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The Jule Styne Songbook Let Me Entertain You
Featuring Valerie diLorenzo, Danny Gardner, Meagan Michelson, and Sal Viviano.
Musical Direction by Jeff Harris.
Bassist – Steve Shaughnessy
With the scores of such Broadway classics as Gypsy, Funny Girl, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Peter Pan, and Bells Are Ringing to his credit, composer Jule Styne ranks as one of the undisputed architects of the American musical theater. Join us for an evening filled with gold standards of the American Songbook including Just In Time, Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend, Don’t Rain On My Parade, Time After Time, Everything’s Coming Up Roses, The Party’s Over and People.
Valerie diLorenzo, a native New Yorker and Sag Harbor resident, is always thrilled to return to Guild Hall; audiences may remember her from the Jerry Herman and Kander & Ebb revues. She is especially thrilled to be reuniting with her longtime pals and colleagues tonight, who all know each other from Westchester theatre days. Valerie most recently originated the role of Elizabeth and Madame Bertin in the reading of the new musical Unlikely Allies (by Martin Rabbett), alongside Mr. Richard Chamberlin and Ms. Cowan. She also originated the roles of: Texas Guinan in Jenny & Me - The History of Sardi’s at the York Theatre/NYC; the role of Ginger in And I Always Will, a new play by Diana Canova at the Westport Playhouse and The Mother in the musical, ECO (by Jenna Mate) here at Guild Hall and NYMF.
An award-winning vocalist, Valerie’s one-woman shows have been defined as “…a seamless venture of magic in the making.” Her voice and showmanship have been critically acclaimed for presenting interesting and exciting musical events that have played many NYC and East Coast venues including at The Laurie Beechman Theatre, The Metropolitan Room, The Triad, Judy's, Tatou, Don't Tell Mama's, The Duplex, The Iridium, Mohonk Mountain House, Caramoor Center for the Arts, Odettes and Frangelica’s (PA), The Broward Theatre and Aventura Arts and Cultural Center (FL).
Valerie is also a proud card-carrying remember of the Actors Equity Association - favorite theatrical credits include: Rose in Gypsy, Mrs. Johnstone in Bloodbrothers, Sheila in A Chorus Line, Nancy in Oliver!, Miss Hannigan in Annie, Stella Deems in Follies, Marta in Company, Miss Mona in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Sweet Sue in Sugar, and Bunny in The House of Blue Leaves.
No stranger to the stages of the East End, Valerie has brought the Great American Songbook to the stages of the Southampton Arts Center, The Suffolk Theatre, Westhampton Beach PAC, Westhampton Beach Gazebo, and Agawam Park, among others.
Danny GardnerDanny Gardner: Dames At Sea (Broadway). The NY Spectacular starring the Radio City Rockettes (Radio City Music Hall). Lady, Be Good! (Encores!). Irving Berlin’s White Christmas (National Tour). 42ndStreet (National Tour). Here to Stay - The Gershwin Experience (National Symphonic Tour). Neurosis (Off-Broadway), Room 17BandEverybody Gets Cake (Off-Broadway). Crazy For You(Signature Theatre). Gentleman’s Guide To Love & Murder(Engeman Theatre). Mary Poppins (Theatre Under The Stars). Singin’ In The Rain (Marriott Lincolnshire). The Music Man (Asolo Repertory Theatre) He is a company member of the physical comedy theatre troupe Parallel Exit which he has created and performed with in New York City, across the USA and abroad in The Festival of Dreams in Innsbruck, Austria and in The Cos Festival in Rennes, Spain. Danny was also a part of a cultural exchange with the New York Song & Dance Co. through the US Consulate which visited Israel and Jordan. Danny’s choreography has been seen on video installations in major U.S. cities across the nation, including Chicago, Washington DC, and Houston (Niles Creative Group) as well as all over NYC at the Lincoln Center Dance on Camera Festival (A Tap Dance in a Circle), Symphony Space (Kicking and Screaming), BC Beat, 54 Below, Town Hall, Birdland, The Metropolitan Room, and the Irish Repertory Theatre. www.dannyjgardner.com @dannyjgnyc
A musical theatre performer with an unbridled passion for Babs, Merman, and Judy Garland, Meagan splits her time between Boston and NYC and has performed all over the country. Off-Broadway: The Big Bang Theory: A Pop-Rock Musical Parody. Regional: Miss Hannigan in Annie, Maggie Jones in 42nd Street, Deb in Elf the Musical (Prather Productions), Rosie in Mamma Mia! (Cumberland Theatre), Domina in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Priscilla Beach Theatre), and Mirala in Fiddler on the Roof (Barrington Stage Company). Cabaret: Mother Mary Says to Me at Feinstein’s/54 Below and American Repertory Theatre’s OBERON. B.A. in English from Harvard and M.F.A. in Musical Theatre from The Boston Conservatory.
A Detroit native, The New York Times recently called Sal Viviano “... a luxuriant Vocalist with effortless style...” Viviano began his career as a teenager opening for Comedy Greats of the last generation, in Chicago, and in Showrooms throughout the Midwest. Broadway credits: The Three Musketeers, Romance/Romance, City of Angels, Falsettos, The Life, The Full Monty, Closer Than Ever, and Billy Flynn in Chicago. Starting early on in his career, Mr. Viviano was chosen by a litany of some of the greatest Songwriters of all-time to introduce and record their new songs including: Cy Coleman, Burton Lane, Jule Styne, Alan Jay Lerner, Sheldon Harnick, Michel Legrand, Stephen Schwartz, Ervin Drake, Alan Menken, Bob Merrill, Tom Jones, Harvey Schmidt, Stephen Sondheim, Leonard Bernstein, Meredith Wilson, and the very last song Irving Berlin ever wrote and published...
Mr. Viviano has also appeared headlining in-Concert with Orchestras and ‘Big Bands’ at more intimate venues such as 54 Below, The Iridium Jazz Club, The Russian Tea Room, The Harlem Yacht Club, The 92nd Street Y (Lyrics and Lyricists - 16 Seasons), The White House (by Invitation of President and Mrs. Reagan), The Inaugural Concert (Clinton / Gore), Carnegie Hall, Wolf Trap, The Waldorf Astoria’s Starlight Roof and Ballroom, London’s Palladium, The Kennedy Center, The Hollywood Bowl..., Town Hall and at such iconic NYC outdoor venues as: Central Park, Arthur Ashe Stadium - U.S. Tennis Open, Bryant Park, Snug Harbor, Prospect Park, World Trade Center Plaza, Union Square, Wolf's Pond Park, and NJ's Liberty State Park.
Sal (and Ms. diLorenzo) recently appeared in the NYC debut of Unlikely Allies, a new musical written by Martin Rabbett along side Mr. Richard Chamberlin.
Jeff Harris is thrilled to return to Guild Hall after musically directing the Kander and Ebb revue last year. He is equally at home as a pianist, composer, arranger, conductor, and lyricist. He has worked with such diverse singers as Maureen McGovern, Chaka Khan, Barbara Cook, Jack Jones, Jane Krakowski, Audra McDonald, and Cleo Laine. His longest association has been with Maureen McGovern, playing and arranging six of her CDs, writing many songs for her (she has recorded sixteen), and appearing with her frequently on television and in concerts.
Mr. Harris has worked extensively on Broadway as both pianist and conductor, most recently as Associate Musical Director for Gypsy (starring Patti Lupone; directed by Arthur Laurents). Other Broadway credits include On The Town (directed by George C. Wolfe), Chicago, Fosse, Beauty and the Beast, and Crazy for You.
Jeff Harris is a frequent guest as a pianist and conductor with many of the leading orchestras including the Boston, St. Louis, Dallas, Detroit, and National Symphony Orchestras, and as a regular member of the New York Pops.
As a composer for the theater, he most recently composed Pinocchio (book and lyrics by Susan DiLallo), which has been produced at South Coast Repertory Theater and at Omaha Theater Company.
Steve ShaughnessySteve Shaughnessy attended Arizona State University and Long Island University and holds degrees in music and elementary education. In addition to being very active in musical theater, he performs with the East End Chamber Players and the South Fork Chamber Orchestra as well as playing jazz with a number of groups . He teaches orchestra in the East Hampton Schools.