Porchlight Music Theater presents the cast of NEW FACES SING BROADWAY
Porchlight Music Theater is proud to announce the cast of New Faces for the final performances of the sixth season of the popular New Faces Sing Broadway series and the conclusion of its 27th season with New Faces Sing Broadway 1971 at SPACE, 1245 Chicago Ave., in Evanston, Monday, August 1, 7:30 p.m. and Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted Street, in Chicago, Wednesday, August 3, 7:30 p.m. This edition is hosted by Jeff Award nominee Ed Kross+, directed by Frankie Leo Bennett+ and music is led by Bryan McCaffrey+. Single general admission tickets to New Faces Sing Broadway 1971 are $37 at SPACE and the Center on Halsted, both venues offering a cash bar. Tickets are now on sale at PorchlightMusicTheatre.org or by calling the Porchlight Music Theater box office, 773.777.9884.
The Porchlight Music Theatre’s hit revue series is a melodious and fun evening of audience interaction, returning for a sixth season. Host Ed Kross+ and the New Faces, a cast of next-generation talent, take audiences on a musical journey from the beginning to the end of Broadway’s 1971 season in 90 minutes with songs, historical info, stories and songs. along. The latest New Faces features songs from the 1971 Broadway shows Follies, Hello, Dolly!, Jesus Christ Superstar, On the Town, 70s, Girls, 70s, Two by Two, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown and others.
The cast of New Faces Sing Broadway 1971 includes Rachel Carreras*, Maddison Denault*, Kristin Doty*, Josiah Haugen+, David Moreland+, Hanah Rose Nardone*, Maxel Schingen+/^, Quinn Simmons^, Kelcy Taylor* and Evan Wilhelm+.
The New Faces 1971 production team includes: Frankie Leo Bennett+, director; Bryan McCaffrey+, musical director, Alex Rhyan+, director of production and operations and Michael Weber+, artistic director.
Many of New Face’s previous artists have continued their careers on television and on local and national stages, including Dawn Bless* (Waitress-national tour), Katherine Bourne* (School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play at Goodman Theatre), Lydia Burke* and Molly Kral* (Jeff [ensemble] Sophisticated Ladies), Darilyn Burtley* and Max Cervantes+ (The Light in the Piazza at Lyric Opera of Chicago), Kyrie Courter* (Jeff Award nominee-Next to Normal), Gilbert Domally+ (Jeff Award nominee-The Total Bent), Andres Enriquez+ (Jeff Award nominee-Porchlight’s A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder), Theo Germaine+ (Showtime’s “Work in Progress”), Lucy Godinez* (Jeff Award nominee-Oliver), Emily Goldberg* (Jeff Award nominee- Porchlight’s A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder), Nicole Michelle Haskins* (Jeff Award winner-The Color Purple), Michelle Lauto* (Jeff Award winner-Spamilton), Yando Lopez+ (Wicked on Broadway), Henry McGinniss+ (Book of Mormon-national tour), Anthony Norman+ (The Prom on Broadway, Dear Evan Hansen-national tour), Patrick Rooney+ (Les Miserables-national tour), Aalon Smith* (Porchlight’s Gypsy), Katherine Thomas* (Jeff Award winner-Ragtime ), Aeriel Williams* (Oedipus Rex at the Court Theatre) and Nicole Lambert*, Mallory Maedke*, Courtney Mack* and Samantha Pauly* (SIX on Broadway).
Pronoun key: + (he/him/his); * (she she); ^ (they, them, theirs). = (any with respect)
ED KROSS+, HOST
Ed Kross was recently seen in Sister Act and Shear Madness at the Mercury Theater. Other credits include West Side Story (Lyric Opera Of Chicago), Hazel (Drury Lane Oakbrook), The Jungle Book and Animal Crackers (The Goodman), I Love Lucy: Live Onstage (Broadway Playhouse), as well as productions at the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Northlight, Peninsula Players, The Royal George, Second City Theatricals and Theater At The Center. Additionally, Kross has been a member of the American Blues Theater ensemble for 24 years. On the small screen, he appeared in more than 75 commercials and had guest roles in “Chicago Med”, “Fargo”, “Patriot”, “Chicago Fire”, “Sirens” and “Boss”. On the big screen, he shares one-on-one scenes with Tom Hanks in “Road To Perdition” and George Clooney in “Ocean’s 12.” He is a proud union member of the Actor’s Equity Association, SAG-AFTRA and AGMA.
FRANKIE LEO BENNETT+, DIRECTOR
Frankie Leo Bennett recently co-directed Porchlight Music Theater’s Chicago Sings Stephen Sondheim, directed the 2022 edition of Broadway’s In Your Backyard, and appeared in his productions of In The Heights, New Faces Sing Broadway 1985, and Porchlight Revisits 1776. Bennett is also an artist teacher for The School at Porchlight and has been a guest contributor to Porchlight’s free virtual offerings including Movie Musical Mondays on several occasions and Sondheim @ 90 Roundtable. He is Chair of Porchlight’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee. His regional credits include Punkass Pastry (Independent Workshop/Director), The Golden Girls: The Lost Episodes (Hell in a Handbag Productions, Associate Director) and performing with Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre, Kokandy Productions and Hell in a Handbag Productions. He is also playwright/composer of the recent Resident Services: A Crossed-Up Animal Musical.
BRYAN MCCAFFREY+, MUSIC DIRECTOR
Bryan McCaffrey returns to Porchlight after recently conducting the music for the Porchlight Revisits production Passing Strange and is the 2022 conductor of the Porchlight Music Theater’s free summer concert series, Broadway in your Backyard. Originally from Scotland, he has worked as a musical director in Chicago, including Christmas Karol (Pride Arts), The Addams Family (Williams Street Repertory), Spring Awakening and Something Rotten (Theatre Nebula) and Company (Wheaton).
ABOUT PORCHLIGHT MUSICAL THEATER
Porchlight Music Theater is Chicago’s award-winning musical theater center. Through live performances, youth education and community outreach, we impact thousands of lives each season, bringing the magic of musicals to our theater at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts in the Gold Coast and in the city districts. Porchlight has earned a national reputation for boldly reimagining classic musicals, supporting new work and young performers, and showcasing Chicago’s most notable musical theater artists, all through the lens intimate and powerful theatrical “Chicago style”.
Now in its 27th season, Porchlight’s quarter-century production history includes more than 70 major works with 15 Chicago premieres and five world premieres. Porchlight’s commitment to the past, present and future of musical theater has led the company to develop the Porchlight Revisits and New Faces Sing Broadway series of programs, which have quickly become audience favourites.
Porchlight’s education and outreach programs target schools, youth of all ages and skill levels, and community organizations, including the ongoing collaboration with Chicago Youth Centers. Porchlight awards dozens of full scholarships and hundreds of free tickets each year to ensure accessibility and genuine engagement with this uniquely American art form.
The company’s many accolades include 178 Joseph Jefferson (Jeff) Award nominations and 45 Jeff Awards, as well as 33 Black Theater Alliance (BTA) nominations and 12 BTA Awards. In 2019, Porchlight graduated from the Large Theater Tier of the Equity Jeff Awards, and was honored with eight nominations in the Technical and Artistic categories and won three awards in her first year at that Tier, including Best Ensemble for Sophisticated Ladies by Duke Ellington.
During the global pandemic, Porchlight has become one of the leaders in virtual programming in Chicago, quickly launching a slew of free offerings such as Sondheim @ 90 Roundtables, Movie Musical Mondays, Porchlight by Request: Command Performances, and WPMT: Classic Musicals from the Golden Age of Radio. . For the 2020-2021 season, Porchlight’s fall schedule included all-new paid virtual programming, including Broadway by the Decade, New Faces Sing Broadway 1987, Chicago Sings Rock & Roll Broadway, New Faces Sing Broadway 1961, and the return of The Ruffians’ Burning Bluebeard. as well as collaborations with Hershey Felder and LA Theater Works. Porchlight recently launched its first summer performance schedule in 2021, which included a sold-out performance of New Faces Sing Broadway 1979 at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie, the premiere of its Broadway in your outdoor music series. Backyard, playing throughout Chicagoland this summer and special Sunday appearances on State and Navy Pier’s Chicago Live Again.
Porchlight Music Theater is proud to announce the cast of New Faces for the final performances of the sixth season of the popular New Faces Sing Broadway series and the conclusion of its 27th season with New Faces Sing Broadway 1971 at SPACE, 1245 Chicago Ave., in Evanston, Monday, August 1, 7:30 p.m. and Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted Street, in Chicago, Wednesday, August 3, 7:30 p.m. This edition is hosted by Jeff Award nominee Ed Kross+, directed by Frankie Leo Bennett+ and music is led by Bryan McCaffrey+. Single general admission tickets to New Faces Sing Broadway 1971 are $37 at SPACE and the Center on Halsted, both venues offering a cash bar.