Broadway Artists Connection packs the Metropolitan Room featuring T. Oliver Reed, J. Elaine Marcos, Sean McDermott and more.

Posted: May 1, 2015 in Uncategorized

On Monday, April 27th, the Metropolitan Room was packed with Broadway & Aspiring artists who shared new works and cheered each other on at the Broadway Artists & Friends Open Mic & Mingle.  Hosted by JERSEY BOYS’ Peter Gregus, audiences were treated to an up close look at singers trying out new songs & sharing their stories. The evening was intimate, joyful and full of opportunities for everyone involved to make invaluable industry connections.

J. Elaine Marcos

J. Elaine Marcos

T.Oliversinging

T. Oliver Reed

Among some Broadway highlights were J.Elaine Marcos (8 time Broadway principle) who had the audience bellied over laughing at her stand up and song routine; T.Oliver Reed (9 time Broadway veteran) who’s smooth as silk voice left people wanting more; Broadway couple Pat & Jessica McRoberts, who sang a true to life version of “What Can Be Better” from BABY; and Denise Pence (the Fosse Gypsy who’s story has been immortalized as the character in A CHORUS LINE who could ‘never really sing’)  brought down the house proving she can in fact sing, entertain and wow the crowd.

Sixteen aspiring artists had the courage to take the stage after the pros and proved that guts and hard work does in fact impress.  Ranging from 13 years old to well…much, much older, both spectrums proved that talent is ageless.  Guest Casting Director Jason Styres from Binder Casting crowned Lina Silver and Christopher Michaels as the “future of Broadway” qualifying them to sing for a cash prize at the BAC All Stars later this year. “I love being a part this event! It’s a great opportunity to perform for an audience in a professional atmosphere and get feedback from people we look up to!” stated Michaels.

The evening, produced by Mac Award Winner, Joseph Macchia, was the one of several Broadway Artists Connection (BAC) events to be held at the Metropolitan Room.   Up coming events on sale now include: “Making it on Broadway & in Cabaret” Seminar on August 2nd; “Broadway Artists for Charity” event benefiting Revolucion Latina on June 29th; “Broadway Artists & Friends Open Mic & Mingle September 27th & Nov 22nd; and the BAC All Stars (invite only) Open Mic benefit for BCEFA Dec. 1st.”

Broadway cast:
T. Oliver Reed (AFTER MIDNIGHT, SISTER ACT, MARY POPPINS, WEDDING SINGER, LA CAGE, NEVER GONNA DANCE, MILLIE, FOLLIES, KISS ME KATE)
Heather Parcells (SOUL DOCTOR, WONDERLAND, A CHORUS LINE, CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG), D’Vorah Bailey (CANDIDE), Bernard Dotson (FINIAN’S RAINBOW, IMAGINARY FRIENDS, SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, RAGTIME, CHICAGO), J. Elaine Marcos (ANNIE, PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESSERT, A CHORUS LINE, WEDDING SINGER, SWEET CHARITY, WONDERFUL TOWN, FLOWER DRUM SONG, MISS SAIGON), Sean McDermott (GREASE, FALSETTOS, MISS SAIGON, STARLIGHT EXPRESS), Denise Pence (PIPPIN, FOLLIES, THE ROTHSCHILDS), Jessica McRoberts (SPIDERMAN, TURN OFF THE DARK, FOLLIES, NINE), Pat McRoberts (MISS SAIGON), Peter Gregus as host (JERSEY BOYS, CONTACT, AIN’T BROADWAY GRAND).

winnersAdditional artists include:
Lina Silver, Christina Cataldo, Brian Jones, Lauren Stanford, Michael Marano, Meghan Jenkins, Javier E Gomez, Jacob Lazar, Barbara Malley, Lars Halldin, Johnny Haeger, Christopher Michaels, Will Branner, Emma Green, Marina Colona, Abby DeMauri, Roselyse Russo

Yasuhiko Fukuoka on piano, Will Maitland Weiss, Stage Manager & BAC Advisor, Joseph Macchia Producer

For more information about Broadway Artist Connection Events, please visit www.broadwayconnects.org.  Reservations are required to sing in BAC events.  For inquiries email: Joseph Macchia at joseph@broadwayconnects.org.
The Broadway Artists Connection founded in 2008 by Broadway Artist Tamlyn Brooke Orlando (42nd STREET & DAME EDNA), brings together Broadway Artists and enthusiasts to create, connect and share their talents for the greater good of our communities.  BAC events have featured over 75 Broadway Artists, dozens of aspiring artists and have raised thousands of dollars for such organizations as Rosie’s Theatre Kids & CAT Youth Theatre.

The Metropolitan Room, located at 34 W 22nd St, is one of the most critically acclaimed venues in NYC and is known as the “Home” for big name talents and rising stars.  This famed, bastion for singers, is located in the heart of Manhattan in the Flatiron/Chelsea District. A high-end cabaret and jazz club, the Metropolitan Room brings the best in live music to New York City.

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