October 27, 2012
Westover Church - 8:00pm
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Three Phantoms in Concert™
Ron Bohmer, Craig Schulman, Ciaran Sheehan, vocals
Nathaniel Beversluis, conductor
Softly, deftly, music shall caress you. Hear it, feel it secretly possess you…. on opening night with the Greensboro Symphony POPS. Featuring three Phantom alums from Broadway with numbers including Les Misérables, Miss Saigon and of course The Phantom of the Opera!
About the guest artists:
Ron Bohmer has starred on Broadway and national tour as the Phantom in The Phantom Of The Opera, Joe Gillis in Sunset Boulevard (Jefferson Award nomination), as The Scarlet Pimpernel (National Broadway Theatre Award nomination), Alex in Aspects Of Love (LA Robby award), the evil Sir Percival Glyde in The Woman in White, Enjolras in Les Miserables, Fyedka in Fiddler on the Roof and as Coach Bolton in the cultural phenomenon Disney’s High School Musical. He most recently starred on Broadway as Father in the critically acclaimed revival of Ragtime, a role he originated at the Kennedy Center.
Off-Broadway roles include – Sebastian in The Thing About Men, Howard in The Joys of Sex, the title role in The Third Person, the 10th anniversary cast of I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change and multiple roles in New York’s long-running comedy hit Forbidden Broadway (2005 Drama Desk award). Regional Performances include the title role in Floyd Collins at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Volodya in Bed & Sofa at the Wilma Theatre in Philadelphia (best actor nomination – Barrymore Award), the title role in the U.S. premiere of Dracula at North Shore Music Theatre, Ravenal in Showboat (also at NSMT), President John P. Wintergreen in Of Thee I Sing for Paper Mill Playhouse, Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music for the Kansas New Theatre, the title role in Phantom at Salt Lake’s Pioneer Theatre, and Billy in Anything Goes at the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera.
Television roles – Law & Order SVU, Rescue Me, Ryan’s Hope, One Life to Live, and As The World Turns.
Recordings – 2 solo CD’s, everyman and another life, and the cast recordings of The Thing About Men, Forbidden Broadway - S.V.U., Broadway by the Year-1929, and Broadway Unplugged 2.
As a concert soloist, Ron has appeared at Radio City Music Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, New York City’s Town Hall and with Symphonies and Pops orchestras across the country. In a career spanning 20 years on Broadway, Ron has been privileged to work and collaborate with artists like Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jerome Robbins, Trevor Nunn, Harold Prince, John Caird, Tim Rice, Betty Comden & Adolf Green, Jerry Mitchell, Juliette Prowse, Maury Yeston, Sarah Brightman, Frank Wildhorn, Tina Landau, Francesca Zambello, Gerard Alessandrini, Ruth Mitchell, Terrence McNally, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty.
Ron is married to actress/author Sandra Joseph. He is the Father of two daughters, Cassidy and Austin and the owner of two dogs, Murphy and Griffin. For more info and images - visit w w w. r o n b o h m e r . c o m
Craig Schulman is the only performer in the world to have performed three of the most extraordinary musical theatre characters ever written. He has appeared in the title roles of Jekyll & Hyde, Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom Of The Opera, and nearly 2,000 performances of Jean Valjean in Les Misérables, on Broadway and around the world.
He was chosen to represent the U.S. at the Les Misérables Tenth Anniversary Concert at Royal Albert Hall in October, 1995, which can often be seen on the PBS broadcast of the event. He has played Che in Evita; Tevye in Fiddler On The Roof and Archibald Craven in The Secret Garden at N.C.T.
He has sung on The Rosie O'Donnell Show, NBC Weekend Today and Guiding Light, and was heard as the voices of "Placido Domingo" and "Luciano Pavarotti" on MTV's Claymation Celebrity Death Match, which aired in June, 1999.
Mr. Schulman moves freely between the worlds of Broadway, opera and symphonic pops programs. He has sung Don Jose in Carmen at Opera Carolina, Opera Memphis, and in Colorado; debuted as Judge Danforth in The Crucible at Tulsa Opera; and sang Eisenstein in Strauss' Die Fledermaus with Opera Memphis. He also sang with Sherrill Milnes and Mignon Dunn at Opera Memphis' 40th Anniversary Gala Concert.
Schulman has sung the title role in Honeggar's King David in New York; was the lead soloist in Beethoven's Christ On The Mount Of Olives at Lincoln Center; and appeared with the Cape Cod Symphony in a Night of Italian Opera. Mr. Schulman starred in the critically acclaimed production of The Tender Land at The Long Wharf Theatre; has appeared as Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with the Orlando and Virginia Opera Companies; and sang the title role in The Tales Of Hoffmann with the Peoria Civic and Virginia Opera Companies. He debuted as Don Jose in Cincinnati; performed the role of Cavaradossi in Puccini's Tosca in Philadelphia and Orlando (w/ Sherrill Milnes).
He is the creator and producer of the BROADWAY NIGHTS™ Concert Series, and two solo programs: HEROES, MONSTERS & MADMEN™ and CRAIG SCHULMAN ON BROADWAY™. He is married to prominent New York City voice teacher Monica Robinson, and they are the proud parents of two sons and a daughter. Craig lovingly dedicates his performance to the memory of his daughter Jenna.
Born in Dublin, Ireland, Ciaran Sheehan grew up on both sides of the Atlantic dividing time between Dublin and New York City. Ciaran comes from a family of famed singers, instrumentalists, and composers; no surprise music and theatre had a place in his future. As a child he sang in his church’s boy choir and at the age of seven was chosen to tour with a special scholar group entertaining in hospitals and retirement communities, singing in many different languages. At the age of ten his family moved permanently to Dublin and Ciaran stopped singing until the age of sixteen when he returned to the US. At sixteen he joined his first rock band made up of high school friends and during his college years he fronted a heavy metal band playing metal and rock clubs in the Northeast of the US.
At the age of twenty Ciaran experienced a life changing event. In Asbury Park, NJ he was in a horrific car accident; with his back broken in three places he had a near death experience. His time recuperating gave him a new focus on life and he began to gain more of an interest in acting and eventually found himself studying with Meisner disciple Kathryn Gately in NYC. Later he had the great privilege of studying and working with Broadway director and The Actors Studio founder Bobby Lewis. For a number of years Ciaran focused solely on his acting and set singing aside completely.
After an introduction to The Irish Repertory Theatre in NYC Ciaran met legendary Broadway director Harold Prince during The Rep’s production of Hal’s award winning play “Grandchild of Kings” (The Irish Repertory Company). Hal was very much a mentor to Ciaran, guiding him to voice teachers with a goal of eventually putting him on Broadway, which happened six months after meeting Hal. Ciaran made his Broadway debut in “Les Miserables” (Babet, Marius), and shortly thereafter Prince cast Ciaran as Raoul in “The Phantom of the Opera.” After a year of playing Raoul on Broadway, Ciaran then starred in the coveted role of The Phantom. Sheehan sang the role of the Phantom in over 1000 performances during the course of two and a half years both on Broadway and in Toronto. Currently Ciaran studies voice with David Jones in NYC.
Other New York stage appearances include... The Hostage (Shaughnessy), The Irish…and how they got that way (Ciaran) Byzantium (W.B. Yeats). Television performances – “Ciaran and friends” (PBS) “From Galway to Broadway” (PBS) The Irish … and how they got that way (PBS) Late Night with David Letterman (CBS) Law & Order (NBC)
Among Ciaran’s most memorable engagements have been...Four Sold Out performances at Carnegie Hall, Performing the American National Anthem at - New York State Governor George Pataki’s inauguration, Giants Stadium (Giants), Continental Arena (Nets), and Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome (Twins), opening the dedication of the Irish Hunger Memorial in New York City, and soloist at the internationally televised memorial mass for John and Carolyn Kennedy Jr. One of his biggest thrills was standing on the infield of old Yankee Stadium to serenade Ed and Allison Lucas during their wedding ceremony: the only one ever held on the field of old Yankee Stadium.
Look for Ciaran's new PBS special entitled “Ciaran and friends” this spring. It features a band made up of many friends – Gabriel Donohue, David Holcenberg, Andrew Sherman, Jerry O’Sullivan, Ben Wittman, Dana Lyn, Jody Redhage, and Mat Fieldes.
About the conductor:
Nathaniel Beversluis is the Resident Conductor of the Greensboro Symphony and the
Music Director of the Greensboro Symphony Youth Orchestra. A native of
Indianapolis, Nathaniel began writing music and playing piano
and violin at a young age. He refused to practice Hanon exercises,
hymns, or anything by Edward MacDowell. Confounding one piano teacher
after another, he began learning music by reading and playing from
scores, listening to records, composing, and staying hours after school
to extract wisdom from his school orchestra conductor, Dick Dennis.
He holds a Bachelor of Music from the Indiana University School of Music and Masters of Music in Orchestral Conducting from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. He studied conducting with Mark Gibson, Xian Zhang and Roger Grodsky, and served as pianist and Associate Conductor for CCM Musical Theater. He has worked for the Opera Theater and Music Festival of Lucca (Lucca, Italy), University of Central Florida Conservatory Theatre (Orlando and Daytona Beach, FL), Seaside Music Theater(Daytona Beach, FL), and Tri-Cities Opera (Binghamton, NY).
He received two composition fellowships to the Henry Mancini Institute in Los Angeles and recently conducted the Netherlands Metropole Orchestra (Hilversum, NL) on a radio broadcast as part of a conductor's workshop. He has studied piano with Phil DeGreg, Lynne Arriale, Mike Lucas and Luke Gillespie, and his compositions have won awards from ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) and BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.). His interests as a composer involve combining the traditions and approaches of classical with jazz musicians.
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