Toledo's Tony Awards

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Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle

June 6, 2020

Concert Time: 8:00 pm

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Alain Trudel, conductor
Sara Sheperd, vocalist
Timothy Shew, vocalist
Tony Geftos, emcee

Just in time for the Tony Awards, the Toledo Symphony presents a one-night-only compilation of some of the most memorable music from the Broadway stage. Toledo’s own Sara Shepherd from Beautiful: The Carole King Musical and Timothy Shew from the original Tony award-winning Broadway production of Les Miserables join the TSO. Tony Geftos from 13abc emcees this evening of award-winning songs and lush orchestrations.

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Music Director of the Toledo Symphony (USA), conductor Alain Trudel has been praised for his “immense talent as conductor, musician and performer” (La Presse). He is also Music Director of l’Orchestre Symphonique de Laval, Principal Youth and Family Conductor of the National Arts Centre Orchestra and Principal Guest conductor of the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra. Trudel was also the CBC Radio Orchestra conductor, taking the orchestra to new heights of artistic quality, as well as public and critical acclaim.

Trudel has conducted every major orchestra in Canada as well as orchestras in the UK, USA, Sweden, Brazil, Italy, Russia, Japan, Hong-Kong, Malaysia and Latin America. Trudel made his Opera de Montréal debut in 2009 in Mozart’s Magic Flute and conducted the live recording of their 30th anniversary gala. He has been a regular guest since and in March 2017 he conducted to great acclaim (“The entire audience was on its feet for another standing ovation, with concertgoers shouting “wow” and “bravo.” Rolling Stone Magazine, “The Wall Triumphs in Montréal.” Le Figaro, Paris) the world premiere operatic version of “The Wall”. Trudel will also lead the american premiere at the Cincinnati Opera in July 2018. Continue Reading

Sara Sheperd was last in Beautiful - the Carole King musical on Broadway understudying Carole King, Genie Klein, and the roles of Betty and Marilyn. She was also a part of the Original Broadway Company and is the dance captain for the production. Other Broadway and National Tour credits include Cry-Baby, the musical and Legally Blonde, the musical. Favorite regional credits include Fanny Brice in Funny Girl (Drury Lane), Jo in Little Women (John W. Engeman Theatre), Nancy in Oliver! (Human Race). She is a 2004 Whitmer graduate and a 2008 CCM graduate. She also earned a Presidential Scholar in the Arts award in 2004.

  

 

 

Tim Shew’s versatile talents have brought him to stages on Broadway and beyond. The third Jean Valjean in the original Tony Award winning Broadway production of Les Miserables, Tim went on to perform that role more than 2200 times.

Tim’s other Broadway credits include The Visit starring Chita Rivera and Roger Rees, his eleventh Broadway show. He was also seen on Broadway in Evita with Ricky Martin, Bye-Bye Birdie with John Stamos, Wonderful Town as Officer John Lonigan, The Scarlet Pimpernel as St. Cyr, King David in the Alan Menken/Tim Rice production, Guys and Dolls as Rusty Charlie alongside Nathan Lane, Sunset Boulevard with Betty Buckley, and Whistle Down the Wind. He has performed throughout the United States as part of the American touring companies of Showboat, Evita, South Pacific and Light in the Piazza. For many years, Tim delighted audiences as the “Big Fat Man with a Bag” (Santa Claus) at Radio City  Music Hall’s Christmas Spectacular.

Tim made his film debut as Officer O’Rourke in the movie musical The Producers. He can also be heard on Disney’s 3-D animated feature Tangled and the soundtracks of Chicago and Shaggy Dog. His numerous television credits include a recurring role as Bruno on Guiding Light, as well as appearances on Law & Order SVU, Cupid, and Ryan’s Hope.

Tim has performed with symphonies and orchestras worldwide, including an appearance with the National Symphony and Marvin Hamlisch at the Kennedy Center’s 35th Anniversary Celebration. He also performed with the Baltimore Symphony under Marin Alsop in Leonard Bernstein’s Mass at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center, and the resultant recording on the Naxos label was nominated for a Grammy Award.

For fifteen years, Tim has produced “Broadway Sings on Park Avenue,” a concert to benefit children affected and infected with HIV and AIDS. His work to educate and assist at-risk kids, as well as his extensive work as a vocal director, teacher, clinician, and adjudicator has taken him around the world.

 

Tony Geftos is a 2-time Emmy award-winning journalist and former president of the Ohio Associated Press Media Editors (2018-19).

Tony started at WTVG-TV in June of 2000 and is currently 13abc's Senior Reporter and Co-Anchor of 13abc Action News Weekend Mornings. You can catch Tony alongside Christina Williams every Saturday and Sunday from 6:00-8:00 AM and again from 9:00-10:00AM.

Tony has garnered several statewide awards from the Ohio APME, including two-time 1st Place awards for "Best Reporter" in 2016, 2011; "Best Broadcast Writing" 2016, 2015; And "Best Breaking News" in 2012, 2011.

Additionally, Tony is an adjunct instructor at The University of Toledo, teaching Television Production, Writing for Media, and Communication Practices and Principles.

In his spare time, Tony enjoys playing alto saxophone in the Polish American Concert Band, serving as an M.C. for various fundraisers and spending time with his wife and two children.

Tony graduated from Riverview Community High School in 1994. He's a proud alumnus of Western Michigan University, where he was a four-year member of the Bronco Marching Band.

 

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