Nottingham Northstar Alumni Cabaret Performer Highlight — MICHAEL CREA (Class of ’01)

Nottingham High School is very fortunate to have a strong artistic family. This family has produced some professional artists that have toured internationally, graced both Broadway and off-Broadway stages, and became recording stars, published playwrights, and recognizable television phenomena. And now, these professional artists are returning to Nottingham’s stage for a special, one-night-only event: A Northstar Night: A Special Alumni Cabaret, taking place Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 7:00PM!

Reserve your tickets online right now, and you’ll get $10 discounted tickets. Tickets are going very fast, so it is highly recommended that you get your tickets ASAP for this event. (CLICK HERE to visit the official Northstar Night website, where you can reserve your tickets for this special night.) Proceeds will be equally donated to Autism Speaks and Nottingham High School’s arts program.

11 former Northstars will be returning to the stage on the 27th. Which Nottingham Northstars will be returning the high school’s stage? Well, over the course of the next week or so, we will be highlighting some of the professional artists that have agreed to perform on the stage once again!

Today, we start with Michael Crea.

Class of 2001

Michael Crea (producer) has worked in the theatre industry since graduating from Nottingham in 2001.  His NHS credits included Kiss Me, Kate(Hortensio), Fiddler on the Roof (Motel), Annie (Rooster), A Streetcar Named Desire (Mitch), The Zoo Story (Peter), Our Town (Stage Manager), Guys and Dolls (Sky Masterson), and the acclaimed faculty/student production of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Snoopy) directed by Jan Wilson.

He earned a BFA in Music Theatre from Shenandoah Conservatory in 2005, and upon graduation, worked consistently in regional theatres, theme parks, and national touring productions for the next five years. Credits include Pippin, Assassins, Titanic the Musical, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Seussical the Musical, Fiddler on the Roof, The Wizard of Oz, Urinetown the Musical, A Christmas Carol, and the first national tour of If You Give a Pig a Pancake and Other Stories, written by Robert Lopez (Avenue QThe Book of Mormon, Frozen), Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin (Bat Boy The Musical, Legally Blonde), and directed by Kevin Del Aguila (Altar Boyz). He is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association. Upon moving to New York City, Michael shifted his attention from performing to producing, and since 2010, has been working with Jeffrey Richards Associates, one of Broadway’s largest and most prolific production and press offices.  He was an assistant to lead producer Jeffrey Richards on the Tony Award-winning revivals of The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, starring Audra McDonald and Norm Lewis, directed by Diane Paulus; and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf,starring Tracy Letts and Amy Morton, directed by Pam MacKinnon.  He was an Associate Producer for this past season’s productions of All The Waystarring Bryan Cranston (Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award – Best Play), The Glass Menagerie (Tony nomination, Outer Critics Circle Award – Best Revival of a Play), The Bridges of Madison County (Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nomination – Best Musical), The Realistic Joneses, and Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill; as well as this season’s upcoming revival of You Can’t Take It With You, starring James Earl Jones and directed by Scott Ellis.  Other Broadway credits with JRA include Glengarry Glen Ross starring Al Pacino, Gore Vidal’s The Best Man, Bonnie and Clyde, Chinglish, The Merchant of Venice, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Enron, Race, and the 2009 Tony Award winning revival ofHAIR. /

Michael would like to thank the numerous NHS faculty and staff members who helped encourage and foster his theatrical passion during his four years, especially Andy Sinkleris, Bonnie Cusack, Meg Hanson, Kelly Hall, Robert Gravener, and Rob Reeve.  Additionally, he’d like to send out a heartfelt thank you to his colleagues on this project, Kyrus Keenan Westcott and Stephanie Venanzi, without whom this evening would not be possible, as well as our trio of advisers – Bonnie Cusack, Jan Wilson, and Saula Cutter.  Finally, he’d like to thank Mr. Michael Giambelluca and the Nottingham High School community for allowing this event to take place, and for welcoming the NHS Alumni back onto this stage with open arms.  We hope this event will continue as part of the NHS Homecoming Weekend festivities for years to come!

A NORTHSTAR NIGHT is definitely an event that you do not want to miss! Great performances for a great cause! Tickets to this event are very limited and they are already going very quickly, so make sure that you reserve your tickets ASAP.

For more information about the show, the full list of performers, the fundraising, and ticket reservations, CLICK HERE and visit the official website!

Also, you can stay up to do on all of the latest Northstar Night developments by CLICKING LIKE on our official Facebook page – NORTHSTAR NIGHT on FACEBOOK.

For any questions about this event, please contact:

Jessi Franko, Public Relations

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