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State Theatre Presents An Online Conversation and Q&A Hosted By Tony Award-Winning Producer Ken Davenport

State Theatre Presents An Online Conversation and Q&A Hosted By Tony Award-Winning Producer Ken Davenport

(NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ) -- State Theatre New Jersey presents a not-to-be missed, one-night only online conversation all about Broadway and moderated by Tony(R) Award-winning Producer Ken Davenport (Kinky Boots, Spring Awakening, Once on This Island) on Wednesday, January 27 at 7:00pm. Featuring Broadway actors and creative artists, the panelists—many who have recently performed at State Theatre New Jersey—have appeared in hit national tours such as Jersey Boys, Beautiful—The Carole King Musical, RENT, The King and I, Motown the Musical, Something Rotten!, The Color Purple, and Cabaret.

Panelists include 


  • Kennedy Caughell (Broadway: Natasha, Pierre, & the Great Comet of 1812; Beautiful—The Carole King Musical; National Tour: Carole King in Beautiful—The Carole King Musical; Wicked) 

  • Chris Stevens (National Tours: Nick Massi in Jersey Boys [NJ Premiere Tour], Rum Tum Tugger in Cats; Sky in Mamma Mia. Chris is from NJ)

  • Devin Holloway (National Tours: Tap Brother in After Midnight, Minstrel in Something Rotten!, Jackie Wilson in Motown the Musical, 42nd Street, HAIR

  • Matt DiCarlo (National Tour: Tour Director for The Play That Goes Wrong; Broadway: Production Stage Manager for Beetlejuice, The Play That Goes Wrong, the Tony®-winning revival of The Color Purple; Rutgers Alum) 

  • Pedro Ka’awaloa (National Tours: King of Siam in The King and I; Regional Theatre: El Gallo in The FantasticksSouth Pacific; Evita

  • Bailey McCall  (National Tours: Jenna in Waitress; Sally Bowles in Cabaret; Off-Broadway: Penny in The Big Bang Theory: Musical Parody

  • Gabriella Rodriguez (National Tour: Squeak in The Color Purple; Regional Theatre: In the Heights; Educational: Cabaret; Little Women. Gabriella is from NJ) 

  • Javon King (International/National Tour: Angel in RENT. Javon is from NJ)

  • James Taylor Odom (National Tour: D'Ysquith Family in A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder; Captain Von Trapp U/S The Sound of Music; Regional: Scrooge in A Christmas CarolHenry Higgins in My Fair Lady, Murder For Two)

Panel topics include a behind-the-scenes look at the life of a touring actor, what it's like to be a part of an iconic show, character preparation, the importance of the arts, diversity and inclusion in the arts, and what they miss most during the pandemic. Some audience questions, submitted in advance, will be used during the discussion.  This event will take place on Zoom. 

Your participation is a donation to State Theatre New Jersey’s Community Engagement programs. Donate What You Can—a minimum donation of $10 allows you to participate, larger donation amounts are greatly appreciated.  Click here to make a donation.

State Theatre New Jersey is located at 15 Livingston Avenue in New Brunswick, New Jersey.






originally published: 01/20/2021


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