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Tony Award winner among Darien’s Got Talent judges; tryouts this weekend

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The Darien’s Got Talent judges for the preliminary auditions and the finals includes Ted Yudain, chairman of the state Office of the Arts, left, Broadway performer Matthew Porretta and Tony Award-winning producer Edwin Schloss, are among the judges for Darien’s Got Talent, which has preliminary auditions this weekend. The Darien Arts Center is holding preliminary talent auditions for its fund-raiser, Darien’s Got Talent, on Saturday and Sunday, June 2 and 3, from 10-4, in the Town Hall auditorium.

The Darien’s Got Talent judges for the preliminary auditions and the finals includes Ted Yudain, chairman of the state Office of the Arts, left, Broadway performer Matthew Porretta and Tony Award-winning producer Edwin Schloss, are among the judges for Darien’s Got Talent, which has preliminary auditions this weekend.

The Darien Arts Center is holding preliminary talent auditions for its fund-raiser, Darien’s Got Talent, on Saturday and Sunday, June 2 and 3, from 10-4, in the Town Hall auditorium.

The performance finals take place Saturday, June 30, at 7 in front of a live audience. The evening will include 15 finalists. Prizes range from $100 to $500.

Proceeds from the event, as well as private donations, tuition fees and ticket sales, go toward funding the Arts Center’s many programs — from classes to performances.

Tickets for the fund-raiser on June 30 may only be purchased online at arts.darien.org. Tickets: $35 adults; $25 children (12 and under). Premium seating ($75) includes a theatre après champagne reception. For questions, call the DAC administration office at 203-655-8683.

The judges

Edwin Schloss won a Tony Award for co-producing the 2010 Broadway revival of La Cage Aux Folles starring Kelsey Grammer and Douglas Hodge. During the past 20 years, Mr. Schloss has received four Tony nominations for Grey Garden, Wonderful Town, Sweet Charity and Buried Child. Mr. Schloss was the associate producer of Kiss Me Kate, Full Gallop, The World of Ruth Draper, and June Recital, based on the work of Eudora Welty. Currently he is a member of the Broadway League as a Tony voter, and has seen more than 80 musicals during the past two seasons! Mr. Schloss resides in Darien with his wife, Maureen, and their two daughters.

John Doelp has worked at all levels of the music industry as a performer, arranger, producer, and record company executive. Currently, he is senior vice president of A&R operations at Columbia Records.

Barbara Goldsmith professional dance career comprises many professional dance companies, including the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater and the Metropolitan Opera Ballet. She toured with Theater of the Stars’ national tour of Brigadoon, starring John Schneider (Dukes of Hazard). She currently competes and sings with Harmony on the Sound, a 15-time North Regional Championship Chorus, serving on the choreography team and leader of the physical warm up team.

Dan Micciche earned his BFA in musical theatre from the Boston Conservatory with a focus in music direction and conducting. He made his Broadway debut in Chicago the musical as Mary Sunshine and has performed in the national, Japanese, and Thailand companies, and has re-joined the company more than 12 times! He has been a soloist at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and with the Baltimore Symphony in Bernstein’s Mass. Mr. Micciche starred Off-Broadway in Gemini the musical at the Acorn Theatre. In addition to acting and singing, he has served as music director on more than 15 shows ranging from Into the Woods to Nine to Kiss Me, Kate. He has performed in almost every major city in the U.S. as well as in many distinguished cities across Europe and Asia. A former Darien resident and Theatre 308 standout, he has gained recognition as a voice teacher and coach while serving an impressive list of private clientele in New York City, where he resides.

Yoav Levin is an international choreographer who teaches around the country and in Israel. He is a faculty member at AMDA in New York City. His choreography credits are many and include 9 to 5 for The Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, Backwards in High Heels for Broward Stage Door, Henry and Mudge for Theatreworks USA and Man of La Mancha for Darien Arts Center. As a performer he has appeared in The Pajama Game, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Anything Goes, Man of La Mancha, Meet Me in St. Louis, Promises, Promises, Sugar, The Producers, Evita, All Shook Up, A Chorus Line, West Side Story and Thoroughly Modern Millie.

Matthew Porretta is excited to be returning to his native Darien. After attending Manhattan School of Music, he got his start in musical theatre with leads at Candlewood Playhouse and with the Maine State Music Theatre in Brunswick Maine. His big break came when cast in the role of Marius in the National tour of Les Miserables. The producers eventually asked him to open the San Francisco production and then sent him back to Broadway. Then it was back to Los Angeles where he landed the part of Will Scarlet O’hara in Mel Brooks’ Robin Hood Men in Tights. (Brooks recast Matthew in his next film, Dracula Dead and Loving It). Soon after, he landed a recurring role on 90210 playing Dan Rubin. Then, back to Broadway where he played Count Ludovic in the original production of James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim’s “Passion.” After returning to Los Angeles, he snagged the title role in TNT’s The New Adventures of Robin Hood.

Leo B. Meyer, a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, and former owner of Atlas Scenic Studios, he has designed and built sets for major theatres throughout the U.S. and Canada and for hundreds of plays, ballets, operas, Broadway, national tours, and film. An avid singer and actor, Mr. Meyer frequently performs in recitals and with such groups as the Mendelssohn Choir of Connecticut and Troupers Light Opera Company.

Toni DeCarlo, a longtime dance instructor has been a favorite choreographer for many of the community theatres in Fairfield County for many years beginning at the tender age of 16 when she choreographed Guys and Dolls for Stage Door for Youth in Stamford, CT. Her many stage credits include Music Man, Showboat, Company, Follies and Most Happy Fella.

Ted Yudain is a Greenwich native, and both attorney and actor. He is a member of advisory committee of the CT Office on Culture and Tourism, and Chair of the Arts Committee of the CT Office of the Arts. As a musician, he has performed as singer and guitarist in touring folk groups and in several rock bands, as well as with choral groups, madrigal and chamber choirs, and barbershop quartets. Stage credits include New York, regional and local dramatic, comedic and musical productions. Mr. Yudain’s TV work includes: Law & Order, 30 Rock, Sopranos, Kidnapped, Kings, Extreme Forensics, and HBO’s  Boardwalk Empire, and its upcoming film Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight. His film work includes Revolutionary Road, Enchanted, College Road Trip, Life Before Her Eyes, The Good Shepherd; and independent films such as Monocerus, Christmas in New York, and Testimonial. He is featured in the just released, The Mercury Cycle.

The evening is produced by Mary Crawford, Carol Glassmeyer, Pam Heckel, and Patricia Mozingo. Carole Claps is directing.

Tickets for the fund-raiser on June 30 may only be purchased online at arts.darien.org. Tickets: $35 adults; $25 children (12 and under). Premium seating ($75) includes a theatre après champagne reception. For questions, call the DAC administration office at 203-655-8683

About the Darien Arts Center: Founded in 1975, and located directly behind the Town Hall, 2 Renshaw Road, the Darien Arts Center (DAC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing visual and performing arts programs and events for the community. For further information, call 203 655 8683 or visit the website at arts.darien.org.

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