Stars of Broadway Perform Benefit for the Vergennes Opera House

Brian Golub has been most recently seen as Kristen Bell's Secretary in the Disney Romantic Comedy, When In Rome. His Broadway experience includes performances for the Broadway Benefits of Hair (Grammy Nomination), Chess, Charles Busch on B'way, Only Make Believe, Pippin, Secret Garden, and Rags. His Off-Broadway and other NY credits include NBS, Rock Of Ages, Fleet Week, Caligula, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Pre-B'way), Floyd Collins and The St. Ignatious Chanuka Pageant. He has appeared in Vermont as part of the company at St. Michael's Playhouse in Breaking Up Is Hard To Do, among numerous other regional theater credits.

Kelly Rypkema appeared most recently in the area at the Depot Theatre in Westport, NY where she played Olive in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Her extensive theater credits include work regionally and in New York in plays and musicals. Favorite roles include Catherine in Pippin (also at The Depot Theatre), Jane in Tennessee Williams' Vieux Carre (Theatre Three), Esther in Meet Me in St. Louis (Flat Rock Playhouse), and Fiona in Brigadoon (Barnstormers Theatre).

Bill Carmichael's many credits on Broadway include Mamma Mia, Les Miserables, Cats, and Peter Pan. Additionally Bill was in the original production of Forbidden Broadway and can be heard on the original cast recording. While in Los Angeles, he was in the original US premier of Ragtime, Forever Plaid, and Sweeny Todd with Kelsey Grammer. National tours include Phantom of the Opera, City of Angels, and Cats. Recently Bill's Vermont theatre work has had him playing the Ringmaster in Barnum at the St. Mike's Playhouse, Frederick in A Little Night Music with the Middlebury Opera, Nick in Sight Unseen at The Flynn Space and on the Northern Stage as Danforth in The Crucible and in Mid-life Crisis the musical.

The performers will be accompanied by pianist Scott Nicholas who has been featured throughout the U.S. and Europe in solo and chamber performances.

Tickets are $25 and are available at the Vergennes Opera House, Classic Stitching on Main Street in Vergennes and online at www.brownpapertickets.com. For more information please contact the Opera House at 802-877-6737, info@vergennesoperahouse.org or visit our website at www.vergennesoperahouse.org.

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