- 2018 Season
Famous tap dancer, choreographer, and actor Savion Glover is the epitome of a living legend. Born in 1973, the tapping marvel has graced the stage since childhood. He set a record as the youngest person ever to receive a scholarship in the Newark Community School of the Arts. Before he was a teenager, Savion made his mark starring in the leading role in the Broadway musical The Tap Dance Kid.
Savion Glover developed his own dancing style he dubbed “free style hard core.” The Tony Award winning dancer eventually worked with dancing greats Gregory Hines and Sammy Davis, Jr. Among his Broadway credits are the musical revue Black and Blue and the role of young Jelly Roll Morton in Jelly’s Last Jam. In 1992, he made history as the youngest ever recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant.
As a choreographer, Glover’s work has helped maintain tap dancing as an art form in the modern dance world. His starring role in the musical Bring in ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk, which he also choreographed, debuted on Broadway in 1996. The musical chronicles events in African-American history and brought Savion a Tony for Best Choreographer.
Glover was made known to the younger generation with recurring appearances on Sesame Street. He also holds the credit as the live captured dancing motion behind Mumble the penguin in the Disney film Happy Feet. Savion also served as co-choreographer for the film.
Glover’s quick steps and amazing rhythms continue to influence the lives of young people. His production company tours schools across the country, spreading enthusiasm for tap dancing and cementing his place in history.
JoAnn Bethel is celebrating 33 years in the Entertainment industry, starting with New York City Opera and New York City Ballet. Broadway highlights include: Meet Me in St. Louis, Oh Kay!, Victor Victoria, Secret Garden, Tommy and the longest running American musical Chicago. National Tours of Saturday Night Fever and La Cage Aux Folles. Production Wardrobe Supervisor for Barry Manilow Music & Passion Las Vegas as well as U.S., Canada and European Tours. New projects include: Associate Producer for George Hamilton – A Helluva Life, Carol Woods – Ain’t We Got Fun / The Music of Richard Whiting at the Metropolitan Room, New York City August 2016 and the new musical Son of Captain Blood.
Barbara Andres was born-in-a-trunk to the musical comedy team, Masters and Rollins. She debuted on Broadway in the 1969 musical Jimmy followed by The Boy Friend, Rodgers and Hart, Rex, On Golden Pond, Doonesbury, Kiss of the Spider Woman, A Delicate Balance, and Cabaret. Ms. Andres’ extensive television and film credits include Law and Order, all three productions, Gossip Girls, Damages, RescueMe, What About Bob?, After the Storm, Random Hearts, and Thirteen Conversations About One Thing. From New York to Tokyo she has created more than 200 roles at theaters including Lincoln Center, Roundabout Theatre, Manhatan Theater Club, Signature Theater, The Public Theatre, The Guthrie Theater, Arena Stage, and American Repertory Theatre. In 2014 she received a Drama Desk Nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress as Mama in the Transport Group Company’s production of I Remember Mama.
Seth Stewart is one of today’s most exciting and energetic all around entertainers! Recently, Seth performed as Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson, after previously being an original broadway cast member in the Award Winning hit show, Hamilton the Musical. With Hamilton, he has performed for the President of the United States, as well as the Grammy’s, where the show won for Best Musical Theater Album, and the Tony’s where the show won Best Musical! Seth also played the OBC role of Graffiti Pete, in the Tony winning musical In The Heights on Broadway, and was an original cast member in the Tony nominated musical Sweet Charity.
Seth has graced the silver screen in the Sex and the City Movie, Music and Lyrics, and Friends With Benefits. He played the lead role of Owen, for award winning independent film, Karma Club. As well as, Jason, in the award winning independent film, Inside a Change, directed by Rik Cordero.
He has performed all over the world alongside some of the world’s most well known artists including Madonna in her “Reinvention Tour,” Jennifer Lopez “Brave” European Tour, Mariah Carey, Ne-Yo, A Tribe Called Quest, The Roots, Black Eyed Peas, Jennifer Hudson, and Jay-Z.