Helluvatown = Helluvanight!
Thank you from the WVC!
Our amazing headliners and generous supporters made Gala 2015 a wonderful success!
We are indebted to our Emcee Klea Blackhurst (with her ukelele), and to the wonderful artists who shared their talents in support of the WVC–Henry Krieger, Craig Pomranz, Chuck Muckle, Charles Michel and Anita Hollander and Jimmy Roberts and Lawrence Craig!
And of course, we are grateful to our Gala audience, whose support will allow the Chorale to continue its musical mission!
Thank you for sharing this amazing night with us!
Jimmy Roberts is the composer of the second-longest running Off-Broadway musical in theater history (I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change–nominated for the Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk awards). Written with playwright Joe DiPietro, I Love You received both the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations as Best Musical when it opened in 1996. It has since played in all fifty states as well as over 25 countries around the world. Mr. Roberts also composed The Thing About Men (2003), again with Joe DiPietro’s book and lyrics (New York Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical). Songs were featured in two other Off-Broadway musicals: A…My Name Is Still Alice and Pets! For television, he composed the theme for the weekly PBS show Theater Talk. His children’s musical, The Velveteen Rabbit, toured the United States for well over a decade. Mr. Roberts also created and performed special piano arrangements for the Grand Piano Marathon at Merkin Concert Hall (2008) and is currently at work on two new musicals: All Dressed Up and Nowhere to Go (from a play by Catherine Filloux) and The Truth About Light with book and lyrics by British author Warner Brown. Other performances include: Merkin Concert Hall; the Time Warner Center; the 92nd Street Y; Steinway Hall; St. Peter’s Church (Midday Jazz); and the National Arts Club in New York. Other engagements include the Catalina Jazz Club (Los Angeles); Mark Twain House (Hartford); and the “Music at Meyer” series (San Francisco).
Craig Pomranz was in elementary school when he discovered he could overcome his tremendous shyness through music. He auditioned for Camelot at The Muny (the nation’s oldest and largest outdoor theater, located in St. Louis, MO) and won the role of Tom of Warwick, opposite John Cullum and Sally Ann Howes, thus launching a professional career. Years later, when he arrived in New York, it wasn’t long before he was playing to sold-out crowds at three clubs at once: Freddy’s, East Five Three, and Mickey’s. He performed at Ted Hook’s Onstage, The Duplex, The Ballroom, The Horn of Plenty, and (precomedy) Caroline’s. Craig next became a highly sought-after studio singer, and he worked frequently with composer/artists signed to Arista records. He recorded with Barbara Cook and Faith Prince, among others, and contributed to cast recordings for The Secret Garden, Rags, and Breakfast at Tiffany’s, to name a few. Hearing him sing—whether in person or on his CD, My Heart Don’t Skip a Beat—you’re treated to a dazzling voice and a way with the audience that’s descended from a great saloon style. His performances in support of My Heart Don’t Skip a Beat have created a buzz for more, with hotly anticipated return bookings at both the Metropolitan Room in Manhattan and the Gardenia in Hollywood in the coming months.