VERGENNES - With a terrific line-up of talent and tunes, the Vergennes Opera House is preparing for its annual Broadway revue benefit show, "Broadway Direct". This year's show will be held on Saturday, Dec. 11 at 8 p.m. and will once again be hosted by Vergennes resident and Broadway veteran Bill Carmichael. Proceeds from the "best-of-Broadway" show go to benefit the non-profit group Friends of the Vergennes Opera House (FVOH) who are responsible for the restoration and operation of the historic 1897 theater above the Vergennes City Hall. This year's concert will be filled with Broadway tunes that celebrate the holiday season-including songs familiar to all from hit shows such as "White Christmas" and "Meet me in St. Louis." Tickets are $25 general admission, $20 for FVOH members and are available at the Opera House, Classic Stitching in Vergennes, or online at www.brownpapertickets.com
This year's cast will be made up of some exceptional performers who are taking time out of their busy acting schedules to volunteer their talents for the Opera House.
Lucy Sorensen focuses her time on the development of new musicals through the NY Musical Theatre Festival, BMI Workshop, NYU's Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program, and recording demos and voiceovers. She has performed in the acclaimed production of Sarah Plain and Tall directed by Joe Calarco, The Tutor, Sympathy Jones, We Tell the Story at the Lucille Lortel, Pippin, The Secret Garden, Don't Sleep in the Subway, and with the London cast of the Cameron Mackintosh production of My Fair Lady. Favorite regional credits include starring in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry as Mrs Claus, Georgie in The Full Monty at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre in Jupiter, Florida, and Saint Michael's Playhouse in How the Other Half Loves (Mary), Breaking up is Hard to Do (Marge), and SUDS (Marge).
Brian Golub has been most recently seen as Kristen Bell's Secretary in the Disney Romantic Comedy, When In Rome. His Broadway experience includes performances for the Broadway Benefits of Hair (Grammy Nomination), Chess, Charles Busch on B'way, Only Make Believe, Pippin, Secret Garden, and Rags. His Off-Broadway and other NY credits include NBS, Rock Of Ages, Fleet Week, Caligula, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Pre-B'way), Floyd Collins and The St. Ignatious Chanuka Pageant. He has appeared in Vermont as part of the company at St. Michael's Playhouse in Breaking Up Is Hard To Do, among numerous other regional theater credits.
Kelly Rypkema appeared most recently in the area at the Depot Theatre in Westport, NY where she played Olive in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Her extensive theater credits include work regionally and in New York in plays and musicals. Favorite roles include Catherine in Pippin (also at The Depot Theatre), Jane in Tennessee Williams' Vieux Carre (Theatre Three), Esther in Meet Me in St. Louis (Flat Rock Playhouse), and Fiona in Brigadoon (Barnstormers Theatre).
Bill Carmichael's many credits on Broadway include Mamma Mia, Les Miserables, Cats, and Peter Pan. Additionally Bill was in the original production of Forbidden Broadway and can be heard on the original cast recording. While in Los Angeles, he was in the original US premier of Ragtime, Forever Plaid, and Sweeny Todd with Kelsey Grammer. National tours include Phantom of the Opera, City of Angels, and Cats. Recently Bill's Vermont theatre work has had him playing the Ringmaster in Barnum at the St. Mike's Playhouse, Frederick in A Little Night Music with the Middlebury Opera, Nick in Sight Unseen at The Flynn Space and on the Northern Stage as Danforth in The Crucible and in Mid-life Crisis the musical.
The performers will be accompanied by pianist Scott Nicholas who has been featured throughout the U.S. and Europe in solo and chamber performances.
Tickets are $25 and are available at the Vergennes Opera House, Classic Stitching on Main Street in Vergennes and online at www.brownpapertickets.com. For more information please contact the Opera House at 802-877-6737, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www.vergennesoperahouse.org.