Performer Bios

Matthew MorrisonMatthew Morrison is a versatile actor who is recognized for his work on-stage and on-screen. He has been nominated for Tony, Emmy and Golden Globe Awards.

Morrison most recently starred as J.M Barrie in the Harvey Weinstein musical "Finding Neverland" through January, 2016. The Broadway production is an adaptation of the 2004 film written by David Magee. The story follows the relationship between Barrie and the Davies family, who became the author's inspiration for the creation of Peter Pan. Morrison received two Drama Desk nominations for his role, and won the category of Favorite Actor in a Musical in the Broadway.com Audience Awards.

In 2015, Morrison wrapped the final season of Fox's musical comedy series "Glee," where he starred as the director of the glee club, Mr. Schuester. The show was created by Ryan Murphy and received the Golden Globe award "Best Television Series - Comedy or Musical" in 2010 and 2011.

Morrison was the first artist signed to Adam Levine's record label, 222 Records, where he released his Broadway standards album, "Where it All Began," in June 2013.

In 2012, Morrison starred in the Lionsgate film, "What to Expect When You're Expecting," which was based on the book of the same name, directed by Kirk Jones. The film also starred Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez and Dennis Quaid among others. Morrison played a famous dance show star who is faced with the unexpected demands of fatherhood. The film was released on May 18, 2012.

In March 2012, Morrison hosted and narrated the PBS special entitled "Oscar Hammerstein IIOut of My Dreams," which focused on the Broadway producer's life and career. Also in March 2012,
Morrison was featured in a performance of Dustin Lance Black's play, '8' - a staged reenactment of the federal trial that overturned California's Prop 8 ban on same-sex marriage. The performance
raised money for the American Foundation for Equal Rights.

Morrison studied musical theater, vocal performance and dance at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. He made his debut on Broadway in "Footloose" but his big break came when  he was cast as heartthrob Link Larkin in the hit "Hairspray." Morrison was later nominated for a Tony Award for his role in "The Light in the Piazza," and received a Drama Desk Nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Musical for "10 Million Miles." He also starred in the Tony-winning revival of "South Pacific" at Lincoln Center Theater in New York.

Morrison currently resides in New York.

Performer Bios

Christopher Macchio is a gifted performer with a tenor voice of exceptional power and beauty. A classically trained tenor from the Manhattan School of Music, the NY native has been wowing audiences the world over by combing his golden-era sound with an emotive stage presence that resonates with a wide demographic. Recently making debut appearances in Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, his standing-ovation receptions have helped earn him contracts with major showrooms and theaters in Las Vegas and Atlantic City for 2017. Trained to sing in 15 languages, Mr. Macchio has expended his repertoire into crossover material for those with an ear for a more modern and contemporary sound, allowing him to touch the hearts of audiences on every continent, and from every walk of life. Mr. Macchio has fueled his growing reputation through extensive media exposure, including his syndicated radio "Cosmopolita", numerous appearances on network television (ABC, NBC, FOX, WPIX), and a nationally syndicated PBS Television special "Bell'Aria: LIVE from Las Vegas". In 2014 Christopher began a world tour, performing concerts in seven languages during trips across Turkey, Mexico, and Italy, and into 2015 with appearances in The United Arab Emirates, Morocco, Poland, and Paris, France. His continuing success as a thrilling music act brought him to the next level in 2015 as the newest member of The New York Tenors, joining "Irish Tenor" Andy Cooney and "America's Tenor" Daniel Rodriguez in sold-out appearances across the United States.

Christopher has also had the privilege of collaborating with world-renowned artists, including Tony Orlando, legendary Crooner Vic Damone, and a special event with Rock-n-roll Hall of Famer Rod Stewart and the legendary, Glenn Miller Orchestra. Having captured the imaginations of celebrities, Mr. Macchio recently caught the attention of developer and presidential candidate Donald J. Trump, filling in for Sir Elton John as the special guest artist for Mr. Trump's annual star-studded New Year's Eve Party at his Private Club Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, FL. Christopher Macchio keeps in touch with his fans through social media, and his music can be enjoyed at both live concert appearances and on his debut album, Docli Momenti, which has been reviewed as showing a stylistic range that delicately draws in the listener, and building to a virtuoso climax that leaves goosebumps on the arms and tears in the eyes. Mr. Macchio currently resides in New York City.

Chloe Chappa fell in love with performing in high school and is blessed to be a part of the Madison Theater 's season. Some of her recent roles include Tzeitel (Fiddler on the Roof), Hennie Berger (Awake and Sing), and Beth (Little Women). She is a sophomore in the CAP21/Molloy College BFA program with a minor in history. Chloe is also blessed to be a part of Sound Affect International and has taught at many of their music camps in Haiti. For more information on Sound Affect visit sound-affect.org.

Skylar Greenwald is so excited to debut in her first professional show at the Madison Theater Molloy College! Some of her recent and favorite roles include Oklahoma! (Ado Annie) at OCSA, Chicago (Roxy Hart) at Center Stage Playhouse, Beauty and the Beast (Belle) at Camino Real Playhouse, Performing with the Pros with Eden Espinosa (Vocal Ensemble) at OCSA, Les Misérables (Fantine) at Center Stage Playhouse. She is a student at Molloy College and CAP21 Conservatory earning a BFA in musical theater. Skylar has also trained at the Orange County School of the Arts, Broadway Artist Alliance, and with Ms. Anne Dugaw (Vocal Coach) for 10 years. Skylar would love to thank the Madison, her friends, family, and everyone else who is supporting her
giant dreams!

Brenna Hanly is a sophomore in the Molloy/CAP 21 BFA program and is thrilled to be making her collegiate debut this season with the Madison Theatre! She is from Orange County, California and is so happy to be a part of this fantastic program.

Casie Maghran is a sophomore in the joint program between CAP21 Conservatory and Molloy College. She is pursuing her BFA in Theatre Arts and is thrilled to be in some of her first pro- Evening of pfessional shows, here at the Madison. She is extremely thankful to the artistic team for this opportunity, and for the support of her incredible family back in Tucson, Arizona.

Nikky Martin is 19 years old and from the beautiful land of Portland, Oregon. She is a sophomore in the CAP21 program at Molloy College. She has been in a variety of musicals and plays such as: Addams Family, Pirates of Penzance, Children of Eden, Macbeth, As You Like It, Les Mis. She was also in a professional choir where she performed with the Oregon Symphony, Oregon Ballet, and recorded with Pink Martini. In January 2017 she will be playing the role of Benedetta in Hazel: A Musical Maid in America at The Madison Theater. She is thrilled to be performing today and is unbelievably grateful for all the opportunities this year has brought her!

Abby Michel is touched that her first performance on the Madison Theatre stage be at the Molloy Gala hosted by Matthew Morrison! She is currently a sophomore in the Musical Theatre BFA program at Molloy with CAP21 Conservatory in New York City. When she is not performing, you can find her in the practice rooms, a small cafe in the city, on the subway, or in the front of house working the Box Office, all of which have become secondary passions for her: fueling her love for theatre in all forms.

Sammi Messina Originally from Plymouth, MA, Sammi has enjoyed performing at various theatre companies and competitions throughout the state of Alabama. Her favorite roles so far have been Mrs. Lovett ("Sweeney Todd"), Morticia Addams ("The Addams Family Musical"), Millie Dillmount ("Thoroughly Modern Millie"), Belle ("Beauty and the Beast"), Phoebe ("As You Like It"), and Gwendolen Fairfax ("The Importance of Being Earnest"). Sammi is currently a Sophomore pursuing her BFA in Musical Theatre at Molloy College in partnership with CAP21 Musical Theatre Conservatory, and is very humbled by this opportunity to make her collegiate debut at The Madison Theatre! Much love and thanks to everyone who has supported me in this
crazy, beautiful life.

Kaylee Robinson is a sophomore in the Molloy/CAP21 BFA program, and she is very excited to be part of her first season at the Madison Theatre. Growing up in Maryland, a few of her past shows include The Little Mermaid (Ariel), Godspell ("Learn Your Lessons Well"), and Hello Dolly (Irene Molloy). She would like to thank her amazing family (especially her parents), friends, BFA/CAP family, and God. Enjoy the show!

Emily Morales (understudy) is from Long Island, New York. She enjoys performing and loves theatre very much. Currently, Emily is pursuing a BFA in Musical Theatre with the Molloy/Cap21 program. She has previously performed in high school productions such as; Titanic the musical, Les Miserables, Legally Blonde the Musical, In the Heights, and Children of Eden. She is very excited to be a part of this production!

Brad Ellis (Matthew Morrison's Musical Director) Brad Ellis is an American composer, musical director, orchestrator and jazz pianist. Ellis is perhaps most visible as the quiet teacher/piano accompanist for the high school kids on Glee, the Fox television show for which he is part of creator Ryan Murphy's musical production team. Ellis had a long association with the continuously evolving Off-Broadway satirical revue Forbidden Broadway. His Brad Ellis Little Big Band has released recordings, as produced by Bruce Kimmel. Ellis arranged, orchestrated and conducted members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic for their 2006 album Unexpected Dreams: Songs from the Stars, in support of the Philharmonic's "Music Matters" fund for music education. The album featured performances by TV and film stars including Victor Garber, Lucy Lawless, and Scarlett Johansson.

In 2006 Ellis orchestrated and arranged the world premiere of Billy Joel's "Waltz  no. 2 op. 5", performed by Christoph Eschenbach and the Philadelphia Orchestra, for the 151st Anniversary Gala celebration of Philadelphia's Academy of Music. He created, with Jason Alexander, Seven Broadway Shows in 7 Minutes. This witty medley was performed by Alexander with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, when the orchestra inducted its long-time conductor John Mauceri into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame in 2007. Ellis is the composer of the original music for the 2009 Off Broadway run of The Tin Pan Alley Rag, which told the story of a fictional meeting between musical greats Scott Joplin and Irving Berlin. Ellis has composed or played piano for many TV shows and films, including Gilmore Girls, Close to Home, Delovely and the DVD special features for Beauty and the Beast. Brad was featured in interviews with People magazine, CNN.com and NPR about his character on Glee. The Academy of Television Arts and Science (the Emmys) bestowed a certificate of honor to Brad Ellis, in June 2010, for his contributions of original music and lyrics to the opening number for 2009 Oscars, starring Hugh Jackman, as the host. Jackman was awarded the Emmy in 2009 for his performance of the opening number Ellis helped to create for the telecast.

Aaron Gandy (Conductor) is pleased to return to The Madison Theatre, where he conducted the 2011 Gala Opening Concert starring Martin Short, tributes to Jerry Herman, Henry Mancini and Marvin Hamlisch, two holiday concerts, and engagements by A Band Called Honalee and The Highland Divas. Mr. Gandy conducted The New York Tenors' current international tour, including their third return engagement to Carnegie Hall in December. NYC theatre credits include The Lion King, Just Jim Dale, Urinetown, The Shaggs, and Dora The Explorer Live! at Radio City Music Hall. Upcoming projects include Can Can (with orchestrations by Steve Orich) and Mark York's musical Rest In Peace. He concertizes frequently with the Library of Congress, most recently
Life Begins AT 8:40 starring Faith Prince, Brad Oscar and Kate Baldwin, which was recorded by PS Classics. Other recordings on that label include Through The Years (premiere recording), Jule Styne In Hollywood and Fine & Dandy, and The Musicality of Vincent Youmans on Jay Records. A specialist in restoring vintage musicals, he will conduct his restoration of Vincent Youmans' 1927 musical Hit the Deck at The Madison next season. Mr. Gandy is a graduate of Florida State University's School of Music. Visit www.aarongandy.com.

Jon Berger - B.F.A. Percussion S.U.N.Y. Purchase. Broadway - Jersey Boys, Fiddler, Addams Family, Next to Normal, In the Heights, Les Mis, Color Purple, Grinch, Gypsy, Flower Drum Song, Suessical, Saturday Night Fever, Cats, Jason Yudoff, Brother Josephus, Harrisburgh Symphony, Ocean City pops, The Washington ballet, Aretha Franklin, Michelle Shocked, Hiram Bullock, Cidinho, The Sambanditos, The NY tenors, CBS sports jingles, Urban stages outreach Remo, DW, Paiste and Vater Artist www.jonbergerdrums.com.

Leo Huppert (Bass) earned his B.M. in Studio Music & Jazz and M.M. in Jazz Bass Performance from the University of Miami Frost School of Music. Since arriving in New York in 1993, he has been active on the NYC music scene, including stints with Blood, Sweat & Tears, Bobby Caldwell, Leslie Uggams and a diverse list of NY's finest singers and songwriters, including being bassist for Tony-award winner and TV's 'Younger' star Sutton Foster. He is also active on Broadway, currently serving as bassist for Jersey Boys. Recent credits also include Violet as well as the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.

Eli Zoller (Guitarist) - Music director, orchestrator, and musician based in New York, Eli's experience has taken him to multiple Broadway and Off-Broadway pit orchestras as well as multiple theatres around the country; recently including Papermill Playhouse, Geva Theatre, and Weston Playhouse among others. Resident music director and guitar studio director for New York Vocal Coaching in Manhattan. University of Michigan Musical Theatre graduate. Love always to Mel and Maggie, his Ohana! www.elizoller.com.

South Shore Symphony - Since its inception in 1986, the South Shore Symphony has been an important part of the Arts on Long Island. The Symphony (SSS), considered one of Long Island's top orchestras, performs regularly at Molloy College's Madison Theatre, St. Agnes Cathedral, Mill River Park, Eisenhower Park and in the RVC Schools. Under the Direction of Maestro Scott Jackson Wiley, the SSS will present its eighteenth annual production of the "Nutcracker", a full length ballet in collaboration with Leggz Ltd. Dance, along with top professional dancers, running December 2nd through 4th. In tonight's special collaboration, members of the SSS will accompany Matthew Morrison in the Molloy College Evening of Entertainment Gala. Later in November the SSS will perform with Guest Jazz Flutist Hubert Laws and Pianist Jeffrey Biegel in a Premiere of Claude Bolling's "Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano" arranged for Symphony Orchestra and present many other concerts and performances. The organization is a part of the Rockville Centre Guild for the Arts, a not-for profit organization that was founded over thirty five years ago supporting the Arts. President Wayne Lipton is also principal Cellist and has been its leader for almost Twenty- Five Years. www.sssymphony.org