Steppin' Forward toVirtually Celebrate the Music of the Legendary Neil Sedaka
A benefit for THE ACTORS FUND
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To help lift spirits during the worldwide lockdown while providing a lively musical event, Step Forward Entertainment is producing a special virtual concert celebrating the music of legendary artist, Neil Sedaka.
In association with The Actors Fund, the concert is presented by Robert R. Blume in association with Pat Labez of Step Forward Entertainment and hosted by Krystin Goodwin, TV/Film Actress and Fox reporter covering Entertainment and Trending News on Sirius XM Radio.
The evening will feature 17 artists, in 15 performances, consisting of clients and friends of Step Forward Entertainment performing from their homes while in lockdown. All the songs performed in the concert were written by Neil Sedaka with either Howard Greenfield or Phil Cody. The concert is presented free of charge with optional donations to benefit The Actors Fund.
For dates, showtimes, streaming information and more on the performers, visit www.steppinforwardnyc.com. These decisions were delayed due to the current unrest in our country and will be announced shortly! For more information on The Actors Fund or to make a donation, visit www.actorsfund.org/stepforward
The International array of artists performing in the concert include a Lucille Lortel Award winner, a Drama Desk nominee, a Billboard chart album jazz pianist, recording artists, award-winning cabaret artists and Network TV / Film actors. In order of appearance, with the song they will be performing, are Renn Woods (You Mean Everything To Me), Justin Senense (I Go Ape), Paola Morales (The Immigrant), Denise Kara (Calendar Girl), Soara-Joye Ross (The Hungry Years), Xiaoqing (Mao) Zhang (Stupid Cupid), Emma Campbell (My Friend), Nina Martinez (Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen), Kea Chan (Where The Boys Are), Kayla Merrow (The Diary), Mitch Week (Rosemary Blue), Pat Labez (Run Samson Run), Anthony Salvador Lewis (Breaking Up Is Hard To Do), Gloria Papin (Solitaire), Marissa Mulder and Jon Weber (Love Will Keep Us Together).
About Neil Sedaka
Singer, songwriter, composer, pianist and author, Neil Sedaka’s impressive 60-year career ranges from being one of the first teen pop sensations of the 50’s, a tunesmith for himself and other artists in the 60’s, an international superstar in the 70’s, remaining a constant force in writing and performing presently. This is all thanks to the countless songs he has written, performed and produced that continue to inspire artists and audiences around the world.
About The Actors Fund
The Actors Fund is a national human services organization that fosters stability and resiliency and provides a safety net for performing arts and entertainment professionals over their lifespan. Through offices in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, The Fund serves everyone in film, theater, television, music, opera, radio and dance with programs including social services and emergency financial assistance, health care and insurance counseling, housing, and secondary employment and training services. Visit www.actorsfund.org.
About Step Forward Entertainment
An entertainment production and talent management company headquartered in New York City which also represents clients in Los Angeles, Florida and other areas in the U.S. Founded by renowned producer/talent manager, Robert R. Blume, the company was established on the principles of transparency and trust. With strong roots on Broadway as an Executive Producer of the annual Drama Desk Awards from 1999 to 2018, Blume saw the opportunity to share his experience to develop and present talent in addition to producing TV, film and theatre. Step Forward Entertainment has a strong track record of developing and placing talent of all ages and experience levels in all types of productions.
STEPPIN' FORWARD! A MUSICAL CELEBRATION of LOVE, HOPE and HUMOR
Step Forward Entertainment presents A Musical Celebration of Love, Hope and Humor featuring exciting Asian Talents Hosted by Concert Star, Charlie Romo ("the new Frank Sinatra") and featuring a special performance by 1970’s Hollywood Starlet, Marya Coburn performing songs from Broadway, the American Song Book and 1960’s-90's pop music!
Our unique collection of Asian talents include one of China’s biggest Musical Theatre stars, the former National Anthem singer of the Philippines; cast members who have appeared in the TV shows Billions, Daredevil,Magnum P.I. (the original), Bronx SIU and those who have appeared in films, such as Stay Away Joe(the love interest of Elvis Presley), Dementia 13, and performed in LIVE shows such as Avenue Q, Sweet Charity, etc.and a 15-year old musical prodigy from Wisconsin who recently made her NYC debut.
10 MINUTE HIGHLIGHT VIDEO FROM TRIAD THEATER PERFORMANCE IN New York
TEASER for the Pilot Episode titled 'The Mess Up Room'. Step Forward Entertainment served as Executive Producer on this in conjunction with Mike Scionti who also was the producer. The Guzzo Brothers of Tampa, FL wrote and directed the episode. Pitching as a new TV series with 12 additional episodes outlined!
Project represented by Amy Lord of ERIS TALENT AGENCY, *LA * UK * NY
To star Philippine/ American Actress, KEA CHAN and produced in association with Pat Labez (Howard Indie Short) and Marya Coburn (5 Cambridge Productions) in conjunction with a Philippine TV production company and others to be announced!
The Play written by Elizabeth Fuller and Joel Vig and adapted from the book of the same name by John G. Fuller. (Liz Fuller's late husband)
The Company for the original readings are:
Sachi Parker as Betty Hill
Richard Pryor Jr. as Barney Hill
Allan Zeller as the Psychologist
Directed by Mark S. Graham
Driving home from Canada on the night of September19,1961, Betty and Barney Hill of Portsmouth, New Hampshire "sighted" a flying saucer. The experience left them shaken. When they arrived in Portsmouth, Barney found inexplicable scuff marks on the tips of his shoes; Betty noted rows of mysterious shiny circles on the trunk of their car. What was worse, they realized that they could not account for almost two hours of their time on the road.
After many months of psychic distress dating from this night, the Hills sought medical assistance from a distinguished Boston psychiatrist and neurologist. Under psychotherapy, including time-regression hypnosis, the Hills gave almost identical accounts of what had happened during the lost two hours of their journey - a period of time their conscious mind had repressed. They told of an encounter with intelligent humanoid beings who took them aboard an alien space craft, questioned them, and submitted them to physical examination.
After seven months of treatment, the psychiatrist decided that neither of his patients was psychotic, and that both consciously and under hypnosis, hey told what they believed to be the absolute truth.
Whether INTERRUPTED JOURNEY is fact or fantasy or something in between, it is unquestionably one of the most fascinating stories of the century.
WATCH PROMO WITH GUEST NON-ASIAN HOST
ASIAN ARTISTS STEP FORWARD! A Musical Celebration of Love, Hope and Humor with Step Forward Entertainment’s excitingAsian Talents featuring: (in alphabetical order)
Anthony Salvador Lewis
Xiaoqing (Mao) Zhang
with Special Guest Marya Coburn
and Bobby De Leonat the Piano
Staging Consultant Kelli Gautreau
Join us at The Green Room 42 as it presents ASIAN ARTISTS STEP FORWARD! A Musical Celebration of Love, Hope and Humor featuring Step Forward Entertainment’sexcitingAsian Talentswith surprise guests performing songs from Broadway, the American Song Book and 1970’s pop!
Our unique collection of Asian talents include one of China’s biggest Musical Theatre stars, the former National Anthem singer of the Philippines; cast members who have appeared in the TV shows Billions,Daredevil,Magnum P.I. (the original), Bronx SIUand those who have appeared in films, such as Stay Away Joe(the love interest of Elvis Presley), Dementia 13 (as the murdered priest), and performed in LIVE shows such as Avenue Q, Sweet Charity, etc.and a 15-year old musical prodigy from Wisconsin making her NYC debut.
On Piano, in addition to appearing as a featured soloist, will be the international Philippine Music Director, Bobby DeLeon. This one of a kind, unforgettable celebration of Asian talent (and possible surprise guests) will be staged by Canadian born client Kelli Gautreau. Kelli has choreographed touring productions of Fame, Annie, In the Heights, Company and Spring Awakening among others. As a performer, she has regularly performed in Broadway Backwards, and How the Grinch Stole Christmason Broadway and Tour. Kelli is currently directing/choreographing a new Dancing 4 Change film and is working as a Choreographer for AMDA in NYC. www.dancing4change.com
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With Hosts Charlie Romo and Melissa Rakiro to take on topics of today with references to yesterday and live entertainment in a brand new format!
Watch a short TEASER!
This particular show, featuring 3 Asian female singers, was performed with TRACK and premiered at the Senior Party for the town of Livingston, NJ in their Community Arts Center! A reasonably priced show to book for audiences in locations that cannot house live music!
The Singing Asian Angels represent a large group of talented Asian performers who are part of the Step Forward Entertainment 'universe' in an association with former Hollywood Actress and current philanthropist, Marya Coburn (Filipino-German)! Pictured above are Violet Vang (Laotian Chinese Hmong), Xiaoqing (Mao) Zhang (Chinese) and Kea Chan (Filipino - Chinese).
Pictured below are additional members of the group: Madeline Blue (Taiwanese), Justin Senense (Filipino), Anthony Salvador Lewis (Filipino-Italian-Native American), Pat Labez (Hawaiian- Filipino), Akoni Steinmann (Filipino-Swiss).
Robert R. Blume/Step Forward Entertainment is the CONSULTING PRODUCER of this event!
The Concert Style Musical Story starring Haley Swindal as the inimitable Mae West starting from her early days on the sidewalks of New York through her involvement in vaudeville and the development of her unique and uniquely sexual persona. Also includes her run-ins with the law, her long involvement with James Timony and her later career in the movies, including the films she co-starred with W.C. Fields. The situations she encountered are not a far cry from some of the circumstances we are faced with today…sexual discrimination, women’s rights, racism, freedom of speech and censorship.
Mae West was way ahead of her time and Come Up “N See Me will delight varied audiences — men and women of all ages…Great show tunes and hilarity - with a message!!!
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