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+ About the Performance
This program was recorded 09/29/2014 at Symphony Space.

Discover the astonishing & diverse array of Sundance Institute Theatre Lab composers and lyricists whose work the Sundance Theatre Lab has nurtured over the last decade, featuring music from the Broadway oeuvre of Scott Frankel, Adam Guettel, Lisa Kron, Michael John LaChiusa, Steven Lutvak, Bill Finn, Heidi Rodewald, Duncan Sheik, Stew, and Jeanine Tesori plus many more.

The songs and music are brought to life by the interpretive talents of All brought to life by the interpretive talents of Carolee Carmello, David Driver, Christine Ebersole, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Ann Harada, Joshua Henry, Shuler Hensley, Devin Ilaw, Levi Kreis, Judy Kuhn, Telly Leung, Krysta Rodriguez, Alexandra Silber, Aaron Tveit, Catherine Walker, Rema Webb, Betsy Wolfe, and more!

Directed by TONY nominated Leigh Silverman with musical direction by Chris Fenwick.


"The Revolutionary Costume for Today" from Grey Gardens

Music by Scott Frankel, Lyrics by Michael Korie, Book by Doug Wright

Performed by Christine Ebersole


"All American Girl" from War is F**king Awesome

Music by Shane Rettig, Book by Qui Nguyen, Lyrics by Rettig and Nguyen

Performed by Krysta Rodriguez


"Poison in My Pocket" from A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder

Music and lyrics by Steven Lutvak, Book and lyrics by Robert L. Freedman

Performed by Catherine Walker & Aaron Tveit with Shuler Hensley


"Daughters of Presidents" from First Daughters Suite

Book, Music & Lyrics by Michael John LaChiusa

Performed by Carolee Carmello


"What You Left Behind" from Little Miss Sunshine

Music & Lyrics by William Finn, Book by James Lapine

Performed by Joshua Henry


"Aria" from Most Wanted

Music by Mark Bennett, Book by Jessica Hagedorn, Lyrics by Mark Bennett & Jessica Hagedorn

Performed by Alexandra Silber, Levi Kreis, & Telly Leung


"Days and Days" from Fun Home

Music by Jeanine Tesori, Book & Lyrics by Lisa Kron, Based on the book by Alison Bechdel

Performed by Judy Kuhn


"Love to Me" from The Light in the Piazza

Music & Lyrics by Adam Guettel, Book by Craig Lucas

Performed by Aaron Tveit


"Three Magical Fairies" from Mista Skin from Funk'd Up Fairytales

Book, Music, & Lyrics by Kirsten Childs

Performed by Ann Harada, Renée Elise Goldsberry & Rema Webb


"Work the Wound" from Passing Strange

Music by Stew & Heidi Rodewald, Book & Lyrics by Stew

Performed by David Driver


"Shame" from Stuck Elevator

Music by Byron Au Yong, Words by Aaron Jafferis

Performed by Devin Ilaw


"Fun" from Iowa

Written by Jenny Schwartz, Music & Lyrics by Todd Almond, Oratorio Lyrics by Jenny Schwartz

Performed by Betsy Wolfe with Grace McLean, Jeremy Morse & Amanda Savan


"The Song of Purple Summer" from Spring Awakening

Music by Duncan Sheik, Book & Lyrics by Steven Sater

Performed by the Ensemble

+ About the Artists


LEIGH SILVERMAN (Director). Broadway: Violet (Tony nomination, Roundabout, Encores) Chinglish; Well.  Off-Broadway: American Hero (Second Stage and Williamstown Theater Festival); Kung Fu (Signature Theatre); The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence (Playwrights Horizons); The Call (Playwrights Horizons); The Madrid (MTC); Golden Child (Signature Theatre); No Place to Go (Public Theater; Two River Theatre); In the Wake (Center Theatre Group/Berkeley Rep and Public Theater, Obie Award, Lortel nomination); Go Back to Where You Are (Playwrights Horizons, Obie Award); From Up Here (MTC, Drama Desk nomination); Yellow Face (Center Theatre Group/Public Theater); Coraline (MCC/True Love); Blue Door (Playwrights Horizons); Well (Public Theater; Huntington Theatre; ACT); Danny and the Deep Blue Sea (Second Stage Theatre). Recent regional: The Heidi Chronicles (Guthrie Theater); Chinglish (Goodman Theater, Jeff nomination; West Coast/Hong Kong tour).

CHRIS FENWICK (Music Director) most recently music directed the Broadway production of Rocky and Fun Home at The Public Theater. He music directed the original productions of Michael John LaChiusa’s Giant, Los Otros, Queen of the Mist and See What I Wanna See. Broadway credits include Grease, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, The Pajama Game, Wonderful Town and Elaine Stritch at Liberty. Other credits include the Off-Broadway productions of Hello Again, Here Lies Jenny, Road Show, Happiness and Mother Courage, as well as concerts with Patti LuPone at Carnegie Hall, Ravinia Festival, and many more. Chris was music director of the Encores! Off-Center productions of tick, tick…BOOM!, Randy Newman’s Faust, Pump Boys and Dinettes, The Cradle Will Rock and I’m Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road.

JOSH HIGGASON (Media Designer). Recent designs include Radiolab's Apocalyptical tour (Video and Scenic for Workhorse Design Co; WNYC); Platonov; Or the Disinherited (Video and Scenic; The Kitchen, NYC and La Jolla Playhouse); Powder Her Face (Video; New York City Opera); Ich, KurbisGeist (Video; Big Dance Theater); Sontag: Reborn (Scenic; The Builder’s Association). World Of Wires (Video and Lighting; The Kitchen, Poland tour, France tour, ICA-Boston); Bellona- Destroyer of Cities (Video; The Kitchen, France, ICA). Video Engineering for Planetarium (BAM; Sufjan Stevens, Nico Mulhy, Bryce Dessner; Designer: Deborah Johnson for Candystations); Sufjan Stevens’ Age of Adz (Euro Tour; Designer: Candystations). He has taught interactive media workshops at Princeton, Duke, NYU, Bennington, and LIU: MFA. 

RACHEL SUSSMAN (Line Producer) is the Creative Development Associate at RKO Stage and a founder of The Indigo Theatre Project, a company of passion and purpose dedicated to producing play readings that benefit related non-profit organizations. She has worked with Second Stage Theatre, Goodspeed's Mercer Colony, The Tony Awards, and CREATE-Ireland in Dublin, Ireland. Independently, she has produced works in the New York International Fringe Festival and the New York Musical Theatre Festival. Currently, she is developing an emerging artist residency program in Michigan. Rachel is a member of the League of Professional Theatre Women and the 2014-2016 Women’s Project Producers Lab. BFA: NYU Tisch.

VANESSA COAKLEY (Production Stage Manager). Broadway & Tour: The Merchant of Venice, La Cage aux Folles. Off-Broadway: Your Mother’s Copy of the Kama Sutra, The Call, Assistance, Go Back to Where You Are (Playwrights Horizons); Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812; Too Much, Too Much, Too Many (Roundabout), Sleep No More (Punchdrunk), The Merchant of Venice, The Winter’s Tale (Public). Regional: Williamstown Theatre Festival, Huntington Theatre Company, A.R.T., Mark Taper Forum. 


CAROLEE CARMELLO (Performer). Broadway: City of Angels, Falsettos, Parade (Tony nomination and Drama Desk Award), 1776, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Kiss Me Kate, Urinetown, Lestat (Tony nomination, Drama Desk nomination), Mamma Mia!, The Addams Family (Drama Desk nomination and Outer Critics Circle nomination), Sister Act, and Scandalous (Tony nomination, Drama Desk nomination). Off-Broadway: john and jen, Das Barbecü, I Can Get It For You Wholesale, Hello Again (Obie Award), A Class Act, The Vagina Monologues, and Elegies. National Tours: Chess, Big River, Falsettos, and Les Misérables. TV: Smash, Law and Order, Frasier, Ed and Remember W.E.N.N. (SAG Award nomination).

DAVID DRIVER (Performer) has worked with Laurie Anderson, Elvis Costello, Debbie Harry, Stew, Heidi Rodewald, and Richard Butler, among others, and was in the original Broadway cast of Rent. He’s been featured on The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, and Late Show with David Letterman, and has released numerous CDs (when they still had those). Info on Lux Rd., his current musical project at 

CHRISTINE EBERSOLE (Performer), a two-time Tony Award winning actress (Grey Gardens and 42nd Street), has captivated audiences throughout her performing career, from the Broadway stage to television series, films, concert appearances, and recordings. In 2013 she released her latest album titled Strings Attached. She can currently be seen starring on the TBS television sitcom Sullivan and Son.

RENEE ELISE GOLDSBERRY (Performer) Upcoming: "Angelica" in the original musical HAMILTON by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Bway: original "Nettie" in The Color Purple, original "Kate" in Good People, "Nala" in the Lion King, and final "Mimi" in Rent. Tv: recurs on The Good Wife, The Following, and Law & Order: SVU; guest star on Masters of Sex and "Evangeline Williamson" on One Life to Live (2 Daytime Emmy and 2 NAACP Image Award noms). Select film: The Nest, Every Secret Thing, Rent: Live on Broadway, and All About You. Husband Alexis, son Benjamin, and daughter Brielle are her dream come true, and for every blessing personal and professional, Renee gives all glory to God.

ANN HARADA (Performer) is best known for originating the role of Christmas Eve in the Broadway and London productions of Avenue Q. She currently plays stepsister Charlotte in Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella. Other Bway: 9 to 5, Les Miserables (revival), Seussical, M. Butterfly. Recent Off-Bway: Love, Loss and What I Wore, The Kid. Film includes: The Nest, Admission, Hope Springs, The Art of Getting By, Feel, Happiness. TV includes: Smash (recurring role as Linda the Stage Manager), The Big C, Lipstick Jungle, 30 Rock. She is a graduate of Brown University.

JOSHUA HENRY (Performer) is a two-time Tony Nominee for his starring Broadway roles in Violet and The Scottsboro Boys. Other Broadway shows include Porgy and Bess, In the Heights, American Idiot and Bring It On. Film: Sex and the City, Winter's Tale. TV: Army Wives (recurring), Kings. As a solo artist in NYC, he has played Joe's Pub, 54 Below, Rockwood Music Hall and The Triad. He is represented by UTA, Station Three Entertainment and Ken Weinrib.

SHULER HENSLEY (Performer). Broadway: No Man’s Land/Waiting For Godot, Oklahoma (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics, Olivier), Young Frankenstein, Tarzan, Les Miserables. Off Broadway: The Whale (Lortel, Obie), Silence! The Musical, Fiorello!, The Most Happy Fella (Encores), The Apple Plays (Drama Desk). Opera/Concert: Carousel (New York Philharmonic and PBS), Wozzeck (Curtis Institute of Music), Regina (Kennedy Center), Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Detroit Symphony. TV/Film: Van Helsing, The Legend of Zorro, The Americans, Law & Order SVU, Criminal Intent, Ed.

DEVIN ILAW (Performer) recently closed the 25th Anniversary Tour of Les Misérables as Marius. Other favorites: Miss Saigon (Thuy, Toronto Revival), M. Butterfly (Song Liling), readings of Yeston’s upcoming The Peony Pavilion. Devin owns a private singing studio and is the co-founder of college coaching company GET U. IN. BFA Carnegie Mellon. Next, Devin plays Lun Tha in Chicago Marriott’s production of The King & I.

LEVI KREIS (Performer) made his Broadway debut originating the role of Jerry Lee Lewis in the Tony nominated musical Million Dollar Quartet, for which he received the 2010 Tony Award, Outer Critics Circle Award & Drama League nomination. Other theater credits include Violet, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, One Red Flower, & Rent. Films include Frailty, Don’t Let Go, A Thousand Words, and Silencers. As a singer/songwriter, Levi’s albums have been featured on The Vampire Diaries, So You Think You Can Dance, Mob Wives, Sons of Anarchy, The Apprentice, Days Of Our Lives, and Young and the Restless.

JUDY KUHN (Performer) has been nominated for three Tony Awards and three Drama Desk Awards for her work on Broadway in She Loves Me, Chess, Les Misérables, and Rags. Also on Bway: Two Shakespearean Actors, King David and The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Original cast). Recent theatre includes: Fun Home at The Public Theater (Lucille Lortel Award/Outer Critics Circle Nom.); Fosca in Passion (CSC/Drama League Award Nomination); The Cradle Will Rock (Encores!); The Visit (Williamstown Theater Festival). Film & TV include: Disney's Pocahontas, Enchanted, Elementary; Hope & Faith, Law & Order. Solo CD’s: All This Happiness; Serious Playground:The Songs of Laura Nyro; Just In Time: Judy Kuhn Sings Jule Styne.

TELLY LEUNG (Performer) has appeared on Broadway in Godspell, Rent (final Broadway company), Pacific Overtures and Flower Drum Song. TV audiences will recognize Telly as Wes, the Warbler, on Fox's Glee. He co-starred with George Takei in the Broadway-bound Allegiance and played Angel in Rent at the Hollywood Bowl, directed by Neil Patrick Harris. He has played to sold-out clubs and concert venues from New York to Tokyo, featuring songs from his debut album {I’ll cover you}.

GRACE McLEAN (Performer). Credits include: Bedbugs!!! (Carly), Brooklynite (upcoming), The World is Round (BAM), Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812, Sleep No More, La MaMa Cantata (La MaMa New York and Spoleto, Italy; Zagreb, Croatia; Belgrade, Serbia), From The Fire (Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2011, MTM Best New Musical), The Last Goodbye (WTF 2010), Twelve Ophelias (Woodshed Collective), Grace McLean Lives in Concert (Flea Theater, Ars Nova, Joe's Pub), readings/workshops with New Dramatists, The Vineyard, The Public Theater, Ars Nova, Disney. EP Make Me Breakfast available on iTunes. 

JEREMY MORSE (Performer) is so excited to be a part of this awesome evening of Sundance song. Drama Desk Nominee for Bloodsong of Love (Lo Cocodrillo) at Ars Nova. Recent: Walnut Street Theatre/Riverside Theatre: How To Succeed (Finch). Paper Mill: Oliver! (Noah Claypole). Goodspeed: Hello, Dolly! (Barnaby). Upcoming: Prospect Theatre Company’s The Underclassman (Hamilton Samuels) at The Duke on 42nd  B.M. NYU Steinhardt.

KRYSTA RODRIGUEZ (Performer) most recently appeared on Broadway originating the role of Casey in the new musical First Date alongside TV favorite Zachary Levi. She also originated the role of Wednesday Addams in The Addams Family with Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth. Other original Broadway casts include In The Heights, Spring Awakening and Good Vibrations as well as playing Bebe in the revival of A Chorus Line. On television she was seen as the "Diva" Ana Vargas on the NBC series Smash. 

AMANDA SAVAN (Performer). Recent credits: Celebrating the Music of William Finn at Barrigton Stage and Merkin Hall,  Broadway's Rising Stars at Town Hall, Fancy Nancy the Musical (OCR), On The Record (OCR), and many concerts at 54 below. NYU/Tisch Grad.

ALEXANDRA SILBER (Performer). Broadway: Master Class. West End: Carousel (TMA Award, also at Reprise), Fiddler on the Roof, The Woman in White. Off-Broadway: Arlington (OCC Nomination), Hello Again (DL Nomination). TV/Film: 1408, The Mysteries of Laura, all three Law and Orders. In concert: Lilli/Kate in Kiss Me, Kate (Royal Albert Hall), Maria in West Side Story (San Francisco Symphony), Amalia in She Loves Me (Caramoor), I Am Harvey Milk (Disney Hall) and Song of Norway (Carnegie Hall). She trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

AARON TVEIT (Performer). Broadway: Catch Me If You Can (Nominations: Distinguished Performance from the Drama League, Best Male Dancer from the Fred and Adele Astaire Awards, Outstanding Featured Actor from the Outer Critics Circle Awards), Next to Normal (Awards: Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Supporting Performance, Clarence Derwent Award for Most Promising Male Performer; Nomination: Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Featured Actor), Wicked, Hairspray. Off-Broadway/Regional: Rent (Hollywood Bowl, National Tour), The Three Musketeers (North Shore Music Theatre), Hairspray. Film: Stereotypically You, Big Sky, Undrafted, A Dream of Flying, Les Misérables (Awards: National Board of Review Award for Best Cast; Nominations: Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Acting Ensemble), Premium Rush, Girl Walks into a Bar, Howl, Ghost Town. Television: Graceland, The Good Wife, Law & Order: SVU, Body of Proof, Ugly Betty, Gossip Girl. Recordings: The Radio In My Head: Live at 54Below, Catch Me If You Can (OCR), Next To Normal (OCR).

CATHERINE WALKER (Performer) is a cast member in Broadway’s Tony Award winning musical A Gentleman’s Guide To Love & Murder. She was also seen in the Broadway revival of Ragtime and made her Broadway debut in Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s production of Mary Poppins. Catherine has also performed the music of Marc Blitzstein at The Kennedy Center, A Tribute to Stephen Sondheim with George Hearn and The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and with Stephen Schwartz in a musical tribute for the Andrew Carnegie Society. She appeared at the Ravinia Music Festival in the lead role of a new musical entitled Unlock’d. Catherine is a native of Lancaster, PA. She received her BFA in Vocal Performance from Carnegie Mellon University and is a proud member of AEA.

REMA WEBB (Performer) is a 16-year Broadway veteran and the Founder/Executive Director of On Broadway Performing Arts Training Program. Most recently Rema appeared on gospel singer Lula Buffington in Violet at the Roundabout Theater Company. Currently Rema is performing in Disney's The Lion King. She has been a cast member of The Lion King since 1999 and is an Original Cast Member of Broadway's The Book of Mormon. Movie credits include: NBC's The Sound of Music Live, The Oksana Baiul Story, Sudden Death, Beloved, and First Born. Her Broadway debut was in the 1998 production of Ragtime.

BETSY WOLFE (Performer) recently finished playing Ellen in Bullets Over Broadway. Broadway: The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Everyday Rapture, 110 in the Shade and The 25th Annual Putnam...Bee. Off-Broadway: The Last 5 Years (Second Stage), Merrily We Roll Along (Encores!). Ms. Wolfe made her Metropolitan Opera debut in  Die Fledermaus. Regional credits: Tales of the City (ACT), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,  Tommy (Dallas Theatre Center), Ragtime (Paper Mill Playhouse). Guest artist for over 30 Symphony, Pops, and Philharmonic Orchestras across the U.S. and internationally. Ms. Wolfe was a guest soloist for the New York City Ballet where she performed at Lincoln Center and at The Coliseum in London. BFA in musical theatre from CCM.


SEAN McDANIEL (Drums) is currently the drummer for American Idol runner up Clay Aiken and for the Grammy and Tony award winning The Book Of Mormon on Broadway. He has also performed with Audra McDonald, Kristin Chenoweth, Jennifer Hudson, Olivia Somerlyn, Jane Lynch and Dolly Parton. On Broadway, Sean was also the drummer for the Grammy and Tony award winning musical Monty Python’s Spamalot. Other Broadway credits include Violet, 9 to 5, La Cage Aux Folles, Wicked, Shrek, Aida, Lion King, Rent, Avenue Q, Nine, Millie, Assassins, The Producers, Fiddler On The Roof, and Les Miserables. Sean received a BM from The University of North Texas and an MFA in Musical Theatre Composition from NYU.

MATT HINKLEY (Guitar) is extremely grateful for his nomination for "Best Musician" in Broadway's Ghostlight Awards. Broadway: Violet (guitars, asst. conductor/piano), First Date (assoc. MD, keys/guitars), Godspell (assoc. MD, keys/guitars/vocals). Other NYC includes ROOMS, 35MM, Bloodsong Of Love, The Burnt Part Boys, Andrew Kober’s Koberet. Upcoming: The Circus In Winter (Supervisor/Arrangements). Studio supervision and producing includes Caissie Levy, Joe Iconis, Natalie Weiss, Jonathan Reid Gealt. Love to Kym.

ALAN STEVENS HEWITT (Bass). Broadway: Rocky, Jekyll & Hyde, Lysistrata Jones, American Idiot, Spring Awakening (also 1st Natl. Tour). Off-Bway: Closer Than Ever, Rent, Lysistrata Jones, Tomorrow Morning, Lizzie Borden (2009), Everyday Rapture. Regional (Cape Playhouse): No Way to Treat a Lady, Plaid Tidings. 2014 recipient of three PAMTA awards: Outstanding Orchestrations, Outstanding Score, and Outstanding Song: “House of Borden” for his work on the rock opera Lizzie.


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