Boston Singers Celebrate Sondheim in Local Dinner Theater
J.E.M.S. Theatre “Dinner Theatre”
at The Manor Restaurant (West Boylston)
General Admission $30.00, which includes entertainment, appetizers, Italian buffet, coffee & tea, dessert, tax and server tip. $27.50 for Sr. Citizen, Veteran and Student. There is a discount for groups of 10 by calling 774-261-0977.
RESERVATIONS & INFO:
https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4527522 Reservations must be made and paid (for restaurant deadline). Music Performance Rights are licensed through ASCAP.
John Leslie’s West Boylston J.E.M.S. Theatre announces “Dinner Theatre” at The Manor Restaurant in West Boylston - one night only: Friday March 20. The “theatre” entertainment part of the evening will be a musical revue of songs by Broadway and film composer Stephen Sondheim in recognition of his 90th birthday. This “Sondheim 90th Birthday Celebration” will feature songs by Leonard Bernstein, Richard Rodgers, Stephen Sondheim and Jule Styne, all with lyrics by Mr. Sondheim. Broadway shows represented include Gypsy, West Side Story, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum Company, Into the Woods and Sweeney Todd.
Two Boston-based singers will headline the show, with other local singers filling out the roster of performers.
Todd Yard, a professional singer-actor, will headline the “Sondheim-90” musical celebration. Previous Boston area credits include Fun Home (Bruce) at SpeakEasy Stage, Barnum (PT Barnum) and The Wild Party (Burrs) with Moonbox Productions; Company (David) at Lyric Stage, Man of La Mancha (The Governor) at New Rep, Carousel (Jigger) and Oklahoma! (Ali Hakim) at Reagle Music Theatre, and 42nd Street (Julian Marsh), La Cage Aux Folles (Albin) and Ragtime (Tateh) at The Umbrella. Just last week, Todd played the lead role of Frederick in Sondheim’s A Little Night Music for Greater Worcester Opera at Stageloft Theatre in Sturbridge. Todd is a graduate of Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London.
J. Parker Eldridge, another headliner, has been a choral director and music teacher for close to two decades in Massachusetts and New York State where his vocal ensembles perform at conventions and festivals throughout the Northeast. A classically-trained baritone, he received his Bachelors of Music in Education (Voice) from the Crane School of Music in Potsdam, NY and his Masters of Music in Education where he studied choral conducting and curriculum from Gordon College in Wenham, MA. He is an award-winning music director in the theater world where he has appeared on stage or in the music director’s chair in over 100 productions throughout Massachusetts and co-founded and was the Executive Director of the Flyleaf Theater Company (Berlin, MA) for six seasons. Most recently Jonathan has performed in Christmas revues and a Sinatra Centennial Celebration for J.E.M.S.Theater. Favorite roles include those in Sondheim shows Sweeney Todd, Assassins and Into the Woods. He is currently the music director for Into the Woods for Open Door Theater in Acton, Ma.
John Leslie, of West Boylston, is assembling and rehearsing the talented cast of singers, which includes Heidi Choe, Elaine Crane (founder and artistic director of Greater Worcester Opera), Lydian DeVere Yard, Anthony Masciangioli, David Ludt (Calliope Productions) and West Boylston’s own favorite nonagenarian performer Grace Leslie. Grace has performed in numerous Sondheim shows: as Mama Rose in Gypsy, as several female characters including Joanne in different productions of Company, Sally Durant Plummer in Follies, and as both Jack’s Mother and Cinderella’s Stepmother in Into the Woods.
The Dinner Theater event will be presented in the elegant Athenian Room at The Manor Restaurant, 42 West Boylston St., Rte. 12, W. Boylston. POSTPONED!
The Manor’s delicious Italian Buffet. The musical tribute begins after dinner (approximately 8:00pm), with Sondheim 90th birthday cake and dessert served during Intermission.
This program is supported, in part, by a grant from the West Boylston Arts Council, a local agency, which is supported by the Mass. Cultural Council, a state agency.
We thank the Arts Council very much!