Singers and Composers Honor Stephen Schwartz at 25th Anniversary Gala for American Opera Projects

May 13, 2014

Brooklyn’s AOP (American Opera Projects) celebrated its 25th anniversary of developing and producing opera and music theater on Monday, May 12 with a gala that honored Stephen Schwartz, composer and lyricist of Wicked, Pippin, and Godspell as well as the AOP-developed opera Séance on a Wet Afternoon. It was a hot night (and not just because the air-conditioning was on the fritz) as a packed house of composers, singers, producers and supporters of new music entertained by a concert of Mr. Schwartz’s music performed by a mix of opera and Broadway stars including Lauren Flanigan, Anthony Roth Costanzo, and Betsy Wolfe. AOP-produced composers Daniel Felsenfeld (Nora, In the Great Outdoors), Zachary Redler (Jonathan Larson Award, The Memory Show), and Gregory Spears (Paul’s Case) were among those who spoke about their connection to AOP and the influence of Mr. Schwartz on their lives. The event was held at the landmark theater club The Players in New York City and raised funds to support the not-for-profit AOP and its mission.

Check out photos from the evening in the gallery below and here.


Tony winner Cady Huffman flaunts it in a benefit evening for AOP

June 3, 2013

Cady Huffman

When Cady Huffman walked on stage to flaunt it as the blonde bombshell “Ulla” in Mel Brooks’ The Producers, she walked off with a Tony. On Monday, June 24th, the actress  shares stories about her opera training leading to success in musicals and dramas like The Nance on Broadway, where she currently can be seen with her Producers co-star Nathan Lane.  The benefit evening supports the Brooklyn-based new music organization American Opera Projects (AOP).

Using a playlist of opera and music theater favorites Ms. Huffman discusses her connections to both genres in a program that features music by soprano Sequina DuBose and countertenor Ryland Angel. The event is hosted by Ruth and Martin Goldstein in the living room of their historic Fort Greene brownstone and will feature food, drink, and a silent auction. A limited amount of tickets are available to the public on AOP’s website.

Cady Huffman stars in The Tony Award nominated play The Nance on Broadway. She is perhaps best known for her Tony winning performance as “Ulla” in The Producers on Broadway. This led to her unforgettable recurring role on HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm where she almost became Larry David’s 10th anniversary present. This success also brought her to the Food Network’s kitchen stadium where she has judged for 10 consecutive seasons on Iron Chef America.

Cady often lends her talents and resources to several charitable causes, including Creative Alternatives of New York, AIDS awareness, breast cancer research, women’s heart health and animal rights. As an advocate for the arts, she has traveled to Washington to speak to Senators and Congresspersons and has spoken on panels at Sundance Film Festival and Brown and Harvard Universities focusing on the arts and first amendment rights. She is passionate about keeping the arts in public schools and helping young people realize their potential.

Cady Huffman tells how opera and music theater collided in a memorable audition


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