The board of directors of the Garfield Center for the Arts are proud to announce the

Theatre’s 2017 gala fundraiser; Broadway by the River! Featuring an evening of intimate

performances and conversations with cast members Brandon Hudson of Hamilton and

Michelle Dowdy of Hairspray, Broadway by the River will deliver some of that “Big Apple”

theatre magic to Chestertown on Friday, April 7th at 8pm.


Marti Gould Cummings (formerly of Kennedyville) hosts Stage Fright, a weekly musical

show, in New York City. He wanted to share some of the NYC theatre world with the arts

community where he grew up, and the Garfield was the perfect venue. He writes, “As my

career grows I want to bring a little of that Broadway energy to the Eastern Shore.”

Cummings is bringing two talented actors to the Garfield stage, and those lucky enough to

get tickets will be able to hear them perform songs from their respective shows, without

paying the Broadway ticket price.


Brandon Hudson is a New York City based artist. He moved from St. Louis in 2013 with a

bachelors degree in Dance from Lindenwood University. His most recent credits include:

Hamilton: An American Musical on Broadway, Joseph.. Dreamcoat national tour, West Side

Story international tour, 2017 Mark Webb film “The Only Living Boy in NY” and a face for lab

series by Estée Lauder.


Michelle Dowdy played Baltimore’s leading lady, Tracy Turnblad in the 2005-2008 Original Broadway Cast of Hairspray. Other theatre credits include: Regional: The Wild Party,

Hairspray (RCL), Songs for a New World and The Vagina Monologues. She is a nightlife and cabaret Artist. Her one-woman show, A Brass Act, debuted at 54 Below and you can find it on

iTunes. Hudson and Dowdy will be joined by Cummings for some of their singing



Tickets to this exciting event are expected to sell out. Limited VIP “Broadway Pass” tickets

are $100 each and include front row table seating as well as entrance to an exclusive

meet-and-greet with the performers after the show. Tickets for the front row of the balcony are $75, and general admission is $50. Tickets can be purchased online at, by calling 410-810-2060 or in person at the Garfield Box Office,

located at 210 High Street in Chestertown. Purchase your tickets now to show your support for the Garfield’s mission of nurturing, celebrating and supporting the arts and artists

through performance and education.