Broadway Today!

Saturday, May 11, 2013 7:30 PM
at Kirkland Fine Arts Center

Tickets:  Adult: $18 | $24 | $30 & Child: $12 | $14 | $16
All discounted tickets, including child prices, must be purchased through the box office (217-424-6318).

The only thing better than spending an evening at a current Broadway show is spending an evening with ALL of them.  What could be better?

"Broadway Today!" is the concert event that lets audiences experience the music, laughs and thrills from Broadway's most recent seasons performed by some of the leading talent in New York today. This unique evening was created in response to audience demand for the most recent Broadway hits combined with familiar favorites.

"Broadway Today!" brings you the best from the past three seasons on Broadway-- all the new shows, revivals and long-running hits-- in one bright package so you get the most current shows as well as classics like "West Side Story" and "South Pacific." Due to the immediate nature of the show the program is always changing to reflect Broadway's most recent landscape.

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David Burnham

David Burnham played Fiyero in the Broadway production of "Wicked" after having created the role in the original Los Angeles workshop productions. David was a member of the original Broadway cast of the 6-time Tony Award winning musical "The Light In The Piazza", performing on both the "Tony Awards" and the PBS telecast "Live From Lincoln Center". David was the 2007 recipient of the prestigious "Helen Hayes Award" for best actor as well as the 2007 best actor "Garland Award" for his portrayal of Fabrizio Nacarelli in the national tour of "The Light In The Piazza". In New York City he lent his talent to the Actor's Fund production of "On The 20th Century" at The New Amsterdam Theatre and performed his solo concert at the famed New York jazz club "Birdland" and the "Metropolitan Room".

David first gained critical acclaim when, after a two year search, he was chosen to replace Donny Osmond in the national tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" (Dramalogue Award) a role which he has subsequently played 4 more times in productions all over the country. At Boston's North Shore Music Theatre he created the role of Tom in the new musical "Tom Jones" as well as the role of Billy (opposite Maureen McGovern) in the new musical "Letters from 'Nam", a role which he reprised at The Kennedy Center and Seattle's Village Theatre. In Chicago he originated the role of Charlie in the world premiere of "Peggy Sue Got Married", after touring the country as Peter in the national tour of "Jesus Christ Superstar" (opposite Ted Neeley). Other stage productions include the L.A. premiere of The Road Theatre production of "The Woman In Black" (the Actor) directed by Ken Sawyer, "Assassins" (John Hinckley) at Reprise - with members of the original Broadway cast, "Children of Eden" (Caine - Robby Award) at Musical Theatre West, "Godspell" (Jesus) at the St. Louis MUNY, and "Pirates of Penzance" (Fredrick) at The Sacramento Music Circus.

On film, David was the voice of the Prince in the Warner Bros. animated feature "The King & I", and can also be heard as "Willy" in Disney's "Home On The Range". Recordings include the soundtracks to "Ghepetto", "The King & I", and "Home on the Range". He can be heard on the recordings "Strouse, Schwartz, & Schwartz", "Lerner, Loewe, and Lane" and "Lee Lessack - In Good Company". David is very proud to announce the release of his debut solo CD "David Burnham" from LML Music, available online at, iTunes, Barnes and Noble Bookstores, and other fine retailers.

Brian Lane Green

Tony® Award nominee for “Best Actor in a Musical” for his performance as Spacepunk in Starmites, Green made his Broadway debut as Huck Finn in Big River. He went on to star in the first national tour of that show and also in the national tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. He appeared on Broadway as Jo Jo in the Cy Coleman musical The Life. Green's regional theater credits include West Side Story, The Pirates of Penzance, Pippin, Camelot, La Cage Aux Folles, 1776, and Julius Caesar, in which he played Marc Antony.

On television, Green has guest starred on numerous prime-time shows, including “Sabrina the Teenage Witch”, “Murder, She Wrote”, “Matlock”, “Hotel”, and “Highway to Heaven”. Daytime audiences know him as Alan Brand on “Days of Our Lives”, Sam Fowler on “Another World”, and Brian Bodine on “All My Children”. One of the stars of the cult film “Circuit”, Green also co-starred with Tovah Feldshuh and Tony Lo Bianco in the recently released film “Friends and Family”.

Green can be heard on the live recording of The Words and Music of Jerry Herman: Tap Your Troubles Away (LML), Sondheim: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall (RCA) with the Tonics, George and Ira Gershwin: A Musical Tribute (MCA), and Grateful: The Songs of John Bucchino (RCA). On The Today Show (NBC), Ice Wars(CBS), and in the 25th Anniversary Tour of Champions on Ice, Olympic Gold Medalist Viktor Petrenko performed to Green's recording of "Flight" from his debut CD, Brian Lane Green (LML Music).

Green recently made his debut as a playwright and composer with Waiting for Glaciers to Melt. This original musical was chosen to be part of New York City's Midtown International Theater Festival.

Christina Saffran

Christina Saffran Ashford ( Christina’s Broadway career is extensive, having starred as Kathy Seldon in Singin’ in the Rain, Maggie in A Chorus Line, Shoo Shoo in Sophisticated Ladies, Rosa Bud and Edwin Drood in Drood, and Zaneeta in The Music Man. A true triple threat, audiences throughout the world have been thrilled by her leading performances in My Fair Lady, Showboat, South Pacific, Phantom, White Christmas, Jesus Christ Superstar, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Sunday in the Park with George, Damn Yankees, Sound of Music, Pajama Game, She Loves Me, Street Scene, Grease, Company, My One and Only, Chess, Aspects of Love, Me and My Girl...the list goes on.

Her concert work includes a multitude of styles ranging from engagements as the lead chanteuse for Herbie Hancock, to soloist with various national symphony orchestras, then “jazzing it up” with the Duke Ellington Orchestra, and on to opening for Don Rickles with her own show in Las Vegas’ Stardust Resort and Casino.
She has provided animated voices for Disney’s Aladdin, Mulan, Magic Flute, 102 Dalmatians, A Bug’s Life, Armageddon, Pocahontas II, Hunchback II, and Lady and the Tramp II, and is heard on Enchanted, Cinderella, Galaxy Quest, Polar Express, Christmas with the Kranks, and The Santa Clause II. Christina’s original cast recordings include Singin’ in the Rain, Masada, Fashion and Joan of Arc. Her solo CD entitled Temporary Insanity is available at

Christina is a Founding Board member of Retinoblastoma International, and an active member of SGI-USA. She resides in Los Angeles with her two daughters, Grace and Emma.

Jessica Hendy

Ms. Hendy’s Broadway credit’s include CATS (Grizabella), AIDA (Amneris), and AMOUR. She has toured nationally and in Canada in CATS (Grizabella) , and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Narrator). In New York, she received rave reviews for her one woman Cabaret, A Life To Call Your Own, and a Bistro Award for the review Get Your Tickets Now. NYC Pre-Broadway workshops include Dance of the Vampires and AIDA, and The Molly Maguires. She can be heard on many demo recording of new musicals and compilation CD’s. She played Diana Goodman in the regional premier for the Pulitzer Prize winning musical Next To Normal, at The Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati. This production was such a hit, it was brought back for a second run, the following summer, and had another stellar run. She has had the pleasure to work at several different Theatres around the country, including Pittsburg CLO, and North Shore Music Theatre in Miss Saigon (Ellen), and Helen Hayes Perf Arts Center in Songs For A New World, with Jason Robert Brown.

A Native of Cincinnati Ohio, Ms. Hendy attended the College Conservatory of Music for Musical Theatre. In Cincinnati, she played “Jeanne” in The Great American Trailer Park Musical at The Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati, which earned her an ACCLAIM Award. She was in the world premiere of the musical Don’t Make Me Pull This Show Over, Dispatches at the Front Lines of Parenting at the Cincinnati Fringe festival, which earned another ACCALIM award. Don’t Me Pull…. Then, continued on to a full production at The Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati. Her concert work, as the Guest Star, includes Cincinnati Pops, Modesto Symphony, Long Beach Symphony, Ft Worth Symphony, Grand Rapids Symphony, the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra. She also has traveled the country with the concert “Broadway Today”, and “Cinema Toast.”

John Boswell- Musical Director

John has served as musical director for Judy Collins, Andy Williams and Bob Newhart. John played the role of “Moose” in the national tour of Crazy For You. Broadway/Off Broadway credits include Crazy For You, The Secret Garden, Back To Bacharach And David, and The Kathy And Mo Show: Parallel Lives. Most recently John composed music for the HBO special Kathy And Mo: The Dark Side. John has six CD’s of original music on Hearts Of Space Records; THE PAINTER, KINDRED SPIRITS, COUNT ME IN, FESTIVAL OF THE HEART, TRUST and LOVE.