About the Artists
Valerie Vigoda is a classically trained musician who has toured the world with Cyndi Lauper (opening for Tina Turner and Cher), Joe Jackson and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. She founded GrooveLily (originally The Valerie Vigoda Band) in 1994, with the critically acclaimed CD “Inhabit My Heart.” Valerie is a 2009 winner of the ASCAP Foundation Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award, as well as a two-time winner of the Jonathan Larson Award for Excellence in Writing for the Theatre.
Joe DiPietro is a Broadway veteran who was nominated for a 2012 Tony for Nice Work If You Can Get It and won Best Book and Best Score Tony Awards for Memphis, which was also awarded the 2010 Tony Award, Drama Desk Award and Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical. His other shows include All Shook Up; I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (the longest running musical revue in Off-Broadway history); The Toxic Avenger and The Thing About Men (both winners of the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway musical).
Brendan Milburn is an accomplished record producer and has done a lot of arranging for GrooveLily. Seth Rogovoy wrote: “Milburn is a deft pianist, his nimble finger work doing double-duty as the band’s bassist and provider of its harmonic foundation, delivered with the jazzy sophistication of Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen and the rock and roll theatrics of Billy Joel.” Brendan's music and lyrics have, and will, be featured in a number of off and on Broadway shows. He's always on the lookout for new projects and productions to add to his credits.
Wade McCollum originated the role of Shackleton at both the world premiere in Seattle and more recently at George Street Playhouse. Broadway: Wicked-the witch’s father, first national tour of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert as Tick/Mitzi, Jersey Boys -Norm. Other favorite roles include: The Velociraptor of Faith in the off-Broadway musical Triassic Parq, Prior in Angels in America, Dracula in Steven Dietz’s Dracula, Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Crumpet in The Santaland Diaries, the Emcee in Cabaret (Dallas Fort Worth Critics Circle Award for Best Actor), Charlotte in I Am My Own Wife, Batboy in Batboy the Musical and Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch for which he garnered Backstage’s Garland Award and the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Actor and Ovation award for best musical. While in Los Angeles, Wade originated the role of Woody in Milburn/ Vigoda’s Toy Story: the Musical in several workshops for Disney. Wade can currently be seen on the popular BroadwayWorld Web series Submissions Only.
- American Sign Language interpreted performance - SAT, OCT 3 @ 2PM
- Audio Described performance - SUN, OCT 4 @ 2PM
- Location: Emerson/Paramount Mainstage
- Ages: 14+
- Run Time: 90 minutes with no intermission
- Presented with special arrangement by Matthew Kwatinetz
- Book by: Joe DiPietro
- Music by Brendan Milburn and Lyrics by Valerie Vigoda
- Directed by Lisa Peterson with Musical Direction by Ryan O’Connell
- Featuring: Valerie Vigoda and Wade McCollum