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NEW STREAMING CONCERT TO HELP UKRAINE
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BROADWAY & TV STARS UNITE TO HELP UKRAINE
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Friday April 29th 7:30PM LIVE and on demad anytime after
SING FOR UKRAINE - In dark times we come together. Ukraine needs our help. We want to do our part. All of us at Skylight Run Productions offer our heartfelt music to shift your mood and lift your spirits. Let this group of original Broadway and TV Stars alter your state of mind and help Ukraine at the same time. All profits will be donated to International Rescue Committee, a trusted, effective organization with infrastructure in place providing shelter, first aid and protective kits, food, medicine, and other aid to Ukrainians. The program will continue to be available.
STARRING: CAROLE DEMAS, ILENE KRISTEN, SARAH RICE, JAMES CANNING and
TV’s THE MAGIC GARDEN’s, PAULA JANIS
With a set-list of powerful, fun, sentimental and melodious songs, these very special Broadway Stars invite you and your lover, friends, husband, wife, partner, mom, dad, brother, sister, aunt, health worker, co-workers, heck just invite your entire cell-phone contact list and share the hope and help.
Live From Skylight Run “SING FOR UKRAINE” tickets start at $10. Enjoy the concert via the high-definition cameras and superb sound.
“Charming and delightful entertainment...alive and beautiful, available for your personal indulgence, in a wonderful place called Skylight Run”…..Broadway World
ABOUT THE CAST:
CAROLE DEMAS: Unstoppable throughout her 60+ year career as a Broadway performer, TV actor and celebrity, cabaret/concert singer and events speaker. Her growing audiences return each month to enjoy Live From Skylight Run virtual concerts, remembering her as a beloved co-star of TV’s most successful regional show for children, THE MAGIC GARDEN, her creation of the seminal role of Sandy in Broadway’s original GREASE, Genevieve in the world debut of Stephen Schwartz’s THE BAKER’S WIFE and her major Off-Broadway and TV Guest Star roles (among them, Kojak, Mannix, Barnaby Jones, Man From Atlantis, Fantastic Journey, Route 66, Blue Bloods, Edge of Night, As The World Turns, others). Off-Broadway she created the ingenue lead in Fred Ebb’s MORNING SUN, and Oscar Brand’s HOW TO STEAL AN ELECTION and played Luisa in THE FANTASTICKS for 2 years, also leading roles in Jones/Schmidt Portfolio productions as well as Stock, Regional Theater, film, Concerts, Cabaret and hundreds of commercials. In 2019, she and Sarah Rice created their tribute to Jones and Schmidt, THANK YOU FOR YOUR LOVE, winning a Bistro Award. Carole has been performing for decades on stages far and wide and lately, from her own home studio just north of NYC. Her loyal following spends a delightful, memorable hour, comfortable in their own homes, while joining Carole in hers.
PAULA JANIS: Best known as co-star of TV’s long running, THE MAGIC GARDEN, Paula combined her two loves, music and education, into an award-winning series. She also traveled widely as a solo musician and folk singer, performing at Greenwich Village’s Café Wha?, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan Center and Carnegie Hall, etc.. Joining the folk trio, The Wee’Uns, as lead vocalist and musician, on television, and universities: Princeton and NYU. With a B.S. in Drama from Skidmore College, an M.A. in Early Childhood Education from NYU, Paula became a Director of Head Start Programs in NYC. She performed on educational recordings, and was featured on public television. Her one-woman show, Paula From The Magic Garden, was seen in schools, libraries, camps, churches and synagogues. Juggling her roles as actress, educator and head of household, Paula’s proudest achievement remains her role as “Mom”. Paula’s children are Victoria, Monica and Gregory Janis.
SARAH RICE: Created the role of Johanna in SWEENEY TODD, THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET on Broadway for which she won a Theatre World Award. She originated the role of Marianne in a musical adaptation of THE MISER called HANG ON TO YOUR RIBBONS, off-off Broadway. At age 18 she became one of THE FANTASTICKS youngest Luisa’s in the show’s long-run history. She continued in the role off and on for over two years. She played Anne in A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, Cunegonde in CANDIDE, at the Guthrie, Miranda in THE TEMPEST, Zan in REGINA, Gretel in HANSEL AND GRETEL and Liesl in THE SOUND OF MUSIC. Sarah went on to play leading roles in numerous operas and operettas around the world. She received a 2010 Bistro Award and 2011 MAC AWARD, Female Vocalist, for her critically acclaimed solo cabaret debut, SARAH RICE sings SCREEN GEMS, Songs of Old Hollywood, and in 2019, with Carole Demas, won another Bistro Award for their tribute to Jones and Schmidt. Sarah is one of very few select musicians who play the theremin, an extremely difficult electronic musical instrument controlled without physical contact by the thereminist.
ILENE KRISTEN: made her Broadway debut as a dancer in HENRY, SWEET HENRY. She originated the role of Patty Simcox in GREASE and portrayed the infamous Leona Helmsley in MAYOR. Ilene is perhaps best known for her portrayal of Delia Ryan on RYAN’S HOPE, and her ten-year stint as the gambling, beer-guzzling and always-inappropriate hairdresser Roxy Balsom on ONE LIFE TO LIVE, for which she received two Emmy nominations for Best Supporting Actress. Ilene portrayed the Brooklynite waitress Norma Gilpin on LOVING , wannabe socialite Madeleine Thompson on ANOTHER WORLD and reprised the role of Delia Ryan in a character crossover on GENERAL HOSPITAL for two years. Night time TV sightings include DECEPTION, UNFORGETTABLE, HBO's SHOW ME A HERO, LAW AND ORDER, LAW AND ORDER: SVU, THE GOOD POLICEMAN, THIRD WATCH, THE SOPRANOS, FAMILY, and THE BLACK DONNELLYS. Along with Morgan Fairchild, Ilene appeared in the pilot MELANGE playing bartender Dolly Faye and Stella in the film BLEEKER. Ilene has acted extensively Off and Off-Off Broadway and has been a member of The Ensemble Studio since 1984. Her album of original songs “I’m Not Done With U Yet” is available on Amazon and iTunes.
JAMES CANNING: made his professional acting debut as one of the original cast members of the hit Broadway musical GREASE. His film credits include THE FOG, THE BOYS IN COMPANY C, and ELVIS. In addition, He has appeared on television in episodes of M*A*S*H*, LAW & ORDER and numerous other shows. In recent years, he has been an educator, teaching Latin and history in private schools and working with disadvantaged students in college prep programs.
IAN HERMAN-Music Director: Ian is an award-winning Musical Director, pianist, and composer. His career spans decades of working in the theater community including Broadway shows, Off-Broadway Shows concerts and cabaret work. In 1999 he was honored to receive the prestigious Backstage Bistro Award for Best Music Director. He has worked with such luminary artists as Jane Olivor, Donna McKechnie, Anita Morris, Judy Kaye, Carole Demas, Tom Andersen, Karen Mason, Sharon McNight, Marilyn Sokol, Dawn Derow, Angela LaGreca, Carole J. Bufford, and Joy Behar in nightclubs in New York and around the country. Broadway credits include JELLY’S LAST JAM, The Who’s TOMMY, SONG AND DANCE, LAUGHING ROOM ONLY with Jackie Mason and SWING, for which he wrote vocal and dance arrangements.
CAROLE DEMAS - Special Guest - THE MAGIC GARDEN’S - PAULA JANIS
CAROLE AND PAULA TOGETHER!
Carole is joined by her MAGIC GARDEN Co-Star - Paula Janis for fun filled concert. Songs, stories, solos and duets throughout the concert, sure to please all fans new and old alike.
A ticket for any price,
you can watch whenever is convenient, Filmed and broadcast in full HD.
CAROLE and PAULA starred in TV’s most successful regional children’s series, THE MAGIC GARDEN (for over 12 years), leading to hundreds of live family concerts and recent viral posts on Facebook.
From its debut, The Magic Garden,” was a hit. “Kids understood that we were really friends,” Janis said. “It wasn’t just some made-up show with two people who hardly knew each other.” In fact, the show only had a one-page script — the hosts’ banter was mostly spontaneous.
CAROLE DEMAS, who created the role of Sandy, in the original Broadway Production of GREASE, as well as the Title Role in THE BAKER'S WIFE, and created leading roles in numerous other shows, various Soap Operas and primetime TV dramas. She continues (in NYC) to be an extraordinary singer, an engaging speaker with over 60 years in professional theatre.
Carole played numerous guest star roles on classic prime time TV (including, KOJAK, MANNIX, ROUTE 66, BARNABY JONES, MAN FROM ATLANTIS, FANTASTIC JOURNEY (recently, BLUE BLOODS/CBS and ALLEGIANCE/NBC) and recurring roles on daytime dramas (EDGE OF NIGHT, ONE LIFE TO LIVE, AS THE WORLD TURNS). For the popular PBS Series GREAT PERFORMANCES, Carole joined other stars of the Great White Way for Lorimar’s SHOWSTOPPERS - THE BEST OF BROADWAY. On film, Carole starred in the 300 YEAR WEEKEND, with William Devane and THE SPACE WORKS for Trans-Lux Corp. Other films include appearances in: A LOVELY WAY TO DIE for Universal Films and the recently released THE DISAPPOINTMENTS ROOM.
PAULA JANIS traveled widely as a solo musician and folk singer, performing everywhere from Greenwich Village’s Café Wha? to political campaign events at Madison Square Garden. Joining the folk trio, The Wee’Uns, as lead vocalist and musician, she enjoyed appearing on television, at university concerts including Princeton and NYU, and at such famous venues as The Manhattan Center and Carnegie Hall.
As Co-Star of The Magic Garden, the charming children’s show produced by WPIX-TV, New York, Paula combined her two loves, music and education, into an award-winning series which continues to delight both young and old to this day.
Tickets range from 5.00 to 100.00,
essentially whatever you can afford is appreciated.
We will have very high quality sound and lights,
It will be thoroughly enjoyable for all.
Paula joins Carole for New Intimate House Concerts
With Meet and Greet time -
CURRENTLY THESE ARE ALL CANCELLED UNTIL SUCH TIME AS IT IS SAFE TO RESUME THEM
CAROLE DEMAS and PAULA JANIS, the stars of The Magic Garden, a highly acclaimed and popular TV show which enjoyed a 12 year run on WPIX-TV, New York, are loved and remembered by a generation of children and their families. Friends since their student days in the Mixed Chorus at Midwood High School in Brooklyn, they have an impressive list of credentials, both as educators and entertainers. During their years as teachers in the New York City School System, Carole and Paula combined their teaching and performing talents. They formed a quartet “The Festival Line Singers,” with their brothers, and sang nightly concerts as part of the New York Shakespeare Festival in Central Park for several seasons.
CAROLE, Broadway and TV legend, continues her distinguished career as an actress and singer in theatre, television and film. is best known for her critically acclaimed creation of the female lead, “Sandy”, in the original Broadway blockbuster, Grease. She originated the title role in Stephen Schwartz’s The Baker’s Wife in the premier production in Los Angeles and played “Luisa” in Off-Broadway’s longest running show, The Fantasticks, at New York’s Sullivan Street Playhouse for two years. Carole created the ingenue lead in Fred Ebb's first book musical Morning Sun and starred on PBS in Great Performances/ Showstoppers -The Best Of Broadway. She was recently reviewed as “a powerhouse of musical theatre”, “A vocal champion” and “consummate artist”. Carole’s singing has been described as “shimmering..” ”thrilling..” “..warmth and sweetness with surprising power”.
With thousands of performances in leading roles on and Off-Broadway and in major regional theatres, TV, Films, Radio, Recordings, in Concert, Cabaret, and her singing for the Champlain and NY Shakespeare Festivals (4 full seasons), Carole has stolen the hearts of audiences and critics alike. She was also seen in guest star turns on classic prime-time shows such as Kojak, Mannix, Barnaby Jones, in recurring roles on daytime dramas and is a veteran of over 200 commercials as well as jingles and voice-overs for radio and TV. Recent TV/Film appearances include BLUE BLOODS and ALLEGIANCE. Carole has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Vermont and Masters Studies in Early Childhood Education at New York University. More about Carole can be found at http://www.caroledemas.com. Carole’s husband is Designer, Audio Engineer and Producer, Stuart Allyn.
PAULA traveled widely as a musician and lead singer with the folk trio “The Wee'Uns”, performing in Greenwich Village cafes, on TV and at Carnegie Hall. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Drama from Skidmore College, an M.A. in Early Childhood Education from New York University and has completed course studies towards a Ph.D. in Early Childhood Education. She became a director of Head Start programs in New York City and performed on educational records and videos for children. Her teaching experience ranges from Nursery School through 6th grade in New York City and Westchester, and includes Enrichment Programs, creation of Curriculum Assessment Tools, and Vocal Music Education. Paula’s children are Victoria, Monica and Gregory.
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