Saturday, January 14, 2017
Mayo Performing Arts Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, presents a wide range of programs that entertain, enrich, and educate the diverse population of the region and enhance the economic vitality of Northern New Jersey. The 2016-2017 season is made possible, in part, by a grant from theÂ New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as support received from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, F.M. Kirby Foundation and other numerous foundations, corporations and individuals. As a courtesy to the artists and for the uninterrupted enjoyment of your fellow patrons, please turn off all cell phones, pagers, beepers and other electronic devices. Please unwrap any lozenges before the performance begins. No portion of this performance may be photographed, recorded, filmed, taped, broadcast or mechanically reproduced without the written consent of the Artist and/or the Presenter. Mayo Performing Arts Center is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
4 Girls 4 ANDREA MCARDLE Andrea McArdle first captured the hearts of theatergoers everywhere in 1977 when she originated the title role in the mega-musical ANNIE, based on the popular Harold Gray comic strip “Little Orphan Annie”. Since then, she has starred in several Broadway musicals and appeared in theatres in New York, nationally and internationally. She has performed in concert halls from Carnegie Hall to the Hong Kong Philharmonic and casino hotels in both Las Vegas and Atlantic City. She has honed her craft by working with some of the great legends of the entertainment industry such as Ethel Merman, Liza Minnelli, Julie Andrews, Bob Hope, Liberace, Frank Sinatra, Steve Martin and Martin Short, to name a few, and was privileged to have appeared on television with Johnny Carson, Merv Griffin and Dinah Shore. As “Annie”, Andrea became the youngest performer ever to be nominated for a Tony Award as Best Lead Actress in a Musical. She also received the Theater World and Outer Critics' Circle Awards for her performance and went on to star when the show was produced on London’s West End. (Fun fact: Catherine Zeta-Jones played young orphan Mollie in this production). Coming full circle, Andrea was tapped by Academy Award nominated director Rob Marshall to appear as “The Star to Be” in the Disney/ABC television production of Annie starring Kathy Bates and Victor Garber. And in the summer of 2010, Andrea played, yes, Miss Hannigan in a production at the North Carolina Theatre and at Musical Theatre West in California. Also on Broadway, Andrea starred in the Jerry Herman musical Jerry's Girls alongside Carol Channing and Leslie Uggams; she portrayed the sassy Smoking Car, Ashley, in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Starlight Express; and starred as Margy Frake in State Fair; as Fantine in Les Miserables and, most recently as Belle in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. She toured nationally starring as Sally Bowles in Cabaret and as Eponine in Les Miserables and appeared as herself in The
Vagina Monologues, which she appeared in OffBroadway as well. Most Recently she has starred in Anything Goes and They're Playing Our Song. Andrea has also appeared on Off-Broadway in the satirical Newsical and regionally as the title role in Mame and Hello Dolly. Other theatre appearances include starring as Esther, the Judy Garland role, in Meet Me in St. Louis; Mrs. Johnstone in Blood Brothers, Penelope Pennywise in Urinetown, Sonia in They're Playing Our Song; Luisa in The Fantasticks; Eva Peron in Evita; Nancy in Oliver; the Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; Annie Oakley in Annie Get Your Gun, Sandy in Grease and as Mama Rose in Gypsy. FAITH PRINCE Faith Prince has been dazzling Broadway audiences since winning the Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for her performance as “Ms. Adelaide” in Guys and Dolls. As one of Broadway’s best loved leading ladies, Faith is currently starring on Broadway in Disaster! the Musical for which she has received rave reviews. She recently starred as the scheming, irascible “Miss Hannigan” in the revival of Annie on Broadway. In 2008, she was nominated for Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for A Catered Affair. Other Broadway credits include The Little Mermaid, Bells Are Ringing (Tony, DD, OCC noms), Nick & Nora (OCC Award), Jerome Robbins’ Broadway (Tony, DD noms), Little Me, The Dead, and Noises Off. She also starred in the world premiere of Terrence McNally’s Unusual Acts of Devotion and in the national tour of the Broadway hit Billy Elliott. Chicago audiences had the opportunity to see Faith on stage in the iconic role of “Brenda” in the new musical version of the hit movie First Wives Club. Faith recurred as Joey Lawrence’s mother on ABC Family’s long running series Melissa & Joey and wrapped her 5-season run as Brooke Elliott’s mother on Lifetime’s hit series Drop Dead Diva. She was a series regular on Showtime's Huff starring as “Kelly Knippers," the love interest of Oliver Platt, and recurred for five
4 Girls 4 seasons on Spin City. Other television credits include Scream Queens, Galavant, Angel from Hell, A Gifted Man, Happy Endings, Ugly Betty, Grey’s Anatomy, CSI, Faith, House, Medium, Sweet Potato Queens, Monk, Now and Again, Welcome To New York and Law and Order. Film credits include Our Very Own, Picture Perfect, Dave, and My Father the Hero. Faith recently travelled to Australia for a concert tour with her Annie co-star Anthony Warlow, which included performances at the Sydney Opera House and the Adelaide Music Festival. She works often with the Boston Pops, Utah Symphony, Cincinnati Pops, and Philly Pops, and starred in the Orlando Philharmonic’s concert version of Sweeney Todd. Faith toured her original show Moving On in Australia to rave reviews, and also toured in Over the Rainbow, a concert celebrating the centennial of Harold Arlen. Faith’s new album, Total Faith, was recorded at the Royal Room in the Colony Hotel in Palm Beach and was recently released by Broadway Records. Her award winning album, A Leap of Faith, was recorded at Joe's Pub. CHRISTINE ANDREAS Christine Andreas first captured New York City theatregoer’s hearts and became a star in the 20th anniversary production of My Fair Lady as Eliza Doolittle (Theatre World Award); followed by the revival of Oklahoma!, as Laurey, working with Billy Hammerstein & Agnes deMillle (Tony Nomination); and On Your Toes, as Frankie Frayne, directed by the legendary director George Abbott, (Tony Nomination). She last appeared on Broadway as Jacqueline in the Tony/ Olivier Award winning production of La Cage aux Folles with Kelsey Grammer and Douglas Hodge, after starring as Margaret Johnson in the much acclaimed National tour of The Light in the Piazza. She created the role of Marguerite St. Just on Broadway in the original production of The Scarlet Pimpernel opposite Douglas Sills and Terrence Mann. Other Broadway credits include Words and Music with Sammy Cahn, Nancy in Angel Street with Dina Merrill, Rebecca in Rags, the short-lived Alice in the short-lived
Legs Diamond with the late, great and wonderful Peter Allen, and the Broadway bound and derailed Erte production of Stardust. Christine received rapturous notices and a Barrymore Award for her portrayal of Vera Simpson in the Prince Music Theater’s production of Rogers and Hart’s Pal Joey Television credits include: Law & Order: SVU, The Cosby Show, PBS’ Musical Comedy Tonight, Taylor Benson in Another World, and as Ava Gardner in Fox’s mini-series, Mia, Child of Hollywood. Collaboration with composer Martin Silvestri and writer Joel Higgins lead to her West End debut starring in their musical The Fields of Ambrosia at the Aldwych Theatre in London followed by concerts with Marty in London, Paris, Rome, Australia and The White House. She has sung in concert in Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Town Hall, the Kennedy Center Jazz Festival and the Caramoor Festival to name a few. Symphonic work includes the Boston Philharmonic with Ben Zander, the Tulsa Symphony with Peter Nero, the Detroit Symphony, the Richmond Symphony with Charles Strouse, the Palm Beach Pops, and The Silicon Valley Symphony. MAUREEN MCGOVERN Maureen McGovern, celebrated as "The Stradivarius Voice," marked the 40th anniversary of the release of her #1 Oscar-winning International Gold Record, "The Morning After" from The Poseidon Adventure, which garnered her a Grammy Nomination in 1973 for "Best New Artist." Maureen received her second Grammy Nomination in 1998 for "Best Traditional Pop Vocal" for her solo piano/voice album, The Pleasure of His Company with Emmy-winning, Grammynominated jazz pianist, Mike Renzi. She was also a featured guest artist on the Grammy Award-winning Songs from the Neighborhood: The Music of Mister Rogers. Other hits include, "Can You Read My Mind" from Superman, the Oscar-winning "We May Never Love Like This Again" from The Towering Inferno and "Different Worlds" from the TV series Angie. Her many
4 Girls 4 critically acclaimed recordings include tributes to George Gershwin, Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Harold Arlen and Richard Rodgers. Her current PS Classics CD, A Long and Winding Road has been praised by The New York Times as "A captivating musical scrapbook from the 1960's to the early 70's. Ms. McGovern's vocal technique is second to none." In 2005, Ms. McGovern was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for her role as 'Marmee' in Little Women, The Musical on Broadway. In 1981, she made her Broadway debut as 'Mabel' in The Pirates of Penzance, then went on to star as 'Luisa' in Nine with Raul Julia and as 'Polly Peachum' in 3 Penny Opera with Sting. Maureen reprised her role as 'Marmee' in the 1st National Tour of Little Women, The Musical and starred as 'Mrs. Anna' in the Broadway revival National Tour of The King & I. Regionally, she has starred in Elegies, Dear World, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, The Lion in Winter, Letters from 'Nam and Of Thee I SingLet 'Em Eat Cake, among others. She is currently performing her IRNE Award-winning "Best Solo Performance" one-woman musical memoir Carry It On (co-written and created with director, Philip Himberg). Her feature films include the role of 'Sr. Angelina' the guitar-strumming nun in the classic comedy Airplane and Airplane II, The Sequel. Maureen also played the nightclub singer in The Towering Inferno and the role of 'Rachel' in Dreamworks' animated video/DVD Joseph: King of Dreams with Ben Affleck. For 34 years, Ms. McGovern has served the Muscular Dystrophy Association as volunteer, performer, Board Member, Vice President, Chairperson of the record breaking Shamrocks Against Dystrophy Campaign and NYC Telethon Co-Host for 6 years. Maureen supports music therapy and has been an Artist Spokesperson for the American Music Therapy Association since 2001. BILLY STRITCH Billy Stritch is one of the premier singer-pianists on the New York and national jazz and cabaret scene. His most recent solo show, a tribute to Cy Coleman garnered rave reviews in New
York and London, prompting Jarieth O’Connell of The American Online in London to write, “His ease, his craft, his way with an audience and his sheer good taste make this an object lesson in what good Cabaret should be about.” Billy hails from Sugar Land, Texas but has made New York City his home for over twenty years. His most recent Broadway credit was as musical supervisor and pianist for Liza’s Tony Award winning show Liza’s At The Palace for which he also reconceived the vocal arrangements of the legendary Kay Thompson and The Williams Brothers. In addition to his twenty-three year association with Liza, Billy also accompanies and arranges for Tony Bennett, Linda Lavin, Marilyn Maye, Lillias White and Paulo Szot. On stage, he originated the role of Oscar the rehearsal pianist in the 2001 Broadway revival of 42 Street, performing the role for 488 performances. He also performed in and created the arrangements for The Best Is Yet To Come – The Music of Cy Coleman at New York’s 59E59 Theater off-Broadway on 2011. His latest solo CD release is Billy Stritch Sings Mel Torme, a salute to one of his musical heroes. He served as co-producer on Liza’s recordings “Gently” and “Confessions” and is featured on numerous albums including Linda Lavin’s Possibilities, Sunday In New York with Christine Ebersole, and Dreaming of a Song – the Music of Hoagy Carmichael with Klea Blackhurst. The readers of Broadway World named him NYC’s top music director of 2012 and 2014 for his work on shows with Marilyn Maye and Tony Award winner Lillias White. Other awards include BMI Song of the Year, Grammy nomination (“Does He Love You” recorded by Reba McEntire), four Backstage Bistro awards and six MAC awards. Billy also is the resident pianist for “Jim Caruso’s Cast Party”, the long running open mic night that happens every Monday night at New York’s legendary Birdland Jazz Club. Visit his website: www.billystritch.com