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Meet the Musicians: The Wonderfully Wicked Music of Oz

Scott Coulter

Scott Coulter is one of New York's most honored vocalists. For his work in cabaret, he has received five MAC Awards (Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs), five Bistro Awards and two Nightlife Awards for Outstanding Vocalist and has performed at most of NYC’s top rooms including Birdland, 54 Below, The Oak Room at the Algonquin, and Feinstein’s at The Regency where he spent a record-setting eight months performing the revue 11 O’CLOCK NUMBERS AT 11 O’CLOCK which he also co-created, directed and musically arranged. His self-titled debut CD won the 2003 MAC Award for Outstanding Recording and was chosen

as the best recording of the year by TheatreMania and Cabaret Scenes magazines. Scott was director and star of A CHRISTMAS CAROL: THE SYMPHONIC CONCERT in its world premiere with the Baltimore Symphony and reprised his performance in the Emmy-nominated PBS production which premiered in December 2013. He was an Emmy nominee himself for his performance in American Song at NJPAC. Scott regularly performs in concert both as a solo artist and with a variety of legendary performers including Stephen Schwartz, Tony-winner Ben Vereen and Grammy-winner Sheena Easton and has performed with symphonies all over the world including San Francisco, Baltimore, Seattle, Phoenix, Detroit, Winnipeg, St. Louis and Calgary.

Since 1997, Scott has performed with award-winning songwriting duo Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich in their many award-winning revues. While singing with Goldrich and Heisler he was discovered by Oscar and Grammy winning composer Stephen Schwartz who then invited him to join the revue STEPHEN SCHWARTZ & FRIENDS. That revue (starring Schwartz and Coulter along with Liz Callaway and Tony Award-winner Debbie Gravitte) has been performing all over the world since 1999. Schwartz has said, “One of the greatest things that can happen to a composer is to have his music interpreted by Scott Coulter.”

Scott is creator, arranger and director of several touring shows (symphonic and non-) including MUSIC OF  THE KNIGHTS, THE WONDERFUL MUSIC OF OZ, RESPECT: A Tribute to Aretha Franklin, BLOCKBUSTER BROADWAY!, and, for The ASCAP Foundation, JERRY HERMAN: THE BROADWAY LEGACY CONCERT. As a director his credits include many shows for The Town Hall in NYC and BROADWAY BY THE WAY for The Berkshire Theatre Festival and Broadway by the Bay. Along with Michael Kerker and ASCAP, he’s a regular producer/director of Michael Feinstein’s STANDARD TIME at Carnegie Hall. Scott recently wrote the book for the new musical GOT TO BE THERE which celebrates the life and music of songwriter Elliot Willensky. 

Scott is founder/owner of Spot-On Entertainment and is a resident director of programming at 54 Below (Broadway’s Supper Club) in NYC.  He is the artistic director of the Pocono Mountains Music Festival and a proud graduate of the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music which honored him with the CCM Young Alumni Award in 2010 and CCM’s Distinguished Service Award in 2020.

John Boswell

Pianist John Boswell has served as musical director for Judy Collins, Andy Williams, Bob Newhart, Faith Prince, Scott Coulter, Maude Maggart, Carmen Cusack, Babbie Green, Jason Graae and a host of other fine talents. John played the role of “Moose” in the national tour of Crazy For You and has appeared on The Tonight Show, Today Show, CBS This Morning, Regis And Kathie Lee, General Hospital and was the piano playing hands of Nancy McKeon on the sit-com THE FACTS OF LIFE.  Recent concerts with symphonies have included Jerry Herman: The Broadway Legacy Concert, BLOCKBUSTER BROADWAY!, Sheena Easton and Scott Coulter: The Spy Who Loved Me and MUSIC OF THE KNIGHTS.

John has been heard singing in the shows THREE MEN AND A BABY…GRAND, CINEMA TOAST, BROADWAY TODAY, WISEGUYS and the New York cult hit CASHINO.  Broadway/Off Broadway credits include Crazy For You, The Secret Garden, LIZA! Steppin’ Out At Radio City Music Hall,Back To Bacharach And David and The Kathy And Mo Show: Parallel Lives. His monthly concerts in 2017 at The Gardenia in Los Angeles have been crowd pleasers. John has eight CDs of original piano music and a ninth on the way. While a student at UCLA, John received the Frank Sinatra Award for popular instrumentalists. 

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Kelli Rabke got her “big break” playing the role of Dorothy in Paper Mill Playhouse’s acclaimed production of THE WIZARD OF OZ. Shortly thereafter, she was handpicked by Andrew Lloyd Webber to play the lead role of the Narrator in the Broadway revival of JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT (US Cast Recording). Following that, she played her dream role: Eponine in LES MISERABLES on Broadway. She went on to perform in regional theaters across the country in such roles as Mabel in MACK AND MABEL, Christine in PHANTOM, and back to

Paper Mill Playhouse in Stephen Schwartz’s CHILDREN OF EDEN as Yonah (American Premiere Recording). She is one of only two Broadway stars to originate a role in both a Stephen Schwartz and an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical — a distinction for which she is incredibly honored. 

She has been seen and heard in tons of TV commercials and voice-overs, and was the voice of several animated characters, including Kat in the Discovery Kids series KENNY THE SHARK. She also played the recurring role of Bernadette on THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS.

Kelli left the bright lights of the stage for a few years and turned her attention to her family. Her proudest accomplishments to date are her son, Joseph, an daughter, Abigale. A new chapter in her career began when joining the board of the BergenPAC in Englewood, NJ. There she developed the Kidz Cabaret series, the BeyondMusic program of instrumental lessons, and her personal favorite: MUSIC SPEAKS – an early childhood music education class for infants through 4 years old. She has sung on numerous CD’s for Music Speaks (including a duet with her son!) and is so excited to see the new Performing Arts School at BergenPAC opening this fall. Kelli also served as producer and creative director for “Beyond the Storm” – a Hurricane Sandy relief concert which raised money for local towns hard hit by the storm.

Kelli was thrilled to return to the NYC stage at the beautiful and historic Town Hall where she has been seen in numerous concerts including BROADWAY ORIGINALS and BROADWAY UNPLUGGED. Recently, she was the headliner for the BROADWAY ON THE BOARDWALK concert in Ocean City, NJ, performed at BROADWAY BALLYHOO at the Laurie Beechman Theatre. Her solo cabaret debut,”No Place Like Home” has it’s NYC premier at 54 Below in June. Her most recent solo show “TIny Giants” opened at the Mayo Performing Arts Center. Her concert work has taken her all over the world and she couldn’t be happier.

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Anthony Murphy is a singer, actor, director and choreographer who has captivated audiences around the world with his soulful and dynamic voice, coupled with his electrifying and joyous performing style. Anthony leaves audiences feeling at home and overjoyed. Born and raised in Florida, he has been a performer on international stages since the age of eighteen when he appeared at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. At Otterbein University Anthony studied directing and choreography and trained vocally under world renowned opera tenor Brian Cheney.

After Otterbein Anthony went on to perform regionally around the U.S. and Off-Broadway. In 2017 he originated the role of the Genie in the Broadway U.S. National Tour of Disney’s ALADDIN: THE MUSICALl. Later he moved to the Australian company of ALADDIN. While in Australia he premiered his sold-out solo cabaret INTRODUCING: ANTHONY MURPHY at the Doo Bop Jazz Bar in Brisbane, AUS. He recently appeared in the Broadway musical DIANA, based on the life story of Diana, Princess of Wales.

In addition to performing Anthony has worked as a vocal coach for the past six years. In 2020 he opened his own vocal and performing coaching studio, The Work Studio. He has worked with many professional artists including current clients on Broadway and in Broadway National Tours.

Join us at the Abilene Convention Center on February 5th, 2022 at 7:30pm to hear these talented Guest Artists perform with our Abilene Philharmonic!

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