LORENZO PUGLIESESpongeBob SquarePants
LORENZO PUGLIESE (SpongeBob SquarePants) is incredibly grateful to be making his touring debut in The SpongeBob Musical just months after his graduation from the University of the Arts! Regional credits include The Two Gentleman of Verona (Ensemble), Damn Yankees (Postmaster/Ensemble), and Footloose (Ren McCormack). Lorenzo can’t believe he gets paid to pretend he is SpongeBob. He is forever indebted to his friends and family for their unwavering love and support. He also wants you to follow him on Instagram. Or not. Lorenzo wants you to do what makes you happy. He’s going to leave it here just in case. IG: lorenzo_m_pugliese
BEAU BRADSHAWPatrick Star
BEAU BRADSHAW (Patrick Star) is thrilled to be a part of the first national tour of The SpongeBob Musical. He would like to thank Tina, Stewart/Whitley, the entire cast & crew, and his agents at SW Artists. Much love to his Mom, Dad, Ben and his fiancée Amanda. Point Park Graduate. @thebeaubradshaw www.beaubradshaw.com
DARIA PILAR REDUSSandy Cheeks
DARIA PILAR REDUS (Sandy Cheeks) is thrilled to be embarking on her first National Tour! Regional credits: Aida (Nehebka/Aida US), Big River at the Utah Shakespeare Festival (Ensemble), Avenue Q at Weathervane Playhouse (Gary Coleman), and the world premiere of ReParable at the Smith Center (Narrator). She received her BFA in Acting from Otterbein University in 2018. Love and thanks to my beautiful family, friends, and Danny at Hudson Artists Agency.
CODY COOLEYSquidward Q Tentacles
CODY COOLEY (Squidward Q Tentacles) Holds a B.A. in Acting from Rider University. Past credits: Guys and Dolls (Arizona Broadway); Showboat, Grease (Prather Productions); Crazy For You (Post Playhouse); Shrek The Musical (Forestburgh Playhouse); Wizard of Oz (Toby’s Dinner Theatre); Metamorphoses (Rider University). Hear his music on Spotify or iTunes. @playitcooley codycooley.com
ZACH KONONOVEugene Krabs
ZACH KONONOV (Eugene Krabs) is ecstatic to be a resident of Bikini Bottom! Previous credits include premiering a new production of Beauty and the Beast (Lefou) for Disney Cruise Lines, the national tour of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (Grandpa Who), That Golden Girls Show! (Stan) and 50 Shades! The Musical (Christian Cover) Off-Broadway. Endless thanks to my family, friends, HCKR and everyone involved in bringing this magical production to life. @Zachkononov
TRISTAN MCINTYRESheldon Plankton
TRISTAN MCINTYRE (Sheldon Plankton) is an actor, dancer, and singer from Los Angeles, CA. He accidentally graduated a year early from the USC School of Dramatic Arts this past spring. Regional: Cabaret (Celebration Theatre), Modern: A New Musical (LiveRead@SDA). Film: Sunday Morning, Fish Tank. Three-time JRAY award winner and recipient of the John Ritter Memorial Award. Thanks to Stewart/Whitley Casting, Meghan Schumacher Management, teachers, mentors, family, friends, and the incredible cast and creative team of Bikini Bottom. Follow his adventures: @tristanmcintyre.
JOSHUA BESSElectric Skate, Ensemble
JOSHUA BESS (Electric Skate, Ensemble) As a long-time fan of SpongeBob, Joshua could not be more excited to share this story across the USA! Also being able to do his two favorite things: acting and skateboarding! Recent credits: RENT 20th Anniversary Tour (Roger), Righteous: The Skateboard Play (Kevin), and Next to Normal (Gabe). All the love to my family and friends and to all of YOU! Enjoy! @joshuabess
MORGAN BLANCHARDPatchy The Pirate, Ensemble
MORGAN BLANCHARD (Patchy The Pirate, Ensemble) is thrilled to be heading right back out on tour after spending this past year on the road with The Sound of Music. Regional: Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, New London Barn Playhouse, Kitchen Theatre, Ogunquit Playhouse, Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre, and the New Bedford Festival Theatre. Ithaca College BFA 2018. Now is not the time to stay quiet, speak up and fight back! IG @morganblanchard
JOHN CARDENAS (Swing) is head over fins to be touring with The Spongebob Musical. Tour: Fiddler on the Roof (Fiddler). NYC: Sondheimʼs 80th B-Day (Carnegie Hall), Brad Knows Nothing, Cadaver Synod (NYMF). Regional: Comedy of Errors (Shakespeare Theatre Co, DC), Guys & Dolls (Nathan Detroit), Hello Dolly! (Barnaby), and Shrek (Pinocchio). Eternal gratitude to ATB, Stewart/Whitley Casting, The SpongeBob Team, and Dad! “Mom, you have the best seat in the house.” IG: johnnie_321
NATALIE L. CHAPMANMrs. Puff, Ensemble
NATALIE L. CHAPMAN (Mrs. Puff, Ensemble) is excited and humbled to be making her debut with The SpongeBob Musical! She’s performed in 3fifths (Ensemble), Once on this Island (Mama Euralie), The Idiot (Mrs. Yepanchin,) Madame Zeroni (Holes), and graduated with her BFA from Ohio University. She wants to thank the incredible team at Avalon Artist Group for this opportunity and her family and friends for their love and support! @nat_chat
RICHIE DUPKINPerch Perkins, Ensemble
RICHIE DUPKIN (Perch Perkins, Ensemble) is stoked to be making his National Tour debut as a part of Bikini Bottom! Richie is an NYC based actor/singer and Long Island native. Regional credits: I Love….Now Change (Man 1), Pippi Longstocking (Thunder), The Skin of Our Teeth (Tremayne/Various), The Happy Elf (Eubie) and Little Shop of Horrors (u/s Seymour). Hofstra B.F.A. 2017. Endless love and thanks to Mom & Dad, my pals, Tina and the entire SpongeBob team. Follow along at @richiedupkin and richiedupkin.com.
TEDDY GALES (Swing) is thrilled to be joining Bikini Bottom for his first National Tour. Recent credits include A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Marcus Lycus). Big shout out to my loving family and my best everything SB.
STEPHEN C. KALLASOld Man Jenkins, Ensemble
STEPHEN C. KALLAS (Old Man Jenkins, Ensemble) is excited to cannonball into Bikini Bottom! Regional Credits: KCStarlight’s Wizard of OZ (Crow/Flying Jitterbug), Fireside Theatre’s Newsies (Davey), ABT’s Catch Me If You Can (u/s Frank Abagnale Jr), Wagner College Theatre Alum. For PCRM. StephenCKallas; StephenCKallas.com
MÉAMI MASZEWSKIPearl Krabs, Ensemble
MÉAMI MASZEWSKI (Pearl Krabs, Ensemble) is honored to be playing PEARL. SpongeBob SquarePants was among her favorite childhood cartoons. The captivating powerhouse was last seen in UFOMT’s Newsies, starring as Medda Larkin. She is a graduate of PCPA c/o 2017. Méami is ecstatic to be playing alongside this talented cast. Some of her credits include The Hunchback of Notredame (Esmeralda), Mamma Mia (Ali), Freaky Friday, The Crucible (Tituba), and Lend Me A Tenor The Musical (Anna).
Other Theaters: SLO Rep, The All Night Strutt. Other: Kiss Me Kate (Lilli Vanessi/Kate).
STEFAN MILLERElectric Skate, Ensemble
STEFAN MILLER (Electric Skate, Ensemble) is thrilled to join the first national tour of The SpongeBob Musical! National tour: Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (swing.) Regional: Tenor by Night (Mike), Oklahoma! (Will). Training: MFA in Vocal Performance – UC Irvine, BM from University of the Pacific. Big thanks to his agents Todd and Bob! Love to friends and family, MD, and of course mana Darga! @baritonestef
MARY NICKSON (Swing). National Tour Debut! Regional: Drowsy Chaperone (Trix, Peninsula Players), Sister Act (Deloris, Gundlach Theatre), Romeo and Juliet (Nurse, Redhouse Arts Center). Eternal love to Mom and Zoe, and to her mentors and confidantes! Elon BFA ’18. Roster Proud.
NYA NOEMI (Ensemble, u/s Sandy Cheeks) is excited to dive into the world of Bikini Bottom for her first national tour! NYC based performer with Floridian roots and an undeniable love for all things SpongeBob. Credits: Wendell & Pan (Kayla, Off-off Broadway), Hairspray (Lil’ Inez, Regional). AMDA Alumni. Love and besitos to her family, friends, and mentors for their support! Instagram: @nya_noemi
DORIAN O’BRIENLarry the Lobster, Ensemble
DORIAN O’BRIEN (Larry the Lobster, Ensemble). Thank you to all my friends and family for their magical support! Regional: West Side Story (Bernardo), In The Heights (Ensemble; u/s Piragua Guy), The Boys Next Door (Lucien P. Smith), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Ensemble). Commercial: “Emergen-C”, “Suave”, “Babyganics”, “UNO”. dorianobrien.com @dorian.obrien
CAITLIN ORTKaren the Computer, Ensemble
CAITLIN ORT (Karen the Computer, Ensemble), is thrilled to be in the 1st National Tour of The SpongeBob Musical! She received a BFA in Musical Theater from Ithaca College. Previous credits include National Tours: Elf (Deb U/S), A Charlie Brown Christmas (Frieda). Regional: The Merry Wives of Windsor (Mistress Ford), Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery (Actress 1) at Theater at Monmouth. Ragtime (Evelyn Nesbit U/S), Show Boat (Kim Ravenal), How to Succeed… (Hedy LaRue U/S) at Utah Festival Opera, South Pacific (Ensemble) at Texas Family Musicals, Jesus Christ Superstar (Ensemble) at Bristol Riverside Theater. www.caitlinort.com – @caitlingort
ELLE-MAY PATTERSONSardine, Ensemble
ELLE-MAY PATTERSON (Sardine, Ensemble) was born and raised in Sydney, Australia, completed her Honors degree for Musical Theatre in Singapore, and has been living and working in New York City for the past four years. Recent credits include: A Chorus Line, Mamma Mia!, Grand Hotel, Anything Goes, Cabaret, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Elton John’s ‘Life Ball’ in Vienna, Austria, The MTV Video Music Awards, and The World Mobile Congress in Barcelona, Spain. Elle May is excited and grateful to be travelling this amazing country with SpongeBob and all his friends!
HELEN REGULAThe Mayor, Ensemble
HELEN REGULA (The Mayor, Ensemble) is thrilled to be performing in The SpongeBob Musical National Tour! Past credits include ELF the Musical National Tour (Ensemble, u/s Emily), The Little Mermaid (Ursula), and Footloose (Rusty). Thank you to the people at The Luedtke Agency for always having my back. A special thank you to my family and friends for all their support. Never forget, Smitty Werbenjagermanjensen, he was #1! Texas State University: BFA Musical Theatre. Website: helenregula.com, Instagram: @hregula03
SYDNEY SIMONESardine, Ensemble
SYDNEY SIMONE (Sardine, Ensemble) is excited to be making her National tour debut in Bikini Bottom! Regional: Ragtime (Eagle Theatre), Hello Dolly, Mamma Mia, The Wedding Singer (CSTC). She’d like to thank Nickelodeon, everyone at SpongeBob, Stewart/Whitley and her friends and family for their love and support! BFA in Physical Theatre from Coastal Carolina University. @sydney.simone76, sydneyssimone.com
AYANA STRUTZSardine, Ensemble
AYANA STRUTZ (Sardine, Ensemble). Chicago credits: The Music Man (Goodman Theatre), A Chorus Line (Porchlight Music Theatre). Regional credits: “Charlotte” in Charlotte’s Web (Arden Theatre Company), Pippin (Skylight Music Theatre), A Chorus Line (Short North Stage), Legally Blonde, Hairspray, The King and I, Crazy For You (Diamond Head Theatre). Chicago girl raised in Hawaii. Thanks and love to my family and Jon! ayanastrutz.com @circuspeanut808
MILES DAVIS TILLMANElectric Skate, Ensemble
MILES DAVIS TILLMAN (Electric Skate, Ensemble) NYC: Arrowhead: The Musical (Logan), Bounce: The Basketball Opera (Ajax) with Ardea Arts. Regional: Mamma Mia (Ensemble) with Axelrod PAC & Bigfork Playhouse, Joseph… (Reuben) Seven Brides… (Daniel) with Bigfork Playhouse. Miles earned his BFA in Musical Theatre at Indiana University-Bloomington
RICO VELAZQUEZSardine, Ensemble
RICO VELAZQUEZ (Sardine, Ensemble) Born and raised in Chicago, IL. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville graduate (B.S. Theater and Dance) Dance Companies: Diavolo (Architecture In Motion) Regional credits: FAME (Tyrone Jackson), Hairspray (Duane) at the Norris Theater. Nat’l Tours: Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer The Musical (Ensemble). Television: Top Ten Finalist on America’s Got Talent (Diavolo) Thanks to my Parents, teachers, friends, and family for their continued love and support! @ricovelazquez
RACHEL WONG (Swing). From Hawaii to Bikini Bottom, Rachel’s thrilled to join this cast! Recently seen in South Pacific (Liat) at MGR Playhouse. International Tour: The Illusionists (Dancer), National Tour: PJ Masks, Live (Ninjalino/Dance Captain). Workshop: From Here to Eternity (Ensemble). BFA: Ithaca College. Eternal to love to my family! rachelwongsite.com, @rachel13wong
KYLE JARROW (Book) is a writer and musician who creates work for the stage, film and television. He created the TV series “Valor,” now streaming on Netflix, as well as the musical series “Lost Generation” with songs by Duncan Sheik. Kyle’s plays include A Very Merry Unauthorized Children’s Scientology Pageant (Obie Award), The Wildness (Lortel Award nominee), Whisper House, Noir, Love Kills and Hostage Song. Kyle penned the films Armless (an official selection of the Sundance Film Festival) and Saint Janet (streaming on Amazon Prime). In addition to his writing work, Kyle leads the rock band Sky-Pony with his wife Lauren Worsham. Their debut album Beautiful Monster is available from Knitting Factory Records. kylejarrow.com.
TOM KITT (Composer/Arranger/Orchestrator) received the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama as well as two Tony Awards for Best Score and Best Orchestrations for Next to Normal. He is also the composer of If/Then (Tony Nom.); High Fidelity (Broadway); Bring It On, The Musical (co-composer with Lin-Manuel Miranda, Broadway); Superhero (2nd Stage); Disney’s Freaky Friday (Stage Production and Original Disney Channel Movie Musical); Dave (Arena Stage); and The Winter’s Tale, All’s Well That Ends Well, and Cymbeline (The Public’s NYSF). As a music supervisor, arranger, and orchestrator, credits include SpongeBob Squarepants, The Musical (Tony Nom.); Head Over Heels; Jagged Little Pill; Grease Live!; Rise (NBC); and American Idiot. 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 Awards opening number, Bigger. Other Television Songwriting credits include the 2019 Tony Awards Opening Number, Live!, a musical episode of Royal Pains, and songs for Penny Dreadful, and Sesame Street. As a musical director, conductor, arranger and orchestrator, credits include the Pitch Perfect films, 2Cellos featuring Lang Lang (Live and Let Die), The Kennedy Center Honors, 13, Debbie Does Dallas, Everyday Rapture, Hair, Laugh Whore, Pippin (Deaf West), and These Paper Bullets. Upcoming projects include musical adaptations of the films Almost Famous, and The Visitor.
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 (Tony nomination), The Cher Show, 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!
TINA LANDAU (Conceiver/Director) is a writer and director whose work has been produced on Broadway and Off-, internationally and regionally, and most frequently at Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago where she is an ensemble member. In NYC, Tina’s work includes SpongeBob Squarepants: The Broadway Musical (also conceiver; Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle winner for Best Direction, 12 Tony Award noms), Tracy Lett’s Superior Donuts and the revival of Bells Are Ringing (Tony nom) on Broadway, and Off Broadway productions of Bill Irwin/David Shiner’s Old Hats, Chuck Mee’s Big Love and Iphigenia 2.0 (all at the Signature), Tarell McCraney’s Head of Passes (also Steppenwolf, Berkeley Rep, Mark Taper Forum) and In the Red and brown Water (both at the Public Theater), Paula Vogels’ A Civil War Christmas (NYTW), McCraney’s Wig Out! and her original musical Dream True (written with Ricky Ian Gordon, both at the Vineyard), and her musical Floyd Collins (written with Adam Guettel, at Playwrights Horizons, the Old Globe, and Goodman.) For her work, Tina has been recognized by the Drama Desks, Drama League, Outer Critics, Obies, and many more. She has created over 20 productions at Steppenwolf which include Ms. Blakk for President (which she co-authored with McCraney), Matthew-Lee Erlbach’s The Doppelgänger, McCraney’s The Brother/Sister Plays, Zinnie Harris’ The Wheel, Mee’s Berlin Circle and Time to Burn, classics such as The Tempest, Time of Your Life, The Cherry Orchard, and The Diary of Anne Frank, and her own plays Space and Theatrical Essays. Tina’s most recent regional production was the musical Dave by Tom Kitt and Nell Benjamin at Arena Stage, for which she won the Helen Hayes award for Best Director. She teaches regularly in the U.S. and abroad, and is the co-author, with Anne Bogart, of The Viewpoints Book.
DAVID ZINN (Scenic & Costume Design). Recent Broadway: set and costume design for Choir Boy, Boys in the Band, SpongeBob SquarePants (Tony award for Set Design), 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 has 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 The Cher Show (Tony Nominee), Head Over Heels, 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: Beetlejuice (Tony nominee), Ain’t Too Proud (Tony nominee), 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: Ain’t Too Proud, 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. Sara is a Grammy Award winner and 7-time nominee for 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.