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Broadway Family Favorites


August 21
8:00 pm
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Outdoor Arts Plaza
Broadway Family Favorites is family-friendly celebration of musical theatre with something for audience members of all ages whether it be toe-tapping tunes, clever lyrics or charismatic characters. Produced and hosted by New York Casting Director Stephen DeAngelis and created exclusively for our venue, five of Broadway’s finest vocalists will illuminate the stage with songs from classic and contemporary musicals based on timeless children’s stories and animated films. The concert will also include an enlightening and entertaining question and answer session with the audience. Scheduled performers are Todd Buonopane (Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella; GreaseThe 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling BeeChicago), Sara Jean Ford (The Phantom of the OperaCatsHow to Succceed in Business without Really Trying;  A Little Night MusicFinian’s Rainbow), Liana Hunt (NewsiesMamma Mia!), Jelani Remy (Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the TemptationsThe Lion King) and Kissy Simmons (The Lion King). Musical Director/Accompanist will be Eugene Gwozdz. The evening will include musical selections from The Lion KingMary PoppinsThe Sound of MusicThe Little MermaidWickedNewsiesThe King and IAladdinAnnie: Beauty and the BeastOnce Upon a Mattress and more!!! It’s a perfect way to introduce younger audience members to the stage and to create and share new memories.


Scheduled performers are:

Todd Buonopane (Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella; GreaseThe 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; Chicago)

Sara Jean Ford (The Phantom of the OperaCatsHow to Succceed in Business without Really Trying;  A Little Night MusicFinian’s Rainbow)

Liana Hunt (NewsiesMamma Mia!)

Jelani Remy (Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the TemptationsThe Lion King)

Kissy Simmons (The Lion King). Musical Director/Accompanist will be Eugene Gwozdz. The evening will include musical selections from The Lion KingMary PoppinsFrozenThe Sound of MusicThe Little Mermaid; WickedThe King and IPeter Pan; Aladdin; Annie: Beauty and the Beast and more!!!

Eugene Gwozdz (Musical Director/Accompanist)

Stephen DeAngelis (Producer/Host)  Tony Award and Drama Desk Award Winner

It’s a perfect way to introduce younger audience members to the stage and to create and share new memories.


Outdoor Arts Plaza.  In case of inclement weather, this performance may move indoors to Tilles Center Concert Hall.

All tickets will be sold in blocks of either 2 or 4 and GENERAL ADMISSION only, first come first served.

Seats will be located in 2 sections:  vaccinated and unvaccinated.  UNVACCINATED section requires guests to bring their own chair/blanket.

Ticket prices:


P1 (VIP) : 2 tickets – $100, 4 tickets – $160

P2: 2 tickets – $85, 4 tickets – $140

Unvaccinated:  2 tickets – $80, 4 tickets – $140


Please note: In accordance with CDC and NY State guidelines,  children under the age of 12 who are not yet vaccine eligible, and under the age of 16 who have not yet been vaccinated, may accompany and be seated with a vaccinated adult in a fully vaccinated section.  Ticket required for children 2 and over.


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TODD BUONOPANE is an actor, singer and educator. He has appeared on Broadway as Jean-Michel in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Roger in Grease, Amos in Chicago and many characters in  …Spelling Bee. He has toured the U.S. with The Play That Goes Wrong, Godspell and Chicago (which he has also done in Dubai, Seoul and Tokyo). Off-Broadway credits include The Butter & Egg Man, Henry & Mudge, and The New Yorkers at City Center Encores!  Regionally, he has performed at the Alliance, The Old Globe, Asolo Rep, MUNY, Signature, Pasadena Playhouse, 5th Avenue, Ordway, Papermill Playhouse, Goodspeed, Maine State and Barrington. TV credits include roles on “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”, “Braindead”, “Grey’s Anatomy”, “Law & Order: Criminal Intent”, and “30 Rock” (as Weinerslav). Todd is a Councilor for Actors’ Equity Association and a proud graduate of The University of Michigan.  He is the creator and star of a quarantine project called #BathtubTheatre. 

SARA JEAN FORD Broadway: Cats (Jellylorum); The Phantom of the Opera (Christine Daae); How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Smitty); A Little Night Music (Petra); Finian’s Rainbow. Off-Broadway: The Fantasticks (Luisa); Anyone Can Whistle (June; Encores!). National Tours: Wicked; The Phantom of the Opera. Regional: Sunday in the Park with George (Dot); Candide (Cunegonde). BFA, Carnegie Mellon.

LIANA HUNT has performed on stages all across America – from Walt Disney World to the St. Louis MUNY to Broadway. She made her Broadway debut as Sophie in Mamma Mia! after playing the role on the National Tour and starred as Katherine in Disney’s Newsies on Broadway. She has toured the country with various National Tours including Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s Bright Star (Margo) and Wicked (Nessarose). Some of her favorite regional credits include Meet Me in St. Louis (The Muny), Clint Black’s Looking for Christmas (The Old Globe), Noel Coward’s Private Lives (Riverside Theatre), Jekyll and Hyde (The Engeman) and Les Miserables (Merry-Go-Round Playhouse). TV/Film: HBO’s The Undoing, STAG (feature film). BFA: NYU. Liana performs in NYC with the sketch comedy group Shiz: Broadway Meets Sketch Comedy (@shizcomedy) and teaches musical theatre masterclasses. @lianamariehunt.

JELANI REMY A new Jersey native, Jelani currently stars as Eddie Kendricks in the Broadway production of Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations. He made his Broadway debut starring as Simba in Disney’s The Lion King. He also starred as Victor in the recent New York revival of Smokey Joe’s Café as well as the Off-Broadway production of The Apple Boys (Jack). Regional credits include Disney’s  High School Musical 2 (Chad Danforth); Parade (Jim Conley); Pippin (Leading Player) and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Judah). He was also featured on NBC’s “One Night Only: The Best of Broadway” representing Ain’t Too Proud. Thanks to God, my family, AEA and VGP Management/ @itsjelaniremy “Be the change you wish to see in the world”


KISSY SIMMONS, a native Floridian, attended the University of South Florida on a Track and Field scholarship. She grew up playing the keyboard and singing in church. Before moving to NYC, she had a successful modeling career and played numerous roles in theatrical performance sin the Tamp Bay area. She was last seen on Broadway in The Lion King playing the role of Nala for nine years (which makes her the longest running Nala ever!). Ms. Simmons has appeared in several national commercials, print ads and voiceovers. TV/Film credits include “Smash”. “30 Rock”, “Hope & Faith” and “Six Degrees of Separation” to name a few. She currently appears around the world as a special guest vocalist in concerts produced by Disney on land and sea.

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.