Marla Mindelle, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Taylor Trensch, Lauren Pritchard and More Join Lineup for Zack Zadek's Highline Concert
By Michael Gioia
Marla Mindelle (Sister Act, South Pacific), Rebecca Naomi Jones (American Idiot, Passing Strange), Taylor Trensch (Matilda, Wicked) and Lauren Pritchard (Spring Awakening) are among the artists who have joined the lineup for musical theatre writer Zack Zadek's Nov. 11 concert at the Highline Ballroom.
Directed by Hunter Bird with musical direction by Benjamin Rauhala, the 8 PM concert, The Music of Zack Zadek, promises "a mix of musical theatre, pop, dance, as well as selections from Zadek's full-length musicals 6 (New York Musical Theatre Festival 2012) and The Crazy Ones (NYMF Reading Series 2013)."
Performers will also include Alex Brightman (Big Fish, Wicked), Ariana DeBose (Motown, Bring It On), Andrew Kober (Hair), Hannah Elless (Godspell), Nik Walker (The Last Goodbye), Drew Gaspirini ("Smash"), Emma Hunton (Spring Awakening, Next to Normal), Molly Hager (Fat Camp), Sarah Cetrulo (The Black Suits), Haley Bond, Charles Franklin and Danielle McRoy.
Zadek will be backed by a full band featuring music director Rauhala (synth/organ), Matt Hinkley (lead guitar), Shannon Ford (drums), Andy Kuusisto (bass), Alexandra Jones (cello), Sam Quiggins (cello) and Justin Rothberg (rhythm guitar). Taylor Noble and Sedona Schat will provide additional vocals.
"These are some of favorite performers on the planet, and I’m beyond excited to make music with them in such a crazy venue," said composer Zadek in a statement. "This concert is really about the love of music, whether it's straight up pop, piano-rock, dance – and seeing what happens when you fuse it all with world of musical theatre and character stories. We're making it a big show, and I can't wait."
Zadek's work has been heard at Joe's Pub, (le) Poisson Rouge, 54 Below, Galapagos Art Space and as part of In The Valley: The Songs of Zack Zadek at the Laurie Beechman Theatre.
Valerie Novakoff produces, and projection design is by Andrew Lazarow (I Am Harvey Milk).
The Highline Ballroom is located at 431 W. 16th Street. For more information and tickets, visit HighlineBallroom.com.
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