May 2 @ 8pm
at the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse
Julie Budd in "Center Stage"
A Benefit for the Thommie Walsh Education Scholarship
Julie Budd is considered to be one of the most exciting singers on the scene today.
While enjoying a multi-faceted musical career, Julie Budd’s credits range from television to film, the New York stage, and symphonies all over the country, along with the most lavish casinos and showrooms everywhere. The New York Times raved with a full 2-page glowing retrospective of Julie’s career, declaring Ms. Budd “The Consummate Performer.”
She began her professional career at the tender age of twelve, after meeting record producer/orchestrator Herb Bernstein. He immediately took Julie under his wing and introduced her to Merv Griffin at a recording session in New York City. After hearing Julie sing, this “Mini Girl with the Maxi Voice” was invited to appear on more than 100 of Merv’s Shows. From there Julie went on to appear on The Tonight Show, Entertainment Tonightand every major TV show.
In the years that followed, Julie co- starred with such legendary performers as Frank Sinatra, Bill Cosby, Carol Burnett, and Liberace.
As Julie recalls. “What a way to grow up and start in this business!!! These people were wonderful to me. Some kids went to school, but I went to work and learned from the best. Each one of these performers was a professor to me, and I was lucky to have had the opportunity to know them all.”
While touring in her One Women shows , Julie’s concerts have included performances at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, The London Palladium, Tel Aviv’s Israel Performing Art’s Center, Venues in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, and major symphony halls in the United States.
Julie Budd has become a favorite to many of the symphony orchestras, including The Baltimore Symphony, The National Symphony, The Pittsburgh Symphony, The Austin Symphony, The Alabama Symphony, The Philadelphia Symphony, The Boca Pops, The Milwaukee Symphony, and The Dallas Symphony.
Julie Budd has also pursued an exciting acting career, having appeared in productions with The prestigious Circle Repertory Company in New York City, The Laywrights Horizon in NYC, appearing On Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater, and in Neil Simon’s “They’re Playing Our Song.”
Movie-goers will remember Julie starring role in Disney’s “The Devil & Max Devlin” with Bill Cosby & Elliot Gould. Along with this role, Julie once again had the great pleasure of working with the late & brilliant Marvin Hamlisch, who, together with Carol Bayer Sager, penned the title song “Roses & Rainbows” for Julie, which she has recently re-recorded & released on Her CD “The New Classics.” Julie Budd has also recently appeared in the Motion Picture, “Two Lovers” along with Joaquin Phoenix & Gwyneth Paltrow.
Julie’s CD “Pure Imagination” (After9 Touchwood) was named “Top Ten CD’s” By Entertainment Today, and received a Four Star (4Stars) rave from Stereo Review. Julie Followed up with another CD – “If You Could See Me Now.” Her release “The New Classics” has been acclaimed as her best work to date.
May 23 @ 8pm
Mary Fahl - former lead singer of the October Project
Sounding like no other singer of her generation” (Allmusic.com), Mary Fahl is an expressive, emotional singer/songwriter who first achieved fame as lead singer and co-founder of the mid-1990s NYC-based chamber-pop group OCTOBER PROJECT. The hallmark of their sound was Mary Fahl's awe-inspiring power vocals over gorgeous melodies played with passion and sophistication. Since the band disbanded, Mary has released several compelling albums, including the fantastic re-working of Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" for V2 Records; her wonderful, original studio album "The Other Side of Time" on Sony Odyssey; and her acclaimed album “Love and Gravity”. She has also written and performed songs for several major motion pictures, including the lead song (“Going Home”) for the Civil War epic Gods and Generals. Now Mary returns with her album “Live at the Mauch Chunk Opera House”, a collection of twenty-three tracks recorded live at one of America's oldest vaudeville theaters and filmed for PBS to be aired starting in late 2014. Fahl’s elegant, cinematic songs draw on classical and world music sources, American art song, as well as thinking man’s folk-pop which she performs with an earthy, viscerally powerful contralto that Boston Globe critic Steve Morse calls “a voice for the gods that can transport listeners to other realms”. Along with her music director, virtuoso instrumentalist Mark Doyle on electric guitar and piano, and members of Syracuse-based Grupo Pagan, her upcoming performance will include “Exiles”, a song written for Anne Rice’s new audiobook “The Wolves of Midwinter”, a stunning cover of the Joni Mitchell classic “Both Sides Now”, and many October Project favorites.