New “theaterworks” Production


“Heartbreakingly vulnerable and poignant…
breathtakingly real and touching.”
“The actors, under Rob Ruggiero’s sensitive and well-modulated directing, are outstanding, with Rupp’s superb
dry comic timing saying more with a look and a pause …
as they bicker, banter and spar.”


“Bogazianos nails the pride, ego and rebel spirit of his character.”


- The Hartford Courant -
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Now through November 9



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Fall Gala Dinner Celebration Fundraiser
We also hope that you will join us on October 10th at 7 p.m.
at the Country Club of Farmington for the Fall Gala Dinner,
a festive celebration of the Virtuosi’s 2014-2015 season.
Please RSVP by contacting us  us at,
or by phone at (860) 351 3135.

Season Founder’s Package
$5000 Includes 16 Gala tickets, and:
full-page advertisements in all 2014/15 Virtuosi publications,
on-line logo(s) listings on web page and all e-mail blasts,
10 complimentary tickets to all ticketed events.

Season Sponsor’s Package
$3000 Includes 10 Gala tickets, and:
half-page advertisements in all 2014/15 Virtuosi publications,
on-line logo(s) listings on web page and all e-mail blasts,
5 complimentary tickets to all ticketed events.

Patron Tickets
$1,000 – Includes 6 Gala tickets
$ 500 – Includes 4 Gala tickets
$ 300 – Includes 2 Gala tickets

Single Tickets
$125 single / $225 couple
Questions and RSVP to: | Phone: (860) 351 3135

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Tamar Braxton Returns With New Single “Let Me Know” Featuring Future

“Let Me Know” is the first single from her highly anticipated follow-up to 2013’s chart-topping, Grammy Award-nominated Love and War [Streamline/Epic Records]. Once again, her instantly recognizable voice shines with striking power, carrying honest and heartfelt lyrics over captivating R&B production. At the same time, Future adds an otherworldly spark to the track for their very first collaboration.

You’ll know it’s Tamar as soon as you hear it…

Following Love and War‘s massive impact with three 2014 Grammy nominations and a sold out headlining tour, the singer, songwriter, host, and television producer is primed to kick off another banner year. She currently co-hosts and produces the popular new talk show The Real on Fox and BET. Moreover, she stars on Braxton Family Values, and her celebrated series Tamar & Vince begins its third season Thursday, October 23 at 10pm ET on WE tv. She’s been hard at work on her new album though, and it promises to continue the traditions she established on Love and War with a few surprises.

“Let Me Know” begins the next chapter of Tamar. Get ready for one of the most important R&B albums of the year.

Tamar remains one of R&B’s leading divas. Love and War became the #1 R&B album upon debut, selling 400,000 copies since its September 2013 release. In support of the record, she performed to packed houses across the U.S. on a 30-city tour supporting John Legend, engaged in a whirlwind European promo run, and even picked up two 2013 Soul Train Awards, after performing at the event in Las Vegas. She also released her very first holiday album, Winter Loversland. Love and War hit #2 on the Billboard Top 200 upon release, making for 2013’s highest debut from a female R&B artist. Meanwhile, it also topped the Billboard Top R&B Albums Chart and iTunes Top R&B Albums Chart.

SEASON OPENING Fri. Oct. 17, 7:30pm BEETHOVEN TCHAIKOVSKY HAYDN Kathleen Schiano – cello

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Fall Gala Dinner Celebration Fundraiser
Join them on October 10th at 7 p.m.
at the Country Club of Farmington for the Fall Gala Dinner,
a festive celebration of the Virtuosi’s 2014-2015 season.
Please RSVP by contacting us  us at,
or by phone at (860) 351 3135.

Season Founder’s Package
$5000 Includes 16 Gala tickets, and:
full-page advertisements in all 2014/15 Virtuosi publications,
on-line logo(s) listings on web page and all e-mail blasts,
10 complimentary tickets to all ticketed events.

Season Sponsor’s Package
$3000 Includes 10 Gala tickets, and:
half-page advertisements in all 2014/15 Virtuosi publications,
on-line logo(s) listings on web page and all e-mail blasts,
5 complimentary tickets to all ticketed events.

Patron Tickets
$1,000 – Includes 6 Gala tickets
$ 500 – Includes 4 Gala tickets
$ 300 – Includes 2 Gala tickets

Single Tickets
$125 single / $225 couple
Questions and RSVP to: | Phone: (860) 351 3135

The April Verch Band – Oct 16 – Buttonwood Tree Perf Arts Ctr – Middleton CT

The April Verch Band
October 16
Buttonwood Tree Perf Arts Ctr
8pm / $15 / $18 door
New Album - Bright Like Gold
All Ages
April Verch has never sounded more comfortable in her own skin than she does now. She seamlessly blends the traditions of roots music and step-dancing with her own artistic voice and vision in a high-energy show that puts her award-winning fiddling and songwriting talents out front.
Her newest album Bright Like Gold, captures a woman who’s fleshed out her
identity and is in full command of her gifts, a woman who’s grown from a prodigy into an enduring artist—one of music’s most unforgiving public transitions—with grace and grit to spare.
The April Verch Band—rounded out by bassist and clawhammer banjo player Cody Walters and guitarist Hayes Griffin, who has a Masters in jazz improv from the New England Conservatory— is an energetic, virtuosic, tradition-celebrating outfit, not to mention one that’s not soon forgotten when they depart the stage. It doesn’t hurt that the thrilling grand finale involves Verch fiddling and step dancing—and often executing two entirely different intricate rhythmic patterns—at once.
Listen to Bright Like Gold - request review copies by replying to email
“It’s hard to believe she’s so talented at such a wide range of fiddling. I’ve seen her do it live, though. Believe it or not, she’s really that good.”
“Verch is a dynamic performer who incorporates step dancing into her show, and it
always brings down the house.”
“The world-renowned fiddler and step dancer continues to impress with her skills as an artist, adding songwriter to her credits with thoughtful and captivating lyrics.”
“One of the most versatile artists of traditional music’s new breed…Verch sings with a stark intensity that seems to echo the fire in her fiddle.”
Or Phone 615-500-4315

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Brand New On Your Desk!

RW Hampton

This Cowboy

In 1917, American artist Charles Russell famously told a friend in a poem “The West is dead.” It’s a bold claim that doesn’t quite hold up, says award-winning Western singer-songwriter RW Hampton. “The West lives on,” Hampton argues and he makes a strong case on his new This Cowboy.  This Cowboy is an album sure to please anyone who likes an honest Western song polished just enough to make it shine.

— Charley Engel / American Cowboy

Ingrid Gerdes

High Priestess

In a way, Ingrid Gerdes’ new album, High Priestess, is a throwback to days when a recording artists approached a new project as a complete package — a song cycle —  built around a particular theme.  Every track was written and produced and sequenced in a way that would convey a certain emotion or experience for the listener.  Ingrid took an old-school approach to her new release, High Priestess, choosing instead to attempt to create an experience for her fans through a complete collection.  Brought together by her unique blues-rock sensibilities, the result feels like summer in the South.  It is at times both cool and hot, breezy and still, and imbued with a shot of sass to Gerdes’ hot buttered soul, Dusty-in-Memphis delivery.

Eileen Rose

Be Many Gone

Eileen has drawn comparisons to the likes of Lucinda Williams (Time Magazine).  She recently wrapped up a successful tour of Europe.  “…Be Many Gone exudes the confidence of a singer and band that have honed their craft with hour upon hour of hard work… Rose’s finest to date.” (R2 Rock ‘n’ Reel)  “With a long and illustrious musical pedigree, the Americana-influenced Be Many Gone ranks among Eileen Rose Giadone’s best work!” (Press Association (UK))

Bill Wence

Songs That Make Me Think About You

Bill has worn many hats in the music business — a sideman for such artists as Bobby Bare and Wanda Jackson, a popular radio promoter for such artists as Johnny Rivers, and a recording artist.  His latest, Songs That Make Me Think About You, is a collection of songs (“Decades after beginning his career, Wence is still out there playing piano behind Bobby Bare and Wanda Jackson. Also, in addition to being a prolific record promoter, he is still making records, himself. This title tune to his latest is a jaunty, beach-y bopper.” (Robert K. Oermann / Music Row)

Mike & Doris Merritt


The Cowboy Way of Life has always been a strong magnet for Mike and Doris Merritt.  Sure, there’s the romantic view of the West as seen in Hollywood movies, but for the Merritts it’s more than just riding horses across the wide open country under a great, big sky. “There’s a certain code of ethics and values that remain out here,” says Mike, who grew up in Texas.  “Not that everyone here is perfect, but the underlying, unspoken rule of thumb is that the Western way of life is more about how you live, not where you live.”  Now based in Oklahoma, the Merritts bring a fresh, positive message to their first ever duo album, Detours.

Swamp Donky

Redneck Revival

One part country, one part rock, and all parts Southern probably best describes the band from North Louisiana known as Louisiana Swamp Donky. They spend their days in the oilfields, on the farm and driving trucks to provide a living for their families. They each have a work hard, play hard attitude and when it comes to their music, there is no denying their Southern roots.  Earlier this year, their authentic Southern Rock sound caught the ears of famed Southern Rock icon Richard Young of The Kentucky Headhunters.   The result.. foot-stompin’, Southern-fried Rockin’ country! 


Dale Watson

The Truckin’ Sessions Triology

Praise is being heaped on Dale for his newest collection of Truckin’ Sessions songs.  Red River Entertainment put the 14 new tunes together with Dale’s previous two truckin’ albums for The Truckin’ Sessions Trilogy.  “The third installment of hardcore troubadour Watson’s truck-driving albums — think 18 wheels, not tailgates — is so full of romanticized life-is-a-highway anthems that, by record’s end, you’ll want to dial the number for your local big-rig school.” (Rolling Stone / Country)

Dan Cohen


A Nashville-base session guitarist, Dan’s new collection is filled with wonderful, eclectic songs.  “Cohen represents himself as a fine pop provocateur, a singer/songwriter with a keen sense of melody and an easy accessibility. A fine support crew — among them, Brad Jones, Matt King,  Jace Everett and Doug Powell, each a superior artist in his own right — help out, allowing  Bluebird to soar to unexpected heights.” (Lee Zimmerman / NoDepression)

John Flynn

Poor Man’s Diamonds

Poor Man’s Diamonds transcends any single genre – although bluegrass, blues, folk and burnished narratives make up the mix – and yet, his determined stance and authoritative presence ensures an instant connection.” (Bluegrass Situation)

To schedule an interview with any of these artists, for review copies or more information, contact  Lance Cowan • LCMedia

(615) 331-1710 • 


Joe Ely

B4 84

One of the first – ever recordings using an Apple Computer, B4 84 became Hi Res, which to date is the only Joe Ely CD not still in production.  Basically, Joe recorded that album and  submitted it to MCA execs, who insisted he re-record it using traditional recording studios.  These particular recordings are available for the first time — the “Director’s Cut” if you will — and it’s amazing how great they sound.  Liner notes by Steve Wozniak.

Joe Ely

Reverb: An Odyssey (a novel)

Review copies of Joe’s first-ever novel are available in pdf or Word format by request only.  Same for physical copies, which should be available next week.  

Michael Martin Murphey Continues Tradition of
Cowboy Christmas Ball

Christmas is a season of tradition, and no one knows that better than Michael Martin Murphey. The iconic musician has worked diligently to keep alive the spirit of the first Cowboy Christmas Ball for more than two decades.

This year, he launches into the next 20 years with his popular Cowboy Christmas Tour.  Sponsored by Spalding Fly Predators, Murphey and his acclaimed Rio Grande Band will spread Holiday Cheer through nearly 20 cities including a stop in Anson, Texas, where the Cowboy Christmas Ball originated in 1885.

“The first time I came to the annual Cowboy Christmas Ball in Anson, Texas, where the community has celebrated the holidays with this event every year since 1934, I was floored that the community had worked so hard to keep it going,” Murphey said. “I fell in love
watching the older couples dance and the dances being passed on to the younger people. It reconnected me to the tradition.”

Arriving in Anson, Texas on Christmas night, 1885, native New Yorker Larry Chittenden chronicled a dancing spectacle unparalleled in those days by composing the rhythmic, rollicking lines of The Cowboys’ Christmas Ball, a six stanza verse that still remembered and anthologized many times in print and song.

Modeling a show after the annual Anson event, Murphey took the celebration on the road, and has over the past two decades, performed the ball in such prestigious venues as Bass Hall (Ft. Worth, TX), The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum (Oklahoma City, OK), the National Hispanic Cultural Center Journal Theater (Albuquerque, NM) and The Performing Arts Center at Texas A&M University (Austin, TX).

This year’s tour begins on Nov. 21 in Colorado Springs and will continue through December. Visit for a complete listing of stops on the tour.

“The Cowboy Christmas Ball is steeped in everything I hold dear of growing up in Texas at Christmas time,” Murphey said. “All the old dances are here… the waltzes, the mazurkas, the Paul Jones, the Virginia Reel… all these dances are still done here. The women make their own costumes and clothes and the men still wear string ties and frock coats. It’s a family reunion of friends.

“This is my favorite season of the year,” Murphey continued. “We remember our fathers and mothers. We celebrate our children and we treasure our friends and the many blessing given by our Lord. It really brings out the very best in all of us.”


Bryan Hayes

Still Just A Man — 10 Years Later

Bryan Hayes crafts personal narratives with a novelist’s eye (“Soundtrack”) and an alchemist’s precision (“Mississippi”). Proof: The Memphis area resident’s seamless Still Just a Man….10 Years Later. Hayes’  recently re-recorded debut album spotlights a youthful songwriter in early peak form (“You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere”). “Ten years is a big milestone for me, an independent songwriter and traveling musician,” Hayes explains. “We felt like going back in and revisiting some of those songs was a way to say thanks to the folks who have been with us this entire time.”

Additional Casting Announced for the New Production of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s “Gigi”

Additional Casting Announced for the New Production of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s “Gigi”


Vanessa Hudgens is joined byTwo-time Tony Award-nominee Howard McGillin as Honore Lachaille, Corey Cott as Gaston Lachaille, and Steffanie Leigh as Liane d’Exelmans

Tickets on sale tomorrow for the Pre-Broadway Engagement

at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

in Washington, D.C., at the Eisenhower Theater,

January 16-February 12, 2015


Re-envisioned production adapted by Heidi Thomas

Choreography by Joshua Bergasse

Directed by Eric Schaeffer


Additional casting has been announced for the new Broadway production of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s beloved Oscar and Tony Award-winning film and stage musical, Gigi. Joining the previously announced Vanessa Hudgens in the title role will be two-time Tony Award-nominee Howard McGillin (The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Anything Goes, The Phantom of the Opera) as Honore Lachaille, Corey Cott (Newsies) as Gaston Lachaille and Steffanie Leigh (Mary Poppins) as Liane d’Exelmans. Casting for the roles of Madame Alvarez and Aunt Alicia will be announced soon.


Gigi will be directed by Eric Schaeffer (Follies, Million Dollar Quartet), in a re-envisioned adaptation by British playwright and BAFTA-winning and Emmy-nominated screenwriter Heidi Thomas (“Call the Midwife,” “Cranford,” “Upstairs, Downstairs”). Joshua Bergasse (On the Town, “Smash”) will choreograph the production.


Gigi will play a pre-Broadway engagement in the Eisenhower Theater at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (David M. Rubenstein, chairman, Deborah F. Rutter, president) in Washington, D.C. from January 16-February 12, 2015. Opening night is January 29, 2015.


Tickets will go on sale tomorrow, Wednesday, October 1 at 10:00 AM to the general public. Visit for further details. Gigi will open on Broadway in 2015 following the Kennedy Center engagement.



Howard McGillin (Honore Lachaille) Broadway: The Phantom Of The Opera, Kiss of the Spider Woman, She Loves Me, The Secret Garden, Anything Goes (Tony, Drama Desk Award nominations), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Tony, Drama Desk nominations; Theatre World Award), Sunday in the Park with George. London: Mack and Mabel, Anything Goes. Off-Broadway: It’s a Wonderful Life, I Remember Mama, High Spirits, As Thousands Cheer, La Boheme (Drama Desk Award nomination). National Tour: Peter Pan. Regional: Damn Yankees, It Shoulda Been You (George Street Playhouse), The 39 Steps (Cape Playhouse), Stephen Sondheim’s Bounce (Goodman Theatre, Chicago and Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C. – Helen Hayes Award nomination). Films: South Park: Bigger, Longer, Uncut, The Swan Princess. Concerts: Ragtime, Stephen Sondheim’s Follies. Solo CD: Howard McGillin: Where Time Stands Still, available online.



Corey Cott (Gaston Lachaille) Immediately following graduation from Carnegie Mellon School of Drama, Corey Cott made his professional debut starring on Broadway for two years as Jack Kelly in Newsies.  His other stage credits include university productions of Suddenly Last Summer, Assassins, Sweeney Todd and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  Recently Corey has been involved in the development of several new musicals including Anastasia (McNally/Ahrens & Flaherty), Father of the Bride (Disney) and the Untitled Radio City Project.   He will make his television debut this fall in “Madam Secretary” on CBS.  A native of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, Corey made his solo concert debut in 2013 at the Kennedy Center as part of the ASCAP Centennial Celebration.  He is represented by Gersh, Soffer/Namoff Entertainment and attorney Michael Mahan. Twitter: @NapOnACott 




Steffanie Leigh (Liane d’Exelmans) Broadway/National Tour: Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins,) NYC/Regional: Dani Girl (Exit Pursued by a Bear), Venus in Fur (Singapore Repertory Theatre), Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris (Alliance Theatre), Into the Woods, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera). TV: “The Good Wife,” “Members Only.” Film: PROGRESS And Unrelated Things, They’re Out of the Business. BFA Acting/Musical Theatre: Carnegie Mellon.



The cast also features Cameron Adams, Madeleine Doherty, Hannah Florence, Jenifer Foote, Allison Jantzie, Sam Lips, Ian Paget, James Patterson, Justin Prescott, Manuel Stark, Tanairi Vazquez and Ashley Yeater, with additional casting to be announced.


Scenic design is by Tony Award-winner Derek McLane, costume design is by five-time Tony Award winner Catherine Zuber, lighting design is by four-time Tony Award winner Natasha Katz and sound design is by Tony Award nominee Kai Harada. Hair design is by David Brian Brown. Musical director is James Moore. Orchestrations are by August Eriksmoen. Vocal and incidental music arrangement is by Matt Aument. Dance music arrangements are by Sam Davis.


Based on the 1944 novel by Colette, Gigi was first adapted for the Broadway stage in 1951 by Anita Loos, with an unknown Audrey Hepburn in the title role; then, following their success with My Fair Lady, the team of Alan Jay Lerner (screenplay and lyrics) and Frederick Loewe (music) adapted the material for the 1958 movie musical, winner of nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture.  The film, directed by Vincente Minnelli, is widely considered the last great MGM movie musical, and is beloved for its wit, charm and sumptuous costume and production design.  GIGI includes such numbers as “Thank Heaven for Little Girls,” “I Remember It Well” “The Night They Invented Champagne” and the Oscar-winning title song, “Gigi”.  Gigi also won the Tony Award for Best Score in 1974.
This new adaptation of Gigi will feature all of the songs from the movie, including two songs, “The Parisians” and “Say a Prayer for Me Tonight,” which were dropped from the previous stage version. The production also includes four songs written and added to the score by Lerner and Loewe in 1973, “Paris is Paris Again,” “I Never Want to Go Home Again,” “The Contract,” and “In This Wide, Wide World.”


Gigi is produced by Jenna Segal. General management is by Foresight Theatrical.


Two New Members Added to the Board of Directors for Renaissance City Theatre, Inc. of the Granite Theatre

Jim Doherty and Eileen Morehouse have recently accepted positions on the Board of Directors with Renaissance City Theatre, Inc. (RCTI). RCTI is the non-profit producing entity of the Granite Theatre in Westerly.

Mr. Doherty is a veteran of the health care industry having, during the past 30 years, held business development executive and non-executive management positions with various medical device and pharmaceutical research organizations.  Mr. Doherty is a founding member of the folk/pop band 20 AFTER and has been involved in the performing arts most of his life.  He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and currently resides in  Stonington with his wife and daughter.

Eileen Morehouse has been owner and operator of Mason’s Island Marina in Mystic, Connecticut for the past 28 years following a career in real estate.  This has enabled her to combine her business experience with her love of boating and the sea.   She is a member of the Connecticut Marine Trades Association and The Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce.  She is a lifelong resident of Lord’s Point in Stonington.  Eileen is an avid supporter of the arts and looks forward to being an active member of the RCTI Board of Directors.