BSC’s Declan Bennett to Star in West End Premiere of ONCE

Declan Bennett and Zrinka Cvitešić will lead the cast as Guy and Girl, respectively, in the West End transfer of Broadway’s Tony-winning musical ONCE, which begins performances at London’s Phoenix Theatre March 16, prior to an official opening April 9.  Prior to London, it will run at Dublin’s Gaiety Theatre, beginning performances Feb. 22 for a run through March 9.

Bennett, an actor, singer and songwriter, has appeared on Broadway and in the West End. Broadway credits include RENT and AMERICAN IDIOT; in the UK, credits include TABOO at the Venue Theatre. A former member of the band Point Break, he released his first solo album, “The Painters Ball,” in 2005.  His most recent album, “Record: Breakup,” was released in April 2011 preceded by “An Innocent Evening of Drinking” in 2008.  Film credits include “Inside Llewyn Davis,” “Contagion” and “Downtown Express.”

Watch Declan connect with students at the National Show Choir Championship Series.

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BSC Teaching Artist Ashley Brown Set for New York Pops at Carnegie Hall

The New York Pops has announced its 2013-14 concert season under the direction of music director Steven Reineke.  The five-concert Carnegie Hall subscription series will feature Broadway favorites Montego GloverMarin MazzieJason Danieley and Ashley Brown.

“The New York Pops and I are delighted to announce next season’s stellar line-up,” said Reineke in a statement. “We’ve put together an eclectic series of concerts that honor the orchestra’s history while looking forward to its next chapter. I’m especially excited we have another opportunity to feature our incredible musicians. I do hope you’ll join us for another memorable year.”

Ashley, who originated the title role of Mary Poppins on Broadway, connected with the Mooresville High School showchoir in March 2011.

Under the Mistletoe with Ashley Brown
Dec. 19-20 at 8 PM, Stern/Perelman
Steven Reineke, Music Director and Conductor