Performance Sunday, April 28, 2013 | 3 PM

Take the Stage: Sing and Dance with Broadway Stars

Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts
Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts
PACE University
3 Spruce Street (between Park Row and Gold Street) | Manhattan

Imagine you’re on a lit-up Broadway stage—now get ready to sing and dance with real Broadway all-stars! Composer Thomas Cabaniss, musical director of Chicago: The Musical Leslie Stifelman, and choreographer Melissa Rae Mahon will guide you through the show-stopping, electrifying numbers of your most beloved Broadway musicals.

Leslie Stifelman is the music director and conductor for Chicago: The Musical, the longest running American musical in Broadway history. A distinguished performer and entertainment executive, Stifelman’s projects have been awarded the highest arts and media honors including the Peabody and Grammy awards. For the past three years, she has been the music supervisor for Carnegie Hall’s large-scale choir projects, collaborating with conductors Marin Alsop and David Robertson, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and 600 New York City high school students.

Thomas Cabaniss lives in New York City and composes music for opera, theater, dance, film, and concerts. He worked with choreographer Hilary Easton to create a series of dance-theater pieces, and his music for theater has appeared in shows on and off Broadway. He has written an opera based on E. T. A. Hoffmann’s The Sandman, and he scored an Oscar-winning short film, The Lunch Date. His choral works include Behold the Star, available on New World Records and published by Boosey & Hawkes. He is a faculty member of The Juilliard School.

Melissa Rae Mahon has had a diverse career as an actress, dancer, singer, and choreographer on Broadway. She appears nightly in the hit Broadway revival Chicago: The Musical; her many other theatrical credits include The Producers, 42nd Street, Cats, and The Sound of Music. Her choreography has been seen on NBC’s Today show and Dance Austria! at Lincoln Center. Mahon is currently the Associate Professor for Pace University’s Commercial Dance program.


  • Leslie Stifelman, Artistic Director and Conductor
  • Thomas Cabaniss, Host
  • Melissa Rae Mahon, Dance Director
  • Scott Cady, Piano
  • Ken Hitchcock, Woodwinds
  • Glenn Drewes, Trumpet
  • Bruce Bonvissuto, Trombone
  • Richard Sarpola, Bass
  • Dave Ratajczak, Drums and Percussion

  • Broadway Stars
  • Nicholas Cunningham, The Phantom of the Opera, La Cage Aux Folles
  • Jessica Lee Goldyn, A Chorus Line
  • Robyn Hurder, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Chicago: The Musical, Grease, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
  • Jessica Lea Patty, Evita, The Boy From Oz, Chorus Line, The Addams Family, 9 to 5, The People In The Picture
  • Ryan Worsing, Chicago: The Musical, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Shrek the Musical


  • JIM JACOBS / WARREN CASEY "Born to Hand Jive" from Grease
  • JIM JACOBS / WARREN CASEY “We Go Together” from Grease
  • KANDER / FRED EBB "All That Jazz" from Chicago
  • ADLER / JERRY ROSS “Steam Heat” from The Pajama Game
  • MARC SHAIMAN / SCOTT WHITTMAN “You Can’t Stop the Beat” from Hairspray
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