A Broadway director, producer, and choreographer, Jeff is best known for his work on Disney's Newsies, for which he received a Tony Award nomination for Best Director. He also has received Tony Award nominations for his work on Deaf West’s Big River (Best Revival of a Musical) and Grease (Best Choreography). His Broadway credits also include Bonnie & Clyde; Jekyll & Hyde; Grey Gardens; Brooklyn; Annie Get Your Gun; Tommy Tune Tonite; and The Will Rogers Follies. On tour and internationally, Jeff directed Dolly Parton's 9 to 5 and Disney's High School Musicals 1 & 2. In fall 2017, he had the pleasure of directing the world premiere of the new musical Between The Lines, at the Kansas City Repertory Theatre. Jeff is an associate artist at Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C. Jeff joined the board of directors of Covenant House International in 2014; he has participated in Sleep Out every year since 2013; and he is an ardent supporter of Covenant House’s Casa Alianza network in Latin America.
Emmy and Peabody Award-winning host Stephen Colbert took over as host of CBS’s “The Late Show” in 2015. Best known for his Comedy Central show, “The Colbert Report,” Stephen is also a best-selling author and accomplished actor, writer, producer and comedian. Stephen hosted the “69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards” in 2017. “The Late Show” received three Emmy nominations for Outstanding Variety Series, Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series and Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series. Stephen and his staff also received three nominations for the live election night special he hosted on Showtime. From its debut, “The Colbert Report” was a critical and cultural success, winning two Peabody Awards and earning 37 Emmy Award nominations. The series won the Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program in 2008, 2010, 2013 and 2014. Prior to hosting “The Colbert Report,” Stephen spent eight years as a correspondent on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.” “The Late Show” has carried on this success, earning a nomination for a 2016 Writers Guild Award for Outstanding Comedy/Variety Talk Series. Stephen began his career in television after joining Chicago’s famed Second City improv troupe. He co-created and starred in “Exit 57” and “Strangers with Candy,” and was a cast member and writer for “The Dana Carvey Show” and a writer for “Saturday Night Live.” His television acting credits include guest roles on “The Mindy Project,” “House of Cards,” “The Office,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” and “Law and Order: Criminal Intent.” Stephen is the executive producer of “Our Cartoon President,” the half-hour animated series centered on the Trump White House, which premiered in 2018. In 2010, Stephen received three Emmy Award nominations and won a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album for “A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All!,” the album from his one-hour musical holiday special on “The Colbert Report.” In 2011, he starred as Harry in the New York Philharmonic’s presentation of Stephen Sondheim’s Company. Stephen has drawn on his comedic talents to impact culture in extraordinary ways over the past decade. In 2011, he was granted permission by the Federal Election Committee to organize his own Political Action Committee, “Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow.” In 2009, “The Colbert Report” traveled to Iraq on a USO tour, titled “Operation Iraqi Stephen: Going Commando,” to tape and perform shows in front of the troops, becoming the first television show in USO history to produce a full week of shows in a combat zone. Raised in South Carolina, Stephen currently lives in New Jersey with his wife and three children.
Adam has returned to Broadway this season in the critically acclaimed new musical The Band’s Visit, written by Itamar Moses and David Yazbek and directed by David Cromer. Shortly after its opening, Adam made his main season debut at Carnegie Hall, headlining with The New York Pops. Previously on Broadway, Adam played in the revival of Fiddler on the Roof, directed by Bartlett Sher. He made his Broadway debut while still a senior at Northwestern University, playing Mark in the final cast of RENT which was preserved on DVD by Sony Pictures' RENT filmed live on Broadway. He reunited with RENT director Michael Greif in Next to Normal on Broadway. Adam also played in the NYC revival of The Last Five Years, written and directed by Jason Robert Brown, at Second Stage. Off-Broadway, he played in Avenue Q. At The Old Globe, he played in Shakespeare's Two Gentlemen of Verona, directed by Mark Lamos, and in the world premiere of Nobody Loves You, by Itamar Moses and Gaby Alter. Adam played in the world premiere production of Diner, by Sheryl Crow and Barry Levinson and directed by Kathleen Marshall. His television credits include “Billions” on Showtime and "The Good Wife" on CBS. Adam co-founded the nonprofit arts organization Broadway In South Africa, which provided arts education to underprivileged youth in the country’s townships. He also co-founded the interactive immersive dinner series, Story Course. He graduated from Northwestern University and also studied at the British American Drama Academy. A Night of Broadway Stars is Adam’s first engagement with Covenant House.
Ariana can be seen currently in Summer: The Donna Summer Musical as “Disco Donna.” For the role, she received a Drama League Award nomination for Distinguished Performance, a Chita Rivera Award nomination for Outstanding Female Dancer in a Broadway show, and a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. Ariana recently completed a run in the Broadway musical A Bronx Tale, and appeared in the Broadway and Off-Broadway productions of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit musical, Hamilton. Her additional theater credits include the Tony Award-winning revival of Pippin, Motown: The Musical, Andy Blankenbuehler’s Bring It On: The Musical, and Stephen Sondheim's Company. Her television credits include “The Breaks” on VH1, “Blue Bloods” on CBS, “So You Think You Can Dance” on FOX, and “OLTL Starr Crossed Lovers.” Although this is Ariana's first performance at A Night of Broadway Stars she has participated in the Sleep Out movement.
The winner of a record-breaking six Tony Awards, two Grammy Awards, and an Emmy Award, Audra received a 2015 National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama and was also named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people that year. Her Tony-winning performances include Carousel, Master Class, Ragtime, A Raisin in the Sun, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, and Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, the vehicle for her 2017 debut on London’s West End. On television, Audra is known for her roles in ABC’s “Private Practice” and NBC’s “The Sound of Music Live!,” and she won an Emmy as the official host of PBS’s “Live From Lincoln Center.” In 2018, she joined the cast of “The Good Fight” on CBS All Access. Recent film credits include Ricki and the Flash, Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast, and the movie musical Hello Again. The Juilliard-trained soprano also maintains a major career as a concert artist. Of all her many roles, her favorites are the ones she performs offstage: passionate advocate for equal rights and for youth experiencing homelessness, wife to actor Will Swenson, and mother. Audra joined the board of directors of Covenant House International in 2014 and is a record-setting Sleep Out fundraiser.
BRANDON VICTOR DIXON
Brandon currently co-stars on the STARZ hit series “Power.” He most recently starred as Judas in NBC’s “Jesus Christ Superstar Live” and as Aaron Burr in Broadway’s Hamilton. Brandon’s previous Broadway credits include Shuffle Along (Tony Award nomination), Motown: The Musical (Grammy and Drama League Award nominations), and The Color Purple (Tony Award nomination). Off-Broadway, he has played in F**king A, RENT, and The Scottsboro Boys (Lucille Lortel, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle, and Laurence Olivier Award nominations). His National Tour credits include The Lion King. He has appeared on TV in “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “One Life to Live,” and “The Good Wife.” Brandon was raised in Maryland, and is a graduate of Columbia University. He is co-founder of WalkRunFly Productions. Brandon has participated in Covenant House’s Sleep Out movement and in A Night of Broadway Stars productions in Los Angeles and New Jersey.
BROADWAY INSPIRATIONAL VOICES (BIV)
Broadway Inspirational Voices was founded by Tony-nominated Michael McElroy in 1994 as the Broadway Gospel Choir, changing to their current name in 1999. In 2010, BIV became a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, whose mission is to provide hope and to inspire and transform youth in need through music and the arts. In addition to numerous solo concerts, the Grammy Award-nominated choir (for “Great Joy: A Gospel Christmas” on Sh-K-Boom Records) has performed with award-winning artists Elton John, Sting, Jason Mraz, Mariah Carey, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Vanessa Williams, Heather Headley, and Billy Porter. BIV released a second album, “Great Joy II: Around the World” in 2016, along with a web series, “Broadway Our Way,” on YouTube. Additionally, the choir has been featured on “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,” “The Miss America Pageant,” multiple Tony Awards telecasts, “America’s Got Talent,” “Late Night with David Letterman,” “SMASH,” and “The Rosie O’Donnell Christmas Special.” BIV has played Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, Crystal Cathedral, and Constitution Hall. Michael and BIV member Angela Grovey brought BIV’s signature In the Key of Me program to Covenant House New York, where they have helped rejuvenate the site’s arts program.
Caissie is currently starring as Elsa in Disney’s Frozen on Broadway. Her additional Broadway credits include Les Misérables (2014), Ghost (also on London’s West End); Hair (2009, and West End); Wicked (and L.A.); Hairspray (and first national tour); Rent (national tour). Her Off-Broadway credits include First Daughter Suite (The Public Theater), Murder Ballad. On television, she has played in: “Gotham,” and in film in Ms. Bula Banerjee and Options. In addition to extensive voiceover work, she can be heard on cast recordings of Ghost, Hair, and over 20 singer/songwriters’ and composers’ albums. She recently headlined Carnegie Hall with The New York Pops, backed up Sir Rod Stewart, and released her debut solo album, “With You.” During a talk-back session for Covenant House youth following a Les Miserable performance, Caissie met a young woman whose story was remarkably similar to that of the character she was playing, Fantine. She immediately became--and remains--a Covenant House supporter.
Capathia’s Broadway credits include Newsies; Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me; Caroline, or Change; The Look of Love; and The Civil War. Additional stage credits include Nora Ephron’s Love, Loss, and What I Wore; (mis)Understanding Mammy: The Hattie McDaniel Story (Drama Desk nomination); Caroline, or Change; Godspell; and The Colored Museum (Huntington Theatre Company). Capathia has been featured on original cast recordings for Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me; Caroline, or Change; Godspell; and Children of Eden. Her television and film credits include “The Wiz Live on NBC,” “30 Rock,” “The Practice,” “Law & Order,” “The Sopranos,” “Third Watch,” “Law & Order: SVU,” Top Five, and Musical Chairs. Capathia has appeared as a soloist with many symphony orchestras in the U.S. and abroad, including Cleveland Orchestra, Cincinnati Pops, Philly Pops, National Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, and Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. Capathia is also featured on the soundtracks for “Smash” (seasons 1 and 2), Nine, Chicago, Mission to Mars, and Legally Blonde 2. Capathia is a devoted supporter of Covenant House. She joined the Covenant House International board of directors in 2009 and has traveled to many Covenant House sites, including Canada and Mexico. She has met the residents and shows up for the youth time and again. Capathia has participated many times in A Night of Broadway Stars, and as a member of the Sleep Out committee, she has helped raise more than $1 million for Covenant House’s mission over the past five years.
Corey has received critical acclaim for his performance in the Tony Award-winning musical Bandstand. Previous roles include two years as Jack Kelly in Disney’s Newsies, his Broadway debut, which was immediately followed by the Broadway revival of Gigi, in which he starred opposite Vanessa Hudgens. On television, he portrays writer Townsend Martin, opposite Christina Ricci, in the Amazon series “Z: The Beginning of Everything,” about the life of Zelda Fitzgerald. He also has a recurring role on “The Good Fight” on CBS All Access. Across the Atlantic, Corey co-starred in the BBC miniseries “My Mother and Other Strangers,” which also aired in the U.S. on PBS. He was a series regular on the Amazon pilot “The Interestings,” and has guest starred on “Madam Secretary,” “Public Morals,” and “Law and Order: SVU.” Corey made his solo concert debut at The Kennedy Center’s ASCAP Centennial Celebration, and recently starred in the National Symphony Orchestra’s West Side Story in Concert, conducted by Steven Reineke. He is a native of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, and a graduate of Carnegie Mellon School of Drama. A Night of Broadway Stars is Corey’s first engagement with Covenant House.
A Tony and Grammy-nominated actor and singer, Jeremy is currently starring in the CW hit, “Supergirl.” Earlier, he was a series regular in NBC’s musical drama, “Smash.” He starred opposite Anna Kendrick in Richard LaGravenese’s film adaptation of Jason Robert Brown’s cult musical, The Last Five Years. He was honored with the Rising Star award at the Napa Film Festival for his work on the film. Jeremy also starred opposite Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton in Todd Graff's Warner Bros. film, Joyful Noise. On Broadway, he originated the role of Jack Kelly in Disney's hit musical, Newsies, earning Tony, Grammy, and Drama Desk nominations. Jeremy also played Clyde Barrow in Broadway's Bonnie & Clyde, for which he won the Theatre World Award. He got his Broadway start in Rock of Ages and starred as Tony in the revival of West Side Story. Covenant House is happy to welcome Jeremy back to A Night of Broadway Stars.
Co-host of “CBS This Morning,” John joined the program in January 2018. Prior to that, he was CBS News’ chief Washington correspondent and anchor of “Face The Nation.” John also is a contributor to Slate’s “Political Gabfest” and a contributing editor to The Atlantic. John joined CBS News in April 2009, as an analyst and contributor. For the last six years he has been the network’s political director. During the 2016 presidential campaign he moderated CBS News’ two presidential debates and as host of “Face the Nation,” interviewed each of the major candidates multiple times. John has been a reporter in Washington since 1995, covering the White House, Congress, and economics. Most recently, he was Slate magazine’s chief political correspondent, winning the Ford Prize for Distinguished Reporting on the Presidency. Before Slate, John covered politics for 12 years for Time magazine. During his last four years, he was the magazine’s White House correspondent, covering the presidency of George W. Bush. He has covered six presidential campaigns and hosts a twice-monthly podcast, “Whistlestop,” which chronicles great moments in presidential history. A native Washingtonian, he graduated with distinction from the University of Virginia with a bachelor’s degree in English and a specialty in American studies. His mother, Nancy Dickerson, was CBS News’ first female correspondent. John is the author of On Her Trail (Simon and Schuster), a book about his mother. He is also the author of The New York Times best-seller Whistlestop: My Favorite Stories from Presidential Campaign History (Twelve Books). John joined the Covenant House International board of directors in 2018.
Kate Walsh can currently be seen in Netflix’s highly-acclaimed “13 Reasons Why” as Olivia Baker. Off-Broadway, she appeared in If I Forget, for which she was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play and a Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance. On TV, Kate is widely known for her starring role as Dr. Addison Montgomery on the ABC drama “Private Practice,” a spin-off of “Grey’s Anatomy” based solely on her character. During her two seasons on “Grey’s,” the show received ensemble nominations from the Screen Actors Guild and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, and won the SAG award for Best Ensemble and the Golden Globe for Best Television Series Drama in 2007. The show received three consecutive NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Drama Series (2006-2008), as well as Emmy nominations for Outstanding Drama Series in 2006 and 2007. She has appeared on “The Mike O’Malley Show” (ABC), “Mind of a Married Man” (HBO), and “The Drew Carey Show” (ABC), and executive produced and starred in NBC’s “Bad Judge.” Most recently she had a four-episode arc on FX’s “Fargo.” The went on to win three Primetime Emmy Awards and two Golden Globes. On the big screen, Kate appeared in the supernatural thriller Legion, Angels Crest, and The Perks of Being a Wallflower. This past summer, she appeared in Girls’ Trip, #REALITYHIGH, and Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House (Sony).Aside from acting, Kate is a strong voice for women’s rights and has served on Planned Parenthood’s Board of Advocates for over 10 years. She is a longtime supporter of Oceana, an organization that seeks to protect the world’s oceans and marine life with policymaking. Kate also has traveled around the world with Operation Smile, a nonprofit that provides surgical care to children born with cleft lips. Covenant House is happy to welcome Kate to her first A Night of Broadway Stars.
Laura Osnes most recently completed a starring run in the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Bandstand (Drama Desk, Drama League nominations). Her other Broadway credits include Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Drama Desk Award; Tony, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League, Astaire nominations), Bonnie and Clyde (Tony Award nomination), Tony Award-winning revival of Anything Goes (Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and Astaire Award nominations), Lincoln Center Theater’s South Pacific, and the most recent revival of Grease. Other New York/regional credits include Crazy For You (Manhattan Concert Productions), The Blueprint Specials (Public Theatre), The Threepenny Opera (Drama Desk Award nomination) at the Atlantic Theater Company; City Center Encores! productions of The Band Wagon, Randy Newman's Faust, and Pipe Dream; The Sound of Music in concert at Carnegie Hall; Carousel at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Broadway: Three Generations at the Kennedy Center. On television, she has been seen on the CBS series “Elementary,” in the HBO pilot “The Miraculous Year,” “Live From Lincoln Center: Bernstein On Broadway,” “Sondheim: The Birthday Concert,” HBO's documentary “Six By Sondheim,” and the Kennedy Center Honors’ salutes to Barbara Cook (2011) and Dustin Hoffman (2012). Her many concerts and cabarets include performing with Michael Feinstein, the New York Philharmonic, The New York Pops, The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, The National Symphony Orchestra, The Boston Pops, The San Francisco Symphony, as well as appearing in such venues as Carnegie Hall, The Café Carlyle, 54 Below, Lincoln Center, NJPAC, The Smith Center in Las Vegas, and Minnesota Orchestra Hall. In addition to being heard on several cast recordings, Laura has two solo albums, “Dream A Little Dream: Live at The Café Carlyle” and “If I Tell You: The Songs of Maury Yeston.” Laura is a participant in the Sleep Out movement, and Covenant House is happy to welcome her back to A Night of Broadway Stars.
Lauren Amrbose is currently starring as Eliza Doolittle in Lincoln Center Theater’s production of My Fair Lady at the Vivian Beaumont Theater for director Bartlett Sher. Her performance has earned her nominations for a 2018 Tony Award in the category of Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical and a 2018 Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance. She also has won a 2018 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical. Lauren’s other theater credits include Broadway’s Exit the King, Lincoln Center Theater’s Awake and Sing!, Juliet in The Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park production of Romeo and Juliet, and Ophelia in The Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park production of Hamlet. On the small screen, Lauren starred as Claire Fisher for five seasons on HBO’s “Six Feet Under,” for which she earned two Primetime Emmy Award nominations and two Screen Actors Guild awards. Additional television credits include “Torchwood,” “Law & Order,” and “The X-Files.” Her film credits include Spike Jonze’s Where the Wild Things Are, Wanderlust, Sleepwalk with Me, Starting Out in the Evening, I’m Coming Over, and The River. Covenant House is happy to welcome Lauren to her first engagement with us in A Night of Broadway Stars.
Lonny Price directed Glenn Close in Sunset Boulevard on Broadway and at the English National Opera (ENO); Sweeney Todd, starring Emma Thompson and Bryn Terfel at the ENO and Lincoln Center; and Carousel at the ENO. His Broadway credits also include Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, starring Audra McDonald (also on the West End and for HBO); 110 in the Shade; “Master Harold” ... and the Boys; Sally Marr and Her Escorts (co-written with Joan Rivers and Erin Sanders); Urban Cowboy, A Class Act (Tony nomination, Best Book, with Linda Kline). Lonny’s New York Philharmonic credits include Company; Sondheim: The Birthday Concert (Emmy Award); and Passion. He directed television captures of his Sweeney Todd (Emmy Award), Company, Camelot, and Candide. His documentary, Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened, premiered at the New York Film Festival, and was named one of The New York Times’ top 10 films of 2016. Covenant House is pleased to welcome Lonny to A Night of Broadway Stars.
Marilu Henner can be seen on Broadway this summer in the new hit musical, Gettin’ The Band Back Together. She has starred in six Broadway shows; two national tours; 50 films, including movies for television; and two iconic television sitcoms, “Taxi” and “Evening Shade”. Marilu is a five-time Golden Globe Award nominee as well as a New York Times bestselling author of 10 books. Marilu also performs her one woman show, A Memorable Evening with Marilu Henner, across the country. Covenant House is pleased to welcome Marilu, a Covenant House supporter, to A Night of Broadway Stars.
Norm Lewis was recently in the NBC television special, “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert!” alongside John Legend. On Broadway, he appeared recently in the revival of Once on This Island. And Off-Broadway, he played Sweeney Todd in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, for which he won the AUDELCO Award. In May 2014, he made history as The Phantom of the Opera’s first African American Phantom on Broadway. Norm has been seen on PBS in the “Live From Lincoln Center” productions of Showboat, Norm Lewis: Who Am I?, and New Year’s Eve: A Gershwin Celebration; “American Voices,” and the PBS Special “First You Dream – The Music of Kander & Ebb.” He currently has a recurring role on the VH1 series, “Daytime Divas” and as Senator Edison Davis on “Scandal.” Norm’s additional TV credits include “Chicago Med,” “Gotham,” “The Blacklist,” and “Blue Bloods.” Norm received Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League, and Outer Critics Circle nominations for his performance as Porgy in the Broadway production of The Gershwins’ Porgy & Bess, alongside Audra McDonald. Other Broadway credits include Sondheim on Sondheim, The Little Mermaid, Les Misérables, Chicago, Amour, The Wild Party, Side Show, Miss Saigon, and The Who’s Tommy. In London’s West End he has appeared in Les Misérables and Les Misérables: The 25th Anniversary Concert on PBS. Off-Broadway, Norm has performed in Dessa Rose (Drama Desk nomination, AUDELCO Award), Shakespeare in the Park’s The Tempest, The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Drama League nomination), Captains Courageous, and A New Brain. Norm’s film credits include Magnum Opus, Winter’s Tale, Sex and the City 2, Confidences, and Preaching to the Choir. Norm's solo debut album is "This is The Life." Covenant House is happy to welcome Norm, a Covenant House supporter, to his first engagement with us in A Night of Broadway Stars.
Patti Murin is currently originating the role of Princess Anna in Disney's Frozen on Broadway. Her other Broadway and National Tour credits include Lysistrata Jones, Wicked, and Xanadu. Off-Broadway, she has played in Love's Labour's Lost (Shakespeare in the Park); Fly By Night (Playwrights Horizons); Lady Be Good! (Encores!). Almost Broadway credits include Nerds. Patti’s TV roles include recurring roles on "Chicago Med" (Dr. Nina Shore) and "Royal Pains” (Ava). Patti is a proud alum of the Syracuse University Drama Department! The 2018 A Night of Broadway Stars is her first engagement with Covenant House.
PAUL ALEXANDER NOLAN
Paul Alexander Nolan can currently be seen on Broadway in Escape To Margaritaville. His other Broadway credits include Jimmy Ray in Bright Star (Drama Desk nomination), Billy Flynn in Chicago, Pasha/Strelnikov in Doctor Zhivago (OCC nomination), Guy in Once and Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar. Off-Broadway, he has played in Daddy Long Legs (directed by John Caird). His regional credits include Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady (directed by Michael Arden), Radames in Aida, and Ben in Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (LJP). Paul has proudly spent six seasons at Canada’s Stratford Festival (Tony in West Side Story, Al Joad in The Grapes of Wrath, Orlando in As You Like It and Cousin Kevin in Tommy). The 2018 A Night of Broadway Stars is his first engagement with Covenant House.
Rosie O’Donnell is a comedian, actress, author, and television personality. Rosie’s monumental break was accepting NBC’s offer to host a variety daytime television show, known as “The Rosie O’Donnell Show” in 1996. The Rosie O’Donnell Show won a variety of Emmy awards and left a memorable mark on American television. Rosie has been a powerhouse of projects. She joined the cast of ABC’s “The View” in 2006. From 2009 to 2011, Rosie shook the airwaves with her radio show, “Rosie Radio.” In 2007, Rosie launched a charity for children, Rosie’s Theater Kids, formerly known as Rosie’s Broadway Kids, which helps children realize their greatness through the arts as they discover unity and culture. Rosie has appeared on CBS sitcom “Mom” as well as Freeform’s “The Fosters.” This fall, Rosie can be seen starring in Showtime’s new series “SMILF,”alongside Frankie Shaw. A Night of Broadway Stars is Rosie’s first engagement with Covenant House.
...and many more to come!
*Performers are subject to change.
COVENANT HOUSE YOUTH
JASON HOWLAND - Musical Director + Piano
CLINT DEGANNON - Drums
ZEV KATZ - Bass
KEVIN RAMESSAR - Guitar
NICK CHENG - Keyboards
TONY KADLEK - Trumpet
JEN WHARTON - Trombone
DAVE RIEKENBERG - Tenor Saxophone
VITO CHIAVUZZO - Alto Saxophone
ANTOINE SILVERMAN - Violin
JONATHAN DINKLAGE - Violin
KIKU ENOMOTO - Viola
KATE SPINGARN - Cello
JIM KIERSTEAD - PRODUCER
Jim Kierstead is a two-time 2013 Tony® Award-winning producer of the Broadway, touring, Toronto, Australian, and London productions of Kinky Boots and the revival of Pippin. He is a co-producer of the 2016 Broadway musicals Waitress, The Encounter, Indecent, the revival of Sunset Boulevard, and the 12-time Tony nominated musical Natasha & Pierre and The Great Comet of 1812 starring Josh Groban. His other co-producer credits include The Visit (Tony nominated), You Can’t Take It With You (Tony nominated), Side Show, It Shoulda Been You, and Rocky. Past projects include Something Rotten, The Glass Menagerie, the revival of Hair (Best Revival), American Idiot, The Addams Family, Catch Me If You Can, among others. His West End credits include Dreamgirls, Kinky Boots, The Life, Yank! Jim's Off-Broadway credits include Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story, Yank! His film credits Wakefield, Between Love and Goodbye, and Kiss Me, Kill Me. His upcoming projects include Sparkler, Unexpected Joy, The Dodgers, Cover, and The Homewrecker. Covenant House is happy to welcome Jim back to A Night of Broadway Stars.
JOHN ASSELTA - PRODUCER
John has produced and directed community and high school productions for over 40 years, including 25 years at St. Joseph Regional High School, Montvale, NJ, where he is director of the performing arts program and has been inducted into St Joe’s Hall of Fame. John is the president of Standing-O, LLC, an entertainment firm, and director of Broadway Theater Workshops, which provides performance training to young people. Before his association with SJR, he was regional coordinator for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, for which he coordinated the Labor Day Telethon, and, for 23 years, he was the director of Meeting and Travel Services at KPMG. John has been involved in producing every Covenant House A Night of Broadway Stars event held across the country over the past 15 years, helping to raise more than $26 million dollars for Covenant House’s mission to help young people move from homelessness to hope.
RICHARD J. HINDS - ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR
Ricky is an associate producer and choreographer whose Broadway credits include Come From Away (associate choreographer), Disney’s Newsies (associate director), Jekyll & Hyde (associate director/choreographer), Il Divo: A Musical Affair (assistant director). Off Broadway he has worked on Here Lies Love (Associate director/choreographer). And on National Tour his credits include 9 to 5 (associate director), Disney’s High School Musical (associate choreographer). He has been involved in Regional productions at La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Flat Rock Playhouse, Ogunquit Playhouse, Gateway Playhouse, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle 5th Ave. Theatre. Covenant House is happy to welcome back Ricky to A Night of Broadway Stars.
SPENCER GUALDONI - EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT TO DIRECTOR
Spencer is currently working full-time in New York City as the assistant to Broadway director & choreographer, Jeff Calhoun. Together, they have worked on projects such as Between The Lines, Last Days of Summer, and The Bolshoi Project. Spencer is a recent graduate of Oklahoma City University with a bachelor’s of music in musical theater. At college, Spencer performed in numerous productions and had the opportunity to explore his other talents outside of performing. He interned with top New York City casting agency Telsey + Company. He also was selected to perform as a backup vocalist in Kristin Chenoweth's: My Love Letter To Broadway at The Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. Following the internship, Spencer affirmed his love for casting and arts administration. He is extremely grateful to be working and residing in his dream city. Spencer participated in his first Sleep Out in 2018. He thanks everyone at Covenant House for their continued fight to end homelessness among youth.
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