (Olney Theatre Center), Evita (Drury Lane & Riverside); Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Meet Me In St. Louis, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Buddy!, Young Frankenstein, The Addams Family (The Muny); Hello Dolly!, Fiddler On The Roof, The King & I (Maltz Jupiter Theatre); The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time (St. Louis Rep & Cincinnati Playhouse); The Secret Garden (Cincinnati Playhouse & Center Stage); Smokey Joe’s Cafe (The Muny & Drury Lane/Jeff Award for Best Revival.) Exciting premieres include Maltby & Shire’s Closer Than Ever (Off-Broadway), William Finn’s Romance in Hard Times (Public Theater), Sense & Sensibility, The Musical (Denver Center), Empire (La Mirada) and Sherlock Holmes & The West End Horror (co-written with husband Anthony Dodge-Bay Street Theatre-Edgar Award nomination for Best Mystery Play). MMD is also a wife, a mother, a teacher, and a proud member of the Stage Directors & Choreographers Society (SDC). @marciamilgromdodge
DAVID GOLDSMITH (BFA Musical Theatre, ’85)
David Goldsmith (Writer/ Curator/ Interviews/ Parody Lyrics) is a playwright, bookwriter, lyricist, composer and “script doctor.” He is currently represented at the National Theatre of Israel in Tel Aviv with book & lyrics for Masada 1942 (Shuki Levy, music, Moshe Kepten, dir). BROADWAY: Motown The Musical (“script consultant,” book & lyrics), also London’s West End (Shaftesbury Theatre), two US National tours, and a UK tour. WEST END: book & lyrics for Imagine This (New London Theatre and Theatre Royal Plymouth, a filmed production of which aired on PBS and is part of the ShopPBS catalogue, as well as a 2017 revival at the Union Theatre off-West End.) OFF-BROADWAY: Invisible Thread (Story Consultant), 2nd Stage Theatre, Diane Paulus, dir. LOS ANGELES: Having It All (book/lyrics; Ovation nominee, Best Musical, Best Book; also Laguna Playhouse). NEXT: Good Man (book, music & lyrics), Fallout (book, with music and lyrics by Dmitry Koltunov, official selection of the 35th NAMT Festival, 2023), and Dickens’ Little Dorrit (lyrics, with music by Paul Gordon and book by David & John Caird, directed by Caird). TELEVISION: lyrics for the song “My Once Upon A Time,” from “Descendants 3,” music by John Kavanaugh, performed by Dove Cameron, Disney Channel. Also for Disney, lyrics for all the songs from “A Mickey Mouse Christmas”and “Mickey and Friends Trick or Treats,” “Mickey’s Halloween, A Tale Of Two Witches” (2021), music by Beau Black. David lives in Manhattan with his wife, Broadway's Bryonha Marie.
JEFFREY SAVER (BM Piano, ’79)
Jeffrey Saver (Music Direction/Additional Orchestrations/ Arrangements) composed the musicals Dodsworth (starring Hal Linden & Dee Hoty) and Time After Time with collaborator Stephen Cole. Composed music for the documentary film "In My Hands" (directed/produced by Ann Reinking). He has written and arranged special material for Chita Rivera, Christine Baranski, Bebe Neuwirth and many others. Broadway (partial): Allegiance, (starring Lea Salonga and George Takei), End Of The Rainbow (B’way and LA productions), Sister Act, Chicago, Kiss Of The Spider Woman, Into The Woods, Sunday in the Park with George, The Secret Garden, The Rink, and A Chorus Line. Off Broadway (partial): A World To Win: the songs of Sheldon Harnick, The Fantasticks, Lucky Stiff. Tours: Dancin’ (U.S. and Japan), A Chorus Line (Paris). Regional (partial): Annie, Sweeney Todd (with George Hearn and Judy Kaye) at Paper Mill Playhouse; Merrily We Roll Along and A Wonderful Life at Arena Stage; Arthur at the Goodspeed Opera House. Musical supervised a benefit concert for The Actor’s Fund of A Wonderful Life (starring Brian Stokes Mitchell, Judy Kuhn, and David Hyde-Pierce). Cast albums include: Time After Time/Dodsworth – New Songs from New Musicals (featuring Judy Blazer, Christian Borle, Liz Callaway and Walter Charles), Chicago (both Broadway & Soundtrack); Kiss of the Spider Woman (with Vanessa Williams); Lucky Stiff. He is a proud graduate of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where he subsequently taught in the musical theatre department. Additionally, he taught at Point Park University as a music director and teaching artist-in-residence. Honored to be a founding member of NewArts (formerly the 12/14 Foundation) in Newtown, CT where he music directed From Broadway With Love; A Benefit Concert For Sandy Hook (broadcast on PBS), and many of their productions. Participated in several productions for Encores at City Center. Has also music directed productions at several universities around the country. Just before the theatres shuttered (due to Covid-19), he music directed a concert at the York Theatre of Sheldon Harnick’s work (featuring Sheldon Harnick, Rebecca Luker, Liz Callaway, and Karen Ziemba). Recently conducted a production of Candide at Skylight Music Theatre in Milwaukee, WI. Mr. Saver is honored to make his conducting debut at Carnegie Hall honoring his dear friend Stephen Flaherty for CCM, where they first met.
LEEDS HILL (BFA Musical Theatre, ’11)
Leeds Hill (Assistant Choreographer) is thrilled to be back at CCM! CCM Musical Theatre grad, 2011. Broadway: Cabaret (Bobby/Emcee u/s). He understudied Alan Cumming and played the Emcee 7 times on Broadway. National Tours: Cabaret, Mary Poppins (Neleus). Select Regional: Lumiere u/s (understudying Gavin Lee) in Beauty and the Beast (Paper Mill Playhouse), Greg in A Chorus Line (TUTS), Ozzie in Jerome Robbin’s Broadway (The Muny). Immense gratitude to Marcia Milgrom Dodge for this opportunity! Love to my family for all of their support! @leedshill
JAMIE BRESSLER (BFA Theatre Design and Production, ’09)
Jamie Bressler (Puppet Design/Build) has been building puppets for over 10 years. She began her career at Den Design Studio providing creations for television, Broadway and film; including "Saturday Night Live" and "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver." Working with the Jim Henson Co and Puppet Kitchen International, she has contributed work to "Sesame Street," "The Happy Time Murders" (2018), and Beauty and the Beast (directed by John Tartaglia Maltz Jupiter Theater). Jamie is currently working with James Ortiz on Disney’s Hercules coming to Papermill Playhouse in 2023. BFA, CCM Class of 2009. jamiebressler.com
TYLER MILLIRON (Guest Artist)
Tyler Milliron (Video Designer) is a California born, New York based Cinematographer, Producer and Editor. Tyler owns and operates Milliron Studios, a media assets company designed to “Helping Creatives Create” by combating stratification in the arts, creating media opportunities both in front of and behind the scenes for artists and businesses at all levels. He combines years of music, fine art, and performance with his producorial sensibilities, which has led him to a unique position helping Theatre and theatrical conventions transition into cinema. MillironStudios.com
AIDEN BEZARK (Lighting Designer)
Aiden is a New York City-based lighting designer who specializes in musical theatre and other live performances, and particularly enjoys working on new theatre through all stages of development. He is a graduate of the Lighting Design and Technology program at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). Aiden’s recent credits include the premiere production of WALKING WITH BUBBLES (Lighting Design) at the AMT Theater, A MUSICAL ABOUT STAR WARS (Lighting Design) at the AMT Theater, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (Lighting Design) at the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, NEWSICAL (Lighting Design) at the AMT Theater, the premiere production of MISTRESSES: A New American Play (Assistant Lighting Design) at Theatre Row, the premiere production of KEEPER OF THE REALM (Lighting Design) at The Carnegie and LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (Lighting Design) produced by The Carnegie at Covington Plaza Amphitheater, the Cincinnati Ballet’s THE NUTCRACKER and SWAN LAKE (Assistant Lighting Design) at Cincinnati’s Music Hall. aidenbezark.design @aidenbezark
DAN GERHARD (Sound Designer)
Dan is an Emmy award winner for his work on "Jesus Christ Super Star." He has designed and engineered many live telecast events such as "The Wiz Live!" "Showtime At the Apollo," "America’s Got Talent," "Comedy Central Presents," "American’s Next Big Deal," "X Factor," The Tony Awards, The Grammy Awards, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and numerous other specials. Dan has created studio designs for The Late Show (with David Letterman as well as Steven Colbert), :John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, Survivor, The View, and The Today Show. He is the sound designer for the New York Pops Orchestra. He is also the main mixer for the Video Music Awards, Global Citizen Concert and numerous Presidential Inaugurations. During Covid, Dan was integral to the creation of the artificial crowd for the NBA Restart in Orlando and mixed the New York Philharmonic for the re-opening of New York concert, We Love New York!, in Central Park. For over 30 years, Dan was responsible for the sound design and music production for the famed Radio City Christmas Spectacular and its touring company Christmas Across America. He has designed theatrical and multimedia shows in the US, Europe, and Japan. Recent credits include A Taste of Things to Come, The Last Two People on Earth, An Evening with Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin; Sinatra – His Voice, His World, His Way, and John Lithgow’s Stories By Heart. Dan is also an accomplished flutist and graduate of the Eastman School of Music and has performed with the NY Philharmonic, the San Diego Symphony, and the Met Opera.
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