Performers added for a NOL À BROADWAY at Catalina Jazz Club this weekend
Chris Isaacson Presents and Ronn Goswick announced the addition of NBC’s The Voice Season 10 winner Alisan Porter, along with Chad Doreck, Kate Harmon, Bethany Joy Lenz, Nicole Santiago, Matt Zarley and newcomer Ava Delaney at the artists lineup for the 12th annual Christmas on Broadway. Hosted by Broadway stars Eden Espinosa and David Burnham with musical direction Gerald Sternbach, there will only be one performance on Sunday, December 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood. Porter and Delaney join previously announced Will Collyer, Julie GarnyÃ©, Dillon Klena and Valerie Perri.
Born to a Broadway singer mother and rocker father, Alisan Porter rose from America’s wonder on Star Search at age five to starring in the classic 1991 John Hughes film, Curly Sue. She appeared on Broadway in Footloose and the 2006 revival of A Chorus Line. She has released two solo albums, Alisan Porter (2009) and Who We Are (2014). She made history on NBC’s The Voice, winning Season 10 and becoming the first ever female coach winner. She has since evoked a style infused with booming gospel, blues soul and rock ‘n’ roll energy.
Co-host Eden Espinosa is best known for her critically acclaimed portrayal of Elphaba in Wicked on Broadway and in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Other credits include the main character’s origin in Brooklyn the Musical, Flora in Flora the Red Menace, and Maureen in Rent on Broadway’s closing company. She played the role of Trina in the national touring production of Falsettos. She received rave reviews in Merrily We Roll Along at the Huntington Theater in Boston. She was Daniela in In the Heights (Kennedy Center) and played Anita in West Side Story (Royal Albert Hall). TV appearances include Law & Order, Ugly Betty, and Elementary. Voiceover credits include Tangled the Series (Disney Channel), Robot Chicken, MAD TV, Elena of Avalor, and Titan Maximum. She has recorded two albums, Look Around (2012) and Revelation (2019). edenespinosa.com
Co-host David Burnham was last seen on Broadway in Wicked, playing Fiyero, a role he created in the show’s development workshops. He was part of the original Broadway cast of The Light in The Piazza and received the prestigious Helen Hayes and Garland Awards for Best Actor for his portrayal of Fabrizio in the Piazza National Tour. He replaced Donny Osmond as Joseph in the National Tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. He toured nationally in Jesus Christ Superstar and was in the original cast of The Best Is Yet to Come – The Music of Cy Coleman. He performed in Showstoppers at the Wynn Resort in Las Vegas. In theaters, he was the voice of the prince in the Warner Bros. animated feature. The King and I, and he appears on the soundtracks of Ghepetto, Disney’s Home on the Range, and South Park. He recorded two solo albums, an eponymous CD and One Day. www.davidburnham.com
Gerald Sternbach is one of LA’s most active musical directors. He won an Ovation Award (13 nominations), three LA Drama Critics Circle Awards (seven nominations) and three Garland Awards. He was musical director of Reprise! for six seasons and has directed on and off Broadway as well as on national tours. He has worked alongside Mel Brooks, Carrie Fisher, Melissa Manchester, Adam Lambert, Josh Groban, Carol Burnett, Nancy Wilson, Lillias White, John Lithgow, Kelsey Grammer, Jennifer Hudson and Judith Light, among others.
The evening’s festivities will include an ugly jersey contest and a raffle for fun holiday prizes. Proceeds will be donated to Fisher Place at the Alcott Center, a nonprofit agency providing mental health services to adults, many of whom suffer from drug addiction, homelessness and some with a history of incarceration. Fisher Place is home to 43 men with mental health issues who were redirected from incarceration to care at the Alcott Center. While living at Fisher Place, residents receive mental and traditional health care services and help finding permanent housing. Fisher Place is supported by the generosity of actress / director / mental health advocate Joely Fisher and the Fisher family.
Tickets for the 12th edition of A Broadway Christmas are $ 25 and $ 37.50 with VIP seating available for $ 50. Visit www.TicketWeb.com, www.catalinajazzclub.com or www.ChrisIsaacsonPresents.com or call (866) 468-3399. Doors open at 6 p.m. for cocktail and dinner service (minimum applies) and show time is 7:30 p.m. The Catalina Jazz Club is located at 6725 W. Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, 90028.