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Join us for our 2023 theater benefit with 5 incredible Broadway stars: Major Attaway, Adam Kantor, Dan’yelle Williamson, Keri Rene Fuller, and Talia Suskauer, who will be performing on our stage alongside members of our own Jr., Sr. and Star Theater Companies.

Meet our Broadway Stars

Gavin Lee

MAJOR ATTAWAY is a 20+ year veteran entertainer who began his career in the Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX area. In 2016 Attaway made his Broadway debut in Disney’s Aladdin, playing and understudying the roles of Genie, Babkak, and the Sultan. In 2017, he took over the Tony Award-winning Genie role for three years, becoming the longest-running actor in the role. He most recently provided the Voice of Audrey II in the Off-Broadway revival of Little Shop of Horrors. and played Fatty Arbuckle in the NY City Center Encores! production of Mack and Mabel. Attaway has lent his voice talent to numerous projects, including as the voice of NuCalm, One Piece, Pokémon, Borderlands 3, The Pathfinder Series, Snack World, Bread Barbershop, Smite, Fairy Tail, Battleborn, and Dragon Ball Z Kai. On his Twitch Channel @IPlayedMajor, he livestreams games which he voices in character, as well as plays with and against fans! Attaway can also be seen in an upcoming HBO series as well as in the Netflix original series “Orange is the New Black.” He is currently touring with his Disney-based cabaret show “The Genie’s Jukebox,” and biohacking his way to owning every day with NuCalm.

Major Attaway

KERI RENE FULLER most recently starred as Jane Seymour in the Broadway company of Six The Musical. Other Broadway: Jagged Little Pill (Swing); Waitress (Francine, u/s Jenna). National Tour: Cats (Grizabella). Regional credits include title of show (Heidi), Murder Ballad (Sara), Dogfight (Rose), Les Misérables (Eponine), Lizzie Borden (Lizzie), A Chorus Line (Maggie), Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Rachel), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Helena), A Winter’s Tale (Perdita). TV: “Law & Order: SVU (Snowflake).

Judy McLane

ADAM KANTOR most recently completed the critically-acclaimed run of The Inheritance at The Geffen Playhouse, where he was nominated for an LA Drama Critics Circle Award. He won an Emmy and a Grammy for his performance in the Tony-winning Broadway production of The Band’s Visit, as well as an Outer Critics Circle honor for his performance in Darling Grenadine at the Roundabout. Previously on Broadway, Adam starred as Motel in Fiddler on the Roof, Henry in Next To Normal, and Mark Cohen in RENT (final cast, filmed live for Sony Pictures). Off Broadway, he starred as Jamie in The Last Five Years at Second Stage and as Princeton and Rod in Avenue Q at New World Stages. Regional highlights include Duncan Sheik and Kyle Jarrow’s Noir at the Alley, as well as Barry Levinson and Sheryl Crow’s Diner at the Signature. On TV he was in “Billions” on Showtime as “Pununzio,” and “The Good Wife” on CBS as “Ezra.” He recently starred in the feature film “Either Side of Midnight,” directed by Roger Spottiswoode. Adam is a graduate of Northwestern University and the British American Dramatic Academy. He has been a coach for The National High School Music Theatre Awards (“The Jimmy Awards”) since 2014. He was a cofounder of the nonprofit arts education initiative Broadway in South Africa as well as the interactive experiential food/theatre company StoryCourse. Adam has headlined concerts with Princeton Symphony Orchestra and Carnegie Hall. @AdamJKantor on social.

IG: @AdamJKantor

Sam Primack

TALIA SUSKAUER is a New York-based actress, and most recently starred as Elphaba in Wicked on Broadway. She also toured the country as Elphaba on the Munchkinland National Tour of Wicked. Originally from Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, Talia attended Dreyfoos School of the Arts, and then went on to earn her BFA in Musical Theatre from Penn State University in 2018. During her freshman year at Penn State, Talia was chosen to be a 2015 YoungArts winner in Theatre Arts. Talia has performed regionally at the New London Barn Playhouse in New London, NH, playing roles such as Princess Fiona in Shrek The Musical (NH Theatre Award Nomination), Rosa Bud in The Mystery of Edwin Drood (NH Theatre Award Nomination), Lily Craven in The Secret Garden, and most recently Jo March in Little Women. In 2018, Talia made her Off-Broadway debut in Be More Chill at the Signature Theatre in New York City, as the female standby. Talia continued her journey with Be More Chill as it transferred to the Lyceum Theatre on Broadway in February, 2019, and stayed with the production until it closed in August, 2019. Talia is happiest when she is traveling, eating pasta, or playing with her 5-year-old border collie, Tucker.

 

Emily Bautista

DAN’YELLE WILLIAMSON is a Broadway veteran with a passion for storytelling. She was last seen starring as Donna Summer in the National Tour of Summer: The Donna Summer Musical. She also appeared as Rosie in Stages St. Louis’ Production of Mamma Mia! Williamson was recently nominated for a Gregory Award for Outstanding Actress as Esmeralda in The 5th Avenue Theatre’s Production of the The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and reprised the role to kick off Starring Buffalo’s Season in Buffalo, NY. Broadway: Tony Award-winning Memphis, Scandalous and Rocky. Other credits include Deloris Van Cartier in Sister Act (Riverside, Walnut, and Stages St. Louis Theaters), Nala on the National Tour of The Lion King, Elphaba in Wicked (Chicago), and Nina Simone in the Off-Broadway Production of Soul Doctor. Additional credits include Christine in August Strindberg’s Miss Julie and Jory in Disgraced at Northern Stage. Her voice can be heard on the Motion Picture Soundtrack “12 Years a Slave.” Grateful for this artist journey!

IG: @dubbzlove http://www.danyellewilliamson.com

ASHER DENBURG (Musical Director/Accompanist) (Musical Director/Accompanist) is a versatile, prolific, and in-demand musician whose work has been heralded worldwide. Music Director: Touring companies of Spamilton; Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular; Breath and Imagination (Lyric Stage Company of Boston/Front Porch Arts Collective, IRNE nomination for Best Music Director); Never Sleep Alone (Virgin Voyages, inaugural company); Legally Blonde, The Addams Family (Wagon Wheel); Cinderella, All Shook Up, 9 to 5 (Arrow Rock Lyceum); Beehive (Theatre By The Sea). NYC Cabarets: Joe’s Pub, Green Room 42, The Duplex. Selected orchestrations & arrangements: Bachelors of Broadway; Never Sleep Alone; Shanghai Sonatas (UD Master Players); Fable (NYMF, world premiere); ghostwriter for the Boston Pops, Chicago Symphony. Other: comedy shows with Seth Herzog, Cole Escola; ballet piano with the Joffrey Ballet School, Steps On Broadway; inaugural season ballpark organist, Rocket City Trash Pandas.

STEPHEN DeANGELIS (Producing Artistic Director/Host) (Producing Artistic Director/Host) is pleased to return for this year’s event. He 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 over 1200 Broadway Standbys, Understudies and Alternates since October 2003. His work as a Producer of the ongoing series was acknowledged in BroadwayWorld’s List of “The Best Club, Cabaret and Concert for 2021.” He has cast over 3600 network television and radio commercials for Manhattan’s leading advertising agencies, 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” which was seen on the Disney Channel. His work has been seen in New York and regionally in over 300 theatrical productions for companies as well as numerous festival showcases, developmental workshops and readings. Stephen 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. He has worked with Actors, Singers, Dancers, Directors, Choreographers, Composers, Lyricists and Playwrights who have been recognized with the following distinctions across all mediums: 267 Tony Award wins, 882 Tony Award nominations, 265 Drama Desk Award wins, 996 Drama Desk Award, nominations, 32 Drama League Award wins, 217 Drama League Award nominations, 199 Primetime Emmy Award wins, 850 Primetime Emmy Award nominations, 129 Daytime Emmy Award wins, 487 Daytime Emmy Award nominations, 53 Academy Award wins, 159 Academy Award nominations, 23 Olivier Award wins, 78 Olivier Award nominations, 147 Grammy Award wins, 464 Grammy Award nominations, 109 Golden Globe Award wins, 366 Golden Globe Award nominations, 5 Pulitzer Prize wins, 8 Pulitzer Prize Award nominations and 8 Kennedy Center Honors recipients.

Ticket Information

Tickets (show only) $90

VIP Tickets (includes admission to pre-show, meet & greet and cocktail reception) $175

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Become a Sponsor

Sponsor the Broadway Ball and get the benefit of the whole season! 

Our 2023/2024 Season Includes:
The Music Man, The Wizard of Oz, The Crucible, Wedding Singer, Shoes and Elves, and Into the Woods

Sponsorship Opportunities:

Executive Producer Sponsorship: $15,000 (Includes fifteen (15) VIP tickets to the Broadway Ball)
Includes fifteen (15) house seats for every production in the current season, listing as lead sponsor on pre-event communications, banner displayed in lobby & on stage, recognition in pre-performance presentation, ad placed on inside front cover of Playbill for the entire 2023-2024 season & prominent placement on the Broadway Ball web page. Social media promotion & listing in the Buzz, our weekly electronic publication, received by close to 9,000 people.

Producer Sponsorship:$10,000 (Includes eight (8) VIP tickets to the Broadway Ball)
Includes eight (8) house seats for every production in the current season, listing as event sponsor on pre-event communications, banner displayed in lobby, recognition in pre-performance presentation & prominent full page in Playbill for the entire 2023-2024 season. Social media promotion & listing in the Buzz, our weekly electronic publication, received by close to 7000 people.

Director Sponsorship: $5,000 (Includes six (6) VIP tickets to the Broadway Ball)
Includes six (6) house seats for every production in the current season, listing as event sponsor on pre-event communications, recognition in pre-performance presentation & half page in Playbill for the entire 2023-2024 season. Listing in the Buzz, our weekly electronic publication.

The Star Sponsorship: $2,500 (Includes four (4) tickets to the Broadway Ball, show only)
Includes four (4) house seats for every production in the current season, recognition in pre-performance presentation & quarter page ad in Playbill for the entire 2023-2024 season. Listing in the Buzz, our weekly electronic publication.

The Cast Sponsorship: $1,000 (Includes two (2) VIP tickets to the Broadway Ball)
Includes two (2) house seats for every production in the current season, recognition in pre-performance presentation & business card size ad in Playbill for the entire 2023-2024 season.

Stage Manager Sponsorship: Stage Manager Sponsorship: $500 (Includes one (1) VIP ticket to the Broadway Ball)
Recognition in pre-performance presentation & business card size ad in Playbill for the entire 2023-2024 season.

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Star Legacy Award

Congratulations to the 2023 Star Legacy Recipient Barbara Schuler

Barbara Schuler wasn’t a theater kid. She was a writer, starting with her school newspaper in Tucson, Arizona. Professionally, she went on to be a features writer and editor at the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson. She came to theater by way of dance. In her early 20’s it was suggested to her that she started taking ballet as a way to lower her cholesterol. She had never set foot on a stage until her ballet teacher was hired to choreograph “Kismet” and decided it would be easier to use his own dancers. Although she was quite shy, she joined the cast. She performed on stage for the first time at the beautiful Southern Arizona Light Opera and was hooked.

After nine years at The Daily Star, Barbara was hired by Newsday in 1978 as a copy editor on the night news desk. She moved to New York with her 5-year-old daughter, spending six months on the night shift before moving to the features department as a style and features editor. Her love of theater followed her to New York where she studied acting at The Stella Adler Studio and took private acting lessons. This led to an even deeper understanding of how meaningful and important theater is.

Barbara has performed in and produced countless plays and musicals at Star Playhouse over the last 50-some years. As a Star Playhouse committee member for over 20 years, she has been involved with everything from show selection to hiring and most recently has been an important voice as the SYJCC moved to create Stage 74, a rich and robust performing arts center where people of all ages can pursue their love of the arts. She brings her passion for theater, intellectual prowess and voice of reason to the table. Her dedication has helped ensure that Star Playhouse as a part of Stage 74 will continue to produce quality theater well into the future.

In 2017, her worlds collided when she became Newsday’s theater critic, a job that both terrified and thrilled her. (A highlight being interviewing Julie Andrews!) She gracefully balanced her job as a theater critic with her role as a Star Playhouse committee member.

Barbara will tell you, doing theater is not easy, in any capacity. And she would know. But for her, theater is family. The love she has for the work and the people she does it with, along with the immense joy of being on stage and the energy of the audience as they take in the performance makes it all worth it.

In recent years she has become part of two sisterhoods that reinforce the power of theater and mean the world to her —Stage 74’s Moms Who Sing, a multi-generational group of women who  tell their stories through song, and Step Sistas, a senior tap dance company.

Barbara is proud “Mamacita” to her daughter Kiva, Nana to Myles and Charlotte, and a loving companion to her partner, Carl.