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Laura Hodos & Shelley Keelor sing The Great American Songbook Collection with Musical Director Caryl Fantel

March 2, 2019 @ 8:00 pm

Three Carbonell Award winners team up for this one-night-only fundraiser benefiting Delray Beach Playhouse’s Children’s Theatre; LAURA HODOS & SHELLEY KEELOR SING THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK COLLECTION WITH MUSICAL DIRECTOR CARYL FANTEL.

Audiences will hear hit songs – like “Don’t Rain on My Parade,” “Someone to Watch Over Me,” “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” “Night and Day,” “At Last,” “My Favorite Things” and many more – from Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Judy Garland, Ethel Merman, Marilyn Monroe and more at this unforgettable evening of music.


ABOUT LAURA HODOS

Laura Hodos is a three-time Carbonell Award nominee for her work in Ruthless! She has performed in SHE LOVES ME at the Hollywood Playhouse with the Caldwell Theatre Company and in BOMBSHELLS at Actors’ Playhouse. Recently, Laura was seen in the new Frank Wildhorn musical, BONNIE AND CLYDE, at the Asolo Repertory Theatre in Sarasota, FL, and in the premiere production of Jolson at the Winter Garden at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre in Jupiter, FL and the remount in Los Angeles at the historic El Portal Theatre. She has performed all 27 songs as the title character in ALWAYS, PATSY CLINE at the Penobscot Theatre in Bangor, Maine and the Titusville Playhouse in FL. Laura has also been seen haunting American Stage Theatre in their production of Noël Coward’s brilliant comedy, BLITHE SPIRIT, as Elvira, and returned to St. Pete as Sheila in HAIR (winner of a “Best of the Bay” award) and Rona Lisa Peretti in the 25th Annual Putnam County SPELLING BEE with American Stage in the Park. Laura is a frequent performer with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, first as Marian (the Librarian) in THE MUSIC MAN (a role she reprised with the Jacksonville Symphony), then with talented Michael Andrew in FLY ME TO THE MOON. She was also the Beggar Woman in OPO’s production of SWEENEY TODD, co-starring Faith Prince and Davis Gaines.

Laura was also thrilled to be first performer to create a solo cabaret show for Walt Disney World as a part of the Disney Event Group and Disney Institute.

A New Jersey native, Laura spent just over a year singing in Tokyo, Japan, has performed at Lincoln Center with Donna Murphy, and at Radio City with Maureen McGovern. A graduate of Dickinson College, where she was the recipient of the Gould Memorial Drama Prize (PA) and the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, where she received the Florence Bower Vocal Prize (NYC).

Laura makes her home in Orlando, FL with her husband George Hamrah and cats, Oscar and Percy. Laura is proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.

ABOUT SHELLEY KEELOR

Shelley Keelor is a native of Louisville, Kentucky, and recently moved to Florida from NYC. Since her arrival, she has performed at Riverside Theatre and The River Club in Vero Beach. Her New York and national credits include: PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES, SCHMIDT AND JONES’ ROADSIDE, CABARET, ALWAYS PATSY CLINE, SOCIAL SECURITY, THE MUSIC MAN, KISS ME KATE, THE FANTASTICKS, WILL ROGERS FOLLIES, and HONLY TONK ANGELS, which debuted at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival.

Internationally, Ms. Keelor gave solo performances in Italy, and with the Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra in both Istanbul and at the famed Aspendos Amphitheater in Antalya, Turkey. She is a prizewinner of the 2001 American Traditions Vocal competition of Savannah, Georgia and premiered her one-woman show LISTEN! The Unheard Voices of Animals at the Peace Center for the Performing Arts (South Carolina) to benefit animal organizations.

ABOUT MUSICAL DIRECTOR, CARYL FANTEL

Caryl Fantel is a Carbonell and Silver Palm Award-winning Music Director, Piano Accompanist and Vocal Coach with more than 25 years of experience working with celebrated performers and musicians at theatres, concert halls and other venues around the U.S. Highlights from her extensive music direction credits include preparing the students from Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School for their inspiring performance on the 2018 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall; Theda Bara and the Frontier Rabbi Off-Broadway; the post-Broadway regional premiere of HOLIDAY INN at The 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle; the Carbonell-winning production of Assassins and the critically acclaimed PASSION with Zoetic Stage at Miami’s Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts; THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, SPRING AWAKENING and other productions with Slow Burn Theatre Company at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale, FL; 5 years as Resident Music Director for the Cohoes Music Hall in New York’s Capital District; multiple staged concerts and readings of new musical works at Palm Beach Dramaworks, Theatre Lab at Florida Atlantic University and The Arts Garage in Florida; and 9 years as Music Director of South Florida’s Carbonell Awards ceremonies. She also served as Associate Music Director and Pianist for the Florida tour of Stars of David, produced by New York-based Daryl Roth Productions.

This versatile pianist’s work has been heard from Carnegie Hall and New York’s York Theatre to the Adrienne Arsht, Kravis and Broward Centers for the Performing Arts; Miami-Dade, Aventura and Miramar Cultural Arts Centers; The Maltz Jupiter Theatre (FL); Players Theatre Columbus (OH); Palace Theatre (Albany, NY); University of Miami, Lynn University, Florida Atlantic University, Nova Southeastern University; Actors’ Playhouse, GableStage, and many other venues, in addition to accompanying auditions for Broadway and National touring companies, NYU, Emerson College, AMDA, YoungArts, National Society of Arts and Letters, and more.

An active arts advocate, Caryl is a member of the Broward County Cultural Council. She maintains a busy private teaching studio, works independently and with schools to develop emerging talent, and creates and presents educational workshops for students of all ages. She has also led numerous vocal ensembles and creates custom entertainment programs for public and private events.

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