January 1, 1970
Join NCJW for a night of song, spirit, and celebration as we come together to enjoy performances from Broadway favorites. Performing arts such as theater and song have the power to both entertain and move us. At the end of this long year, without in-person gatherings as a community, and after theaters have been closed for safety, we welcome a selection of Broadway’s brightest stars for a concert that will bring an evening of joy and inspire us to make change with a lasting impact.
Julie James - Bio
Julie James is an award-winning vocalist, theatre performer, voiceover artist and radio personality. Julie is a Program Director at Sirius XM, curating all the music for the On Broadway and Metropolitan Opera Radio stations, and is celebrating over 10 years as host of “Broadway Names with Julie James” where she takes her listeners on the town, backstage and into the studio for fun, lively conversations with the biggest and best of Broadway and beyond, including Hugh Jackman, Julie Andrews, Ben Vereen, Rita Moreno, Neil Patrick Harris, Carole King, Bryan Cranston, Patti LuPone, Barry Manilow, Idina Menzel, Joel Grey and many others. Julie was honored to sit with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg In January 2020 to capture stories of her lifelong love of opera in one of her final interviews. She has also performed internationally, guest starred on Broadway with Kristin Chenoweth, played sold-out engagements at 54 Below, sang the National Anthem at Fenway Park, headlined at New York’s famed Central Park Summerstage, The Rainbow Room, Joe’s Pub at the Public Theatre and has appeared with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Opera, Goodspeed Opera House, St. Louis Repertory Theatre, even in concert in Kazakhstan for its President. Julie has hosted hundreds of events, on Broadway & across America, covered red carpets including 10 years of the TONY Awards, and is now often called upon as an on-camera theatre expert for NBC, CBS, Fox’s ‘Good Day NY’, Google, and NY1. Her voice is heard by millions each day as a host and on voiceovers, jingles and parody songs for various channels, including The Howard Stern Show. Julie’s #BroadwayBuzz news updates can be heard daily On Broadway, SiriusXM channel 77, and “Broadway Names with Julie James” premieres every Saturday 8p ET, with encores throughout the week, or can be streamed anytime.
Shoshana Bean - Bio
Shoshana Bean’s three independent solo albums have all topped the iTunes R&B and Blues charts in the US and UK, with her fourth and most recent project, SPECTRUM, debuting at #1 on the Billboard Jazz charts. She has sold out solo concerts around the globe, lent her voice to countless films and television shows, amasses millions of views on YouTube, and performed alongside Ariana Grande, David Foster, Postmodern Jukebox, Brain McKnight, and Michael Jackson. Shoshana is a veteran of the Broadway stage having made her debut in the original cast of Hairspray, starring as the very first replacement for Elphaba in “Wicked” and most recently as Jenna in “Waitress”. She won a IRNE Award for her performance as Fanny Brice in “Funny Girl” and earned a Jeff Award nomination for her portrayal of CeeCee Bloom in the pre-Broadway musical production of “Beaches”.
Yvette Monique Clark - Bio
Yvette Monique Clark has performed in many productions such as; The Mountaintop (Camae), Little Mermaid (Ursula), HAIRSPRAY (Motormouth Maybelle), To Kill A Mockingbird (Calpurnia), Gun and Powder (Sissy), Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Nell), Smokey Joe’s Café (BJ), Chicago (Mama Morton), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Muzzy Van Hossmere), Showboat (Queenie), The Wiz (Aunt Em, Evillene, Glinda) During the pandemic she produced her own virtual cabaret series, “Diva of the ‘Demic”.
Brandi Chavonne Massey - Bio
At an early age Brandi Chavonne Massey began to realize the power of music. Hailing from a long line of gospel singers, Brandi would become the first in her family to explore music outside of their deep- seated gospel roots. She was later enrolled into Cincinnati’s School for Creative and Performing Arts where she studied Vocal Music, Drama, Musical Theater as well as Instrumental Music. While attending S.C.p.a she starred in several roles such as Cinderella in Cinderella, Mary in Babes in Toyland at Cincinnati’s Taft Theater, and as Joanne in The Ensemble Theater of Cincinnati’s production of Godspell as well as being a soloist for The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra her sophomore year in high school performing along side the legendary Mel Torme.
Having studied Musical Theater at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy she graced the stage along side other powerhouses such as opera singer Jessye Norman and Grammy Award winner Mary J. Blige. Brandi’s vocal prowess helped nab Broadway leading lady roles such as Celie and Nettie in Oprah Winfrey’s The Color Purple, starring Chaka Khan, Be Be Winans and Fantasia Barrino, the cover role of Elphaba in Wicked, The Radio in Caroline Or Change and appearing as the first African American Lucy in Jekyll and Hyde which co starred Sebastian Bach and David Hasselhoff also starring in The London’s West End production of The Lion King as Nala. Regionally she performed as Ammut in 5th Avenues production of Jasper In Deadland, Mary in Jesus Christ Superstar, Finian’s Rainbow, Bubbling Brown Suger, The Buddy Holly Story, Aint Misbehavin, Dorothy in The Wiz directed by the original choreographer George Fasion, and had the pleasure of playing Lorrell in Dreamgirls co starring Cindy Heron-Braggs of EnVouge and the legendary Jennifer Holiday.
After appearing in such big musical hits Brandi felt that she was now ready to explore the world of television. She later spent time in Los Angeles where she had the chance to be on the hit television show Grey’s Anatomy and Medium as well as the movie Honey 2 also being apart of the movie musical Black Nativity. Touring around the world with performing is still a big part of her work. Brandi now has found another comfort in utilizing her talents to share with children and adults of all ages teaching privately and doing seminars and workshops all over the United States.
Bruce Sabath - Bio
Bruce Sabath played Leyzer Volf (and sometimes Tevye) in the acclaimed production of Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish in New York. He played Larry in the Tony-winning Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Company (recorded for PBS Great Performances), as well as Jack Warner in the hit musical, Cagney in New York and Los Angeles. Bruce’s regional credits include Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along, directed by John Doyle at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, his portrayal of Richard Nixon in the Southeast premier of Frost/Nixon at the Caldwell Theatre in Boca Raton, and Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof at Stages—St. Louis (BroadwayWorld Award – Best Actor in a Musical). Bruce’s one-man show Searching for Tevye just premiered in New York, to sold-out houses at Don’t Tell Mama. Sabath’s on-screen credits include The Blacklist (NBC), Elementary (CBS) and Madam Secretary (CBS). Bruce and his wife Karen live enthusiastically in Katonah, NY.
Adam Michael Tilford - Bio
Adam Michael Tilford is a New York City based music director/composer/piano bar entertainer and educator. He has an extensive background in theatre education having musically directed, directed and choreographed for multiple public school and private theatre training institutions from elementary school through the college level. His vocal coaching students have appeared on Broadway/National tours of King Kong, Hairspray, Kinky Boots and Ghost, among others. He serves as Artistic Director of the Depot TheatreAcademy. His musical direction and acting resume includes multiple regional theatres from Chicago to Virginia to off-broadway. He has also played at almost every major cabaret/nightclub venue in NYC and is one of the pianists at the famed Marie’s Crisis, taking the event from NY to Sydney, Melbourne and London and appearing at the venue as himself on two episodes of “Younger” on TVLand. He has represented Marie’s five times as part of Darren Criss’ live broadway festival Elsie Fest in New York City. His original compositions have been performed throughout the country as part of the not for profit touring theatre company Pyramid Productions, in Manhattan at Theatre 311 in “Things to Chase” and his new off-broadway version of A Christmas Carol (with lyricist Marc Goldsmith) was nominated for a New York Innovative Theatre Award for Best Musical. He has written theme songs for various podcasts and blogs. He is currently on stuff as a pianist/musical director at AMDA in New York.
Sharone Sayegh - Bio
Sharone Sayegh is currently playing Bonnie on the 1st National Tour of Come From Away. She most recently originated the role of Anna in The Band’s Visit on Broadway (OBC). Other Broadway: Mamma Mia!. Off Broadway: Mrs. Trumbauer in Road Show (City Center Encores), Anna in The Band’s Visit (Atlantic Theater Co, World Premiere), Sharone in The Wildness (Ars Nova, World Premiere), and Scheherazade in Scheherazade (Prospect Theater Co). Regional: La Jolla Playhouse, Muny, Florida Rep, San Jose Rep. TV: Instinct (CBS), Limitless (CBS). Syracuse University Alum, sharonesayegh.com @sharonesayegh