Photos: New American Musicals Party
40 Photos of Stars Singing at Festival of New American Musicals Party
Here is an album of 40 photos from one of this past summer’s exceptional highlights: the Festival of New American Musicals party to celebrate the end of a successful 2011 season with 132 shows and 16 world-premieres.
You’ll find details of the Festival of New American Musicals party in a story written a few weeks ago. The afternoon was so special, however, that it seemed to merit an entire photo album, which you’ll now find below.
John Stamos, Kristen Bell, Rita Wilson, Drew Carey, Marissa Jaret Winokur and Chip Esten were among singers showing up at voice coach Eric Vetro’s home for the Sept. 10 end-of-season celebration for the Los Angeles festival. More stars of Broadway, TV and film, plus some brilliant new talents were James Carpinello, David Burnham, Brooke Adams, Kelly Levesque, Tyler Hamilton, Eamonn McCrystal, Nolan Gerard Funk, Molly Gordon, Ben Platt, Sophie B. Hawkins, Kim Huber, Penelope Yates, Sue Goodman, Brad Ellis, Gerard Sternbach and Todd Schroeder. Award-winning songwriters included Desmond Child, David Zippel, Amanda McBroom, Michele Brourman and Diane Warren, and from the Los Angeles County High School of the Arts came Alexa Russo and Garrison Hall.
Bob Klein, Marcia Seligson and Linda Shusett are the festival’s co-producers. Readers will also find on this website, stories about other presentations in the summer’s Festival, which included “Rocket Science” and the ASCAP Songwriters Showcase.
Photo, top: Kristen Bell (credit: Daniel Lam)
ALSO IN LOS ANGELES SOCIETY NEWS:
ASCAP New Songwriters Showcase of Tomorrow’s Award-Winners
John Stamos, Kristen Bell, Rita Wilson Sing for Festival of New American Musicals
Richard Rodgers Award-winning “Rocket Science” Musical Premieres in Los Angeles
Kristen Bell, left, and Rita Wilson, join their voice coach Eric Vetro in welcoming guests to Vetro's home
David Burnham, left, and Eric Vetro rehearse for their performance
Festival co-executive producers, from left, Linda Shusett, Marcia Seligson and Bob Klein presented an overview of season 2011's success
Kristen Bell started the show with David Zippel's song, "Another Mr. Right"
From left, Drew Carey, John Stamos and Chip Esten improvise a Broadway tune (photo: Daniel G. Lam)
John Stamos welcomed Rita Wilson to the stage
Rita Wilson sang romantic tunes from her CD for Decca Records, scheduled for release before Valentine's Day (photo: Daniel G. Lam)
David Zippel, who won a Tony for "Angels in America" introduced two of the singers
Graham Phillips sang a tune cut from the musical, "Thirteen"
Graham Phillips, of "The Good Wife," "Evan Almighty" will be in the upcoming film, "Goats" (photo: Daniel G. Lam)
Tyler Hamilton and Kelly Levesque of "Due Voci" sang selections by Songwriters Hall of Fame composer Diane Warren (photo: Daniel G. Lam)
Sister/brother team Molly Gordon and Ben Platt portrayed Alice and the white rabbit in a song from a new musical by the composers of "Spring Awakening"
Sophie B.Hawkins sang from "Susquehanna" (photo: Daniel G. Lam)
Nolan Gerard Funk of "Evidence" sang his original composition
Marissa Jaret Winokur previewed her animated children's TV show, "MJ's Big Adventure"
Marissa Jaret Winokur won a Tony Award for "Hairspray" (photo: Daniel G. Lam)
Frances Fisher of "Titanic" will star in Desmond Child's upcoming musical, "Lucy and Viv" (photo: Daniel G. Lam)
Kelly Levesque was the first to sing from Desmond Child's new musical, "Cuba Libre," set in pre- and post-revolutionary Cuba
James Carpinello, who starred in "Saturday Night Fever" on Broadway, sang from "Cuba Libre;" Carpinello also appeared in "So NoTORious" and "Rock of Ages"
Brooke Adams, too, sang from "Cuba Libre" (photo: Daniel G. Lam)
Photos: New American Musicals Party
Published Oct. 9, 2011 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA