The historic Ford Amphitheatre:
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Jason has appeared on and off-Broadway in A Grand Night For Singing; Falsettos; Stardust, Snoopy!; Patent Leather Shoes; Forever Plaid; Olympus on My Mind; All in the Timing; Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh (Drama Desk Nomination); and more. He made his Met debut as the featured vocalist in Twyla Tharp's "Everlast" with American Ballet Theatre.Jason has .performed his one-man show all over the U.S, including Feinstein's, Birdland and the Plush Room Recently, he won his second L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award - the 2008 Joel Hirschorn Award for Outsanding Achievement in Musical Theatre. He won an Ovation Award for Forbidden Broadway Y2KLA!, but didn't win one as Houdini in the U.S. premiere of Ragtime. For Reprise: Of Thee I Sing, The Boys From Syracuse, Anything Goes(Ovation nomination) and Kismet. TV: Six Feet Under, Rude Awakening, Friends, Frasier, Sabrina , Living Single, Caroline in the City, Providence, and more. Film: Title role in Sunshine Barry and the Disco Worms (2008 Toronto and London Film Festivals), Disney's Home on the Range, and the upcoming Awakening of Spring. He has been heard on many cartoons and for five years was the voice of "Lucky, the Leprechaun" for Lucky Charms Cereal. Jason has recorded over forty CDs including original cast albums, concerts, compilations, and two solo CDs – “You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile - Jason Graae Sings Charles Strouse", and "Jason Graae LIVE at The Cinegrill." This summer, he'll be seen in The Best is yet to Come, a Cy Coleman revue at The Rubicon, and Guys and Dolls at the Hollywood Bowl.
Springfield, Missouri native Lucas Grabeel began his acting career when he responded to a call for the local high school’s stage production of The Secret Garden. He soon began auditioning for plays and musicals at the community theater, starring in productions of Oliver!; Romeo and Juliet; and You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, among others. In 2004, he made a trip to Los Angeles to look into becoming a professional actor. After landing a few commercial jobs, he was chosen for a role in Disney’s telefilm Halloweentown High and reprised the part in Disney’s Return to Halloweentown. He has guest-starred on such television series as Boston Legal, Veronica Mars, and Smallville; and appeared in such movies as College Road Trip and The Adventures of Food Boy. Cast as Ryan Evans in the 2006 Disney Channel telefilm High School Musical, he became part of an ongoing media phenomenon that has encompassed a 2007 telefilm sequel (High School Musical 2) and a 2008 movie sequel (High School Musical 3: Senior Year); all three features were directed by Kenny Ortega. Lucas’ role as Danny Nicoletta in Gus Van Sant’s MILK, starring Sean Penn, again brought him to the “big screen” in 2008.
Dorian Harewood has had his dreams come true several times in his singing and acting career. He has sung on the same bill with the legendary Four Tops on a sold-out tour of Europe. He has had the opportunity to vocally jam on stage with the incomparable Stevie Wonder in the gospel production, "Mama Don't". And he has had the distinct honor of performing on the largest and most prestigious stage in Las Vegas: the Las Vegas Hilton, with the great Gladys Knight. In the world of television, Dorian holds the unique distinction of having portrayed the two largest roles in the most widely seen network AND non-network mini-series in the history of television! In the role of Simon Haley (father of the author Alex Haley) in "Roots: the Next Generations", the three-time NAACP Image Award winner aged from 17 to 70 years old, creating the largest role in the combined 26 hours of "Roots" I and II. And he is probably most recognized from his award-winning portrayal of 1936 Olympic champion and American hero Jesse Owens, in "The Jesse Owens Story". Dorian has starred in several television series, including most recently "Seventh Heaven" for Aaron Spelling, "Viper" for NBC, "The Trials of Rosie O'Neill" with Sharon Gless (CBS), "Strike Force" with Robert Stack (ABC), "Trauma Center" (ABC), "The Hoop Life" (Showtime), "Glitter" (NBC) and the highly acclaimed NBC series "I'll Fly Away", for which he won the NAACP Image Award for Best Actor in a Dramatic Series. He has most recently starred in the soon-to-be -released "Walter & Henry", directed by Daniel Petrie and produced by Norman Jewison, "The Triangle" for TNT, "The Last Debate", directed by John Badham and "The Jimi Hendrix Story". He was the voice of baseball's Hall of Fame slugger Hank Aaron in the Academy Award nominated documentary "Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream", narrated the 4 hour A&E special "Christianity: The Second Millenium" and has starred in numerous television movies and series guest appearances, including "Siege", "Foster and Laurie", "High Ice", "God Bless the Child", "China Beach", "Matlock", "Murder She Wrote", the Disney musicals "Polly" and "Polly: One More Time" and the CBS kidnap thriller "The Cradle Will Fall". Dorian's feature film credits include Stanley Kubrick's phenomenal anti-war film "Full Metal Jacket", "Sudden Death" with Jean-Claude Van Damme, "Against All Odds", "Sparkle", "The Falcon and the Snowman", "Pacific Heights", "Looker", "Archibald the Rainbow Painter", "Sudden Impact" and "Tank". He starred in the prestigious remake of the 1957 Academy Award nominated MGM classic "Twelve Angry Men", directed by Academy Award winner William Friedkin and starring Academy Award winners George C. Scott and Jack Lemmon, and appears in Mariah Carey's feature film debut, "All That Glitters", which will be released in 2001 by Columbia/Tri-Star. In the world of live theater, Dorian Harewood has performed before Broadway theater audiences as well as live theater audiences across the country, having starred in the Tony Award winning musicals "Kiss of the Spider Woman" with Chita Rivera, "Two Gentlemen of Verona", "Jesus Christ Superstar", "Over Here" with the Andrew Sisters and most recently, "The Pajama Game" in Los Angeles, "Purlie" at the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater in Washington D.C., and "Crumbs From The Table Of Joy", for which he won his third NAACP Image Award. He has also starred in the Broadway dramas "Streamers" directed by Mike Nichols, "Don't Call Back", "The Mighty Gents" and the fateful musical "Miss Moffat", opposite the late great Bette Davis, the woman responsible for his decision to become an actor.
Film: The Fantasticks (Luisa); Mr. Holland’s Opus (Rowena Morgan); Uncle Buck (Tia). Broadway: Into the Woods (Original Broadway Cast). Off-Broadway: The It Girl (title role). LA: It’s A Bird, It’s A Plane, It’s Superman (Lois Lane); Applause (Eve); Pippin (Catherine); Company (Amy); Merrily We Roll Along (Beth) and Follies (Young Sally) all Reprise and Sunset Boulevard, the screenplay, at the Hollywood Bowl. Ms. Kelly starred as Kim Warner on the CBS hit comedy Yes, Dear for six years and was a series regular on the NBC dramedy Cold Feet. Other television credits include appearances on Gary Unmarried, Surviving Suburbia, Eli Stone, Ghost Whisperer, Law & Order, Homicide and Ally McBeal as well as Hallmark Hall of Fame’s presentations of Breathing Lessons and Harvest of Fire, TNT’s The Day Lincoln Was Shot, ABC Disney’s The Ruby Bridges Story, the recurring role of Nurse Diane on Mad About You.
Vicki starred as Beth on the hit NBC series Newsradio and as Nora in Three Sisters, also for NBC. She has had recurring and guest-starring roles on Curb Your Enthusiasm, Bones, Surviving Suburbia, Til Death, Grey’s Anatomy, Dirt, Seinfeld, Caroline In The City, Murphy Brown, Norm, Grace Under Fire, The Five Mrs. Buchanans, Phenom and Home Improvement. She starred in Bye Bye Birdie on ABC and in The Huntress for TNT. Her film work includes The Ugly Truth, California Dreamin, Last Day Of Summer, Mousehunt, Godzilla, Pushing Tin, I’ll Do Anything, and Breakfast Of Champions. She starred as Velma Kelly in the Broadway and Los Angeles productions of Chicago, and as Gloria Thorpe in the Tony-nominated Damn Yankees on Broadway. She also starred in Pal Joey for Encores! with Patti LuPone and Peter Gallagher, The Crucible for the Roundabout Theatre, and as a soloist with the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall. She received the 2007 Ovation Award for her performance in the world premiere of Michael John LaChuisa’s Hotel C’est L’amour. Her animated work includes Pixar’s blockbuster Finding Nemo, Justice League: The New Frontier, Wonder Woman, Alpha And Omega (2010), Doctor Doolittle, Ben 10, Alien Swarm, Phineas and Ferb, King Of The Hill, Mission Hill, Hercules, Rugrats, An Extremely Goofy Movie, and Betsy’s Kindergarten Adventures.
Kim is thrilled to return to Reprise where she was last seen in The Fantasticks, Li’l Abner and On The Town. Favorite musical theatre credits include: Maggie in Brigadoon for Reprise and Musical Theatre West, Cha Cha in Grease for CLOSBC, Phantom for Performance Riverside (Belladova), and Carousel for Performance Riverside (Louise). Other credits include: Mame starring Carol Lawrence and Sally Struthers, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Children of Eden and Show Boat, just to name a few. She has danced at the Ford Amphitheatre in Reprise! Broadway’s Best, in Detroit for the extravaganza “Impact at Ford Field”, the opening gala for Ford Field, home of the Detroit Lions, and in Palm Springs in the opening Gala for the Spa Resort Casino. Kimberly has danced in several Actor’s Fund Benefits as well as S.T.A.G.E. Benefits. She holds a BA in dance from UC Irvine and is a certified Pilates Instructor. Thank you to Jason and Lee for this opportunity!
Valarie was thrilled to start 2009, guest starring on the hit CBS series “CRIMINAL MINDS” as Sandra Harris. She continues her recurring role on the hit comedy series “HOUSE OF PAYNE” as Sandra Lucas. In 2007 Valarie opened Summer Concert Series with The Pasadena Pops conducted by Rachel Worby and she was also thrilled to shoot the pilot “ANATOMY OF HOPE” for HBO as Deanna Rivers directed by JJ Abrams. In February 2006, Valarie completed her fourth season of the hit TV series HALF & HALF (now in Syndication) that earned her three NAACP Image Award nominations for her portrayal as Big Dee Dee Thorne. She guest starred as Dr. Lana Whitford in CSI MIAMI (Spring 2006), Ellen Laskow in BONES (Spring 2007), Susan Latham in CSI (Spring 2007), and as Aunt Jackie in the #1 film for 3 weeks and now the # 1 DVD, STOMP THE YARD. A Sony Screen Gems production (2007). Her widely successful one-woman shows was performed to sold out audiences at Pepperdine University”s Smothers Theartre, The Gardenia Room, the El Portal Theater and at Mark’s presented by Upright Cabaret in Los Angeles. The Metropolitan Room in New York City where she received The 2007 Backstage Bistro Award and most recently at New York’s Famous BIRDLAND supper club! Broadway/Tour credits; “FOSSE”, for which she was nominated for a Tony Award, Outer Critics Circle, Dora Mavor Moore award and recognizes by the Drama League, CHICAGO (opposite Chita Rivera) London West End debut, SOPHISTICATED LADIES, original cast and understudy for Judith Jamison.GRIND, ‘DANCIN’, BIG DEAL, SHOW BOAT(NAACP, LA’s Robby, and the Vancouver Sun Reader’s Choice Awards. And nominations for Ovation and Jessie Richardson Theater Awards. Des Mc Anuff’s production of The Wiz, and THE WILD PARTY(NAACP Theatre and The Garland Awards for Best actress in a play) Ovation nomination. Highlights in TV/FILM; THE DISTRICT, FRASIER, THE WEST WING, ONE LIFE TO LIVE, THE WIZ, THE COTTON CLUB and GLITTER. Valarie continues to lend her support and talents to many charities annually and is thrilled to have fulfilled a life long dream of recording an album titled HEAR MY SOUL, being sold at www.cdbaby.com
A native of the Carolinas, John received his training at the prestigious North Carolina School of the Arts for Drama and Dance. Classical solo roles followed with World Premieres for the Pacific Northwest Ballet, Houston Ballet and Hungarian State Ballet, as well as guest principal roles on international stages. John starred in the Sundance-awarded play, The Studio at South Coast Repertory with Terrance Mann. Broadway roles include The Phantom of the Opera and Movin Out. Film and Television: A Christmas Carol with Jim Carrey, Bourbon Street (series regular), Sex and the City, Days of Our Lives, and As the World Turns.