MOTOWN IN SUN VALLEY, MOTOWN’S GREATEST HITS


MOTOWN IN SUN VALLEY, MOTOWN’S GREATEST HITS with music arranged by Jospeh Joubert, musical director and conductor of the Tony Award wining MOTOWN THE MUSICAL. Enjoy some of the best pop music ever written! From Smokey Robinson and The Supremes to Gladys Knight and Marvin Gaye…plus more!

MEET OUR ARTISTS

Actress and songstress Allison Semmes is currently playing Diana Ross in Motown the Musical First National Tour. Her Broadway credits include The Book of Mormon (Nabulungi cover/ Swing) and Motown the Musical (Florence Ballard/Diana Ross cover). She began her musical journey in the Chicago Children’s Choir. Through the CCC, she sang with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and abroad. This led her to her Opera studies at University of Illinois in Vocal Performance. She received her Masters in Music in Musical Theater at New York University-Steinhardt . Theater credits include Bubbling Brown Sugar (Ella), Dreamgirls (Lorrell/cover), The Color Purple National Tour (Squeak) directed by Gary Griffin, and The Wiz. Allison’s passion also lies in jazz and soul, performing her first cabaret “Jazz, Soul, & L’Amour” at Zinc in NYC’s Greenwich Village, and composer Ted Hearne’s song cycle “Hurricane Katrina Ballads” & “You’re Causing Quite A Disturbance” with Erykah Badu and the Brooklyn Philharmonic at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Moeisha McGill’s Broadway credits include: Motown ,Mamma Mia! and Rent. Off-Broadway/Regional: Baby (Lizzie, Papermill), They Wrote That? (Off B’way),Bagdad Café (Phyllis, International Tour), Lil’ Shop of Horrors (The Miracle Theatre),Princesses (5th Avenue Theatre), Jesus Christ Superstar .

Jesse Nager is currently on tour as Smokey Robinson in Motown the Musical. He has been on and off Broadway inperformances such as Motown The Musical, Scandalous, Mary Poppins, Good Vibrations, Mamma Mia, Xanadu and Fame On42nd St. He performed in concert with Mariah Carey, Shania Twain, Pattie Labelle, Jazon Mraz, Katherine McPhee, and Joe Pesci. He also performed on SMASH, The Tony Awards, The Today Show, and America’s Got Talent. Mr. Nager is the Creator and Artistic Director of Broadway Boys and is a member of Broadway Inspirational Voices.

Destan Owens has appeared on Broadway in Chicago, Smokey Joe’s Café,and Rent. Off-Broadway, National tours, and other credits include The Who’s Tommy, Sisterella, Chicago, Dreamgirls with Jennifer Holiday, Yo’ Alice, Jesus Christ Superstar Gospel, Stormy Weather: The Lena Horne Story, Soul Possessed, It Happened In Little Rock, Carmen, Trouble In Tahiti and A Little Night Music. His television and film credits include Marie And Bruce, Get Rich Or Die Trying, Across The Universe and 30 Rock. Mr. Owens has also been a soloist with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Southwest Florida Symphony, Florida Orchestra, Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Grand Rapids Symphony, Lake Charles Symphony, Phoenix Symphony and The Long Island Philharmonic.

Ryan Shirar is a music director from New York City. In addition to serving as rehearsal pianist for Broadway Pops International, Ryan works as a vocal coach and orchestrator/arranger. Recent projects include Lincoln Center’s American Songbook Series, Debra Monk’s Birthday Bash (Broadway Cares), A Starry Night San Francisco (Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation), Broadway Today (Fort Worth Symphony), and Mississippi Moon Bar (Dubuque Symphony Orchestra). Prior to New York, Ryan was founding president of Paragon Music Theatre and served as Music Director at the Kentucky Governor School for the Arts. Ryan received his Masters in Orchestral Conducting from Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

Joy Lynn Jacobs appeared in the Broadway revival of The Music Man, the world premier of Marie Christine in the role of Beatrice, and before that, the first national Broadway tours of Ragtime and Show Boat. Miss Jacobs created the role of Power Woman for the Off-Broadway hit Menopause The Musical and starred in that production for more than four years! Other credits include Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes, Lady Tiang in The King & I, Aldonza in Man Of La Mancha, Anita in West Side Story and Mercedes in the opera Carmen.

Joseph Joubert is the featured solo pianist for a Fascinating Gershwin concert. Mr. Joubert served as the conductor of MotownThe Musical on Broadway and keyboardist/assistant conductor for Billy Elliot. His accomplishments are wide ranging and his talent has taken him not only across the continent, but also throughout the world. He has performed with the Manhattan Symphony, the Bronx Arts Ensemble, the New Philharmonia, the West Palm Beach Symphony, the Mobile Symphony, the Marin Symphony, the Lancaster Symphony and the Colonial Symphony. Mr. Joubert has appeared in New York City’s major concert halls, including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and Alice Tully Hall. For two seasons, he served as staff pianist for the Metropolitan Opera Company’s revival of Porgy And Bess. Abroad, he has performed in The International Festival Of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy and in Nice, France. Mr.Joubert has performed at the Pushkin Museum Of Arts in Moscow, Russia and was the pianist/ associate conductor for the Broadway Show The Color Purple. Most recently he was an orchestrator for the film Nights In Rodanth. He also has a solo piano CD “Total Praise-Classic Hymns For Piano.”


 



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