The Wonderful Music of Oz
Richard Kaufman, conductor
Kelli Rabke, vocalist
Law Dunford, vocalist
Scott Coulter, vocalist
John Boswell, piano
Doors open at 7 p.m. There will be one 20-minute intermission.
The Wizard of Oz, Wicked, The Wiz and More!
Defy gravity and follow the yellow brick road on a musical journey over the rainbow. L. Frank Baum's classic novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, took the world by storm in 1900 and for over 100 years has inspired storytellers and composers on Broadway (Wicked, The Wiz), in Hollywood (The Wizard of Oz) and on the radio ("Goodbye Yellow Brick Road"). Relive all the Wonderful Music of Oz based on the original tale in one magical concert event.
Kelli Rabke got her “big break” playing the role of Dorothy in Paper Mill Playhouse’s acclaimed production of The Wizard of Oz. Shortly thereafter, she was handpicked by Andrew Lloyd Webber to play the lead role of the Narrator in the Broadway revival of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (US Cast Recording). Following that, she played her dream role: Eponine in Les Miserables on Broadway. She went on to perform around the country in such roles as Mabel in Mack and Mabel, Christine in Phantom, and back to Paper Mill Playhouse in Stephen Schwartz’s Children of Eden as Yonah (American Premiere Recording). She is one of only two Broadway stars to originate a role in both a Stephen Schwartz and an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical — a distinction for which she is incredibly honored.
She has been seen and heard in tons of TV commercials and voice-overs, and was the voice of several animated characters, including Kat in the Discovery Kids series Kenny the Shark. She also played the recurring role of Bernadette on The Young and the Restless and was nominated for an Emmy Award for "American Song at NJPAC: Stephen Schwartz & Friends."
Law Dunford burst upon the New York scene as one of Broadway's Rising Stars of 2016. His performance of "I'm Here" from "The Color Purple" at BRS earned him raves from critics and audiences alike. He is currently starring on Broadway in the hit Sara Bareilles musical "Waitress" as Cal. Prior to his Broadway debut he appeared in a number of roles with Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and other midwest regional theaters. He is a regular performer at NYC's The Town Hall, Feinstein’s/54 Below, and The Green Room. Law is a Tom Hanks Scholar and proud alumnus of BFA acting program, Wright State University.
For his work in cabaret, Scott Coulter has received five MAC Awards (Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs), five Bistro Awards and two Nightlife Awards for Outstanding Vocalist and has performed at most of NYC’s top rooms including Birdland, 54 Below, The Oak Room at the Algonquin, and Feinstein’s at The Regency where he spent a record-setting eight months performing the revue 11 O’Clock Numbers at 11 O’Clock which he also co-created, directed and musically arranged. His self-titled debut CD won the 2003 MAC Award for Outstanding Recording and was chosen as the best recording of the year by TheatreMania and Cabaret Scenes magazines. Scott was director and star of A Christmas Carol: The Symphonic Concert in its world premiere with the Baltimore Symphony and reprised his performance in the Emmy-nominated PBS production which premiered in December 2013. He was an Emmy nominee himself for his performance in American Song at NJPAC. Scott regularly performs in concert both as a solo artist and with a variety of legendary performers including Stephen Schwartz, Tony-winner Ben Vereen and Grammy-winner Sheena Easton and has performed with symphonies all over the world including San Francisco, Baltimore, Seattle, Phoenix, Winnipeg, St. Louis and Calgary.
Since 1997, Scott has performed with award-winning songwriting duo Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich in their many award-winning revues. While singing with Goldrich and Heisler he was discovered by Oscar and Grammy winning composer Stephen Schwartz who then invited him to join the revue Stephen Schwartz & Friends. That revue (starring Schwartz and Coulter along with Liz Callaway and Tony Award-winner Debbie Gravitte) has been performing all over the world since 1999. Schwartz has said, “One of the greatest things that can happen to a composer is to have his music interpreted by Scott Coulter.”
Pianist John Boswell has served as musical director for Judy Collins, Andy Williams, Bob Newhart, Scott Coulter, Maude Maggart, Faith Prince, Carmen Cusack, Babbie Green, Jason Graae and a host of other fine talents. John played the role of “Moose” in the national tour of Crazy For You and has appeared on The Tonight Show, Today Show, CBS This Morning, Regis and Kathie Lee, General Hospital and was the piano playing hands of Nancy McKeon on the sit-com The Facts of Life. Recent concerts with symphonies have included Jerry Herman: The Broadway Legacy Concert, Blockbuster Broadway!, Sheena Easton and Scott Coulter: The Spy Who Loved Me and Music of the Knights. John has been heard singing in the shows Three Men and a Baby...Grand, Cinema Toast, Broadway Today, Wiseguys and the New York cult hit Cashino. Broadway/Off Broadway credits include Crazy For You, The Secret Garden, LIZA! Steppin' Out At Radio City Music Hall, Back to Bacharach and David and The Kathy and Mo Show: Parallel Lives. His monthly concerts in 2017 at The Gardenia in Los Angeles have been crowd pleasers. John has eight CDs of original piano music and a ninth on the way. While a student at UCLA, John received the Frank Sinatra Award for popular instrumentalists.