Ethan SlaterSpongeBob SquarePants
ETHAN SLATER (SpongeBob SquarePants) is beyond thrilled to be making his Broadway debut (!) as “SpongeBob” in SpongeBob SquarePants! Recent credits: World Premiere of SpongeBob in Chicago (BroadwayWorld Chicago Best Actor Award), and “Modell” in Diner at DTC (Dir. Kathleen Marshall); Off-Broadway: Baghdaddy (St. Luke’s), PEMDAS (59e59), Claudio Quest (NYMF), What We Know (Teatro Circulo), Independents (FringeNYC); Film: “Lightning Bugs in a Jar” (Cannes 2015), “EVOL”; Web Series: “Redheads Anonymous”, “New Mayor of New York”. Ethan is a Vassar graduate and member of OYL. More at EthanSlater.com.
Gavin LeeSquidward Q. Tentacles
Gavin Lee (Squidward Q. Tentacles). Broadway: Thenadier in Les Misérables, Bert in Disney’s Mary Poppins (Tony and Olivier nominations, Drama Desk and Theater World Awards). Other theater: Showboat (Carnegie Hall), Holiday Inn (World Premiere, Goodspeed), Mary Poppins (1st national tour). London’s West End: Top Hat, Mary Poppins, Crazy For You, Peggy Sue Got Married, A Saint She Ain’t, Me And My Girl, Oklahoma! and Contact. TV: Woodford in “White Collar” (season six), “Law and Order SVU,” “The Good Wife.”
Lilli CooperSandy Cheeks
LILLI COOPER (Sandy Cheeks). Ecstatic to be back in Bikini Bottom! Broadway: Spring Awakening (OBC), Wicked (Elphaba). Theater favorites: Sundown, Yellow Moon (WP Theater), Natasha, Pierre…Great Comet (ART), The Wildness (Ars Nova), Noir (NYSF & NAMT), The Threepenny Opera (Atlantic Theater), LMNOP (Goodspeed). TV: Bull (CBS), Elementary (CBS), creator and star of the web-series: “It’s Not Okay, Cupid” (Glamour.com). Proud LaGuardia Arts and Vassar alum. Incredibly grateful to Stone Manners Salners, Telsey & Co. and Ann Kelly. For Paulie and Dubdub. Lillicooper.com
Brian Ray NorrisEugene Krabs
BRIAN RAY NORRIS (Eugene Krabs) is thrilled to be making his Broadway debut in SpongeBob SquarePants. Off Broadway audiences have recently seen him at the Davenport Theatre in A Dog Story as Guy Lassiter III. He toured North America in The National Company of Mamma Mia! and appeared regionally in Yale Rep’s production of Assassins and The Old Globe Theatre Co’s production of Paul Gordon’s Sense & Sensibility as Lord Middleton. Brian recently filmed an episode of “Law & Order SVU” and was featured in Soho Film Festival’s Landing Up as Tom.
Danny SkinnerPatrick Star
DANNY SKINNER (Patrick Star) is excited to be making his Broadway debut as Patrick Star in SpongeBob SquarePants. Off-Broadway: Pluck the Day (Inaugural Season of The Araca Project); Film: Allison Clemens; Web Series: “New Mayor of New York”, “Professional Friend”. He holds a BFA from Syracuse University.
WESLEY TAYLORSheldon Plankton
WESLEY TAYLOR (Sheldon Plankton). Broadway: original cast of The Addams Family; original cast of Rock of Ages (Theatre World Award, OCC Nomination). Second Stage: Little Miss Sunshine. Denver Center: An Act of God. Signature Theatre: Cabaret. American Conservatory Theater: Tales of the City. TV: ‘Bobby’ on “Smash,” “The Good Wife,” “The Tomorrow People,” “One Life to Live,” “Looking,” “I’m Dying up Here,” “Difficult People.” Taylor is the Co-Creator/Writer/Star of “Indoor Boys,” (HuffPost/Vimeo) “It Could Be Worse,” (Hulu/Pivot Tv/Vimeo), “Billy Green” (YouTube). BFA: North Carolina School of the Arts.
BRANDON ESPINOZAPatchy the Pirate, Plankton Dancer, Sardine Corps, Ensemble; u/s Plankton
BRANDON ESPINOZA (Patchy the Pirate, Plankton Dancer, Sardine Corps, Ensemble; u/s Plankton) made his Broadway debut at age 10 on this very stage! Broadway: Tuck Everlasting, Gypsy. Off-Broadway: Scarcity (Atlantic Theater Company), Substitution (Playwrights Realm), Tea and Sympathy (Keen Company). Regional: A View From the Bridge (Dir. Ivo van Hove, Goodman Theatre), The Way Of The World (Dir./Writer Theresa Rebeck, Folger Theater). Thanks to the Espinoza fam, Lauralyn, Sinclair Management and Abrams Artists for their unwavering support.
Alex GibsonSwing; u/s Squidward
ALEX GIBSON (Swing; u/s Squidward). Broadway: …the Great Comet. Other NY/Regional: Pirates of Penzance (Barrington Stage Company), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Guthrie Theater), Adele: Live in New York City (NBC), “Bombshell in Concert.” Graduate of NYU Tisch’s New Studio on Broadway. IG: @alexgibby AlexGibsonOnline.com
GAELEN GILLILANDThe Mayor, Ensemble
GAELEN GILLILAND (The Mayor, Ensemble) is pleased to be back in Bikini Bottom managing its citizens after appearing with it last summer in Chicago. Broadway: Wicked, Legally Blonde (OBC), 9 to 5 (OBC), Honeymoon in Vegas (OBC), Kinky Boots. Readings/Workshops/Pre-Broadway: Legally Blonde, Allegiance, Honeymoon in Vegas, Finding Neverland, Moonshine, Dave. Tours: The Addams Family (Alice), Seussical (Mayzie). GaelenGilliland.com
JULIANE GODFREYDance Captain, Swing
JULIANE GODFREY (Dance Captain, Swing). 1st National Tour: Something Rotten (US Bea/Ensemble). Pre-Broadway: The SpongeBob Musical (DC/Swing). NY/Regional: Workshops of Disney’s Frozen; Irving Berlin’s Top Hat; Holiday Inn (Goodspeed/Muny); Volleygirls (Katie, NYMF “Best of Fest”); and many more at Goodspeed, Arena Stage, Paper Mill Playhouse, Sacramento Music Circus, Stages St. Louis, Depot Theatre, & the John W. Engeman. VO: The Peculiar Adventures of Willow B. Star (Pilot). julianegodfrey.com.
KYLE MATTHEW HAMILTONBFF, Electric Skate, Ensemble
KYLE MATTHEW HAMILTON (BFF, Electric Skate, Ensemble) is a professional freestyle skateboarder and sponsored by SHUT skateboards (shutnyc.com). TV/FILM: “iCarly,” Sudden Death! The Musical, “Wonderama,” The Skateboarding Globetrotter, Kensho at the Bedfellow. STAGE: Scooby-Doo Live! (Egypt), Edges: A Song Cycle, RIGHTEOUS: The Skateboard Play. Radical Broadway debut! Thanks to family, friends, and skateboarding! kylematthewhamilton.com
CURTIS HOLBROOKElectric Skate, Ensemble; u/s SpongeBob
CURTIS HOLBROOK (Electric Skate, Ensemble; u/s SpongeBob). Broadway: If/Then, West Side Story, Xanadu, All Shook Up, The Addams Family, The Boy From Oz, Taboo, Follies, Fosse, Footloose. Off-Broadway: Saved, Frog Kiss, Radiant Baby. Film/TV: Hairspray, Across the Universe, “Nurse Jackie,” “Smash,” “Law and Order: SVU.”
STEPHANIE HSUKaren the Computer, Ensemble
STEPHANIE HSU (Karen the Computer, Ensemble) can’t wait to share the wacky, beautiful world of Bikini Bottom! Select TV/Film Credits: “Set It Up” (Upcoming), Hulu’s “The Path” (Season 1 – 3), “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” “Girl Code.” Stephanie originated the role of Christine Canigula in the “Be More Chill” musical (Two River, Sh-K-Boom & Ghostlight Records) and has performed throughout New York at The Public, Ensemble Studio Theater, Ars Nova and more. Follow @hsulace, StephHsu.com for more.
JESSE JP JOHNSONSwing; u/s SpongeBob, Mr. Krabs
JESSE JP JOHNSON(Swing; u/s SpongeBob, Mr. Krabs) is stoked to be under the sea with his fellow fish in Bikini Bottom. Coming straight from Wicked on Broadway, he could have also been seen as Boq on the 1st national tour of Wicked. Other B’way/NY credits: 9 to 5, Grease (Doody), Xanadu, Glory Days (Jack), Altar Boyz (Luke) and a recurring role in OLTL. He is also a singer/songwriter and has released an EP on iTunes (see website below). Much love to Penny, the J Mob, Jack, Pip and Drew. jessejjams.com
L’OGAN J’ONESElectric Skate, Ensemble
L’OGAN J’ONES (Electric Skate, Ensemble) is totally pumped to make his Broadway debut playing in Bikini Bottom! A graduate of the University of Michigan, L’ogan has been seen performing at theaters around the U.S. such as the MUNY, PCLO, and TUTS. Thanks to everyone who helped make this dream come true!
JAI’LEN CHRISTINE LI JOSEYPearl Krabs, Ensemble
JAI’LEN CHRISTINE LI JOSEY (Pearl Krabs, Ensemble) an 18-year old Atlanta, GA native, is thrilled and grateful to be making her Broadway debut in SpongeBob SquarePants. Jai’Len is a proud winner of the 2014 Jimmy Awards. Her television credit includes: Tyler Perry’s “Love Thy Neighbor.” Love and thanks to my family, Broadway Dreams, Abrams, BW and everyone who has supported me on unbelievable journey.
KELVIN MOON LOHPerch Perkins, Ensemble
KELVIN MOON LOH (Perch Perkins, Ensemble) most recently appeared in Classic Stage Company’s revival of Pacific Overtures (dir. John Doyle). On Broadway, Kelvin appeared in revivals of The King and I (Lincoln Center) and Side Show. He created the role of the DJ in the critically acclaimed Here Lies Love (Public Theater) and toured with the 1st National Tour of Green Day’s American Idiot. KelvinMoon.com Follow @KelvinMoonLoh
LAURALYN McCLELLANDSardine Corps, Ensemble
LAURALYN McCLELLAND (Sardine Corps, Ensemble) is beyond excited to be creating nautical nonsense in Bikini Bottom! Broadway credits: Grease, West Side Story, Rock of Ages, Matilda, Sunset Boulevard. OCU graduate.
VASTHY MOMPOINTSecurity Guard, BFF, Plankton Dancer, Ensemble; u/s Sandy
VASTHY MOMPOINT (Security Guard, BFF, Plankton Dancer, Ensemble; u/s Sandy) is excited to join the company of SpongeBob SquarePants. She may or may not be a super fan (She is). Original Broadway Credits include: Good Vibrations, Hot Feet, Mary Poppins, Ghost, Soul Doctor and Rocky.
ONEIKA PHILLIPSPlankton Dancer, Sardine Corps, Ensemble
ONEIKA PHILLIPS (Plankton Dancer, Sardine Corps, Ensemble). Called “The first Grenadian woman on Broadway…” Oneika’s Broadway credits include the Tony Award-winning FELA!, Amazing Grace (The Musical), and assistant to the choreographer on the critically acclaimed Violet. She found her voice as Anita in the 50th Anniversary International Tour of Jerome Robbins’ West Side Story, nominated for The West End’s Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival, winning the Theatergoer’s Choice Award in the same category.
JC SCHUSTERSecurity Guard, Old Man Jenkins, Ensemble; u/s Squidward
JC SCHUSTER (Security Guard, Old Man Jenkins, Ensemble; u/s Squidward). JC is Texas born and thrilled to be back with SpongeBob after its Chicago debut. Credits Broadway: Fiddler on the Roof, Soul Doctor. Off Broadway: A.R.T. Finding Neverland. TV: “Nurse Jackie,” “Glee,” “Gossip Girl.” Choreography: “O.I.T.N.B.” Season 3 Ep.2. Film: Annie, Madonna (music video). Love to my Family and Fiancée.
ABBY C. SMITHMrs. Puff, Ensemble
ABBY C. SMITH (Mrs. Puff, Ensemble). Off-Broadway: My Big Gay Italian Wedding. Regional: Madame Thenardier in Les Misérables, Mazeppa in Gypsy. TV: “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” “Orange is the New Black,” “Search Party.” Film: Something Blue. abbycsmith.com
ROBERT TAYLOR JR.BFF, Plankton Dancer, Sardine Corps, Ensemble
ROBERT TAYLOR JR. (BFF, Plankton Dancer, Sardine Corps, Ensemble) was introduced into the arts by his dad Bobby “Tboy” Taylor, Elizabeth Buzzetta-Palmeri, Pat Conlon Levine, John Goring, & Larry Ramsey. Robert was in “So You Think You Can Dance” and made it to the top 16. Other credits – “American Idol” (Season 3), MTV’s “Say What? Karaoke,” Kat DeLuna’s “Whine Up” music video, the national tour of Hairspray.
ALLAN K. WASHINGTONLarry the Lobster, Ensemble; u/s Plankton
ALLAN K. WASHINGTON (Larry the Lobster, Ensemble; u/s Plankton). Off-Broadway: A Man’s A Man (Classic Stage Company). Regional: The Most Beautiful Room in New York (Long Wharf Theatre), The SpongeBob Musical (Oriental Theatre, Chicago), Verdi’s Aida (Glimmerglass), The Flying Dutchman (Hawaii Opera Theatre). International: The Music Man (Royal Opera House of Muscat, Oman) Training: University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
BRYNN WILLIAMSSwing; u/s Sandy
BRYNN WILLIAMS (Swing; u/s Sandy) made her Broadway debut in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and since then has been featured in the original Broadway casts of In My Life, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, 13 (Cassie), and Bye Bye Birdie (Ursula). Most recent appearances include Freedom Riders (Diane Nash) at the Acorn Theatre, and Off-Broadway in David Bowie’s Lazarus.
MATT WOODSwing; u/s Patrick, Mr. Krabs
MATT WOOD (Swing; u/s Patrick, Mr. Krabs). Broadway Debut! Matt couldn’t be more thrilled to work with this incredible cast and creative team on bringing to life some of the most influential characters/after-school TV friends of his formative years. Recent theater roles include Roger in Grease! (Paper Mill) and Luther Billis in South Pacific (Engeman). TV appearances include “Law and Order SVU,” Hulu’s “Difficult People,” “The Michael J. Fox Show,” and the upcoming CBS drama “Instinct.”
KYLE JARROW (Book) is a writer and musician who creates work for the stage, film and television. He is creator and executive producer of the TV series “Valor,” streaming now on Netflix. His digital series “Lost Generation” (with music by Duncan Sheik) is now streaming on Verizon’s go90 platform. Kyle’s plays include A Very Merry Unauthorized Children’s Scientology Pageant (Obie Award), The Wildness (Lortel Award nominee), Whisper House (now playing in London), Noir, Love Kills and Hostage Song. Kyle penned the film Armless, which was an official selection of the Sundance Film Festival. In addition to his writing work, he leads the rock band Sky-Pony with his wife Lauren Worsham. Their debut album Beautiful Monster is available from Knitting Factory Records. More info on Kyle at kylejarrow.com.
TOM KITT (Composer/Arranger/Orchestrator/Music Supervisor) received the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama as well as two Tony Awards for Best Score and Best Orchestrations for Next to Normal. Other composing credits: If/Then (Tony Nom.,); High Fidelity; Bring it On, The Musical; Disney’s Freaky Friday; and The Winter’s Tale, All’s Well That Ends Well, and Cymbeline (The Public’s NYSF); Tom is the music supervisor for the new NBC drama, “Rise,” and was responsible for the music supervision, arrangements and orchestrations for “Grease Live!” and Green Day’s American Idiot on Broadway. His work with Green Day also includes additional arrangements for their Grammy Award-winning album 21st Century Breakdown and their album trilogy, ¡Uno! ¡Dos! ¡Tré! Tom received an Emmy Award as co-writer (with Lin-Manuel Miranda) for the 2013 Tony Award opening number, “Bigger.” Other television songwriting credits include “Royal Pains,” “Penny Dreadful,” and “Sesame Street.” As an arranger and orchestrator, credits include all three Pitch Perfect films, 2Cellos featuring Lang Lang (“Live and Let Die”), “The Kennedy Center Honors,” Everyday Rapture, Laugh Whore, Pippin (Deaf West), and These Paper Bullets.
CHRISTOPHER GATTELLI (Choreographer) was awarded the 2012 Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards for his choreography in Newsies. Broadway (choreographer): The King & I (Tony nomination), South Pacific (Tony and Outer Critics Circle nominations), My Fair Lady, War Paint, Amazing Grace, Casa Valentina, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Sunday in the Park With George, Godspell, The Ritz, Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, 13, High Fidelity. Off- Broadway: Dogfight (Lortel Award), Altar Boyz (Lortel Award, Callaway Award, Drama Desk Nom.), Bat Boy: The Musical (Lortel Award), 10 Million Miles, Adrift in Maco, tick,tick…BOOM!, I Love You Because. West End/London: South Pacific, Sunday in the Park with George, tick, tick…BOOM! National/International
TINA LANDAU (Conceiver & Director) is a writer and director, and an ensemble member at Steppenwolf Theatre Company where numerous productions include The Wheel, The Brother/Sister Plays, The Tempest, The Time of Your Life, The Cherry Orchard, Ballad of Little Jo, and her own play Space (also Mark Taper Forum, NY’s Public Theatre.) Tina’s New York directing credits include Old Hats (also airing on PBS), Big Love, and Iphigenia 2.0 (all at Signature Theatre), A Civil War Christmas (New York Theatre Workshop), Wig Out and Dream True for which she also wrote Book and Lyrics (both Vineyard Theatre), In the Red and Brown Water, Saturn Returns, and Head of Passes (all at the Public), and Floyd Collins (Playwrights Horizons, Old Globe, Goodman) for which she also wrote Book and Additional Lyrics. On Broadway, Tina has directed the revival of Bells Are Ringing and Tracy Letts’ Superior Donuts. She teaches regularly in the U.S. and internationally, and has co-authored, with Anne Bogart, The Viewpoints Book.
DAVID ZINN (Scenic & Costume Design). Recent Broadway: costumes for A Doll’s House Part 2 (Tony nomination), set design for Present Laughter and The Humans (Tony award), and sets and costume for Amelie, Fun Home (Tony nomination) and The Last Ship. Other shows include Airline Highway (Tony nomination), Rocky, Other Desert Cities, Good People, In the Next Room… (Tony nomination) and Xanadu. Recent Off-Broadway includes set design for Hamlet (Public Theater), costume design for Othello (NYTW), and set and costume designs for The Flick, and Circle Mirror Transformation, and Dogfight. Also Shakespeare in the Park, Manhattan Theatre Club, Signature, Roundabout, Elevator Repair Service and Target Margin. Around the country his work as been seen at Steppenwolf, Center Theatre Group, ART, La Jolla Playhouse, Berkeley Rep, Yale Rep, Guthrie Theater, Lyric Opera of Chicago, New York City Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Los Angeles Opera and San Francisco Opera.
KEVIN ADAMS (Lighting Design) Four time Tony winner Kevin Adams has designed Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Tony and Outer Critics Award), American Idiot (Tony Award), Spring Awakening (Tony Award; Olivier nom for the West End production), Next To Normal (Tony nom), The 39 Steps (Tony and Drama Desk Awards), Hair (Tony nom), Man And Boy, Everyday Rapture, Passing Strange, Take Me Out, A Class Act, Hedda Gabler with Kate Burton, solo shows by Eve Ensler and John Leguizamo. Off-Broadway: the original production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, The Scottsboro Boys, Rent, Carrie, new work by Edward Albee, Eric Bogosian, Christopher Durang, Richard Greenberg, Tony Kushner, Terrence McNally, Neil Simon, Anna Deveare Smith and Paula Vogel. Also Rigoletto at the Metropolitan Opera, Steppenwolf Theatre, Yale Rep, Berkeley Rep, Donmar Warehouse, Encores!, Mildred Pierce (HBO), Audra McDonald in concert (Town Hall, Joe’s Pub, Lincoln Center), staged concerts featuring Patti Lupone (Gypsy, Candide, Anyone Can Whistle, Sunday in the Park with George and Regina) and Blue Man Group in Las Vegas and the Hollywood Bowl. For his work off-Broadway he has received an Obie for sustained excellence and two Lucille Lortel awards.
PETER NIGRINI (Projection Design). Broadway: Dear Evan Hansen, Amelie, A Dolls House Part 2, An Act of God, The Heidi Chronicles, The Best Man, Fela!, 9 to 5. Elsewhere: Grounded and Here Lies Love (Public Theatre), Wakey Wakey, (Signature), Real Enemies (BAM Next Wave), Don Giovanni (Santa Fe Opera), The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity (2nd Stage), Notes from Underground (Yale Rep), The Grace Jones Hurricane Tour, Blind Date (Bill T. Jones). He is also one of the founders of Nature Theatre of Oklahoma and designs every aspect of their productions which include, No Dice, and Life & Times (Burgtheater, Vienna). Currently: Lucia di Lammermoor (Santa Fe Opera), Ain’t Too Proud, The Temptations (Berkeley Rep).
Walter Trarbach (Sound Design). Broadway: The Farnsworth Invention, Cymbeline. As a Partner in SCK Sound Design, his Credits include: Doctor Zhivago and The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, and Ain’t Too Proud. Other Designs: Queen of the Mist, I Am Anne Hutchinson/I Am Harvey Milk, The Man in the Ceiling, The Tin Pan Alley Rag, Becky Shaw, Measure for Pleasure, Farragut North, I Love You Because, Love, Loss, and What I Wore, and Mr. Marmalade. Associate Sound Designs: Catch Me If You Can, Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill (Tony Award), Jesus Christ Superstar, Hands on a Hardbody (Drama Desk Award), and Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots. Regional: La Jolla Playhouse, Huntington Theatre Company, The Fifth Avenue, Williamstown Theatre Festival, DC’s Shakespeare Theatre Company, Bay Street Theatre. Walter is married to photographer Kimberly Witham.
Billboard Magazine’s Gospel Artist of the last decade, Yolanda Adams is a 5 time Grammy Award winning artist who believes that her music heals. Not only is Yolanda a phenomenal vocalist, she is the host of the award winning, nationally syndicated radio show “The Yolanda Adams Morning Show”. A renaissance lady, she is an author Points of Power, designer of a coffee line Yolanda Adams coffee, and bath & body products line, Simply Yolanda. Most of all she is a proud mom. (www.YolandaAdamslive.com) Twitter/IG: YolandaAdams
Steven Tyler & Joe Perry of Aerosmith
As members of AEROSMITH–America’s Greatest Rock & Roll Band–the songwriting team of Steven Tyler and Joe Perry have sold more than 150 million albums worldwide and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They are the recipients of countless awards including four Grammys, eight American Music Awards, six Billboard Awards, 12 MTV Video Music Awards and an Emmy, among many other honors. In 2013 Tyler and Perry were awarded with the Founder’s Award at the ASCAP Pop Awards and inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame. With scores of multi-platinum albums, AEROSMITH continues to inspire generations to get their wings, to get a grip and to just push play. It’s no wonder their songs remain relevant to this day and they’re one of the most beloved bands of all time.
Sara Bareilles first achieved mainstream critical praise in 2007 with her widely successful hit “Love Song,” which reached No. 1 in 22 countries around the world from her debut album Little Voice. Since then, Sara has gone on to receive six Grammy nominations, which include Song of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for “Love Song” and one Album of the Year for her highly acclaimed third studio album, The Blessed Unrest. Her book, Sounds Like Me: My Life (So Far) in Song, was released in the fall of 2015 by Simon & Schuster and is a New York Times best seller. Sara composed the music and lyrics for Waitress, in which she made her Broadway debut and received her first Tony Award nomination for Best Score and a 2017 Grammy Award nomination for Best Musical Theater Album. She also made her Broadway acting debut as the lead in Waitress for a limited engagement through June 11, 2017. “What’s Inside: Songs from Waitress,” her most recent solo studio album, is out on Epic Records. For more information, please visit sarabmusic.com.
Jonathan Coulton is from the Internet. While a struggling music industry fell to pieces over file sharing and shifting business models, he quietly and independently amassed a small army of techies, nerds, and dedicated superfans. His songs cover an eclectic range of subjects, from zombies and mad scientists to marriage and parenthood (and now, Spongebob!). You may know him from many things, including the songs from the Portal games, his work on the NPR quiz show “Ask Me Another,” or his annual comedy music cruise, the JoCo Cruise. His latest release is “Solid State,” a sci-fi concept album (with a companion graphic novel by Matt Fraction and Albert Monteys) about internet culture, trolls, and how love and empathy may yet keep the world from ending.
Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
Alexander Ebert is an award winning singer, songwriter, composer and front man of the popular folk—rock band Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros (and formerly of Ima Robot). In 2014, he won the Golden Globe for Best Original Score to J.C. Chandor’s film All Is Lost starring Robert Redford. He followed that up by scoring Chandor’s next film A Most Violent Year. Additionally, he scored the Oscar winning Disney animated short Feast. Ebert was born in Los Angeles in 1978 and currently resides in New Orleans, LA. In 2011, he released his first solo album as Alexander. After the success of the band’s 4th studio album, PersonA; Alex Ebert has recently released ‘Broken Record’. This is the first song off his latest solo project.
The Flaming Lips
The Flaming Lips are an American rock band, formed in Norman, OK., in 1983. Melodically, their sound contains lush, multi-layered, psychedelic rock arrangements. Lyrically, their compositions have elements of space rock, including unusual song and album titles. They are acclaimed for their elaborate live shows, which feature costumes, balloons, puppets, video projections, complex stage light configurations, giant hands, large amounts of confetti, and frontman Wayne Coyne’s signature man-sized plastic bubble, in which he traverses the audience. Q magazine named The Flaming Lips one of the “50 bands to see before you die”. The group has garnered three Grammy Awards, including two for Best Rock Instrumental Performance.
With a new sense of history and possibilities, Lady Antebellum’s sixth studio album HEART BREAK, had Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott on a new mission — setting aside time to put themselves in new surroundings, and concentrate on writing and exploring musical endeavors with no distractions. With busbee in the producer’s chair, the trio had a hand in writing eleven songs on HEART BREAK, resulting in their most intimate and heartfelt work to date. The new music follows more than 18 million units, nine No. One hits, ACM and CMA “Vocal Group of the Year” trophies three years in a row, and countless other honors including Billboard Music Awards, People’s Choice Awards and Teen Choice Awards. This week Lady Antebellum also received a 2017 CMT Awards nomination for Group Video of the Year for the lyric video for “You Look Good.” For more information about new music and upcoming tour dates, visit ladyantebellum.com.
Lauper is a Grammy, Emmy and Tony Award-winning (Kinky Boots) artist who, after 30 sterling years and global record sales in excess of 50 million albums. With her first album, She’s So Unusual, Lauper won a Grammy Award for Best New Artist and became the first female in history to have four top-five singles from a debut album. Since then, Lauper has released ten additional studio albums and was recently inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Overall, during her storied music career, Lauper has been nominated for 15 Grammy Awards, two American Music Awards, seven American Video Awards and 18 MTV Awards.
Ohio-born Legend is a critically acclaimed, multi-award winning, platinum-selling singer-songwriter. His work has garnered him nine Grammy Awards, an Academy Award®, a Golden Globe Award, the BET Award for Best New Artist and the special Starlight Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame, among others. Most recently, Legend won his first Academy Award, first Golden Globe Award, and won the 2015 Critic’s Choice Award for his song “Glory,” that he wrote and performed with Common, for the film Selma.
Panic! at the Disco
Award-winning internationally acclaimed rock band Panic! At The Disco released their latest album, Death Of A Bachelor, in January 2016. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, with their single “Victorious” debuting at No. 1 on iTunes Top Songs, iTunes Alternative Songs, and Billboard and Twitter’s Trending 140 charts just hours after its release. The platinum-certified album was nominated for “Best Rock Album” at this year’s Grammys, was the #4 biggest selling album released in 2016 just behind Drake, Beyonce, and Rihanna respectively, and has amassed over 500 million streams. Most recently, the band is coming off their headline Death Of A Bachelor Tour which sold out arenas across the U.S. including NYC (Madison Square Garden), Chicago (Allstate Arena), LA (The Forum), and many more.
Plain White T’s
Hailing from the suburbs of Chicago, the punk-pop outfit Plain White T’s began taking shape in 1997, a full ten years before the acoustic ballad “Hey There Delilah” made them Grammy-nominated stars. “Hey There Delilah” topped the charts in ten different countries and helped jump-start sales of their album, Every Second Counts. Plain White T’s received two Grammy nominations for the song, and the band returned in 2008 with Big Bad World, featuring the band’s usual mix of spunky energy and pop/rock craft. The band returned to action with the 2013 EP Should’ve Gone to Bed before delivering the full-length American Nights in April 2015. Plain White T’s recently resigned to Fearless Records and they are back in the studio working on a new album. “Land of the Living” is the first track to be released by Fearless Records this year, and there is more new music to come.
They Might Be Giants
From Brooklyn, New York, They Might Be Giants have been performing together for 33 years and drink more coffee than most. They have made some albums and won some awards. They are presenting a brand new, top quality song every week at their web site, DialASong.com.
Never one to march behind anyone else, rapper/songwriter/producer T.I. has crafted a standard-setting career that includes three Grammy Awards and status as a hip-hop icon. His distinct flow and lyrical skills drew widespread national attention with 2003’s Trap Muzik. His eight-album catalog includes three consecutive No. 1 debuts on the Billboard 200 (2006’s King, 2007’s T.I. vs. T.I.P. and 2008’s Paper Trail). His most recent album was 2012’s “Trouble Man: Heavy Is the Head. The rapper also counts a string of hit singles, among them “Bring ‘Em Out,” “What You Know,” “Whatever You Like,” “Live Your Life” featuring Rihanna and “Dead and Gone” featuring Justin Timberlake. His multi-platinum tally includes a total of four Billboard Hot 100 No. 1’s plus sales of more than 30 million singles and 14 million albums.
DAVID BOWIE (1947-2016): David Bowie’s first hit was the song “Space Oddity” in 1969. The original pop chameleon, Bowie became a science-fiction character for his breakout Ziggy Stardust album. He later co-wrote “Fame” with John Lennon, which became his first American #1 single. An accomplished actor, Bowie starred in The Man Who Fell to Earth, in 1976. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996. Driven by an entirely deeper dynamic than most pop artists, Bowie inhabits a very special world of extraordinary sounds and endless vision. In 2013, it was announced that the David Bowie Archive had given unprecedented access to the prestigious Victoria and Albert Museum for David Bowie is…., an exhibition to be curated solely by the V&A in London. Marking the first time a museum has been given access to the David Bowie Archive, the exhibition has gone on to break records in the US, Berlin and France. David Bowie is…. will continue to tour the world for the foreseeable future.