Tony Award Nominees ROBERT CUCCIOLI and

ALISON FRASER to Croon Songs of the Season in

George Street Playhouse’s Second Holiday Cabaret

 

Two Broadway Veterans to be Joined by Pianist/Vocalist Christopher Howatt

 

New Brunswick, NJ – George Street Playhouse is celebrating the December holidays in a big way with a series of musical performances for a special Holiday Cabaret.  The musical celebration will feature the talents of Tony Award nominees Robert Cuccioli, seen at the Playhouse last season in The Seafarer, and will be in New Brunswick once again for Thom Thomas’ A Moon to Dance By.  Mr. Cuccioli received a Tony Nomination and is perhaps best known for playing the title role in Broadway’s Jekyll & Hyde.  Joining Mr. Cuccioli is multiple Tony nominee Alison Fraser (currently on stage in Come Back, Come Back Wherever You Are) and pianist/vocalist Christopher Howatt, who will serve as musical director and performer for the revue.  Performances take place Friday, December 18 at 8 pm, Saturday, December 19 at 2 and 8pm and Sunday, December 20 at 2pm.

 

Tickets for the Holiday Cabaret are priced at $40 and may be purchased through the George Street Playhouse Box Office 732-246-7717 or by visiting the Playhouse website www.GSPonline.org.  Groups of ten or more are eligible for a discount; for further information contact the GSP Group Sales Department at 732-846-2895, ext. 134.

 

 

Robert Cuccioli is delighted to return to George Street Playhouse after appearing in The Seafarer and the Playhouse’s first Holiday Cabaret last season.  Broadway credits include Jekyll & Hyde (1997 Tony Award nomination, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards), Javert in Les Miserables (Broadway debut).  Off-Broadway:  Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, Temporary Help, Enter the Guardsman, And the World Goes ‘Round (1991 Outer Critics Circle Award); Gigi, The Rothschilds.  Tour:  Jekyll & Hyde (Chicago’s Joseph Jefferson Award); Camelot with Richard Harris (U.S. and Canada).  Regional:  Pittsburgh CLO (Pajama Game, Bells Are Ringing, Guys & Dolls, Funny Girl); The Shakespeare Theatre of DC (Lorenzaccio, 2006 Helen Hayes Award nomination, Hamlet); The Shakespeare Theater of NJ (Amadeus, Julius Caesar, Macbeth, Anotny and Cleopatra, Carnival, Enter the Guardsman); Paper Mill Playhouse (Guys and Dolls, The Sound of Music, Funny Girl, Oklahoma, Lend Me a Tenor, Jesus Christ Superstar); McCarter Theatre (Fiction, The School for Scandal); The Guthrie (Antony and Cleopatra).  Television:  Sliders, Baywatch, The Guiding Light.  Film:  Woody Allen’s Celebrity, and the independent film The Stranger.  He is featured on the original cast recordings of Jekyll & Hyde (Atlantic), And the World Goes ‘Round (RCA Victor), Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris (Ghostlight Records), and The New Picasso (Black Forest Productions).

 

Alison Fraser is currently on the GSP stage in Come Back, Come Back, Wherever You Are.  She has also been seen as the Blonde in the new musical Gunmetal Blues, as well as Diana, the seductive soprano in Lend Me a Tenor and Chloe, the neurotic community theatre mother in Lips Together, Teeth Apart in previous seasons.  Ms. Fraser is a two-time Tony Award nominee, for playing Martha in The Secret Garden, and Josefine/Monica in Romance/Romance.  Also on Broadway, she was Tessie Tura in Arthur Laurents’ recent revival of Gypsy, Dorine in Tartuffe: Born Again and Helena Landless in The Mystery of Edwin Drood.  She originated the role of Jessie in Terrence McNally’s new play Dedication, or the Stuff of Dreams at Primary Stages, playing opposite Nathan Lane and Marian Seldes.  Off-Broadway roles she has created include Trina in March of the Falsettos and In Trousers (Playwrights Horizons); Celia in Prodigal (York Theatre); Uta in The Green Heart (Manhattan Theatre Club); Connie/Petula/Brenda in Beehive; Miss Droomgoole in Up Against It and Marion Ames in Swingtime Canteen.  Film and television credits include Between the Lions (Bab Caplan), Law & Order: SVU, Third Watch and The Thing About My Folks, playing opposite Peter Falk and Paul Reiser.  Ms. Fraser was the recipient of the first-ever Barrymore Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of The Blonde in the Wilma Theatre’s production of Gunmetal Blues, and can be heard on innumerable CD’s and audio books.

 

Christopher Howatt a singer and pianist, has supplied musical direction for various productions in regional and summer stock theaters along the East Coast, most recently for the George Street Playhouse production of Come Back, Come Back, Wherever You Are, written and directed by Arthur Laurents. He has performed as a singer on the stages of Avery Fisher and Alice Tully Halls in Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and the 92nd Street "Y," appearing with many of the world’s most renowned conductors, including  Lorin Maazel, Kurt Masur, Zubin Mehta, Ricardo Chailly, James Levine and others. On the roster of the Metropolitan Opera Associate Chorus for two seasons, he has also appeared in New York as a member of the The Riverside Choir at The Riverside Church (who shared the stage with Luciano Pavarotti, Jessye Norman and Elton John in a benefit for his AIDS Foundation) and others. He is currently displaying both talents as Musical Director and performer with the vocal group "Boulevard East," which has performed in New York at Don’t Tell Mama, The Encore, as well as the famed cabaret Odette’s in New Hope, PA, and has twice been nominated as Best Vocal Group by the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs.  In addition to theater, he has provided musical direction for acts as diverse as Allen and Rossi, Karen Wyman and Four On The Town, a Broadway musical revue.  Mr. Howatt has a number of diverse recordings to his credit, ranging from a recording of Stepan Wolpe’s music, to Boulevard East’s debut recording Timeless, to a Christmas recording (In The Spirit) with soprano Jessye Norman, to singing backup for The Pet Shop Boys on their recording of “Go West.”  He is currently putting the finishing touches on his first solo effort, a recording of timeless and contemporary standards titled Songs My Mother Taught Me.

 

Under the leadership of Artistic Director David Saint, George Street Playhouse has become a nationally recognized theater, presenting an acclaimed mainstage season while providing an artistic home for established and emerging theatre artists.  Founded in 1974, the Playhouse has been well represented by numerous productions both on and off-Broadway – recent productions include the Outer Critics’ Circle Best Musical Award-winner The Toxic Avenger, currently playing off-Broadway, the Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk and Drama League nominated production of The Spitfire Grill and the recent Broadway hit and Tony® and Pulitzer Prize winning play Proof by David Auburn, which was developed at GSP during the 1999 Next Stage Series of new plays.  In addition to its mainstage season, GSP’s Touring Theatre features four issue-oriented productions that is seen by more than 60,000 students annually.   George Street Playhouse programming is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.  Continental Airlines are the official airline of George Street Playhouse.

 

George Street Playhouse programming is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts. Continental Airlines is the official airline of George Street Playhouse.

 

 

Holiday Cabaret

A Musical Celebration of the Holidays

With Robert Cuccioli, Alison Fraser and Christopher Howatt

 

Friday, December 18 at 8 pm; Saturday, December 19 at 2 and 8PM; Sunday, December 20 at 2PM

 

All seats: $40-

George Street Playhouse • 9 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick

Box Office: 732-246-7717 • www.GSPonline.org