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Seussical Jr. offers sign language interpreters

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Goodwill Theatre’s Summer Performance Workshop students will have four performances of Seussical Jr., an hour-long children’s version of the hit musical based on the works of Dr. Seuss, on August 4 and 5. Performances are at 3:15 and 7:00 on Saturday and Sunday.

The Saturday afternoon performance at 3:15 will feature sign language interpreters. The performers will be using some ASL as well as speaking/singing at all four performances.

Tickets are $10, and can be purchased online at goodwilltheatre.net or by calling the Box Office at: (607) 772-2404, ext. 301. All seating is general admission. Doors open for seating 45 minutes before showtime.

Seussical Jr. features children from ages 7-14, some of whom have never acted before. The workshop is led by Jan and Shannon DeAngelo.

The Schorr Family Firehouse Stage is located on the corner of Corliss Avenue and Willow Street in Johnson City. For more information, contact the Goodwill Theatre Box Office at: (607) 772-2404, ext. 301, or visit: goodwilltheatre.net or facebook.com/SchorrFamilyFirehouseStage

Cynthia Scott and Friends

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Cynthia Scott

Cynthia Scott, a former Ray Charles Raelette, will sing her “journey with Ray” on Sunday, April 29 at 2pm, at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage in Johnson City.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for senior citizens and students, and can be purchased online at goodwilltheatre.net or by calling the Box Office at: (607) 772-2404, ext. 301.

The jazz concert will also feature Marcus Persiani, piano; Paul Beaudry, bass; Dwayne “Cook” Broadnax, drums; and special guest Mike Carbone, saxophone.

“This is going to be a smoking concert that you won’t want to miss,” said Naima Kradjian, Goodwill Theatre CEO. “Cynthia is a consummate professional, and she’s as gorgeous to look at as she is to listen to.”

Vocalist Cynthia Scott has performed jazz, blues, R&B, and gospel music for over three decades. Born in Arkansas, she was “discovered” by Ray Charles and has written a one-woman show about the experience, “One Raelette’s Journey”. She has performed all across North and South America, as well as Africa, Europe, and Asia. Chicago Tribune jazz critic Howard Reich called her “a mesmerizing vocalist.” After Charles’ death, Scott would go on to work with many of his star sidemen including Hank Crawford, Marcus Belgrave, Leroy Cooper and David “Fathead” Newman. In 2016, she was inducted into the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame in Little Rock. She was the featured vocalist of the Supper Club in Times Square for over ten years. She studied acting under Uta Hagen and Austin Pendleton, and performed in the touring musical, “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil”, a tribute featuring the music of Johnny Mercer, based on the bestselling novel by John Berendt. In 2004, she toured France and West Africa as a Jazz Ambassador for the U.S. State Department.

“I learned from Ray to tell the story and do it your way, with all your roots included,” said Scott. “I felt like I knew Ray’s spirit because when you work with someone as closely as I did with Ray, you learn so much. He was a great teacher to so many, and his music will live on.”

Marcus Persiani is a pianist, composer, and arranger with an expansive musical vocabulary, whose compositions and arrangements were featured on the brilliant trilogy of albums recorded by Mario Bauza, including the Grammy-nominated album, “944 Columbus”. As house pianist with the Sugar Hill Jazz Quartet at the historic St. Nick’s Pub, led by highly acclaimed tenor saxophonist, Patience Higgins, Marcus has played with such luminaries as George Coleman, Eddie Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Wynton Marsalis, Cassandra Wilson, James Carter, and Lewis Nash, Willi Colon, Jerry Gonzalez, the Impressions, Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach, Cecil McBee, Tito Puente, Carlie Persip’s Supersound, Vanessa Rubin, the Apollo Theater Showtime Band and many more.

Paul Beaudry is a bassist, composer, producer, vocalist, and educator. A San Francisco native,  he relocated to New York in early 2001, and has since toured worldwide as a sideman with Steve Turre, Wycliffe Gordon, Allan Harris, Winard Harper and Eric Lewis and also performed in concerts or on recordings with such jazz greats as Clark Terry, Grady Tate, Jimmy Cobb, Charlie Persip, Frank Wess, Cecil Bridgewater, Billy Harper, Eddie Henderson, Roy Hargrove, Johnny O’Neal, Bruce Barth and Dave Valentine. He has toured in over 35 countries and is the leader of the quartet Paul Beaudry & Pathways, which released its self-titled debut on 2010 Dancing Spirit Records and its follow up release Americas on Soundkeeper Recordings in 2012. The group was chosen for a 2010 Latin America tour and a 2011 Central Asia tour for The Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad program co-sponsored by Jazz At Lincoln Center and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Beaudry is also currently on faculty at the Teachers College at Columbia University.

Percussionist Dwayne “Cook” Broadnax was born in Philadelphia and began playing drums in junior high school, while taking drum and music lessons at Settlement Music School, and performing throughout the tri-state area, with the Elks Marching Band and various local funk and rock bands. He continued his education at Berklee College of Music, in Boston, graduating in three short years. With diploma in hand, he returned to Berklee as one of their youngest faculty members. After moving to New York City in 1983, he toured with legendary organist, Bill Dogget. He then joined Grammy award winning blues artist, Johnny Copeland with whom he performed and recorded. Cook has also been a major force on several tours with Jimmy Scott and The Jazz Expressions.

Other upcoming Goodwill Theatre performances include ArtsPower’s “Nugget and Fang” on Saturday, May 12; and the Mason Warrington Orchestra on Sunday, May 20. The 2017-2018 season will conclude with a free outdoor Latin jazz concert, featuring David Gonzalez, on June 10.

The Schorr Family Firehouse Stage is located on the corner of Corliss Avenue and Willow Street in Johnson City. For more information, contact the Goodwill Theatre Box Office at: (607) 772-2404, ext. 301, or visit: goodwilltheatre.net or facebook.com/SchorrFamilyFirehouseStage

April 29 at 2:00 p.m.

Songs of Bob Dylan

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Marissa Mulder

Marissa Mulder will perform her acclaimed Shelter from the Storm: The Songs of Bob Dylan, on Friday, April 27 at 7pm, at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage in Johnson City.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for senior citizens and students, and can be purchased online at goodwilltheatre.net or by calling the Box Office at: (607) 772-2404, ext. 301.

The cabaret is sponsored by Mondorf & Fenwick, CPAs, and will feature songs like “Masters of War”, “The Times They Are A-Changin’” and “A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall”, as well as biographical tidbits about the singer and poet, focusing on his beginnings in Minnesota, his early career in NYC’s Greenwich Village, and his meeting with folk legend Woody Guthrie.

“Marissa has a beautiful voice, and everyone who saw her Tom Waits show in 2014 loved it,” said Naima Kradjian, Goodwill Theatre CEO. “We are so glad to bring her back to perform the iconic songs of Bob Dylan.”

Marissa Mulder moved to New York City in 2007 from Syracuse, and has since become one of the most successful young cabaret artists on the Manhattan scene. In 2011, she beat out 60 other singers to win the MetroStar Challenge at the Metropolitan Room, an “American Idol” type contest for emerging cabaret artists. Since then, she has performed in several of her own shows. Stephen Holden of the New York Times called her show “Tom… In His Words, the songs of Tom Waits”, “Far and away the season’s best show, everything the genre can be but almost never is.” She is the winner of the 2013 Noel Coward and Julie Wilson Award which were presented to her at Lincoln Center, where she also sang. She was the winner of the 2014 MAC award for Major Artist and Album Of The Year. She also won the 2014 Bistro Award for vocalist of the year. TimeOut NY named her “Rising Star of The Year” in 2013 and has called Marissa “one of the biggest breakout successes of the past five years”. She was a featured guest on “Piano Jazz” on NPR. In New York City, She has performed at The Carlyle, Lincoln Center, Town Hall, Carnegie Hall, The Algonquin Hotel, 54 Below, Joe’s Pub, Birdland,  The Metropolitan Room and many others. She has taken her shows on the road to Dallas, St. Louis, Florida, Colorado, Nebraska, Buffalo, Syracuse, Rochester, and many more. Her show “Marilyn In Fragments” earned a rave review from the New York Times, who said, “the rising cabaret singer Marissa Mulder wove passages from Monroe’s diaries and 20 songs into a compelling portrait of the star in a confessional mood… a remarkable performance.” For more, visit: marissamulder.com

“I love telling stories in songs and that’s exactly what Dylan’s music does,” said Mulder. “It’s remarkable that he wrote famous protest anthems when he was barely 22 years old. He became the voice of his generation, and what’s amazing is these songs that resonated so deeply with people in the 1960s mean just as much, if not even more, today.”

Other upcoming Goodwill Theatre performances include a jazz concert featuring former Ray Charles “Raelette” Cynthia Scott, on Sunday, April 29 at 2pm; ArtsPower’s “Nugget and Fang” on Saturday, May 12; and the Mason Warrington Orchestra on Sunday, May 20.

The Schorr Family Firehouse Stage is located on the corner of Corliss Avenue and Willow Street in Johnson City. For more information, contact the Goodwill Theatre Box Office at: (607) 772-2404, ext. 301, or visit: goodwilltheatre.net or facebook.com/SchorrFamilyFirehouseStage

April 27 at 7:00 p.m.

Funny and Fabulous Ladies of Laughter for Valentine’s Day

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Ladies of Laughter, the popular showcase of female standup comedians, at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage in Johnson City, Wednesday, February 14 at 7pm. The performance will feature Carmen Lynch and Liz Miele

Tickets are $15, and can be purchased online at goodwilltheatre.net or by calling the Box Office at (607) 772-2404, ext. 301. Ladies of Laughter is sponsored by the Oakdale Mall, and underwritten by the Schorr Family; and may not be appropriate for anyone under 18 years old.

“Ladies of Laughter, or LOL as we like to call it, is one of our most in-demand series,” said Naima Kradjian, Goodwill Theatre CEO. “Last season, we sold out three of the four LOL events, so get your tickets before they’re gone!”

“We’re hoping that since stand-up comedy isn’t exactly the typical ‘hearts-and-flowers’ Valentine’s activity, this will be a great way for single people to spend the evening, in the company of good friends, with lots of laughs,” Kradjian continued. “Of course, that doesn’t mean happy couples aren’t welcome to celebrate with us. We’ve already had several people buy tickets for the show as a Valentine’s Day gift for their partner.”

Carmen Lynch

Carmen Lynch performs worldwide and has appeared on “The Late Show with David Letterman”, “Conan”, “Inside Amy Schumer”, “Last Comic Standing”, “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”, and “Prairie Home Companion”. Her album “Dance Like You Don’t Need the Money” was named the 2017 Comedy Album of the Year by Sirius XM. She has also appeared in films, including “Amira & Sam”, “Carmen” and “Wanda Sykes Presents Herlarious” (2013).

 

Liz Miele

Liz Miele has appeared on Comedy Central, FOX, AXS TV, and Hulu. She’s been featured in The New YorkerNew York TimesRunner’s WorldPsychology Today and The Guardian. Her “Feminist Sex Positions” routine went viral on YouTube and Upworthy.com. She regularly tours with the “Nobodies of Comedy” and Armed Forces Entertainment, and just finished performing on a book tour for Chris McDougall, author of “Born to Run”. She’s completed six European tours performing in UK, Spain, Italy, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, Poland, Holland, Luxembourg, Belgium, Ireland and Finland.

 

 

Other upcoming comedy events include “Late Nite Catechism”, February 16-18, and “The One-Man Star Wars Trilogy” on March 10. The final Ladies of Laughter show of the 2017-2018 season will take place on April 7.

February 14 at 7:00 p.m.

Tri-Cities Opera’s “Jack and the Beanstalk” for families

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Tri-Cities Opera will perform “Jack and the Beanstalk”, an opera for families, at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage on Saturday, February 10 at 2pm.

Tri-Cities Opera’s Opera-Go-Round touring educational program has brought live musical performances to schools throughout New York and Pennsylvania for over 40 years. This year’s opera,Jack and the Beanstalk” is a vibrant retelling of the classic story set to the music of Sir Arthur Sullivan.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for senior citizens and children and can be purchased online at goodwilltheatre.net or by calling the Box Office at: (607) 772-2404, ext. 301. The show is recommended for children Pre-K to 6th grade.

Beyond the magic beans and larger-than-life characters, this opera delivers an inspiring message about treating others as you would like to be treated. The show is directed by John Davies and features a brand new scenic design by AmArA. The cast stars Jordan Schreiner, Stacey Geyer, Scott Purcell, and Tascha Anderson.

“Bringing a child to the theatre for the first time can be nerve-wracking for parents,” said Naima Kradjian, Goodwill Theatre CEO. “They want to introduce their kids to live performance, but they worry the show won’t hold their child’s attention, or that their child will be disruptive. We try to make it easy for parents, by offering shows that are engaging for children, and relatively short, and by providing a free craft activity for children at every performance.”

“The shows do come with an age recommendation, but that is just a guideline, and all ages are welcome,” Kradjian continued. “Quality children’s shows can be enjoyed by parents, too.”

Founded in 1949, Tri-Cities Opera Company stages full-scale and smaller operas each season. Tri-Cities Opera’s Resident Artist Training Program offers aspiring opera singers a unique blend of instruction and practical experience. Opera-Go-Round was named in honor of Binghamton’s famous carousels, and reaches as many as 20,000 children each year.

Other children’s performances this season include Hudson Vagabond Puppets’ “Caps for Sale & Three Billy Goats Gruff” on March 24, and ArtsPower’s “Nugget and Fang” on May 12.

February 10 at 2:00 p.m.

Hypnotist/comedian to perform interactive show

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Master hypnotist Asad Mecci will perform “HypnoHype”, a hypnosis comedy show, at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage on Saturday, February 3 at 7pm.

Tickets are $15, and can be purchased online at goodwilltheatre.net or by calling the Box Office at: (607) 772-2404, ext. 301. The interactive performance, sponsored by Sentry Alarms, and underwritten by the Schorr Family, will feature hypnotic rhythms, shocking surprises, and hilarity.

“It’s enormously entertaining, because it’s real people doing outrageous things with no inhibitions,” said Naima Kradjian, Goodwill Theatre CEO. “It’s just tremendously fun to watch – or to participate!”

“HypnoHype” is a fast-paced, action-packed, high-energy live comedy hypnosis show which turns the audience members into the performers. Master hypnotist Asad Mecci will give hypnotize volunteers, then give them suggestions that will lead to an unforgettable experience, while entertaining and thrilling the audience.

Asad Mecci

Asad Mecci is a master hypnotist who has amazed crowds at Canada’s Wonderland, Skydome, Sheraton World Resort, Super Club Breezes, and onboard Carnival Cruise Lines. Based in Toronto, he also sees clients in the area of goal-attainment, smoking-cessation and weight-loss. When Asad is not in the clinic, he works as a stress management and communications consultant for fortune 500 companies like Remax, IBM, and Rogers, entertaining and motivating employees and management. Mecci has been featured on “Entertainment Tonight”, MTV, HGTV, Much Music and Maxim Online. For more information, visit: entrancingentertainment.com

“A few years ago, we featured a mentalist who demonstrated some hypnosis,” said Kradjian. “It was amazing to see what people will do, say, and remember while in a trance – but HypnoHype is something very different, because it’s really all about the laughs.”

The Schorr Family Firehouse Stage is located on the corner of Corliss Avenue and Willow Street in Johnson City.

For more information, contact the Goodwill Theatre Box Office at (607) 772-2404, ext. 301, or visit: goodwilltheatre.net or facebook.com/SchorrFamilyFirehouseStage

 

February 3 at 7 PM

Ladies of Laughter Return

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ladiesoflaughternyc_LRI’ve got a lot of dark jokes for someone who looks like she owns a muffin shop,” says Katie Hannigan, a standup comedian who has made a career out of defying expectations. Hannigan is one of three comedians performing at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage on Saturday, November 5, at 7pm, in one of four “Ladies of Laughter” events Goodwill Theatre is offering in its 2016-2017 season.

Hannigan will be joined by comedians Jocelyn Chia and Stacy Kendro for the performance, which is part of the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage’s “Big Apple Comedy Club” Series, sponsored by IBM and Visions Federal Credit Union, and underwritten by the Schorr Family. “Ladies of Laughter” features winners and finalists from Turning Stone Casino’s annual competition.

“Ladies of Laughter is such a popular program,” said Naima Kradjian, CEO of Goodwill Theatre, Inc. “Everyone loves to laugh, and these comedians are always a treat.”

Katie Hannigan

Katie Hannigan

Katie Hannigan is the winner of the 2016 Woodstock Comedy Festival. She recently starred in an original show in the NY Fringe Festival, The Comedienne Project, along with Corinne Fisher (one half of the popular “Guys We F***ed” podcast). Hannigan has been featured on The Oxygen Network, Laughs on Fox, Good Day NY, Landline TV, MTVOther, Jest.com CollegeHumor, Netflix, DailyDolt.com, and the Huffington Post. Hannigan is the founder of the Everywhere Theatre Group, which focuses on original performance critiquing human relationships with technology. Her current projects include an original web series called “Space Cab”, a sci fi comedy about an intergalactic cab driver.

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Jocelyn Chia

Jocelyn Chia is a New York based stand up comedian originally from Singapore. A lawyer-turned comedian, she was featured on cnbc.com for winning the Gotham Comedy Club’s Funniest Lawyer Competition. She has been a guest comedian on the Howard Stern Channel of Sirius XM, and a guest host on MTV. She just filmed her standup television debut for AXS TV’s Gotham Comedy Live, hosted by William Shatner. She is also a two time winner of the Moth Storyslams, and enjoys weaving storytelling into her stand-up. She won the 2016 Ladies of Laughter Competition.

Stacy Kendro

Stacy Kendro

Stacy Kendro is a comic from Boston who has been performing for over ten years. She has appeared in many festivals such as Just For Laughs in Montreal, the Boston Comedy Festival and the Laughing Devil & New York Comedy Festivals. She has opened for Dom Irrera, Gilbert Godfried, Joan Rivers, and many others. Stacy is currently a regular at Sin City Comedy Club at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, and performs regularly in and around New York City.

Tickets for “Ladies of Laughter” are $15, and can be purchased online at: goodwilltheatre.net or by calling the Box Office at (607) 772-2404, ext. 301. This performance may feature adult language and/or sensitive subject matter. Parental discretion is advised.

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Trunk or Treat on Halloween

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October 31 5:30-7:30 PM

October 31 from 5:30-7:30 PM

Goodwill Theatre will host the first neighborhood Trunk or Treat on Monday, October 31 from 5:30-7:30pm. Local businesses and organizations will hand out candy from decorated car trunks and truck beds, and the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage will offer tours of its kid-friendly “haunted house”, as well as popcorn and punch.

To provide a fun and safe alternative to traditional door to door trick-or-treating, Goodwill Theatre, in partnership with the Johnson City Police Department and Johnson City Neighborhood Project, is inviting families, businesses, and other groups to distribute candy during the Halloween event. Creativity is encouraged as there will be contests for “Funniest Trunk” “Most Creative Trunk” and “Scariest Trunk”.  Interested groups should contact Corrina Johnson by email at izbiz4u@yahoo.com.

 “This is a great way for the neighbors to get to know each other and have fun, and for families to spend time together,” said Christine Springer, Goodwill Theatre General Manager.

Hilarious Piano with David Scheel!

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David Scheel

David Scheel

The San Francisco Chronicle described David Scheel’s “Don’t Shoot Me, I’m Only the Piano Player” as, “The only show in town that can satisfy lovers of classical music and comedy alike.” Scheel will bring his unique performance to the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage on Sunday, October 23, at 2pm, as part of the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage’s “Big Apple Comedy Club” Series, sponsored by IBM and Visions Federal Credit Union, and underwritten by the Schorr Family.

“David Scheel has performed in over thirty countries, and we’re fortunate to be able to bring him to the Firehouse Stage for a night,” said Naima Kradjian, CEO of Goodwill Theatre, Inc. “He’s well-known all over London, and was featured in three consecutive Edinburgh Festivals.”

David Scheel was born in Australia, and earned his concert diploma for piano at the University of Adelaide. He won a Variety Club of Great Britain award for his West End show, and has appeared on many top-rated BBC series, including “Stop the Week” and “The Garden Party”. In October 2002, Scheel undertook his first tour of Southeast Asia, and broke box office records throughout the region.

Tickets are $15, and can be purchased online at: goodwilltheatre.net or by calling the Box Office at (607) 772-2404, ext. 301. This performance may feature adult language and/or sensitive subject matter. Parental discretion is advised.

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Too Marvelous!

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Too Marvelous for Words

Too Marvelous for Words

Too Marvelous for Words: A Celebration of the Nat “King” Cole Trio” is a fun and swingin’ journey into the early days of Nat King Cole.  Before his big hits such as “The Christmas Song” and “Mona Lisa” that many remember being performed standing in front of the orchestra, Nat was recording and playing (from the piano bench!) some of the most influential music of the day, leaving an impact not only on an array of singers but on pianists such as Oscar Peterson and Ahmad Jamal. Drawing on his experience as both an actor and a singer/pianist, Peter Smith (creator) effortlessly weaves in stories from this period in Nat King Cole’s life as they relate to the song selections, creating an evening that is fun, informative and will leave you tapping your feet, and pondering some fascinating tidbits from Nat’s life. All Too Marvelous for Words will be performing on Saturday April 2nd at 7pm. This amazing performance is the last of the Music Hall Concert Series, sponsored by IBM.

“We are very excited to bring this musical trip down memory lane to the Firehouse. The performers are outstandingly talented in their own right. Then you add Nat’s Music on top of it and it’s a dream come true. You cannot really afford to miss this show,” said Naima Kradjian Goodwill Theatre CEO.

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Peter Smith

PETER SMITH – served as co-producer and arranger on Molly Ringwald’s Concord Records release of “Except Sometimes,” her first solo album. He has played on major stages large and small: Iridium (NYC), Jazz Alley (Seattle), Yoshi’s (SF), Blues Alley (DC), Montreal Jazz festival, Vector Arena (NZ), Melbourne Recital Centre (AUS), and many, many more. Peter was the associate Musical Director on DUETS, the hit singing competition show on ABC. As associate musical director, Peter worked directly with Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Nettles, Robin Thicke and John Legend, not only accompanying them and their contestants in rehearsal, but collaborating with them on the musical arrangements for the show

John Storie

John Storie

JOHN STORIE – For over a decade, John Storie has been an active contributor to the jazz and classical music scenes of Portland, OR and Los Angeles, CA. As a founding member of the New West Guitar Group, John has performed across the country and gained recognition as a well-respected jazz guitarist. Over the years, he has been recognized by the Downbeat Student Music Awards, the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts, Jazz Society of Oregon, Cascade Festival of Music, Guitar Foundation of America, the ASCAP Foundation, and Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz.

Alex Frank

Alex Frank

ALEX FRANK – He may only be in his mid20s, but Alex Frank has already established himself as a first call bassist for film (Jersey Boys, Black Nativity), Jersey Boys The Movie television (Modern Family, Friends With Better Lives ), and records (Bruce Forman, Dave Damiani). Along with Pianist Peter Smith and guitarist John Storie, Alex recently founded the group Too Marvelous For Words, a tribute to the original Nat King Cole trio, which has begun touring nationally. Alex has also become an in demand accompanist for jazz singers and TV shows such as America’s got Talent, Still Standing and the Secret Life of the American Teenager.

Tickets for Too Marvelous for Words are $25 Adults $20 Seniors. The Firehouse offers a 20% discount to veterans and teachers; however, discounts cannot be combined. Tickets can be purchased online at: www.goodwilltheatre.net or by calling the Box Office at (607) 772-2404, ext. 301.

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