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Sunday, October 30, 2016

Mile Square Theatre presents THE 2ND Annual MST Broadway Cabaret

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November 7, 2016 @ 7pm (reception). Performance at 8pm

Hoboken, NJ (October 27, 2016) - Mile Square Theatre, Hudson County’s leading professional theatre, presents a very special fundraising event, The 2nd Annual MST Broadway Cabaret. Current stars from Broadway will perform songs from Broadway past and present on the Mile Square Theatre stage. Proceeds from the event will benefit MST’s 2017 season.

cabaretPerforming at this year’s event are Leslie Becker (Bonnie and Clyde, Wicked), Joe Cassidy (If/Then, Catch Me If You Can), Michelle Duffy (Heathers), Graydon Long (The Audience), Sabina Petra (Beauty and the Beast), Catherine Porter (Next to Normal), Jonathan Rayson (Little Shop of Horrors), Sara Schmidt (Jersey Boys, Brooklyn), Lucia Spina (Legally Blonde, Kinky Boots), Maggie Weston (MST's It's a Wonderful Life), and Musical Director Meg Zervoulis (American in Paris, Matilda)

Tickets: $150

Purchase tickets at www.milesquaretheatre.org

CAST bios:
Leslie Becker

Leslie Becker has appeared on Broadway and major national tours of WICKED, BONNIE & CLYDE, ANYTHING GOES, CINDERELLA, NINE, AMAZING GRACE, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and SHOW BOAT. She has starred in over 50 regional productions including RAGTIME (Mother), BILLY ELLIOT (Mrs. Wilkinson), KING AND I (Anna), HELLO, DOLLY (Dolly) and more. Also a recording artist, her debut single Slow Burn reached #4 on the AC Billboard/Hot AC chart. www.LeslieBecker.com

Joe Cassidy

Joe is delighted to be performing tonight at the Mile Square Theatre!  Joe won a Drama Desk Award for his work in The Prospect Theater’s 2013 off-Broadway production of Working. He’s sung with symphonies coast to coast in the US and Canada.  Broadway performances include If/Then with Idina Menzel; Catch Me If You Can (Hanratty); Next To Normal; Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Freddy, Andre); 1776 (Rutledge); Show Boat (Ravenal); Les Miserables(Valjean); and A Christmas Carol (Young Scrooge).  His TV/Film credits include Blue Bloods, Elementary, Law & Order, Brando, Submissions Only, and Freefall. Regionally, Joe’s worked at The Old Globe, La Jolla Playhouse, American Repertory Theater, Denver Center, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Pioneer Theatre Co., San Jose Rep, Arizona Theatre Company, TheaterWorks (CA), Asolo Repertory Theater, Ford’s Theatre, Theaterworks(CT), TUTS, Village Theatre, North Carolina Theater, Casa Manana, NYSF, and The O’Neill Music Theatre Conference. www.joecassidy.net

Michelle Duffy

Michelle made her Broadway debut in the Tony-nominated Alan Menken musical Leap of Faith and her off-Broadway debut in 2014 in Heathers: The Musical originating the roles of Ms. Fleming and Veronica's Mother. She's on the original soundtrack recordings of both shows. She also originated the roles of Cynthia in First Wives Club: The Musical at The Oriental Theater in Chicago earlier this year and Dani in Gettin' The Band Back Together, directed by John Rando, at George Street Theater. Having worked extensively in Chicago and the west coast before finally coming to NYC (Goodman, American Conservatory Theater, Berkeley Rep, South Coast Rep, Pasadena Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, to name a few...) she has been the recipient of Ovation, Bay Area Theater Critics Circle, Garland, and Wilde Awards and is a three-time nominee for the Joseph Jefferson. 

The short film The Atlantic Motel in which she co-starred in a cast of 6 just earned the Best Short Drama-Ensemble award at its debut in the Atlantic City Cinefest, and another film, The Hudson Tribes, debuts in November.  Recent TV credits include the HBO miniseries The Night Of, The Good Wife, and Elementary.  Michelle is currently developing her own show, Tenn O'Clock Cocktails, portraying several of Tennessee Williams' most intriguing women.

Graydon Long

Graydon is honored to be making his Mile Square Theatre Debut! A native of Perrysburg Ohio, Graydon's favorite theater credits include: Broadway, The Audience, Regional: Billy Elliot at the Maltz Jupiter Theater, Austen's Pride with Finger Lakes Music Theatre Festival, Kiss Me Kate, Singin' In the Rain, Bye Bye Birdie at the St. Louis MUNY. Off Broadway: Revolution in the Elbow... T.V: Eye Candy, The Carrie Diaries. Thank you to Mom, Dad, my teachers at CCM, Kira, Bill and Julia!

Sabina Petra

Sabina is incredibly excited to make her Mile Square Theatre debut! She previously appeared in Billy Elliot (Maltz Jupiter Theatre), Onward Victoria! At Feinstein’s @ 54 Below, The Ballad Of Ella May Wiggins at The Working Theater in NYC, the National Tour of Beauty and the Beast (Mrs. Potts), and PMT’s production of Into The Woods(The Witch). Sabina recently finished a run in Forest Boy at the New York Musical Theatre Festival, for which she received an Individual Performance Award. She has also appeared in several thesis films, the most recent of which is Ransom directed by Raylene Jin. Sabina is currently coaching in NYC with Anthony Abeson. She would like to express her gratitude for her friends, faith and family, and for the support of Wolf Talent Group. www.sabinapetra.com

Catherine Porter

New York based singer-songwriter Catherine Porter has performed in many facets of the business from theater to live music performance to film and TV. She has been a backing vocalist for artists such as Kiki Dee, Paul Rogers, Chaka Khan, Sam Moore, Mel B, Tony Hadley of Spandau Ballet, Brian May and Guns-n-Roses and, on the other end of the spectrum, has starred opposite theatrical stars such as Hugh Jackman, Michael Ball and Michael Crawford in London’s West End and in Australia.  She was the jingle voice of BBC Radio 2 in London, has been a soloist in concerts all over the world, starred in many West End shows, on Broadway and has originated roles in numerous regional productions. Her first solo album entitled, Something Good was released on JIVE RECORDS UK in 2002 and her second, Gems for Ruby, a collection of classic songs from the 70's and 80's, was released in the UK in 2009.  Currently, she tours with her NYC Country band, SHOTGUN WEDDING, who released their album, South of Somewhere in February of 2016. www.shotgunweddingnyc.com

Jonathan Rayson

Jonathan Rayson has appeared on Broadway, off-Broadway and regional stages nationwide. Broadway: Little Shop of Horrors (Seymour); A Year with Frog and Toad. National Tour: Little Shop of Horrors (Seymour); Legally Blonde. Off-Broadway: I Love You, You’re Perfect…; Adrift in Macao. Regional: Next to Normal (Dan) at Pioneer, Arkansas Rep and Kauffman Center; Mary Poppins (Mr. Banks) at Gateway and Ogunquit; The Full Monty at Fulton and Maine State; Goodspeed’s Carousel; and Paper Mill’s Hello, Dolly! Jonathan’s solo CD, Shiny and New, featuring pop songs from the 70s, is available on iTunes. jonathanrayson.com

Sara Schmidt

Sara Schmidt is honored to be a part of this wonderful evening. She has performed in Jersey Boys on Broadway for the last 11 years. Prior to that she was in Brooklyn and Dance of the Vampires. Her Off-Broadway credits include The Fantasticks and Imperfect Chemistry. She toured with Fiddler on the Roof and has worked at the Williamstown Theater Festival, the Guthrie, TUTS, and North Shore Music Theater regionally.

Lucia Spina

Broadway: Kinky Boots (original cast), South Pacific, Legally Blonde (Enid), Les Miserables, …Spelling Bee (Rona). Off-Broadway: Silence! The Musical (Catherine Martin, original cast); Fugitive Songs (original cast). Tour: Legally Blonde(Enid). Regional: Kinky Boots (original cast); Milwaukee Rep: Winter Wonderettes (Betty Jean, original cast); Barrington Stage: The Mysteries of Harris Burdick (original cast); Long Wharf: Man of La Mancha; Human Race: Bat Boy: The Musical; Ravinia Festival: Sunday In The Park With George (Nurse/Mrs./Harriet), Anyone Can Whistle(Osgood) (dir. Lonny Price); Drury Lane Oakbrook: The Full Monty (Vicki); Drury Lane Water Tower Place: …Spelling Bee (Rona) (dir. James Lapine); Lucky Stiff (Rita LaPorta) Film/TV: Law & Order: SVU, The Black Box. Education: North Central College

Maggie Weston

Maggie Weston is a proud graduate of the University of Miami with a BFA in Musical Theatre. Since graduating, Maggie has worked on both coasts in several national commercials, films and in theater. Some of her favorite credits include co-starring in Funeral Kings, an official selection of the SXSW Film Festival, her co-starring role in Blood Relatives on Investigation Discovery, and her recent collaborations with Cosmopolitan Magazine’s Interview Series. She will be appearing as Mary Bailey in MST’s upcoming production of It’s a Wonderful Life.

Meg Zervoulis (Music Director)

Broadway: An American in Paris, Bright Star, Finding Neverland, Matilda, Something Rotten. Off-Broadway: Rated Pand Cagney. Regional: The Prom at the Alliance Theatre. Bandstand, Ever After, and many more at Paper Mill Playhouse. Other New Works: Head Over Heels at New York Stage and Film (w/ the Go-Go’s), BREEDLOVE and Pete Duchan’s Stu for Silverton (NAMT 2014), Kooman and Dimond’s Dani Girl, and Andrea Grody’s Strange Faces. Meg helms Hotel Elefant, a contemporary music ensemble in NYC. She is also an adjunct professor/music director at Montclair State University. Education: B.F.A. with University Honors in piano performance and conducting from Carnegie Mellon University. Member of the inaugural classes of the Goodspeed Opera House Musical Direction Intensive and the ASCAP/Marvin Hamlisch Broadway Conductors Workshop.  This year, Meg was also invited to be a member of the Lilly Power Network. www.megzmusic.com

Mile Square Theatre’s new venue is located at 1400 Clinton Street in Hoboken.

Discount Parking available at Little Man Parking on 1300 Jefferson Street.

For more information on Mile Square Theatre, please visit www.milesquaretheatre.org.

MST Season Sponsorship: Academy Bus, CSBK, Bijou Properties, The Brummette Family, The Burgiss Group, Hufnagel Landscaping, Ironstate, Jet.com, The Kocis Family, Little City Books, The Rockefeller Group, Sharon Shahinian of Halstead Properties

Mile Square Theatre is supported by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.

This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey Council on the Arts/Department of state, a partner agency of the National endowment for the arts and by funds from the national endowment for the arts, administered by the Hudson county office of cultural & heritage affairs, Thomas A. Degise, County Executive, and the Board of Chosen Freeholders. Member of The New Jersey Theatre Alliance.

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