Westport, CT - Broadway Method Academy (BMA), a non-profit musical theater-training program, will hold its third annual benefit gala, Broadway Sings, on Monday, November 27 at the prestigious Westport Country Playhouse.
BMA is a non-profit musical theater-training program where young artists are linked with working Broadway professionals, both in the classroom and on-stage. The academy serves at resident conservatory to Westport Country Playhouse. Broadway Sings is an annual fundraiser to support the diverse line-up of programs BMA offers, as well as their scholarship foundation.
Executive Director of the organization Connor Deane says incredible talents from Broadway and beyond will team up with over 40 students of Broadway Method Academy to present a one-night only concert.
It was previously announced that Broadway legend, Richard Jay-Alexander would serve as the honorary chairperson for the 2017 gala. “I’m thrilled to be joining the BMA family,” said Jay-Alexander, “fostering young talent has always been a passion of mine. In fact, I first met BMA Executive Director, Connor Deane, when I cast him in my production of Les Miserables at The Muny in St. Louis. He was just a junior in college at the time. Being a part of something he’s created, five years later, is truly special for me.” Richard Jay-Alexander will take part in the gala and give a special masterclass to the students of BMA the evening before.
Each year BMA assembles an incredibly talented group of Broadway performers who lend their talents to the event. This year will feature Blaine Krauss (Great Comet, The Lion King), Noah Ricketts (Frozen, Beautiful), Kathryn Boswell (Anastasia, Gigi), Todd Buonopane (Cinderella, Spelling Bee), Giovanni Bonaventura (Hello Dolly!, Wicked), Josh Daniel (Book of Mormon), Christine Smith (Cats), Bret Shufford (Paramour, Little Mermaid, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang), Stephen Hanna (Hello Dolly!) Chris Rice (Book of Mormon), Lee Slobotkin (Wicked, Book of Mormon), Lauren Sprague (Cinderella), Victoria Cook (Into the Woods), Josh Tolle (Kinky Boots), Matt Denksy, & Matt Amira (Dirty Dancing).
The evening will begin with a cocktail hour and silent auction at 6:00 followed by a performance from the Broadway & BMA performers. Tickets are available via the Westport Country Playhouse box office.
Broadway Sings is Co-Chaired by Kathie Donahue and Helen Prial Snyder. J. Scott Handley serves as Music Director and Audra Bryant choreographs with additional choreography by BMA’s Artistic Director, Julie Kavanagh.
For more information on the gala, please visit BMA’s website at www.broadwaymethodacademy.org