Washington Jewish Music Festival and GLOE present:
The Big Broadway Sing-Along!
Wednesday, May 8
Show | 7:30 pm
Reception | 7:00 pm
1529 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036
$15; $12 Discounted
**Advance sales closed, tickets available at the door.**
Sing along to your favorite show tunes from Jewish Broadway (aka
Broadway) — everyone from Rodgers and Hammerstein and the Gershwins, to Kander and
Ebb, plus Schwartz, Shaiman, and of course, Sondheim.
From the golden age of Broadway through today's new musicals, Jewish artists have been thriving. PBS's fun film, Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy, reveals this link to so many of the genre's best-loved songs and greatest hits. And we're going to sing 'em!
Led by fabulous Musical Director Joshua Morgan, professional performers will lead the singing LIVE at our baby grand piano. Joshua will be joined by the phenomenal Will Gartshore and Bayla Whitten, bringing with them a slew of major awards, incredible talents, and general fabulousness.
And don't worry: we’ll provide you with the lyrics… just in case you’re a little rusty on your RENT or have forgotten your Fiddler.
Does anyone still wear a hat? I'll drink to that.
Join us for a wine and cheese reception to warm up (and loosen up) before the singing! Sponsored by The Washington Jewish Week.
Please note: There may be language and humor not so suitable for the whole family.
See the entire Festival line-up here!
Joshua Morgan (Musical Director and Performer) – As an actor, Joshua graduated from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and Judith Blazer’s 2005/2007 company of the Artist’s Crossing. Since moving to DC from NY, Joshua has performed at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Co., Signature Theatre, Arena Stage, Theater J, among others.
As a director, Joshua directed three sold out productions of Hedwig and the Angry Inch in NC and DC, received rave reviews for his work with Neil LaBute’s Some Girl(s), and just completed production for a series on the making of Oklahoma!.
Most recently, he directed the DC premiere of Andrew Hinderaker’s Suicide, Incorporated, starred in Triad Stage’s production of TICK, TICK… BOOM! in Greensboro, NC and appeared in Theater J’s sold out production of Our Class. He'll next be seen in Folger's upcoming production of Twelfth Night. Joshua is the Co-Artistic Director of No Rules Theatre Company based out of Washington, DC and Winston-Salem, NC, and sits on the board of the Artists Crossing in NY, NY. NoRulesTheatre.org
Will Gartshore (Performer) - Will Gartshore is the winner of two Helen Hayes awards and an 8-time nominee. In DC, he has appeared in productions of The Religion Thing (Theatre J); Show Boat, Merrily We Roll Along, Assassins, Sex Habits of American Women, Urinetown, Pacific Overtures, Elegies, Allegro, Twentieth Century, Grand Hotel, Side Show, Floyd Collins (Signature); Orson's Shadow, A Year with Frog and Toad, And The World Goes 'Round (Round House); Parade, The Civil War (Ford's Theatre); The Great Gatsby, Passion (Kennedy Center); Privates on Parade, A New Brain (Studio); The Velvet Sky (Woolly Mammoth); Monster (Olney); concert performances of Anyone Can Whistle and Company (Signature); as a featured soloist in celebrations of Stephen Sondheim's 70th birthday and the 50th anniversary of West Side Story (Library of Congress); and in numerous solo cabarets.
Will appeared on Broadway in the original cast of Parade, Off-Broadway in The Last Session and in City Center Encores! Ziegfeld Follies of 1936, and at regional theatres around the country, including in Philadelphia and Los Angeles in 3hree, a musical conceived and directed by Hal Prince. In addition to acting, Will is a senior advocate at World Wildlife Fund on wildlife conservation and climate change. His next stage appearance will be in Becky Shaw at Round House Theatre.
Bayla Whitten (Performer) – Bayla just finished performing at the Kennedy Center in My Fair Lady for their Spring Gala. She also won Broadway World's 'Best Actress In A Musical' for her role in Jaques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris. Jacques Brel was also nominated for 6 Helen Hayes Awards and won 3 of them. Her favorite credits include: LONDON: WEST END: Les Miserables, No One in the World, The Lord of the Rings, promo; REGIONAL: Two Gentlemen of Verona (a rock opera), Chess, Saturday Night, Snow White Rose Red and Fred!, Merrily We Roll Along, Christmas Carol 1941, The Boy Detective Fails; NEW YORK: Lady, Hurricane, In The Ebb; TRAINING: The Royal Academy of Music and London School of Musical Theatre. Bayla can also be seen around town singing with the band Bittersweet. baylawhitten.com