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
www.GarfieldCenter.org, 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.