Amongst all the Emmy Madness this weekend, We Love Soaps was thrilled to learn of Colleen Zenk's new theater role in Summer Stock NYC this July. As she recently proved at We Love Soaps Weekend, Colleen is igniting New York stages with her fantastic and captivating singing and musical talents. Although we are mourning the loss of AS THE WORLD TURNS, we can't wait to see what this "Broadway Baby" has in store for us next.
Summer Stock NYC, a new initiative of the CAP21 Theatre Company, debuts with “A Celebration of the Broadway Musical” on July 16. The 75-minute musical revue features hit songs and production numbers from classic Broadway musicals, starring Zenk and awarding winning Broadway and cabaret artist Karen Mason (“Mamma Mia!”; “Sunset Boulevard”), and featuring Carrie Manolakos (“Mamma Mia!”; National Tour of “Wicked”), Pearl Sun (“Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas”), Dana Steingold (Encores! “Anyone Can Whistle”; National Tour of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”), Kelly Felthous (National Tour of “Grease”) and Kelsey Crouch-Pinter from “As the World Turns.” The show celebrates the Broadway musical from Golden Age classics “On the Town,” and “Anything Goes” to contemporary musicals such as “Spring Awakening,” “Rent,” and “Avenue Q.”
Summer Stock NYC is the first collaborative partnering of CAP21 with The Fund for the City of New York, Pace University, Hunter College and Capital One, as a corporate sponsor. “A Celebration of the Broadway Musical” will play July 16 -18 at The Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts (Pace University) and July 20-23 at The Sylvia and Danny Kaye Playhouse (Hunter College). Ticket prices range from $15 to $30.
Frank and Eliza Ventura, founders of CAP21, envision Summer Stock NYC as a way to make high quality musical productions accessible to local family audiences, and expand the training ground and performance opportunities for the city’s vast talent pool of established and emerging actors, singers, dancers, directors, choreographers and designers.
“Summer stock is a wonderful way to share the joy of musical theatre with new audiences and a perfect example of theatre’s collaborative process, where artists of different levels of experience can experiment, take risks and grow,” said Frank Ventura, Executive Artistic Director of CAP21.
“We are excited by our new partnerships with the Fund for the City of New York, Pace University and Hunter College, and the introduction of this new urban summer theatre tradition. We look forward to students and recent grads joining the company of New York esteemed professionals in Summer Stock NYC’s first production,” said Eliza Ventura, Artistic Director of CAP21.
Pick up any Playbill, and you are likely to find CAP21 alumni inside. Since its founding in 1994, the conservatory has trained many of our country’s most successful and talented performers, including the ubiquitous Lady Gaga, Hollywood star/Oscar nominee Anne Hathaway, “Glee” heartthrob/Tony nominee Matthew Morrison, “Veronica Mars” star Kristin Bell, and “General Hospital’s” Emmy-nominated Bradford Anderson. Over the last sixteen years, 85 CAP21 alumni have been cast in 92 shows on Broadway. In addition, hundreds of alumni have starred in national and international tours, regional theatre productions, Off-Broadway, as well as in film and television.
In 2011, Summer Stock NYC will tour different boroughs with a full length production of a classic Broadway musical.
Visit http://www.cap21.org or http://www.smarttix.com/show.aspx?showcode=SUM10 for performance schedule information and to purchase tickets.
Don't miss the We Love Soaps interview with Colleen Zenk coming soon!