Terry LaBolt and Friends
Join Terry LaBolt and a host of Cincinnati's most talented performers for a dazzling evening of song.
The night kicks off with cocktails in the lobby, followed by a stage concert featuring local favorites Nancy James, Mary Jo Katona, Patti James, Lesley Hitch, Roderick Justice and many more performers - all with a special connection to the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts.
Update June 30
Broadway's Jessica Hendy and Gina Valentine have been added to the roster of talent scheduled to perform. Performer bios are below.
"We're thrilled to welcome Jessica and Gina for their Covedale debuts," said Tim Perrino, Artistic Director and 2008 Acclaim Trailblazer Award recipient. "Since online sales began this week there has been a flurry of activity on the server. Even some of Terry's new I.U. students, who he will meet for the first time that night, are making the trek from Bloomington, Indiana, along with his new department chair of music theatre at Indiana University, George Pinney. Terry is quite excited."
And they’ll all be gathered to give Mr. LaBolt a grand send-off as he leaves Cincinnati to become Professor Terry at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.
A reception follows, featuring more fun, hors d'oeuvres and cocktails. All tickets include hors d'oeuvres after the show. All proceeds benefit the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts Fund.
Cash bar includes beer, wine, a very "Terry Martini" and soft drinks.
The concert cast (subject to change):
Josh Borths, Roderick Justice, Spring Starr-Pillow, Michael Shawn Starks,
Liz Comstock, Shannon Kramer, Alex Sunderhaus, Lesley Hitch, Mary Jo Katona,
Sarah Hiance, Nancy James, Patricia Linhart, Patti James, Carol Sherman-Jones and special guest Pamela Myers.
Musical accompaniment for evening by the Terry LaBolt Trio.
Terry LaBolt has conducted Broadway and national touring productions of 42nd Street, Hello, Dolly! (with Carol Channing), George M. (with Joel Grey) and Sugar Babies (with Ann Miller and Mickey Rooney). He is co-author of The Wonder Years–the Musical and was pianist for The Fantasticks Off-Broadway. Recently playing in the national tour of Mamma Mia, he also performed the area premiere of Keith Emerson's Piano Concerto #1 with the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra. At the Covedale he has directed The King & I, Fiddler on the Roof, Tapestry– the Music of Carole King and The Sound of Music. On the Showboat Majestic he has directed A Day in Hollywood/A Night In the Ukraine and Ruthless. Mr. LaBolt was also a professor at the University of Cincinnati's prestigious College-Conservatory of Music and is committed to his work with Stop AIDS of Cincinnati. This fall he begins a new post as music director of musical theatre at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. He has survived 20 years of living with AIDS, a liver transplant, and three Loveboat episodes.
Jessica Hendy has been seen on Broadway in Aida (Amneris), Cats (Grizabella) and Amour (Standby to Isabelle). She toured the United States and Canada in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (The Narrator). In New York, she received a Bistro award for Get Your Tickets Now, and was given rave reviews for her Cabaret, A Life To Call Your Own. A Cincinnati native, Jessica attended CCM and just finished the run at ETC, The Great American Trailer Park Musical.
Gina Valentine- National Tours: Cats (Final Broadway Tour, Grizabella), I Love New York (Community Concerts Circuit), Into the Woods (Little Red). Gina has recently returned to Cincinnati after living in New York, NY, and she is a graduate of the CCM Musical Theatre program. This spring she appeared as Pickles in The Great American Trailer Park Musical at Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati.
July 18: Michael Shawn Starks & Pamela Myers added.