Ultimate Broadway

Mechanics Hall presents

Ultimate Broadway

Mon · September 17, 2018

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

$59.00 - $69.00

This event is all ages

Brent Barrett
Brent Barrett
BRENT BARRETT is no stranger to the stages of Broadway, the West End, concert halls, recording studios and television. He has traveled the world with the Tony Award-winning hits, “Chicago The Musical” for which he received a Los Angeles drama Critics Award, and “Grand Hotel.” Brent received an Olivier Award nomination for his starring role in the London premiere of the Tony Award-winning Broadway revival of “Kiss Me, Kate.” His acclaimed performance was recorded for broadcast on PBS and is available on DVD. Brent made his debut as the Phantom in the new Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Phantom-the Vegas Spectacular” at the new $40M theatre at the Venetian on the Las Vegas Strip. In 2015, he traveled to Germany to perform the Phantom in the German production in Oberhausen. He also starred in the City Center Encores! production of “The Pajama Game” and as King Arthur in the Paper Mill Playhouse production of “Camelot”. Other Broadway roles include Frank Butler in the Broadway revival of Irving Berlin’s “Annie Get Your Gun” opposite Reba McEntire; Charles Castleton in the Alan Jay Lerner musical “Dance a Little Closer;” and Baron Felix Von Gaigern in “Grand Hotel”.

Additional New York performances include Maximillon in the Broadway revival of “Candide,” and Tommy Albright in New York City Opera’s production of “Brigadoon.” In New Zealand, he appeared as Archibald in that country’s production of “The Secret Garden.”

On the road, Brent played Victor Duchesi, in the pre-Broadway Tour of “Busker Alley” with Tommy Tune, and he starred opposite Cathy Rigby in the National Tour of “Annie Get Your Gun.” Brent made his Broadway debut as Tony in the revival of “West Side Story,” which he subsequently reprised in the International Tour. Off-Broadway credits include creating leading roles in: “Silence! The Musical” and “Closer Than Ever,” “March of the Falsettos,” “The Death of Von Richtofen,” and a musical version of “Portrait of Jenny.”

Brent received critical acclaim when he performed as a soloist at Carnegie Hall, The Royal Albert and Royal Festival Hall’s in London, with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Boston Pops, Minnesota Opera, Opera Pacific, Michigan Opera, the Birmingham Symphony and the Liceu Opera House in Barcelona.

Brent is the founding member and producer of The Broadway Tenors. Solo albums include the recently released “Christmas Mornings, The Alan Jay Lerner Album and The Kander and Ebb Album.” Other recordings include “Brigadoon,” “Grand Hotel,” “Dance a Little Closer,” “Closer Than Ever,” “Show Stoppers,” “The Busby Berkeley Album,” “Lost in Boston IV,” “Unsung Musicals, Vol. III,” and “The Maury Yeston Songbook.”

On television and in film Brent was featured in “The Producers,” “Hercules,” “Longtime Companion,” “All My Children,” “Another World” and “Guiding Light.”
John Cudia
John Cudia
JOHN CUDIA holds the distinct honor of being the first and only actor to have performed both as the The Phantom in “The Phantom of the Opera” and Jean Valjean in “Les Misérables” on Broadway. John’s most recent Broadway run counted him as only the 12th performer to play the Phantom in its historic, record-breaking, 25 years. John recently played Jean Valjean at the Marriott Theater in Chicago where his performance not only earned him critical acclaim but also the Joseph Jefferson Award for “best actor in a musical.” John proudly made his Broadway debut in “Les Misérables” and enjoyed a long and successful relationship with both “Les Miz” and Phantom.

John toured the United States and Canada as the Phantom and also has the role of Raoul to his credit. John was raised in Toms River, NJ, and was a musical performer from a very early age. He earned his B.A. from Fordham University and then went on to perform leading roles in theaters across the country including Jesus in “Jesus Christ Superstar,” Lieutenant Cable in “South Pacific” and Tony in “West Side Story.”

John is now emerging as classical crossover artist. As a featured tenor soloist, John has sung in concert across the country with The Music of Andrew Lloyd Weber, The Omaha Symphony and also with the Orchestra of Saint Peter by the Sea in his home state. He is excited to be making his Lyric Opera of Chicago debut this spring as Curly in their thrilling new production “Oklahoma! “Following the Lyric, John will sing his first Alfredo in “La Traviata” with Lyric Opera of the North.

John is happily married to Broadway actress Kathy Voytko and the proud father of Alena Joyce, 3 and Evelyn Rose, 18 months.
Kyle Dean Massey
Kyle Dean Massey
KYLE DEAN MASSEY is best known for his work on Broadway in “Pippin,” “Next to Normal,” “Wicked” and “Xanad”u and to television audiences as Kevin Bicks from ABC’s “Nashville.”

Kyle Dean was raised in Jonesboro, Arkansas, a town 60 miles northwest of Memphis, TN. He started taking dance classes at age 6 and spent his adolescence singing in school choirs and studying the piano. After discovering musical theatre in high school he went on to receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre from Missouri State University.

In addition to his three seasons on “Nashville” (ABC), Kyle Dean has also appeared on “The Good Wife” (CBS), “Inside Amy Schumer” (CC), “High Maintenance” (HBO), “Up All Night” (NBC), “Hart of Dixie” (CW), “Cupid” (ABC), “Sex And the City 2” (HBO Films), “Contest” and “After Party.” He has also performed on “Good Morning America,” “The CBS Early Show,” “Live with Regis & Kelly,” “Live from Lincoln Center” & “The 62nd Annual Tony Awards.” He also lends his voice as a voice-over artist for two Emmy winning children’s programs on Nickelodeon, “Peter Rabbit” and “Sunny Day.” While starring in “Next to Normal,” Kyle Dean was the star of his own popular web-blog series, “Normal Life,” on Broadway.com. Five years later he hosted another series, “Fresh Prince,” while starring in the title role of Pippin.

Internationally Kyle Dean starred in “Pippin” at the The Royal Theatre in Amsterdam, played the title role in ‘Jekyll & Hyde” in Seoul, played Billy Lawlor in “42nd Street” in Tokyo, and starred in “Casi Normales” in Buenos Aires.

As a vocalist Kyle Dean has performed across the country in pops concerts with symphony orchestras and in more intimate cabaret settings with his one man show.

Kyle Dean serves as a masterclass instructor & panel contributor for several different teaching organizations including Camp Broadway, Broadway Artists Alliance, Broadway Connection, VIP Tours of New York, the Missouri Fine Arts Academy, Stagelighter & Broadway Triple Threat. He also serves as a private acting & voice coach to students all over the country.

Kyle Dean is a passionate supporter of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, The Trevor Project and various human rights groups. He frequently performs in charity concerts at various venues across New York City including Joe’s Pub, Ars Nova & The Laurie Beechman Theatre & 54 Below.
Venue Information:
Mechanics Hall
321 Main Street
Worcester, MA, 01608
http://www.mechanicshall.org/