Please join us for a virtual celebration in honor of the Hippodrome Theatre’s 106th Birthday on November 23, 2020 at 7PM. SAVE THE DATE and bookmark this page to tune fun into the free fun! No RSVP needed.
We are excited to present performances by Broadway stars who have played the Hippodrome as well as other special guests. Raise a glass from the comfort of your home and celebrate our special tribute to Broadway in Baltimore with performances by these talented artists:
Broadway: The Inheritance; Choir Boy; Tuck Everlasting. Off-Broadway: Toni Stone (Roundabout); Joan of Arc: Into the Fire (Public); Langston in Harlem (Urban Stages). Tours: Mary Poppins; A Christmas Story; Joseph…; Cats. Regional: Berkeley Rep, Goodspeed, Eugene O’Neill, Muny, Syracuse Stage, Portland Center Stage, Baltimore Center Stage, Hangar Theatre. TV: “New Amsterdam” (NBC). BFA, Ithaca College. Instagram/Twitter: @jondbeee.
Keisha Gilles is a New York-based actress. Currently, she is creating musical sketch comedy with Explanation of Benefits. Recently, she was on the national tour of Disney’s Aladdin. She made her Broadway debut with The Book of Mormon. Keisha has also been on tour with The Book of Mormon, played Lucy in A Christmas Carol at Hanover Theatre, BJ in Smokey Joe’s Cafe at Stages St. Louis and Marta in Company
Debbie Gravitte has appeared in 8 Broadway Shows, won the coveted Tony Award, has a Grammy Award, 2 Drama Desk Nominations, an Emmy nomination, sung with over 200 Symphony Orchestras around the world, appeared in Atlantic City, (with Jay Leno and George Burns), sung at Carnegie Hall, Royal Albert Hall and the Hollywood Bowl, along with 54Below, Rainbow and Stars, and Birdland. She has 4 solo CD’s to her name and has been a part of 3 PBS Specials, along with being one of the voices in the film of The Little Mermaid. She is the mother of 3 beautiful children and is the President of group5productions promoting wonderful people performing around the country.
Becky Gulsvig most recently starred on Broadway as Beverley Bass and Others in Come from Away, which she also appeared in at the Hippodrome! Other Broadway credits: School of Rock (Patty), Legally Blonde the Musical (Original Broadway Cast), Hairspray (Amber Von Tussle). First National Tours: Come From Away (Bev and Others); Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (Cynthia Weil); Legally Blonde the Musical (Elle Woods). Thanks for having me tonight!
Over 6,200 performances as Pumbaa, Broadway and National Tours of Disney’s The Lion King.
Stage: God of Carnage; The Producers, ART, Laughter on the 23rd Floor (Walnut St. Theatre); Tevye, Fiddler on the Roof (Broadway Live); Red, Hot and Blue (Goodspeed Opera, PaperMill Playhouse); Just So (US Premiere Goodspeed Opera); Dirty Blonde (FST). Off-Broadway appearances at Ensemble Studio Theatre, Naked Angels, Primary Stages and New York Theatre Workshop as well as regional performances at John F Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, Merrimack Rep, and Cleveland Playhouse. TV: “Law & Order: SVU”; “The Sopranos”; “Law & Order”; “100 Centre Street”; “Homicide”. Film: The Giraffe and Find Me Guilty (with Vin Diesel and Peter Dinklage).
Ben has taught as a Master Teaching Artist at Roundabout Theatre Company, Disney Theatrical Productions and over 75 colleges, universities and high schools across North America. CalArts BFA Acting Alumnus.
Becky Mossing has performed all over America and overseas working in regional theatre, national tours and Off-Broadway. Credits include Beauty and the Beast (nat’l tour), Cinderella Waltz (Ubu Rep – Off B’way), and Working with Showdown Theatre Arts, in Guildford, United Kingdom. She was lucky enough to be part of both casts of Hairspray in Concert with John Waters and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Becky frequently narrates Family Series Concerts for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra including Carnival of the Animals, The Nutcracker, The Remarkable Farkle McBride, Wizards and Wands, and Wizards, Witches, Ghosts and Goblins. and Benjamin Britton’s A Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra. Becky’s directing credits include Working, Our House, Hairspray, Rent, and Elegies, and Urinetown, the Musical, with Showdown Theatre Arts, U.K. and The Polar Express and The Remarkable Farkle McBride with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Becky’s cabaret performances can be seen frequently in the Baltimore area. She is the Director of TWIGS, the Baltimore School for the Arts’ after school and Saturday arts program serving 700 children in grades 2-8 and is also the high school’s musical theater instructor. Becky is the director of the Hippodrome Foundation’s Summer Theatre Intensive. A graduate of the Baltimore School for the Arts as well as New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Becky received the Outstanding Achievement Award in Musical Theatre upon college graduation. She received her Master of Arts in Teaching from Goucher College. Her greatest achievements, however, are her teenaged twin daughters with husband Larry Mossing.
Celina Nightengale is a Denver native who now calls New York City home. Her love for performing has brought her all over the country and she recently finished traveling with the Broadway tour of Disney’s Aladdin. Prior to the tour, she performed in the Las Vegas Production of Rock of Ages and the iconic Las Vegas review show, Legends in Concert. Celina has had the opportunity to work with artists such as Janet Jackson, Alicia Keys, Adam Lambert, and Jason Derulo. She can also be seen as a featured dancer in the ABC television show “Wicked City.”
Stephanie Jae Park
Stephanie Jae Park is a New York City based actor and singer. She was last seen at the Hippodrome as the Schuyler sister standby in Hamilton! She now plays Eliza in the Philip Touring Company of Hamilton. Previous credits include War Paint (OBC), The King and I (OBC), Cinderella (First National Tour), and more. Check her out at www.stephaniejaepark.com.
Markia Nicole Smith
Markia Nicole Smith is a 23-year-old artist from Baltimore; currently living in NYC. Markia attended high school at the Baltimore School for the Arts as an acting major. During her time at BSA, she had the privilege of working on a wide range of projects including a production of Hairspray in concert alongside the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
Markia continued her theatre training on a collegiate level at Point Park University; graduating with a BFA in acting in 2019. While there, she performed in many main stage productions including The Who’s Tommy and Vinegar Tom.
Markia’s passion for the arts is deeply rooted in her desire to connect through truth and empathy. Every show she works on has a special place in her heart. Some of her recent credits include: Paulina Sarpong in School Girls; Or the African Mean Girls at the Pittsburgh Public Theater and Cleo in the world premiere of Indoor Person Off-Broadway at Normal Ave. Markia is very excited to be involved in this celebration of the Hippodrome Theater! The Hippodrome is like her home away from home. For several years Markia has taught at HFI’s “Camp Hippodrome” and loves, loves, LOVES the Hippodrome community!
Can’t wait until we’re all able to sit in that magnificent theater again.
Very HAPPY to be part of this “VIRTUAL” evening: To celebrate theater and the Hippodrome!! Currently playing Aaron Burr in the First national Tour/Angelica Company of Hamilton the Musical. Other Broadway Credits: School of Rock (Broadway), Berry Gordy in Motown the Musical (Broadway & First National Tour), Simba in The Lion King (Broadway & Tour 2001-2007), Ragtime (Broadway). REGIONAL THEATER: Clybourne Park, Jesus Christ Superstar, Miss Saigon, Les Miserables, Murder Ballad, Langston in Harlem, Camelot to name a few. Various TV & film. BA, Temple University. MFA,UNC Chapel Hill . US Army Veteran.
Jaye Simmons is from Baltimore, Maryland. She is a first year soprano in the Masters program and is a student of Amy Burton. Ms. Simmons was cast as Little Inez in Hairspray with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at the Meyerhoff and Strathmore in 2016. Jaye has also been a part of Steven Blier’s NYFOS series. She has done roles such as Souer Constance in Juilliard’s Dialogue of the Carmelites and Miles (cover) in Turn of the Screw. Ms. Simmons played Angel More in Virgil Thomson’s The Mother of Us All, a collaboration with the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Project 19 in February 2020. Jaye is collaborating with Illuminarts this October on a virtual project “IlluminArts + ICA Miami + Girl Power MASKS”. Jaye will be performing the role of Flora in Turn of the Screw with Illuminarts in October 2021.
Imani Turner is from Baltimore, Maryland. He graduated from the Baltimore School for the Arts in 2019, and is currently in his second year of the BA Professional Acting program at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. Imani was cast as Puck in the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2018) and Lucius/Cato in their production of Julius Caesar (2018). Imani will appear as Tupac Shakur in the Born Busy Documentary set to release on July 16, 2021.