About this Session
Award ceremonies always seem to stir up controversy. Everyone seems to be an expert, or at the very least has an opinion. It seems like there’s always someone who wasn’t nominated, or, someone who was nominated didn’t win and clearly should have.
Two years ago we had our first Tony’s Session where we celebrated shows that won the Tony for either Best Musical or Revival. Last year we honoured the writers and shows that won Best Original Score.
This year we are featuring songs from shows that were robbed of a nomination or a win. It’s the performer’s chance to have a say; to say their piece, share an opinion, or try to convince the audience they are right – Matilda losing Best Original Score to Kinky Boots, for example… can we get an amen!?
Doors are open at 5:45pm. Food and beverages are available from the bar.
As there are limited seats available due to COVID restrictions, you will be able to join us in person, OR stream it from the comfort of your home!
Tickets to be in the audience go on sale on Saturday 19 June. Unfortunately, you are unable to book a whole table – however the Broadway Sessions team will be allocating seats so you can sit with your family and friends. Tickets bought under the same name will automatically be seated together. If you have any other seating requests, please email them to [email protected] by 5pm on Wednesday 23 June. We may not be able to accommodate any requests after this time.
Tickets to watch the live stream from home will also be available from the tickets page.
Mark is a respected opera, cabaret and concert singer, with a passion for music theatre. He has toured South Australia with State Opera, SINGular productions and the Adelaide Art Orchestra. Mark produced and performed in his own sell out swing show – Mark Oates and the Daniel Brunner Pretty Big Band – for the 2009 and 2011 Adelaide Fringe Festivals. For the Adelaide Festival, Mark sung the roles of Ruffiak in Ligeti’s Le Grande Macabre and Street Singer in Leonard Bernstein’s Mass.
For State Opera SA, Mark premiered the role of “the Cantor” in Astor Piazzolla’s Maria de Buenos Aires, a co-production with Leigh Warren and Dancers which was reprised for the 2011 Brisbane Festival. He also performed Joe in The Station (Howard Blake), and John Styx in Orpheus in the Underworld (Offenbach). Last year Mark performed in the world premiere of the full Philip Glass trilogy for State Opera SA, including the role of Arjuna in Satyagraha. In the two weeks prior to the opening night of Broadway Sessions, Mark will be part of the State Opera SA chorus in Faust and the Verdi Requiem before travelling to Canberra for two concerts with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra.
Mark has also worked with many Adelaide based musical theatre companies. He was an Oscart and Curtain Call winner and Critic’s Circle nominee for his portrayal of Jean Valjean in The G&S Society’s Les Misérables. For The G&S Society Mark has also played the Baker in Into the Woods and the Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance. He premiered Horton the Elephant in the award winning Seussical the Musical and portrayed Utterson in Jekyll and Hyde for The Hills Musical Company. Other roles include Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar for Northern Light Theatre Company, Archibald Craven in The Secret Garden for both The Therry Dramatic Society and The G&S Society, Enoch Snow in Carousel for Swell Productions/MS Society and was part of the original cast of It’s A Dad thing for SINGular productions. Mark has also played “man” in several productions, including Songs for a New World and I Love you, You’re Perfect, Now Change!
Ben Francis (He/Him)
Ben has many years of musical experience. His training has taken him around Australia, to Hong Kong, Paris and to London where has performed in the West End and The Royal Albert Hall. He has a number of musical theatre credits including The Little Mermaid (Prince Eric), Pirates of Penzance (Frederic), Jesus Christ Superstar (Jesus) and Barnum (P.T Barnum). Opera credits with the State Opera of South Australia include Cloudstreet! (Lon Lamb), Carmen and La Bohemé. Drama credits with Independent Theatre include Peter and Alice (Peter Pan), Amadeus (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart), Brideshead Revisited (Sebastien Flyte) and Old Wicked Songs (Stephan Hoffman).
In 2017 and 2018, Ben produced and starred in Private Peaceful, which won the Theatre Association of South Australia’s ‘DramatiCAL’ award for Best Drama. Ben was also awarded Best Youth Actor for his performance. Off stage, Ben’s accolades include director, musical director, orchestral conductor, producer and writer. Ben has musically directed and conducted several local productions, including Bugsy Malone and 13! with Adelaide Youth Theatre, and Beauty and the Beast with Shane Davidson Presents. He is currently working as Musical Director of Chicago with Pelican Productions.
As co-founder of the highly successful youth performing arts company, Promise Adelaide, Ben has provided opportunities for over 100 young performers while raising over $20,000 for charity organisations. Ben is also the lead vocalist and musical arranger of The 60 Four, where he scales the vocal heights of Frankie Valli in venues around Australia in Adelaide’s first-class ‘60s tribute act.
As a child, you could always find BJ screaming into his SingStar microphone and dancing to High School Musical. These habits evolved into BJ's love for singing and dancing.
In BJ's short musical career he has performed in Jekyll and Hyde, in which he portrayed several important characters including "Angry Man 1", "Rich Man" and "Scared Man #2", and Anything Goes where he was Reverand Henry T Dobson. In 2019 BJ got his first leading role in Once Upon a Mattress where he was Prince Dauntless the Drab.
BJ is currently at the Adelaide Conservatorium of Music completing a Bachelors of Music Education and Pedagogy.
Declan is thrilled to be performing at the first Broadway Sessions in too many months! Originally from Canberra, he currently studies Musical Theatre at the Elder Conservatorium here in Adelaide and is having a blast.
Eilish Webb (She/They)
Eilish Webb is 20 years of age and currently studying a Bachelor of Performing Arts at Federation University. She is a Legit Soprano learning to belt badly. She has been singing for about 10 years. Her roles include Wendy in Peter Pan, Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls, Little Red Riding Hood and Rapunzel, in Into the Woods, Mr Bumble in Oliver! and Miss Hannigan in Annie. In 2019 she directed a full community amateur production of the musical The Pajama Game with her company SAM (South Australian Musicals). She also has a Diploma in Screen and Media Makeup.
Gianna Guttilla is an Adelaide-based soprano and recent Bachelor of Music graduate (Classical Voice) from the Elder Conservatorium, under the vocal tutelage of Cheryl Pickering. Gianna was delighted to have received the Robert Whinham Prize for the best interpretation of an operatic aria (2018), as well as the Adelaide Choral Society Prize (2019-2020). She was also a member of the chorus and understudy for the role of the Sorceress in SOSA’S Dido and Aeneas (2018).
Gianna has also recently performed as a featured soloist with Recitals Australia as part of their 2021 Autumn Lunch Hour Series. As well as being classically-trained, Gianna has also been fortunate enough to perform an array of musical styles including jazz, pop, gospel and music theatre, having previously performed with Patti LuPone and for Alan Cumming at the 2018 and 2021 Adelaide Cabaret Festivals. Gianna is also an educator who is passionate about music and vocal development, working as a singing teacher and vocal educator at various schools and institutions around Adelaide.
Hayley has lived overseas for most of her life and returned back to Australia when she was 15. Whilst overseas she studied voice and piano at an international music academy. Aside from performance in countless musicals, the highlights of her musical career so far has been supporting Hugh Jackman in his recent roadshow in Australia and travelling around the Middle East and Asia as part of an international choir.
Originally from the US, Jeri Williams immigrated to Adelaide in 2011. She’s a born performer, growing up singing in choirs, glee club, a pop/R&B girl group, and musical theatre. She got her start in theatre performing in the ensemble of How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying at age 16. After school, Jeri got a job singing in an acapella group at a theme park in Florida, which led to being cast as Wendy Darling by Disney Cruise Line. Jeri spent her early 20s working and performing on various cruise ships with her husband.
Since making Adelaide her home, Jeri has delved into the local theatre scene on a few occasions, being cast in leading roles in NLTC’s Into The Woods (2012) as the Baker’s Wife; G&SSA’s Guys & Dolls (2015) as Adelaide and NLTC's Mack and Mabel (2016) as Mabel.
When life gets too busy for a full show schedule, Jeri enjoys singing with the Civic Park Carols Choir and joining in for a sing at Broadway Sessions as often as possible.
Joe Meldrum’s professional career was launched by following the famous footsteps of Fred Astaire as leading man in A Fine Romance: The Magic of Fred Astaire (JTM Productions). Since then, he has worked extensively throughout Australia with notable performances in Chicago for the Gordon Frost Organisation, and as ‘Snowboy’ in Opera Australia’s West Side Story on Sydney Harbour.
Additional theatre credits include ‘Trick’ in the 20th Anniversary production of The Boy From Oz (The Production Company), Pippin (GFO), The Who’s TOMMY (Victorian Opera), leading man in the premiere season of Just A Couple of Song and Dance Men (JTM), Oklahoma! and Curtains (TPC). On screen, he features in Dream Deep for Museums Victoria and feature film Beautiful for KOJO Pictures. Joe is a 2015 WAAPA graduate, a proud member of Actor’s Equity and is represented by Ian White Management.
You can find out more about Joe over here: www.joemeldrum.com
Katherine knew she was destined for a careeer on the stage, after starring as Mary in her kindergarten nativity play. She has worked professionally as an Entertainer on the Murray Princess cruise ship and has taught singing privately. She has completed her Bachelor of Arts, with a double major in Music and Creative Writing. Most recently she has co written and directed I'M FINE (a musical about teenage mental health). Additionally Katherine has previously musically directing Grease and Beauty and the Beast. But her real passion is for performing on the stage. Katherine loves connecting with a live audience when she plays a character; whether it's tugging at thier heartstrings or making them laugh. Some of her favourite previous roles include The Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz, The Baker's Wife in Into the Woods and the title role in Calamity Jane.
Kiara has been singing, dancing and acting for as long as she can remember. She enrolled in her first dance class at the age of 2 and for the last 10 years has studied Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Acrobatics, Cheer, Singing and Musical Theatre at TIDC Performing Arts Studio. At the age of 10, she developed a love for Musical Theatre and got her first role in Adelaide Youth Theatre's Bugsy Malone (2015). She has gone on to perform in numerous AYT shows, with highlights being Belle in Beauty and the Beast, Patrice in 13: The Musical and Veruca Salt in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Kiara is a passionate, captivating and talented young performer with a bright future ahead of her.
Kristian is 19 years old and has worked in various feature films, commercials and television shows. He’s been involved in acting since 2009, graduating in 2019 from the SA Casting (Ann Peters) three-year course. Kristian has performed in various theatre roles including, Seymour- Little Shop of Horrors (2018 Fringe), Horton- Seussical (2020), Bud Frump- How To Succeed (2020), Kenickie- Grease (2020), Javert- Les Misérables (2021) and Leo Bloom- The Producers (2021). He’s also Assistant Directed two shows in 2019, Barnum! (Fringe) and Into the Woods. Kristian currently studies singing with David Gauci but has been taking lessons since 2009 with various teachers.
Kristin Stefanoff (she/her)
Kristin has over ten years experience as a musical theatre performer in Adelaide. Credits include: Simone (Shane Warne The Musical - Segue Productions 2020); Elizabeth (If/Then - Segue Productions 2018); Cathy (The Last Five Years - Segue Productions 2017); Clara (The Light In The Piazza - Davine Productions 2016); Inga (Young Frankenstein - Marie Clark Musical Theatre 2014); Smitty (How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying - Marie Clark Musical Theatre 2013); Ensemble/Lady of The Lake Understudy (Spamalot - Marie Clark Musical Theatre 2018); Trisha (A Chorus Line - Marie Clark Musical Theatre 2012); Ensemble (Jekyll & Hyde - Marie Clark Musical Theatre 2017); Ensemble (Rent - Marie Clark Musical Theatre 2016); Ensemble (The Wiz - Hills Musical Company 2010). In November 2021, Kristin will be playing Laura in HMC’S production of High Fidelity.
Kristin holds a Bachelor of Music Education from the Elder Conservatorium, majoring in Classical Piano, and has extensive accompanying and pit experience. Music Direction credits include: Heathers: The Musical (Segue Productions 2019); Calamity Jane (Marie Clark Musical Theatre 2014); Poor Expectations (Investigator College 2014); Mulan Jr (Investigator College 2013); and Honk! (Investigator College 2011).
Kristin studies voice with Sarah Jane Whiteley Voice Studio, and teaches piano, voice and violin.
Lucy has been involved in theatre for over 20 years and has been involved in a number of Adelaide shows, most recently playing the role of Ulla in Marie Clark's The Producers.
Max has done many shows in his time at school performing in, 42nd Street, The Adams Family, Les Misérables, Stop the Presses and most recently Beauty and the Beast where he will play Gaston. He has done a few shows outside of school with AYT, which he enjoyed and developed many acting skills he now uses today. Currently he is in Year 12 studying Chemistry, Biology, Maths and Drama, with a hope to pursue paramedical science after school, as well as some acting on the side.
Olivia Sutton is 16 years old and is currently in Year 11 at Scotch College Adelaide. Olivia has been performing since she can remember. She started in Theatre Bugs and then joined performing arts at Scotch at the age of 5. Olivia is thrilled to be playing the role of Belle in Scotch College's upcoming production of Beauty and the Beast.
Oscar Bridges (He/Him)
Oscar, 16 years old, has been performing since he was 7. He's performed in over 20 musical theatre productions, including the London Palladium's National tour of The Sound of Music, as Kurt at 10. Oscar's most recent musicals included Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as Wonka, and Matilda as Miss Trunchbull. Oscar is excited to be back with the Broadway Sessions family.
Roh K Whittaker (they/them)
Having performed in a variety of musicals ranging from Next To Normal to The Boy From Oz, South East Queensland performer Roh Whittaker is no stranger to the stage. Beginning their training of music theory and performance from age 8, with soon to follow theatre and dance training at secondary school and private academies, they have developed a keen eye for all things Musical Theatre; both on stage and off. They recently began their studies at the Elder Conservatorium studying a Bachelor in Music Theatre under the careful guidance of George Torbay and many others.
Some of their more recent credits include, Billy Flynn in Chicago (ADMT), Angel in Kinky Boots (Phoenix Ensemble), Featured Dancer in The Boy From Oz (Savoyards) and Gabe in Next To Normal (Brisbane Arts Theatre).
Sam is very excited to bring his portrayal of Max Bialystock to the stage in his very first lead role. Sam most recently performed with MCMT in 2009, playing Peter in Jesus Christ Superstar. Other roles include: Papa Ogre/Papa Bear (Shrek The Musical), The Witch’s Father (Wicked), Sketch (Hairspray), Newcomer & Ricky (Avenue Q), Skip Snip (Little Shop of Horrors), Lou Adler (flowerchildren) and Professor Von Metzenbaum (For Unto Y’all).
Ensemble roles include: Legally Blonde the Musical, Monty Python's Spamalot, Les Misérables and a variety of Gilbert & Sullivan productions such as Pirates of Penzance and HMS Pinafore. Recently Sam has enjoyed being “behind the curtain”, stage managing and providing video and projections for a number of youth theatre shows directed by his wife Michelle, three of which have been nominated for Best Youth Musical at the Adelaide Theatre Guide Awards.
Victoria is a musical theatre tragic whose experience in musical theatre largely extend to one fateful middle school musical where she sang Miley Cyrus’ late noughties hit, ‘Breakout’. With that being her peak, she is hoping to surpass it now over a decade later. Early experiences with school choir and singing opportunities fostered a love for the ol’ razzle dazzle, a love which was supplemented by a penchant for being the centre of attention and an adoration for the heavy exposition only musical theatre can provide. Being an alto in a soprano world (by SA’s Festival of Music standards, anyway) found her developing a niche playing male roles – or, at the very least, taking the male parts in duets in her best friend’s car.
By day, Victoria is a PhD student at the University of South Australia, but by night, she aspires to moonlight as an almost-in-tune, maybe-a-little-funny performer.
Zazie (12yrs old) is a born performer and never shies away from a crowd. She has been singing and dancing in nursing homes, The Festival of Music and school concerts all throughout her primary school years. She plays the Ukulele and the Harp, is the lead singer in a GIRL ROCK band and is currently rehearsing for Pelican Productions' School Of Rock.
Peter Johns (Piano/Musical Director)
Peter is a music director, accompanist, repertoire coach, and the founder of Irregular Productions - one half of the brains behind Broadway Sessions.
He has been a theatre music director since 2005, with a number of his shows winning local awards. Theatre Credits include: (as Music Director) Beautiful, Mamma Mia, Les Misérables, Next to Normal, Violet, The Story Of My Life, Songs For A New World, The Light In The Piazza, You're A Good Man Charlie Brown, Into the Woods, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, [title of show], Edges, Avenue Q, Bring It On, Singing In The Rain, Fiddler on the Roof, Oliver!, Monty Python’s Spamalot, Chicago, Sweeney Todd, The Sound of Music, Urinetown the Musical, Scrooge, The Witches of Eastwick, Little Shop of Horrors, Seussical the Musical, Grease, Once Upon a Mattress; (as Associate Music Director) Kinky Boots; (as Conductor) City of Angels, The Addams Family; (as Associate Conductor) Rent; (as Assistant Music Director) Jesus Christ Superstar, Godspell, South Pacific, Copacabana; as well as playing keyboard in over 25 other productions.
Besides co-producing Broadway Sessions, Irregular Productions has also staged the South Australian premieres of Songs for a New World, [title of show] and Edges, as well as a new production of Godspell (with Lydian Productions).
Peter is also the music director for Civic Park Carols, Australia's second-largest candlelight carols event, working with some of Adelaide’s finest musician’s and performers, as well as artists such as Justine Clarke, Guy Sebastian, Rachel Beck, and Jimmy Giggle.
Louis Cann (Bass)
Louis has been playing both double bass and bass guitar as long as he can remember. Beginning with lessons at the age of 7, he quickly developed his skills and decided that music was the career for him. Louis began playing for Musical Theatre shows in 2011, with the Northern Lights Theatre Company’s production of Beauty and the Beast, which coincidentally, was the beginning of a long-standing working relationship with Musical Director, Peter Johns! Since, Louis has played for many theatre companies around Adelaide, including Adelaide Youth Theatre, Lydian Productions, Pelican Productions, Davine Productions, Irregular Productions, Marie Clarke Musical Theatre, The Gilbert & Sullivan Society of South Australia, and Hills Musical Company. Some of his favourite shows to play for have been In the Heights, for Pelican Productions in 2019, and Beautiful: The Carol King Musical, for Davine Productions in 2020. In 2018, Louis had the privilege of playing in the pit for the Gordon Frost Organisation’s touring production of The Wizard of Oz. Louis graduated from the Elder Conservatorium of Music in 2016, with a Bachelor of Music (Classical Performance.) That same year, he began performing as a casual member of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra - some of his favourite performances include Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in Concert at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre, and Last Night of the Proms at the Adelaide Festival Centre.
Max Ziliotto (Drums/Percussion)
Max has been playing percussion for 15 years, and has been involved in numerous music performance groups throughout that time. Attending Marryatville High School 2006-2010, and being a part of the Raiders Drum Corps since 2007, he learned performance etiquette pretty quickly, and grew comfortable performing in front of people. Max participated in the Big Band program at high school, and as such was able to attend Generations in Jazz multiple times. His drumkit playing further improved after high school where, during his studies for his Bachelor of Music (Percussion), he was a part of the Jazz SA Youth Superbands. While studying his Bachelors, Max competed in and won First Place in the 2011 MSO Snare Competition.
Musical theatre has been part of his life since 2009, and as luck would have it, Max has been working with Peter Johns since his very first show! Productions Max has been involved in include: Sweeney Todd, Fame, Spamalot, Beauty and the Beast, Oliver!, Annie, The Full Monty, You're a Good Man Charlie Brown, Violet, Wicked, Bring It On!, Edges, Beautiful, Mamma Mia, and Les Miserables.
Outside of music, Max has developed a passion for gridiron, and plays for the Port Adelaide Spartans. He is also a personal trainer, and his love for craft beers is pretty strong!