Broadway Divafest – Celebrating Broadway’s Leading Ladies
There’s an old adage that states “Behind every great man, there’s a great woman”. On Broadway, it might be more appropriate to say “Behind every great musical, there’s a great leading lady”.
Produced and hosted by New York Casting Director Stephen DeAngelis exclusively for Tilles Center, five of Broadway’s finest female vocalists celebrate the roles and musical selections that underscore the leading lady’s influence on ‘The Great Bright Way”.
Darlesia Cearcy (Once on This Island; Ragtime; The Book of Mormon; The Color Purple; Shuffle Along, or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed; The Goodbye Girl)
Rona Figueroa (Les Miserables; Miss Saigon; Nine; Lennon)
Drama Desk recipient Lisa Howard (The 25th Anniversary Putnam County Spelling Bee; Escape From Margaritaville; It Shoulda Been You; Priscilla Queen of the Desert; 9 to 5; South Pacific)
Bianca Marroquin (Chicago; In the Heights; The Pajama Game) and Tony Award nominee and Drama Desk Award nominee
Emily Skinner (The Cher Show; Prince of Broadway; Billy Elliot: The Musical; Dinner at Eight; The Full Monty; James Joyce’s The Dead; Side Show; Jekyll & Hyde). Musical selections include songs from Chicago; Les Miserables; Miss Saigon; The Sound of Music; West Side Story; The Lion King; Jesus Christ Superstar; The King and I; The Little Mermaid; Once on This Island; Next to Normal; Smokey Joe’s Café; Into the Woods; A Little Night Music; Million Dollar Quartet and more!!!!
EUGENE GWOZDZ (Musical Director/Accompanist)
STEPHEN DeANGELIS (Producer/Host) has produced over 300 different Broadway concerts at venues in New York and across the United States featuring a multitude of Broadway stars including many Tony Award and Drama Desk Award winners.
All tickets will be sold in blocks of either 2 or 4 and GENERAL ADMISSION only, first come first served.
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P1 (VIP) : 2 tickets – $100, 4 tickets – $160
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DARLESIA CEARCY is a Broadway veteran with 6 Broadway shows who was last seen in the episodic “High Fidelity” on Hulu as well as Judge on “FBI”. Other dynamic roles on Broadway include Sarah in Ragtime, for which she received a Helen Hayes Nomination; Nettie in The Color Purple; Lottie Gee in Shuffle Along, or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed; and most recently as Erzulie, The Goddess of Love in Tony Award-winning revival of Once on This Island. Other Broadway credits include The Goodbye Girl and the nine-time Tony Award-winning production of The Book of Mormon. She has sung with the Boston Pops Symphony Orchestra for “Pop Goes the Fourth” on ABC and has sung for the President and Democratic National Convention of 1998. She’s sung on “MTV’s Most Wanted”, VH1, “Top of the Pops” in London, and was nominated for a Viva Award for her single release “Everlasting…” which she co-wrote which later underscored an episode of “Baywatch”. Television: “Law and Order: SVU” (Viola), “Rescue Me” (Mrs. Berg), “Mercy” (Adrienne Mercer), “House of Cards” (Congresswoman Simone Murphy) and Nurse Jackie (Stephanie’s Mom). She will appear as Aunt Sarah in Nina Simone: Four women in the Berkshires. Please visit: urvisionhousse.com for more on Darlesia’s work and performances.
RONA FIGUEROA Broadway: Miss Saigon (Kim); Les Miserables (Eponine); Nine (Revival); Lennon; Les Miserables (Fantine-Revival). Regional: The King and I; Waterfall; RENT; The Boys from Syracuse; Jesus Christ Superstar; We Will Rock You; Vegas. Off-Broadway: Dogeaters, Female Heart, Caucasian Chalk Circle, (Vineyard Theatre), Turandot (play) Film &TV: “Dragonheart: A New Beginning,”, “Slow Jam King,” “Mysteries of Laura,” “Eye Candy,” “Gossip Girl.”
LISA HOWARD most recently appeared on Broadway as Jenny in It Shoulda Been You (2015 Drama Desk Award nominee and is remembered for her show-stopping performance from that show at the Tony Awards (Outstanding Actress in a Musical; 2015 Drama League Awards nominee: Distinguished performance). Other Broadway credits include Diva 1 in Priscilla Queen of the Desert; Missy Hart in 9 to 5 The Musical; Head Nurse in thr Lincoln Center revival of South Pacific and as Rona Lisa Peretti in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee for which she received a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble Performance. This Spring, she will star on Broadway as Tammy in the new Jimmy Buffet musical Escape to Margaritaville She toured the US in the national company of Les Miserables, where she played many performances as Madame Thernardier, and has played leading roles regionally at Pittsburgh CLO, St. Louis MUNY, Olney Theatre Center, Human Race Theater and Kansas City Starlight. Lisa made her feature film debut as Siobahn in “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2” and has also been seen om television in “Ugly Betty”. Her debut solo CD, “Songs of Innocence” is available on iTunes. Lisa is a graduate of the Cincinatti Conservatory of Music. www.lisahowardnyc.com
BIANCA MARROQUIN was born in Monterrey, Mexico, and raised on the border between Matamoros, Mexico and Brownsville, Texas. She started her artistic career in Mexico City in the productions of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Rent, Phantom of the Opera, Vagina Monologues and Chicago. For her portrayal of Roxie Hart in Chicago, Bianca received 5 awards from the Mexican Critics Associations including New Revelation and Best Actress. Bianca was invited to crossover from Mexico to Broadway and made her debut with her English version of Roxie Hart making her the first Mexican actress to have a starring role on Broadway. She later kicked off Chicago’s 3rd National Tour for which she received a Helen Hayes Award in Washington DC for Outstanding Lead Actress. After touring for two years she officially moved to New York to continue to pursue her career. She then originated the role of Carmen in Tony Award winning revival of The Pajama Game starring Harry Connick, Jr. You can listen to Bianca on the special edition of the 10th anniversary of Chicago CD performing a medley version of three of Roxie’s songs in Spanish. She made her U.S. TV debut as Yolanda Rios in “One Life to Live”. In April of 2008 The Mexican Consulate in New York awarded Bianca for her successful career as an actress on Broadway. Bianca then premiered her one woman show in Mexico City: “Solo Pido” (All I Ask) in honor of her late mother. Regional: And the World Goes ‘Round (Woman #3) at Barrington Stage Company. Bye Bye Birdie (Rosie Alvarez) at North Shore Music Theatre for which she won an IRNE award for Best Actress in a musical. Bianca then portrayed the role of Maria Rainer in Mexico City’s hit production of The Sound of Music marking her official return to the Mexican Stages. She returned to Broadway when she joined the Tony Award winner company of In the Heights as Daniela. She appeared on four seasons as a celebrity judge on Univision’s explosive Dance reality show “Mira Quien Baila”. Bianca starred in Luis Dellano’s Televisa soap opera “Esperanza del Corazon” as Angela and concluded 2 seasons of Televisa’s reality competition “Pequeños Gigantes” as a judge in the dance department. Bianca also starred as Mary in the 1st Spanish speaking production of Disney and Cameron Makintosh’s Mary Poppins in Mexico City and as Cassie in A Chorus Line at The MUNY in St. Louis. She also received critical acclaim for her portrayal of Broadway legend Chita Rivera on the FX television miniseries “Fosse/Verdon”.
EMILY SKINNER Broadway: The Cher Show, Prince of Broadway (Outer Critics Circle Award nomination), Side Show (Tony Award nomination, Drama League Award), Jekyll & Hyde, The Full Monty, James Joyce’s The Dead, Dinner at Eight (Outer Critics Circle Award nomination), Billy Elliot (Broadway World Award). Off-Broadway: Picnic (Transport Group, Drama Desk Award Nomination), Jerry Springer The Opera (Carnegie Hall); Fiorello!, No Strings, Pardon My English, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (all at City Center Encores!); My Life With Albertine (Playwrights Horizons). Regional: The Kennedy Center, Signature Theatre, Alliance Theatre, Ford’s Theatre, Long Wharf, The MUNY, St Louis Rep, American Conservatory Theatre, The Old Globe, Goodspeed, Theatre Under The Stars. Next Up: Once Upon A Time One More Time on Broadway in 2022.
EUGENE GWOZDZ (Musical Director/Accompanist) is originally from Fort Worth, Texas and now resides in NYC. Eugene is the Music Director/Arranger for the American Dance Machine 21, and the Duke Ellington Center for the Arts. Eugene was the MD/Arranger for Our Guy, Cy, a musical concert tribute to Cy Coleman, starring Tony Award Winners, Randy Graff, Cady Huffman, and Lillias White which received rave reviews from the NYC critics; MD/Arranger for the Jerome Robbins Awards honoring Chita Rivera, Harold Prince, and Stephen Sondheim. Music Director and Pianist/Arranger for Tony Award-winning “Princess and the Frog” star Anika Noni Rose at the Lincoln Center American Songbook Series and The Drama League Tribute to Patti Broadway: The Full Monty and Oklahoma!. Broadway and National Tour credits include Sunset Boulevard (with Petula Clark), Flower Drum Song, Swing!, The Color Purple, The Phantom of the Opera, The Will Rogers’ Follies and West Side Story (Conducted and played keyboards). He has worked with many Broadway stars including Audra McDonald, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Norbert Leo Butz, James Monroe Iglehart, Shuler Hensley, Stephanie J. Block, Patti Lupone, Cady Huffman, Chita Rivera, Leslie Uggams, Donna McKechnie, Andre DeShields, Lee Roy Reams, Ken Page, Patrick Wilson, Billy Porter, Harvey Fierstein, Shirley Jones, Will Chase, Betty Buckley, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Will Chase, LaChanze, Nikki James, Victoria Clark, Kelli O’Hara, Andrea McArdle, Chris Seiber, Rachel York, Norm Lewis, Megan Hilty, Kristin Chenowith, Brent Barrett, Valisia Lekae, John Tartaglia, Laura Benanti, Melissa Errico, Karen Ziemba, N’Kenge, Mark Kudisch, Lou Diamond Phillips, and Laura Bell Bundy.
STEPHEN DeANGELIS (Producer/Host) has produced over 300 different Broadway concerts at venues in New York and across the United States featuring a multitude of Broadway stars including many Tony Award and Drama Desk Award winners and nominees, stars from hit television series and films whose roots are on stage and Broadway’s fastest rising young performers. Throughout his career, he has worked with over 100,000 performers across all entertainment mediums. He is also the Producing Artistic Director and Host of At This Performance… , the critically acclaimed concert series that has showcased the talents of almost 1100 Broadway Standbys, Understudies and Alternates since October 2003. He has cast over 3600 network television and radio commercials for Manhattan’s leading advertising agencies for such clients as DirecTV, Olive Garden, Red Lobster, E*TRADE, Febreze, Cover Girl, Pantene, Advil, Robitussin, Downy and Hewlett-Packard and has contributed to many historic and award-winning spots and campaigns including many which have been recognized with Platinum, Gold and Silver Lions at Cannes. Stephen also cast the six-time Emmy Award nominated Playhouse Disney series “Johnny and the Sprites” starring Tony Award nominee John Tartaglia which was seen on the Disney Channel. His work has been seen in New York and regionally in over 300 theatrical productions for companies including Musicals Tonight!, York Theatre Company, The John W. Engeman Theater at Northport, The Drama League, Casa Mañana, North Shore Music Theatre, Virginia Stage Company, Connecticut Repertory Theatre, Syracuse Stage, Stage One, Studio Arena Theatre, American Stage Company, GeVa Theatre, Starlight Theatre of Kansas City, the St. Louis Municipal Opera (The MUNY) and Dallas Summer Musicals among others as well as numerous festival showcases, workshops and readings. Other credits include The World AIDS Day All-Star Concert Revivals of Pippin and The Secret Garden, the All-Star production of Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens and the 25th Anniversary National Tour of Hair. He is a proud member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and has staged musicals in major theatres across the country in Boston, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Dallas and St. Louis and throughout New York and New England. Recent productions include the All-Star concert version of Into the Woods, the 50th Anniversary celebration of the Tommy album (both at Patchogue Theatre) as well as a variety of productions for the Drama League. Stephen is the Producing Artistic Director of the new Pocono Center for the Arts which is now scheduled to open in late 2022. He has worked with Actors, Singers, Dancers, Directors, Choreographers, Composers, Lyricists and Playwrights who have been recognized with the following distinctions across all mediums: 251 Tony Award wins, 823 Tony Award nominations, 247 Drama Desk Award wins, 945 Drama Desk Award, nominations, 31 Drama League Award wins, 194 Drama League Award nominations, 181 Primetime Emmy Award wins, 785 Primetime Emmy Award nominations, 121 Daytime Emmy Award wins, 463 Daytime Emmy Award nominations, 49 Academy Award wins, 151 Academy Award nominations, 22
Olivier Award wins, 75 Olivier Award nominations, 144 Grammy Award wins, 445 Grammy Award nominations, 99 Golden Globe Award wins, 332 Golden Globe Award nominations, 5 Pulitzer Prize wins, 8 Pulitzer Prize Award nominations and 8 Kennedy Center Honors recipients.