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“It’s a Grand Night for Singing” as DPO SuperPops Series Presents Best of Broadway with the Stars of The Human Race Theatre Company


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DAYTON, OH (April 17, 2014) – On Friday, May 9, and Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. in the Mead Theatre of the Schuster Center, Artistic Director Neal Gittleman and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, together on stage with the Stars of The Human Race Theatre Company, will present The Kettering Health Network SuperPops Series Concert Best of Broadway.

When you think of the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance, music, opera, and dance are the first things that come to mind. But this May, the DPAA has broadened its scope to promote another of the performing arts, a pillar of the arts in Dayton – the theatre. Look at the synergy: opera involves both music and acting, as does ballet to a certain degree, and theatre often involves music. It’s only logical, therefore, that the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and The Human Race Theatre Company join forces to celebrate their respective art specialties.

What better way to do that than to have the incredibly talented star performers of The Human Race Theatre Company sing some of the most famous and favorite Broadway numbers with the full power of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra behind them? Neal Gittleman, Artistic Director of the DPO, and Kevin Moore, Producing Artistic Director of The Human Race Theatre Company, bring their different artistic sensibilities together in a collaboration designed to bring out the best of both genres and produce two spectacularly enjoyable evenings.

Neal and the musicians of the DPO and Kevin and featured artists from The Human Race Theatre will entertain you with music and performances from such Broadway greats as Gypsy, The Music Man, South Pacific, A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, and Guys and Dolls.  Then the DPO and Human Race performers will thrill you with newer Broadway hits from shows like Evita, Les Misérables, Cabaret, and Rent. Finally, they promise to bring the house down with performances that pay tribute to the Golden Age of Broadway from shows such as Funny Girl, My Fair Lady, Oklahoma!, and the beloved Sound of Music

The DPO is honored to be working with some of the finest performers from The Human Race Theatre Company, including Resident Artists Deb Colvin-Tener, Jamie Cordes, Marya Spring Cordes, Scott Hunt, Patricia Linhart, Katie Pees, and Scott Stoney.  The DPO also welcomes HRTC special guests Jay Pierce, Michelle Zimmerman, and young Claire Northcut, daughter of DPO flutist Jennifer Northcut and DPO Principal Tuba Timothy Northcut. Greg Hellems will join the production as Staging Director for the HRTC performers, and Sean Michael Flowers is Vocal Director. 

The Best of Broadway is two wonderful nights of Broadway’s Best performed by Dayton’s Best –The Dayton Philharmonic and The Human Race Theatre Company.  And you’d best be there to experience an unforgettable night of collaboration of the arts in Dayton!

Tickets for Best of Broadway range from $21 to $76 and are available at Ticket Center Stage (937) 228-3630 or online at Senior, teacher and student discounts are available at the box office. 


About the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance

The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance was formed in July 2012 as the result of a groundbreaking and innovative merger between the Dayton Ballet, the Dayton Opera, and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. Together, they are the largest performing arts organization in the community, offering a tremendous variety of performance and education programs and setting a new standard for artistic excellence.  Dayton Performing Arts Alliance performances are made possible in part by Montgomery County and Culture Works, the single largest source of community funds for the arts and culture in the Miami Valley. The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance also receives partial funding from the Ohio Arts Council, a state agency created to foster and encourage the development of the arts and to preserve Ohio's cultural heritage. Funding from the Ohio Arts Council is an investment of state tax dollars that promotes economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohio residents.  The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance is proud to be one of five performing arts organizations in the country selected to receive a three-year "Music Alive" grant from New Music USA and the League of American Orchestras.

About The Human Race Theatre Company

Dayton’s premier professional not-for-profit regional theatre company—came into being in 1986 when Suzy Bassani, Caryl D. Philips and Sara Exley gathered together a group of local theatre artists. By focusing on producing award-winning, cutting-edge dramas, American classics, regional and world premieres, and development of new plays and musicals—and by uniting artists from across the country with artists resident to the region—the company enjoys a growing reputation and national recognition for excellence in theatre. At home in the intimate 212-seat Loft Theatre next to the Victoria Theatre, The Human Race annually produces on a larger scale for the VTA’s Broadway Series. The organization’s youth education and community engagement programs reach thousands every year, and its Resident Artists have been inducted into the Dayton Theatre Hall of Fame and recognized with the Governor’s Award for the Arts. In its 27 seasons, The Race has earned a place as a vital part of Dayton’s cultural community. As the name suggests, The Human Race Theatre Company presents universal themes that explore the human condition and startle us all into a renewed awareness of ourselves, a mission the theatre takes seriously as it addresses the educational and cultural needs of those it serves.

KEVIN MOORE is the Producing Artistic Director, Founding Executive Director and a Resident Artist of The Human Race Theatre Company. He has directed numerous Human Race productions, including premieres of Wild Blue, Green Gables, Harold & Maude, Ordinary Days, Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical and the upcoming musical, Play It by Heart. Through Kevin’s leadership, The Human Race has become a nationally recognized center for the development of new musicals and plays, working with such notable writers as Stephen Schwartz, Tom Jones, Joseph Thalken, Gregg Coffin, Janece Shaffer, Brian Yorkey and Michael Slade. Kevin has been a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts and Ohio Arts Council and has served on the Board of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, where he co-chaired their Festival of New Musicals in 2007 and 2008. In 2003, Kevin was inducted into the Dayton Theatre Hall of Fame and in April 2010, he received the Governor’s Award for Arts Administration.

DEB COLVIN-TENER is a Resident Artist with The Human Race Theatre Company and a proud Actors’ Equity Member. Deb has sung in concerts with Vincent Price, Ronan Tynan and Marvin Hamlisch at The Ohio Theatre with The Columbus Symphony Orchestra, and for the Dayton Philharmonic’s 2012 Gala at the Schuster Center. Her Human Race performances include Romance/Romance, Beehive and Quilters at the Victoria, Dirty Blonde, The Good Times Are Killing Me, Seussical, Torch Song Trilogy (U/S) and Lend Me a Tenor in The Loft, and Play It Cool, A Christmas Memory, Voice of the City and Weird Romance for The Human Race’s Musical Theatre Workshops series. In her home town of Columbus, OH, Deb is a co-founder of Short North Stage, where she serves as Artistic Chair and Company Manager.

JAMIE CORDES is a versatile performer and has enjoyed performing opportunities in opera, musical theatre, plays and orchestral works. Recent theatre credits include Ed in Torch Song Trilogy, Dan in Next to Normal, Jason in Ordinary Days, Sam in Wait Until Dark and Duke/Dr. Carrasco in Man of La Mancha (The Human Race Theatre Co.), Gaston Lachaille in Gigi (Rockwell Productions), Man 1 in Oh, Coward! (Ohio Shakespeare Festival), Ben Stone in Follies (Short North Stage), Frederick Fellowes in Noises Off (Theatre on the Hill), Zuniga in The Tragedy of Carmen and Cascada in The Merry Widow (The Dayton Opera). In 2009, Jamie performed Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, and he has sung multiple times with the Dayton Philharmonic Concert Band. Jamie is a proud Resident Artist with The Human Race Theatre and a Senior Lecturer in the Wright State University Department of Theatre, Dance and Motion Pictures.

MARYA SPRING CORDES has made her career a blissful blend of performing, directing, and being a theatre educator. Marya is Assistant Professor in Acting/Musical Theatre in Wright State University’s Department of Theatre, Dance and Motion Pictures. She is the founding Acting and Alexander Technique Instructor for WSU’s MAPP (Musical Theatre/Acting Preparatory Program for ages 12–18). Marya has performed or directed in regional theatres all over the country (locally including The Human Race Theatre Company and Dayton Opera). She is the Founding Artistic Director for The Puzzle: A Festival of New Work (a staged reading festival in its fourth season) in Manhattan with performances in June 2014. Marya is an active member of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA), American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) and Alexander Technique International (ATI). She received her Masters of Fine Arts from the John Wells Directing Program in the School of Drama at Carnegie Mellon University.

SCOTT HUNT is thrilled to be singing with DPO! A native Daytonian and proud resident artist with HRTC, Scott has performed on Broadway and in the National Touring productions of Les Miserables (Marius) and Rent (Mark Cohen). Recently Scott directed Rent for Wright State University and Cabaret for Short North Stage in Columbus, OH. Each and every performance is dedicated to Charles F. Hardin (1927–1999).

PATRICIA LINHART is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association and an even prouder member of the resident company of The Human Race. She has had the great pleasure of being on the Schuster stage with the Dayton Philharmonic in the production Every Good Boy Deserves Favour and appearing with the Philharmonic’s Chamber Orchestra in a performance of Louis Andriessen’s M is for Man, Music, Mozart. Pat just completed a successful run of Torch Song Trilogy and Becky’s New Car at The Race and Rapture, Blister, Burn with Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati. Other orchestra appearances include the Cincinnati POPS Orchestra at Music Hall as well as Carnegie Hall under the direction of Maestro Keith Lockhart. Her day job is Educator, Associate Professor of Musical Theatre Voice at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where she received the Ernest N. Glover Outstanding Teacher Award. Many thanks to all at The Human Race and to Maestro Neal Gittleman!

KATIE PEES is a Resident Artist with The Human Race Theatre Company. Some credits at The Human Race include Katie Monster and Lucy the Slut in Avenue Q, Gertrude McFuzz in Seussical, Shelby in The Spitfire Grill, Woman in Five Course Love, Woman in Harold and Maude, Deb in Ordinary Days, and her own one-woman show, Dayton’s Divine Miss P. Katie has also performed with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra as a soloist in Pirates of the Philharmonic and the PhilharMonster. Regional and New York credits include The National Tour of Footloose and Beauty and the Beast at the St. Louis Muny, Off-Broadway with Boobs the Musical and her first one-woman show at Danny’s Skylight Room, Katie Pees All Over You. Katie was the head of the drama department at Alter High School for five years. Now the Director of Secondary Programs at Muse Machine, Katie is excited to continue her passion in arts education. Many thanks to The Human Race and the Dayton Philharmonic, her husband, Andrew, and their 3-year-old son, Jack, for being her biggest fans. KKLY

SCOTT STONEY is a Founding Resident Artist with The Human Race Theatre Company. From his many acting credits, a few of his favorite musical roles are Shenandoah (Papa Charlie), Oliver! (Mr. Bumble), The Drowsy Chaperone (Underling), Seussical (Horton the Elephant), and the title role in Sweeney Todd. His most recent Loft appearance was as Lyman Wyeth in Other Desert Cities. Scott is also a recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Montgomery County Arts & Cultural District, and in 2004 he was inducted into the Dayton Theatre Hall of Fame.

JAY PIERCE is excited to return home and work once again with The Human Race Theatre Company and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. His stage credits include many tours with The Trans Siberian Orchestra and multiple productions each of Les Miserables, Big River, Showboat, Cats, and Miss Saigon. Jay is also a proud member of Actors’ Equity.

MICHELLE ZIMMERMAN may be remembered by Dayton audiences for performances at The Human Race Theatre’s Loft Stage, Dayton Opera, Fraze Pavilion, and the Victoria Theatre. Her favorite Dayton roles include Anne in A Little Night Music, Yonah in Children of Eden, Janet in Rocky Horror, Beehive, and Sarah Brown in a concert of Guys and Dolls with the Dayton Philharmonic. Michelle is a member of Actor’s Equity and works regularly as a live and on-camera spokesperson, having been featured on a number of PBS programs. As a previous HRTC resident artist, Michelle is proud to call The Human Race Theatre Company her artistic home and is thrilled to be performing for the first time at the Schuster Center. She started having babies before it was built and is just returning to the stage after a break to raise her three children, Noah, Mirabelle, and Oliver. Her latest “baby” is Pink Chandelier, an organization that supports women entrepreneurs. Learn more at

CLAIRE MARIE NORTHCUT is 11 years old and is in the fifth grade at Mason Intermediate School in Mason, Ohio. She is the daughter of Timothy and Jennifer Northcut, both members of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. Claire studies voice with Maria Ventura and vocal coaching with Michelle Zimmerman and Scot Wooly. This past December, Claire played the role of "Charlotte" in the Cincinnati Pops production of "Macy’s Presents Yes, Virginia, the Musical in Concert." In 2011, Claire was the lead role of Annie in Beechmont Players production of Annie. Claire has been a finalist for the lead roles in Annie the Musical, Tuck Everlasting, and Second Hand Lions on Broadway in New York City. Locally, Claire has won 2011 Mason Idol, 2011 Redsfest/Cincinnati’s Got Talent and the 2012/2014 Dayton Dragon’s/Dayton Daily News vocal competitions. Claire is thrilled to be back again singing with her favorite orchestra!

GREG HELLEMS is happy to be collaborating on this production with both the Dayton Philharmonic and The Human Race Theatre Company, having had the opportunity to direct and choreograph Band Geeks! for The Human Race and direct Dayton Philharmonic’s 40th Anniversary staging of Leonard Bernstein’s Mass. Regional theatre credits include the Signature Theatre in Washington, D.C., where he was assistant director to Tina Landau for the world premiere of Sycamore Trees by Ricky Ian Gordon, as well as musicals and plays for such theatres as Mountain Playhouse, Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati and Hot Summer Nights. Greg’s local work includes productions at Wright State University, where he is a member of the Acting/Musical Theatre faculty. Recent shows at WSU include Oklahoma!, Funny Girl, Death of a Salesman starring Scott Stoney, Jekyll and Hyde, and Anything Goes. Greg was a creative staff member and a director/choreographer/writer for Kings Entertainment Company in Cincinnati. There he helped produce live entertainment for national and international productions with cruise lines, theme parks, and industrial clients, including Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Greg spends his summer teaching at Interlochen Center for the Arts, where he directs the High School Musical Production. He has an MFA in directing from the University of Cincinnati CCM. Additional training includes work with Anne Bogart and the SITI Company. Greg is a founding member of the Musical Theatre Educators Association. Thanks to both DPO and HRTC for this opportunity and to Bill for making it possible.

SEAN MICHAEL FLOWERS is a proud Resident Artist of The Human Race Theatre, having been a part of over 20 productions and workshops there, and where his latest work, Guarding Gold Street with Marya Spring Cordes, was featured in the 2013 Musical Theatre Workshops Festival of New Musicals. He has provided scores for previous MTW musicals Prometheus Dreams (2001) and The Trimble Wars (2009), both with librettist Patrick Vaughn, and the play The Retreat from Moscow (2005). Past HRTC favorites include Avenue Q; Caroline, or Change; Bat Boy and West Side Story (at the Victoria). In New York he has appeared in Rags, in concert, The Picture of Dorian Gray and Kaine. Beyond his musical theatre conquests, Sean’s choral and cabaret work enjoy consistent attention, being regularly featured in concerts and cabarets across the U.S. He is published by Walton Music and is a proud member of ASCAP.

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