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Brian Stokes Mitchell, Liz Callaway & the NJSO headline Broadway at Moorland


Broadway at Moorland
An evening of Broadway Classics performed by

Brian Stokes Mitchell, Liz Callaway,
the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and Friends

14th Annual Summer Concert at Moorland Farm

Benefits Arts Education at NJPAC

NEWARK, NJ (April 1, 2014) – For the 14th annual summer concert and fireworks display at Moorland Farm in Far Hills, NJ, New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) and Far Hills Race Meeting Association will partner for the first time to present Broadway at Moorland, a magical evening for all ages featuring Tony Award-winner Brian Stokes Mitchell, Tony-nominated and Emmy Award-winner Liz Callaway, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and other great Broadway voices.  Taking place rain or shine on Thursday, June 5, 2014, the concert will feature an array of Broadway musical hits, culminating with a traditional grand finale fireworks display by “America’s First Family of Fireworks,” Fireworks by Grucci. Proceeds from Broadway at Moorland will benefit NJPAC’s arts education programs which serve 60,000 students and families throughout New Jersey each season.

Gates open for Broadway at Moorland at 5:30pm and the concert begins at 7:30pm. Fireworks take place at nightfall.  General admission is $40, and children 10 years old and under are free with an accompanying adult.  “Member” seating, for $100 per person, is a VIP picnic area located in the rear orchestra lawn.  Patrons provide their own seating and bring a picnic or purchase food and soft beverages on the premises. Tickets are available by calling 1-888-466-5722 (1-888-GO-NJPAC), at www.njpac.org, or at the Arts Center’s box office at One Center Street in Downtown Newark.    Patrons may bring their own picnic or purchase food and soft beverages on the premises. For premium seating and corporate opportunities, patrons may call 908-234-9115. 

Moorland Farm is the home of the legendary Far Hills Race Meeting, a steeplechase event held annually each October. The ninety-fourth running takes place on Saturday, October 18, 2014.

“We are delighted to continue the tradition of music and fireworks at Moorland Farm this June, and are excited to partner with NJPAC to put on a great show of Broadway music with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra,” said John T. von Stade, co-chair of the event.

Performing with Brian Stokes Mitchell, Liz Callaway and the NJSO will be five-time MAC-winning cabaret star Scott Coulter, Jessica Hendy (Broadway’s Cats and Aida), Kelli Rabke (Broadway’s Les Misérables and in the original Broadway cast of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat). Conductor Jerry Steichen, who spent ten season with the New York City Opera as well as with various national Broadway tours, will lead the NJSO, and John Boswell, musical director for Judy Collins, Andy Williams and Bob Newhart, will music direct the evening.

“We are looking forward to presenting an evening of Broadway music by top Broadway vocalists performing with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra,” said Guy J. Torsilieri, co-chair of the event. “Having an association with New Jersey Performing Arts Center gives us the opportunity to bring wonderful artists and music to a beautiful outdoor setting for a great cause – to help raise funds to support arts education of children in New Jersey. And, of course, we always look forward to the spectacular fireworks display by Grucci.”

“NJPAC is honored to be the beneficiary of Far Hills Race Meeting Association’s annual tradition for all ages, a memorable concert, picnic and fireworks extravaganza at the spectacular Moorland Farm,” said John Schreiber, President and CEO of NJPAC.  “This partnership allows us, for the first time, to participate in a major concert event outside the walls of our main Newark campus.  It’s very exciting.”

The Artists:

Brian Stokes Mitchell has led a versatile career on Broadway, television and film and in America’s great concert halls. His Broadway credits include a Tony Award for Kiss Me, Kate and Tony nominations for Man of La Mancha, Ragtime and King Hedley II; he also appeared in Kiss of the Spider Woman, Jelly’s Last Jam and Oh, Kay! at City Center’s Encores! series, he starred in Do, Re, Mi, Carnival and Kismet. Mitchell has appeared with leading conductors and orchestras, including Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony at Carnegie Hall and the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Leonard Slatkin. Love/Life, his cabaret debut as a singer and musical arranger, played Feinstein’s at the Regency and the Vivian Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center. Mitchell starred opposite Patti LuPone in Lincoln Center Theater’s production of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.

An Emmy Award-winning actress, singer and recording artist, Liz Callaway made her Broadway debut in Merrily We Roll Along and received a Tony Award nomination for her performance in Baby. For five years she was acclaimed as Grizabella in Cats and has been in the original casts of Miss Saigon, The Three Musketeers and The Look of Love. Other New York appearances include Follies in Concert at Lincoln Center, A Stephen Sondheim Evening, Fiorello! (at Encores!) and Hair in Concert. Along with her sister, Ann Hampton Callaway, she created the award-winning Sibling Revelry and Boom!, a celebration of the music of the ‘60s and ‘70s, which was recently recorded and is touring performing arts centers around the country.

Named “a vital, artistically significant musical organization” by The Wall Street Journal, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra embodies that vitality through its statewide presence and critically acclaimed performances, education partnerships and unparalleled access to music and the Orchestra’s superb musicians. Under the bold leadership of Music Director Jacques Lacombe, the NJSO presents classical, pops and family programs, as well as outdoor summer concerts and special events. Embracing its legacy as a statewide orchestra, the NJSO is the resident orchestra of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark and regularly performs at venues in New Brunswick, Red Bank, Princeton, Morristown and Englewood. Partnerships with New Jersey arts organizations, state universities and civic organizations remain a key element of the Orchestra’s statewide identity. In addition to its lauded artistic programming, the NJSO presents a suite of education and community engagement programs that promote meaningful, lifelong engagement with live music.

For his work in cabaret, Scott Coulter has received five MAC Awards, five Bistro Awards and two Nightlife Awards for Outstanding Vocalist. His critically acclaimed solo show, The Fella Sings Ella, opened in early 2013. Coulter has performed in most of Manhattan’s top rooms, including Birdland, the Oak Room at the Algonquin and Feinstein’s at The Regency. His self-titled debut CD won the 2003 MAC Award for Outstanding Recording and was chosen as best recording of the year by TheaterMania.com and Cabaret Scenes magazine. He was the director and star of A Christmas Carol: The Symphonic Concert in its world premiere last season with the Baltimore Symphony and reprised his role in the PBS production, which premiered in December 2013.

Jessica Hendy’s Broadway credits include Cats, Aida and Amour.  In New York, she received raves for her one-woman cabaret, A Life to Call Your Own and a Bistro Award for Get Your Tickets Now. She has toured nationally and in Canada in Cats and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and performed the lead role in the regional premiere of the Pulitzer Prize winning musical Next to Normal. Hendy has worked at many theaters around the country and her symphonic concert appearances include Cincinnati Pops, Fort Worth Symphony, Grand Rapids Symphony and the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra.

Kelli Rabke got her big break playing the role of Dorothy in Paper Mill Playhouse’s hit musical The Wizard of Oz. Shortly afterward, she was cast by Andrew Lloyd Webber as the Narrator in the Broadway premiere of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. She has played Eponine in Les Misérables on Broadway and has appeared in regional theaters in such roles as Mabel in Mack and Mabel, Christine in The Phantom of the Opera and Yonah in Children of Eden. Her voiceover work is heard in the Discovery Kids’ series “Kenny the Shark” and she can be seen as Bernadette in the daytime drama "The Young and the Restless." Her new solo cabaret show is titled No Place Like Home.

John Boswell has served as musical director for Judy Collins, Andy Williams and Bob Newhart, as well as the concert tours of Cinema Toast, That’s Life: A Toast to Sinatra, Three Men and a Baby Grand and Broadway Today! His credits on and off Broadway include Crazy For You, The Secret Garden and Back to Bacharach and David. Most recently, he composed the music for the HBO special “Kathy and Mo: The Dark Side.”

Fireworks by Grucci, known as “America’s First Family of Fireworks,” is world-renowned for their pyrotechnic artistry. They staged fireworks for seven consecutive U.S. Presidential inaugurations, four Olympic games and the Statue of Liberty Centennial celebration.  The company also holds the Guinness World Record for “largest fireworks display.”


New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), located in downtown Newark, New Jersey, is among the largest performing arts centers in the United States and is the artistic, cultural, educational and civic center of New Jersey -- where great performances and events enhance and transform lives every day.  As New Jersey’s Town Square, NJPAC brings diverse communities together, providing access to all and showcasing the State’s and the world’s best artists while acting as a leading catalyst in the revitalization of its home city.  Through its extensive Arts Education programs, NJPAC is shaping the next generation of artists and arts enthusiasts.  NJPAC has attracted over seven million visitors (including one million children) since opening its doors in 1997, and nurtures meaningful and lasting relationships with each of its constituents.  Visit www.njpac.org or call 1-888-GO-NJPAC for more information.

Far Hills Race Meeting Association

Moorland Farm is the home of the Far Hills Races, an annual steeplechase event. Each year, over 35,000 attendees gather to entertain and be entertained while watching the finest thoroughbreds compete for the richest purses in the steeplechase circuit. The 94th running of this legendary event will be Saturday, October 18, 2014. For information, visit: www.farhillsrace.org or call 908-234-9115.