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Broadway Backstage

Presented by the OMJCC and National JCC Adult & Senior Alliance
Let us sneak you in the Stage Door to go “backstage” on Broadway for discussions with theater professionals & video highlights.

Broadway Backstage: Thursdays, January 7-28, 2021 from 4:00 - 5:30pm (EST) on Zoom

Let JCC Program Director & Broadway/opera instructor James Sokol sneak you in the Stage Door to go “backstage” on Broadway! Meet special guest theater professionals – who bring unique expertise, experiences & insights to the discussion – at our exclusive, live, behind-the-scenes visits. Photos/video clips (when available) will enrich the experience.

Come learn, off-stage, what makes the magic happen on-stage!

The Special Guests for January:

Randy Graff – The Veteran (Jan 7)

With a multifaceted career as actress and singer, Randy Graff has made her home on Broadway & Off Broadway stages, regional theater and concert halls from coast to coast as well as in film and television. Along the way she has received the coveted Tony and Drama Desk Awards for her role in City of Angels, as well as an Outer Critics, Drama Desk and Tony Award Nomination for her work in A Class Act. Ms. Graff had the distinction of creating the role of Fantine in the original Broadway production of Les Miserables for which she received a Helen Hayes Award nomination. Her work for playwright Neil Simon includes Laughter on the 23rd Floor opposite Nathan Lane and Hotel Suite for the prestigious Roundabout Theater Company. Other Broadway starring roles include FalsettosHigh Society and sharing the stage with Carol Burnett in Moon Over Buffalo. She co-starred with Alfred Molina in the 2004 revival of Fiddler on the Roof and received a Best Actress Drama League Nomination and Outer Critics Circle Nomination.

Kelli Barrett – The One to Watch (Jan 14)

Kelli Barrett has been seen on Broadway in Gettin' The Band Back TogetherDoctor ZhivagoWickedThe Royal Family and Baby It’s You!. Off-Broadway credits include Rock of Ages and On Your Toes at Encores! while highlights of regional credits include Goodspeed’s Deathless and Bay Street’s acclaimed production of My Fair Lady. Barrett has been seen on the big and little screen in EmmaConfessions of a ShopaholicMr. Popper’s PenguinsBlue BloodsChicago FireNCISLaw & Order:SVUPerson of InterestUgly Betty, and The Good Wife to name just a few.

James Moye – The Actor/Director (Jan 21)

TootsieDear Evan HansenAladdinOn The 20th CenturyBullets Over BroadwayMillion Dollar QuartetRagtimeA Tale of Two CitiesThe Full Monty and Urinetown are the 10 Broadway shows under actor James Moye's belt. His extensive acting career includes films, TV shows, commercials, world premiere musicals, and plays at many of America’s finest regional theaters. Whether playing leading men or supporting characters, Moye has experienced a great deal of critical success. He has worked with some of the most prominent theater artists in America today, including Steve Martin, Kristen Chenoweth, Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, Joe Mantello, Casey Nicholaw, Jack O’Brien, and Susan Stroman. Moye has also directed Million Dollar Quarter for The State Theater of North Carolina.

Carolee Carmello - The "Go to Gal" (Jan 28)

A multiple-award nominee, Carolee Carmello most recently starred as Dolly Levi in the National Tour of Hello, Dolly! On Broadway, Carmello has been seen in leading roles of musicals including Tuck EverlastingFinding Neverland (Drama Desk nom), Scandalous (Tony & Drama Desk noms), Sister ActThe Addams Family (Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle noms), Mamma Mia!Lestat (Tony & Drama Desk noms), UrinetownKiss Me KateThe Scarlet PimpernelParade (Tony nom & Drama Desk Award), 1776Falsettos, and City of Angels. Highlights of her many Off-Broadway credits include Hello Again (Obie Award) and her year-long turn as Mrs. Lovett in the critically-acclaimed Sweeney Todd at NYC's Barrow Street Theatre, while her screen credits include The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Madam SecretarySmashLaw and Order: SVUFrasier. Ms. Carmello’s concert appearances have taken her across America and Europe, including engagements at Lincoln Center, Town Hall, and Carnegie Hall.

Ticket & Notes:

Your ticket purchase helps support not only this program, but also our special guests – theater professionals – who are mostly or completely out of work.

Series Tickets: $50/Series of 4-visits (equals $12.50/Single Visit).

Give-Us-A-Try Tickets: $15/Single visit. Check us out by giving our first visit a try. Single tickets are not available to subsequent visits; unfortunately, single tickets cannot be credited toward series purchase.

Tickets: All tickets are 1) are per device, not per person, on Zoom, and 2) are non-refundable & non-exchangeable.

Click here to purchase your ticket. A percentage of each ticket sale supports the Albany JCC. 

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