Backstage for Christmas with Broadway’s best!

The holiday season is in full swing, thanks to all who participated in our annual holiday benefit, which was a huge success!

The lineup featured — Tituss Burgess (Jersey Boys, The Little Mermaid, Guys and Dolls), Tom Kitt (Next to Normal, American Idiot, Everyday Rapture), Derek Klena (Carrie, Dogfight, “American Idol” Hollywood Week Finalist), Andrew Lippa (Wild Party, You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, The Addams Family), Lindsay Mendez (Godspell, Everyday Rapture, Grease), Julia Murney (Wicked, The Wild Party), Seth Numrich (War Horse, Golden Boy, The Merchant of Venice), and Ali Stroker (“Glee Project”), with Olivia Hardy — performing our favorite holiday songs and several special pieces. Accompanying pianist Mary-Mitchell Campbell, ASTEP’s Founder and Executive Director, was Damien Bassman on drums/percussion.

ASTEP would also like to thank Havana Central Restaurant and Bar for donating food for our guests!

Check out Playbill’s coverage of the event!

                               

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ASTEP Volunteer Artists star in new Broadway play

ASTEP is proud to give a shout out to Dion Mucciacito and Seth Numrich, two of our amazing Volunteer Artists, who are both starring in the Lincoln Center Theater’s Broadway revival of Clifford Odet’s Golden Boy. Read the Playbill article below:

Clifford Odets’ Golden Boy, Starring Seth Numrich, Tony Shalhoub, Danny Burstein, to Play the Belasco

By Adam Hetrick
08 Aug 2012

Tony Shalhoub, Danny Burstein,Jonathan Hadary, Daniel Jenkins and Seth Numrich will star in Lincoln Center Theater’s Broadway revival of Clifford Odets’ Golden Boy, which begins previews Nov. 8 at the Belasco Theatre.

Tony Award-winning LCT resident director Bartlett Sher (South Pacific, The Light in the Piazza, Women on the Verge…), who also helmed the 2006 revival of Odets’ Awake and Sing! for LCT, will stage Golden Boy. Opening is Dec. 6.

The Belasco is where LCT presentedAwake and Sing! as well as its musical adaptation of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown in recent seasons. The Judy Garland play with music, End of the Rainbow, will end its run there Aug. 19.

Numrich, who originated the role of Albert Narraccott in LCT’s Broadway production of War Horse will take on the central role of Joe Bonaparte. He is joined by Shalboub (Lend Me A Tenor), Burstein (Follies, South Pacific), Hadary (Awake and Sing!, Gypsy), Jenkins (Big River), Michael Aronov (Blood and Gifts), Bill Camp (Death of a Salesman), Sean Cullen (South Pacific), Dagmara Dominczyk (The Violet Hour), Ned Eisenberg (Awake and Sing!), Brad Fleischer (Coram Boy), Karl Glusman (Seagull), Danny Mastrogiorgio (Stunning), Dion Mucciacito (Apple Cove), Lucas Caleb Rooney (Henry IV), Yvonne Strahovski (Finn City) and David Wohl(Dinner at Eight).

Additional casting is expected.

According to LCT, “Golden Boy is the story of Joe Bonaparte (to be played by Seth Numrich), a young, gifted violinist who is torn between pursuing a career in music and earning big money as a prize fighter.”

The production will have will have sets by Michael Yeargan, costumes by Catherine Zuber, lighting by Donald Holder and sound by Peter John Still and Marc Salzberg.

Tickets will go on sale Sept. 23 at Telecharge.com or at LCT.org. A limited number of tickets priced at $32 are available at every performance through LincTix, LCT’s program for 21 to 35 year olds. For information and to enroll, visit LincTix.org.

Click here for the complete article.

 

Celebrating Broadway and ASTEP on one night!


It’s never too late to share some holiday cheer, right?

If you weren’t able to attend our 4th Annual NYC Christmas Concert on December 12, 2011, then we invite you to take a look at the highlights! It was an evening full of festive songs, memorable performances, and some of Broadway’s biggest stars who came out to support ASTEP.

Thank you to everyone who made this night a success!

Now, who’s looking forward to the 5th Annual NYC Christmas Concert in December 2012?!

Happy Holidays!








A special volunteer. A special THANK YOU

At the end of June, Seth Numrich and I hosted a 2-day event at the Incarnation Children’s Center in order to re-energize and commit students to the summer ASTEP program. This summer marked the third year ASTEP worked with  the ICC, a pediatric facility for adolescents living with HIV/AIDS , and the first time under Seth’s leadership. Although Seth led the South Florida volunteer team in 2009 as an ASTEP On-Site Administrator, this summer has proved particularly challenging for him. Not only will he be recruiting volunteers, teaching classes, and overseeing curriculum development for the ICC program, but he will be doing all of this while starring in the critically acclaimed “Warhorse” currently running at Lincoln Center.

Seth first volunteered with ASTEP in the summer of 2006 as a visual artist for our Art-In-Action program in South Florida. Seth doesn’t have a background in visual art—in fact, he claims to struggle with drawing stick figures. But his belief in the power of art and his passion for social justice lifted him above his insecurities. After an overwhelming summer, he returned in 2007 to try his hand at teaching theatre and raise his level of output and creativity. Even upon graduating from Juilliard in 2008 and beginning his career as an actor, he continued to commit to ASTEP’s programming by participating in two more Art-in-Action summer programs.  In 2009 Seth led the volunteer team.

Given his investment in our work, it would not surprise you that I lean on him quite often, which is why I called him quite confidently one evening in April after a challenging staff meeting. We had come to a decision that unless we found a volunteer to carry the ICC program in August, we would have to cancel it.

“Brother, I’m sorry for calling so late.”

“No worries, whats up?”

“Things are extra busy this season in the office and it doesn’t seem like Abby and I are going to be able to do the necessary prep for the ICC program this summer. Would you be game to recruit and prep your own team?”

“Sure. I can take that on. I’ve already got some ideas…”

Several weeks later, we found ourselves wearing eccentric costumes and exuberantly hosting an Arts Olympics Event with the ICC community. Although he was running in from Warhorse matinees and leaving early to prepare for his night shows, he was a joy to watch and collaborate with. It is his ability in the classroom that makes him such a valuable volunteer. The students and fellow volunteers appreciate everything he brings to the classroom.

I recently had a conversation with Charles Numrich, Seth’s dad, about his experience with one of our programs this past summer—Seth has recruited both of his parents to volunteer for us along with many other friends. As we wrapped up, the discussion turned to Seth.

“Have you seen him recently? How is his work going at the ICC?”

“He’s doing great as usual, and we are very thankful to have him in charge of that, although we don’t understand how he juggles both his show and this work.”

“Yeah, I worry about that as well. But you know what, he’s young and he can handle it. Tell him to call his Dad when he gets a chance?”

“Done.”

It’s his youthful energy and so much more that make him special. From all of us in the ASTEP community, we thank him for being an example for what it means to serve others. And as his friend, I hope I can find ways to serve him as well.

– Mauricio Salgado, ASTEP Director of Domestic Programs

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“In order to create art, community, a classroom, or anything else, you need a situation that is saturated with love and support beyond question. That is what ASTEP has to offer.”

– Seth Numrich; ASTEP Volunteer