Judges announced for Darien's Got Talent
With a roster of celebrity judges, the Darien Arts Center's talent auditions are moving ahead. Preliminary judging for DAC's s fundraiser, "Darien's Got Talent," will take place Saturday and Sunday, June 2 and 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Darien Town Hall Auditorium, 2 Renshaw Road.
The finals will take place Saturday, June 30, at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall auditorium in front of a live audience.
The evening will include 15 finalists, selected from the preliminary auditions. The winner will received $500. A prize of $250 will be given for second place and $100 for third.
"Darien's Got Talent" is a fundraising event for the nonprofit organization, which offers educational programming in dance, visual arts, theatre and music, as well as productions from its performing arts wing, the Darien Players and Cabaret Theatre.
Following are profiles of the judges:
Edwin Schloss won a Tony Award for co-producing the 2010 Broadway revival of "La Cage Aux Folles." During the past 20 years, Schloss has received four Tony nominations for "Grey Garden," "Wonderful Town," "Sweet Charity" and "Buried Child." He is a member of the Broadway League as a Tony voter, and has seen more than 80 musicals during the past two seasons. Schloss resides in Darien with his wife, Maureen, and their two daughters.
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John Doelp has worked at all levels of the music industry as a performer, arranger, producer and record company executive. He is senior vice president of A&R operations at Columbia Records.
Barbara Goldsmith's professional dance career comprises many professional dance companies, including the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater and the Metropolitan Opera Ballet. She toured with Theater of the Stars' national tour of "Brigadoon." She competes and sings with Harmony on the Sound, a 15-time North Regional Championship Chorus, serving on the choreography team and leader of the physical warm-up team.
Dan Micciche earned his BFA in musical theatre from the Boston Conservatory, with a focus in music direction and conducting. He made his Broadway debut in "Chicago the Musical" as Mary Sunshine and has performed in the national, Japanese and Thai companies, and has re-joined the company more than 12 times. He has been a soloist at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and with the Baltimore Symphony in Bernstein's Mass. Micciche starred Off-Broadway in "Gemini the Musical" at the Acorn Theatre. In addition to acting and singing, he has been music director on more than 15 shows. He has performed in almost every major city in the U.S. as well as in many cities across Europe and Asia. A former Darien resident and Theatre 308 standout, he has gained recognition as a voice teacher and coach while serving private clientele in New York City, where he resides.
Yoav Levin is an international choreographer who teaches around the country and in Israel. He is a faculty member at AMDA in New York City. His choreography credits are many and include "Man of La Mancha" for Darien Arts Center.
Matthew Porretta is excited to return to his native Darien. After attending Manhattan School of Music, he got his start in musical theatre with leads at Candlewood Playhouse and with the Maine State Music Theatre in Brunswick, Maine. His big break came when cast in the role of Marius in the National tour of "Les Miserables."
Leo B. Meyer, a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, and former owner of Atlas Scenic Studios, has designed and built sets for major theatres throughout the U.S. and Canada and for hundreds of plays, ballets, operas, Broadway, national tours and film. A singer and actor, Meyer frequently performs in recitals and with such groups as the Mendelssohn Choir of Connecticut and Troupers Light Opera Company.
Toni DeCarlo, a longtime dance instructor, has been a choreographer for many of the community theatres in Fairfield County for many years beginning at the age of 16, when she choreographed "Guys and Dolls" for Stage Door for Youth in Stamford. Her many stage credits include "Music Man," "Showboat," "Follies" and "Most Happy Fella."
Ted Yudain is a Greenwich native, and is an attorney and an actor. He is a member of the advisory committee of the Connecticut Office on Culture and Tourism, and chairman of the arts committee of the Connecticut Office of the Arts. As a musician, he has performed as singer and guitarist in touring folk groups and in several rock bands, as well as with choral groups, madrigal and chamber choirs, and barbershop quartets. Yudain's TV work includes "Law & Order," "30 Rock," "The Sopranos" and HBO's "Boardwalk Empire," as well as its upcoming film, "Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight." His film work includes "Revolutionary Road," "Enchanted," "College Road Trip" and "The Good Shepherd."
Tickets for the fundraiser on June 30 may only be purchased online at arts.darien.org. Tickets are $35 for adults and $25 for children. Premium seating at $75 include a champagne reception. For more information, call 203-655-8683.