The historic Woodland Opera House is proud to present an evening highlighting Broadway. Arranged by former New York City performers, Randi Kaye & Jared Young, Broadway singers, dancers and musicians have been invited to perform. The cast is composed of former Broadway and/or on Broadway national tour performers, along with some incredible local performers. Music will include both Broadway and contemporary songs.
Featured Broadway performers are: Spenser Micetich (Finding Neverland & Elf, the Musical), Leah Sprecher (Happy Days, Radio City Christmas Spectacular), Robert Petrarca (Forever Plaid), Victor Mazzone (Frozen), Nicole Mangi (Gypsy, The Full Monty, Cats), Randi Kaye (42nd Street), Tom De Trinis (Tilda Swinton Answers An Ad on Craigslist).
In addition, musicians Hannah Jane Kile and Shawn Thwaites will perform. Hannah has opened for such national acts as Grammy winning Patty Griffin, Ingrid Michelson, blues legend Carolyn Wonderland, and jazz heroes Sammy Miller & The Congregation. Shawn is a steelpan musician and performer. He has recorded with such notable artists as Lauryn Hill, Walter Beasley, and Greg Philliganes and he has toured North America, South America, Africa, Asia and Europe.
Tom DeTrinis recently played Lance in DIE MOMMIE DIE at Celebration and the Kirk Douglas in LA. He also directed the critically acclaimed TILDA SWINTON ANSWERS AN AD ON CRAIGSLIST which has toured from LA to NY to London To San Fran and Edinburugh. His short film series was recently accepted in the Slamdance Film Festival and is being developed into a television show. For more info and happenings – detrinis.com or @detrinis on instagram.
Erick Jackson was seen on Broadway in THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE and the original cast of YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN. His National and International Tours include THE BOOK OF MORMON, THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS, DREAMGIRLS, RAGTIME, CHICAGO, and the RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR. BFA, University of Michigan.
Hannah Jane Kile released two new self-composed albums this summer, “Broken Girl’s Anthem” & “They Almost Got Away – Vol. 1.” Fans have been waiting close to three years with great anticipation for this new music from one of Northern California’s most beloved songstresses. “Broken Girl’s Anthem” is a concept album about Love in all its forms, from family, growth, loss, & loving yourself. “They Almost Got Away – Vol. 1” is a collection of songs Hannah wrote from the age of sixteen to nineteen that have been given a new life by finally being captured. Hannah Jane Kile is a singer, multi-instrumentalist, & composer who often draws comparisons to her heroes, Bonnie Raitt, Norah Jones, & Sara Bareilles. She has performed at countless venues including the Strawberry Music Festival & California Worldfest. She is a favorite opener among national acts some of which include Grammy winning Patty Griffin, Ingrid Michelson, blues legend Carolyn Wonderland, & jazz heroes Sammy Miller & The Congregation.
Nicole Mangi has performed with Tony Award winning production of Gypsy starring Patti LuPone and can be heard singing on the Grammy Award winning cast album. After earning her BFA in musical theatre from Webster Conservatory, she has performed on Broadway, Off Broadway, National Tours, and Internationally with Broadway in South Africa. She has also performed regionally at the Tony Award winning Goodspeed Opera House (Meet John Doe), and Signature Theatre (Gypsy), Walnut Street Theatre (Beauty and the Beast), Westchester Broadway Theatre (The Full Monty), Gateway Playhouse (Cats, 42nd Street, Carousel), Northshore Music Theatre (Fame) and many, many more! Her TV credits include Law and Order: SVU and The Middle. Proud Mama to Vivien.
Victor Mazzone is a Los Angeles-based performing artist and producer originally from Paducah, KY. He is a graduate of Northwestern University and performs on stage and screen. West Coast performance highlights include: Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Conan, singing alongside Carole King (Dolby Theatre) and Kristin Chenoweth (Walt Disney Concert Hall), and the experimental opera, Hopscotch (The Industry, dir. Yuval Sharon). Victor is currently performing as an original cast member in Disney’s world premiere theatrical production of Frozen (dir. Liesl Tommy). Upon completion of UCLA’s Program in Producing in 2015, Victor worked with writer/director Zach Bandler when he produced the “The Stairs,” a short film starring Anthony Heald (Silence of the Lambs) and Kelly Blatz (4 Minute Mile), which won the Audience Award for Best Short Film at the Ashland Independent Film Festival and was nominated for the Jury Prize at the Palm Beach International Film Festival. In 2017 he teamed up again with Bandler to produce “Serenity” (dir. Heather Tom), a short film about the prescription opiate-to-heroin epidemic, which premiered at Cannes that year. His third collaboration with Bandler, “The Lightkeeper,” starring Meg Steedle and Bruce Davison has won a number of jury prizes as well as the CINE Golden Eagle after playing film festivals across the world. Victor’s debut feature film as a producer, SLEEPWALK, a queer 1950s Hollywood noir in which he also stars, will premiere later this year.
Spenser Micetich is beyond thrilled to return “home” to the Woodland Opera House with Backyard Broadway! Spenser was last seen on the Woodland Opera House stage in his senior recital “Who I’d Be” and previously in South Pacific and Les Misérables (Chesley Award, Elly Award). Now a New York based actor, Spenser was most recently seen on tour with the Broadway musical Finding Neverland where he got to fulfill one of his childhood dreams of playing Captain Hook! Most notably, Spenser left California to pursue his dreams on the east coast when he was cast as Buddy the Elf in the national tour of Elf, the Musical. Since then Spenser has worked regionally at Sacramento Music Circus, The Fulton, 3D Theatricals and more. Follow his adventures on Instagram: @Spenser.Micetich
Madison Micucci is happy to be a part of Backyard Broadway for the first time! She’s a University of Michigan grad and was recently seen in the original Broadway cast of The Band’s Visit (Dina standby), and in the first national tour of The School of Rock (Patty). She’s worked regionally at Pioneer Theater, Barrington Stage and Arkansas Rep. Other favorite credits include: Orange Is the New Black (Lisa), originating the title role of Angie in the world premiere of The Sabbath Girl, The Crucible (Abigail) and Sunday in The Park With George (Dot).
Robert Petrarca previously Smudge in Forever Plaid (International City Theatre, Lawrence Welk Resorts Theatre, PV Performing Arts Center), Potsie in Happy Days (world premiere at Garry Marshall’s Falcon Theatre), The Pianist in Laurel & Hardy (Falcon Theatre), Schwartz in A Christmas West Side Story (Troubadour Theatre Company), Subby in Zip! Goes A Million (Operetta Foundation), Betty/Gerry in Cloud 9 (Ryan Repertory Theater, NY), Acaste in The Misanthrope (Irish Classical Theatre), Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Lucius in Julius Caesar (Shakespeare in Delaware Park) and Danny Saunders in the inaugural production of Chaim Potok’s The Chosen at Jewish Repertory Theatre. Robert has directed several productions throughout Los Angeles, including the world premiere of It’s Top Secret at the Noho Arts Center. He had the privilege of running Golden PAC’s Young Adult Workshop Program for 6 years and directed over 20 productions during that time. He is also a co-founder of Maxine’s Heavenly Cookies.
Leah Sprecher earning a B.A. in Theatre from UCLA’s Ray Bolger Musical Theatre Program, Leah went on to tour the country with multiple Broadway musicals including 42nd Street, Happy Days, and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. She has also performed regionally at the Tony award winning Papermill Playhouse (Cinderella) and Goodspeed Opera House (Pirates of Penzance, Happy Days, Darling Grenadine). She is an alumnus of the renowned Groundlings Sunday Company where she debuted two original one woman shows, Old Lady Parts and Everything’s Coming Up Barbara. Her TV credits include guest stints on IFC’s Maron, and ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live and Blackish.
Shawn Thwaites is a reputable and versatile steelpan musician and performer. His accomplishments include recordings with notable artists, such as Lauryn Hill, Walter Beasley, and Greg Philliganes. He has toured North America, South America, Africa, Asia, and Europe, bringing his distinct sound to audiences around the world. Thwaites earned his stripes within the steeldrum fraternity performing with several steel orchestras, such as Pan Masters, Moods Pan Groove and Oasis Steel Orchestra. He has carried that torch to some of the world’s most prestigious venues, such as the Kennedy Center and Lincoln Memorial Washington, DC. In 2011, he joined Native Deen, an American Nasheed group, with whom has performed for diverse audiences on five continents. In 2015, he formed the Shawn Thwaites Rebel Quartet.
Thursday, September 26th at 7:30
$30, children 17 and under $15