Broadway Comes to Greeneville
SATURDAY, April 25, 2015
More information coming soon!
David Elder was thrilled to be back in East Tennessee on behalf of Niswonger Children's Hospital. He performed in a one night only concert version of "Titanic, the Musical" at Lincoln Center, reprising the role he created on Broadway of Frederick Fleet, the Lookout. He also performed in the national tour of Irving Berlin's "White Christmas," in which he played Phil Davis, made famous by Danny Kaye. In 2013, David played Bert in the regional premier of "Mary Poppins" for MTW. His many Broadway credits, for which he is incredibly grateful, include: Bobby Pepper in "Curtains" with David Hyde Pierce, Billy Lawlor in "42nd Street" (nominated for Outer Critics and the Astaire Award), Bill Calhoun in "Kiss Me Kate," Fleet (The Lookout) in "Titanic," Sir Harry in "Once Upon a Mattress" with Sarah Jessica Parker, Joe Hardy in "Damn Yankees" with Jerry Lewis, Salt in "Beauty and the Beast," and "Guys and Dolls" with Nathan Lane. David has performed with the wonderful Kristin Chenoweth in concerts at The Met and Carnegie Hall in New York City, Walt Disney Concert Hall and The Greek Theater in Los Angeles, Tanglewood in Massachusetts, and the Fox Theater in St. Louis. David appeared in the films "Jeffrey," "Cradle will Rock" and "Across the Universe," as well as the soap opera "Guiding Light." Some favorites he has done regionally include: "Singin' in the Rain" (CT), "Windy City" (PA) and "Crazy for You" (MO), which earned him the prestigious Kevin Kline Award for Best Actor in a Musical. He has appeared on the "David Letterman Show," "The Rosie O'Donnell Show," the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and numerous Tony Award shows. He sings on the original cast albums of "Guys and Dolls," "Beauty and the Beast," "Once Upon a Mattress," "Titanic" and "42nd Street." He is from Houston, where he studied voice performance at the University of Houston.
Beth Leavel received Tony, Drama Desk, NY Outer Critics Circle and L.A. Drama Critics awards for her performance as the title character in "The Drowsy Chaperone." Beth also received a Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle nomination for her role as Florence Greenberg ("Baby It's You"). She performed the title roles of Dolly ("Hello Dolly") at Cape Playhouse, Sally Adams ("Call Me Madam") at Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, M'Lynn ("Steel Magnolias") at the North Carolina Theatre and the much put-upon maid, Berthe, ("Boeing-Boeing") at the Paper Mill Playhouse. Other Broadway roles: Emily ("Elf"), Donna ("Momma Mia!"), Frau Blucher ("Young Frankenstein"), Dorothy Brock in the revival of "42nd Street," Tess, in the original company of "Crazy For You," Mrs. Bixby ("The Civil War"), Ellie ("Hal Prince's Show Boat") and Anytime Annie, her Broadway debut ("42nd Street"). Ms. Leavel was also seen in New York City Center Encores! production of "No, No, Nanette" (Lucille). She also has appeared in numerous off-Broadway and regional theater productions, commercials, and TV shows, including the final episode of "ER." She holds and MFA from UNC-G. Proud mom to T.J. and Sam. Grateful to my boys @BRS.
Gary Mauer starred in the Broadway production of "The Phantom of the Opera" playing the Phantom. Broadway and National Tour credits also include "Les Miserables" and "The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber." He was cast opposite his wife, Elizabeth Southard, in the National Tour of Harold Prince's "Show Boat." Other favorite roles include: Jesus ("Jesus Christ Superstar"), Anthony ("Sweeney Todd") and Frederick ("Pirates of Penzance"). He was born in Phonix and earned a bachelor's degree in musical theatre from the University of Arizona in Tucson. He sang "All I Ask of You" on ABC's "LIVE with Regis and Kathy Lee" and "The View" as well as on NBC's "Today" show. As part of the popular "Bravo Broadway!" concert series, Gary sang with numerous symphonies across the country, including in Cleveland and Utah, and with Peter Nero and the Philly Pops. He travelled extensively with Marvin Hamlisch and joined Mr. Hamlisch with the Chicago and Pittsburgh symphonies. He had return engagements with the National Symphony, Harrisburg, South Bend, New Mexico and the Florida Sunshine Pops. His solo CD project titled "This is the Moment" was released in the fall of 2007. Gary is also featured on the CD titled "Bravo Broadway!" and "Broadway's Fabulous Phantoms." A confessed "thrill-seeker," Gary is an active hang glider pilot. When not chasing down thermals, he enjoys fixing up the home he loves and shares with his wife, Beth, son, Nicholas, and daughter, Eden. He thanks God for all his many blessings.
Elizabeth Southard has worked extensively in musical theatre both on Broadway and in National tours. She starred on Broadway in Andrew Lloyd Webber's "The Phantom of the Opera," as Christine, a role she also performed in the Vancouver, B.C. production and the National tour alongside her husband, Gary Mauer. She was chosen by Harold Prince to star as Magnolia in his latest revival of "Show Boat" in the First National Tour. She was also seen Off-Broadway in Jack Eric Williams' "Swamp Gas and Shallow Feelings" (Sherlyn). She also toured performing in Yeston and Kopit's "Phantom" (Christine) and "The Sound of Music" with Marie Osmond. Regional highlight performances include Yum-Yum ("The Mikado"), Claudia ("Nine"), and Sukey Tawdry ("Three Penny Opera"). Elizabeth has been guest soloist with orchestras including the Pittsburgh Symphony with Marvin Hamlisch, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Anchorage Symphony and the Flagstaff Symphony. She also toured throughout Germany and performed at the Opera Comique in Paris. Elizabeth received her degree in vocal performance from the Ithaca College School of Music. She received a scholarship to study at the prestigious American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, and went on to receive first place in the National Association of Teachers Singing competition. Beth is joyously married to actor Gary Mauer and plays Mommy to Nicholas and Eden.