Light Up The Night Gala

Light Up The Night Gala
Support The Future Anaheim Performing Arts Center

Support The Future
Anaheim Performing Arts Center

A benefit performance by some of Broadway and Hollywood's brightest stars for the Anaheim Performing Arts Center Foundation. Sam Harris - Star Search and Tony nominee for THE LIFE - is directing with musical direction by Darrell Alston. Confirmed to perform are Tony Award winner from JERSEY BOYS - John Lloyd Young and Alisan Porter from Broadway's revival of A CHORUS LINE and winner of NBC's The Voice. Other performers include The Voice's Chris Mann, Janene Lovullo, Daniel Bellusci, Nita Whitaker and America's Got Talent's Derek Hughes hosting the evening's events.

WHERE: City National Grove of Anaheim
ADDRESS: 2200 E Katella Ave. Anaheim, CA 92806
WHEN: Sunday, April 28, 2019
PHONE: 714-768-2015
CONTACT: [email protected]

Gala at APACF

The Cast

Daniel Bellusci
Regional credits include: Daniel in Little Black Shadows (South Coast Repertory), Bobby Strong in Urinetown (Coeurage Theatre Company), Matt in The Fantasticks (Sierra Madre Playhouse), Cookie in Nice Work If You Can Get It, Joey Primo in Rock Of Ages, Tyler in Merrily We Roll Along (Summer Repertory Theatre), Billy in Hit Song! World Premiere (El Portal Theatre).Daniel is also the 1st Place Win-ner of LA's Next Great Stage Star 2017

David Burnham
was last seen on Broadway in the mega-hit musical, "Wicked", playing Fiyero, a role that he originated in the developmental workshops of the show. He is an original Broadway cast member of the musical "The Light In The Piazza", performing both on the Tony Awards and the PBS telecast "Live From Lincoln Center."
He is the recipient of the prestigious "Helen Hayes Award" for Best Actor as well as the Best Actor "Garland Award" for his portrayal of Fabrizio in the national tour of "The Light In The Piazza." David first gained critical acclaim when, after a two year search, he was chosen to replace Donny Osmond as Joseph in the national tour of "Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" (Dramalogue Award).
He toured nationally in another Andrew Lloyd Webber blockbuster playing Peter in "Jesus Christ Superstar."
Also in NYC he was in the original cast of the Off-Broadway show "The Best Is Yet to Come - The Music Of Cy Coleman," and in Las Vegas, he starred in "Showstoppers" at the Wynn Resort. Other favorite theater roles include Quasimodo in "The Hunchback Of Notre Dame", Prince Eric in "The Little Mermaid", and Joe Gillis in "Sunset Blvd". On film he was the voice of the Prince in the Warner Bros. animated feature "The King And I," and can be heard on the soundtracks to "Ghepetto," Disney's "Home On The Range" and Comedy Central's "South Park".
David performs with symphonies all over the country and his solo concert has been seen in the United States, Canada, and Europe. He has recorded two solo albums, his self-titled CD and "One Day." David works extensively with kids through vocal and acting workshops and hosts a summer program for young artists called "Camp Sing."

Tami Tappan Damiano
is a native of Laurel, MD, Tami has been performing since the age of 13, from Broadway to the La Fenice Opera House in Venice. At 15, she received the Helen Hayes Award in Washington, D.C. for Supporting Actress in Lydie Breeze by John Guare. Tami is a proud Carnegie Mellon graduate and has been seen on Broadway in Cyrano: the Musical, and as Ellen in Miss Saigon, a role she also performed in Los Angeles.
Internationally, she was a soloist with The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber starring Michael Crawford, and performed in England, Australia, and in Japan (with Sarah Brightman). She resides in Los Angeles now, and has been seen in shows all around Southern California. Favorite shows throughout Southern California include “Side by Side by Sondheim” at the Rubicon (Ovation En-semble Award), “Tick…Tick…BOOM!” at the Coronet, “The Full Monty”, “Crazy for You” and “Spamalot” at Musical Theatre West (Ovation Award Nods), “On the Town” at Reprise!, “City of Angels” at Reprise! and the McCallum in Palm Desert, and “The Wild Party” for Musical Theatre Guild. Prior to this, she appeared as Stella in the Rubicon Theatre production of “A Streetcar Named Desire”. She also performed in a critically acclaimed production of “Moving On”, a Sondheim review at Laguna Playhouse. Television appearances include Numb3rs, The Drew Carey Show, Third Rock from the Sun, The Good Doctor: The Paul Fleiss Story, and Sunset Beach. Recordings include “Hot Notes”, her solo debut with LML Music, “The Stephen Sondheim Album”, and “Broadway Sings Paul Simon”, both for Fynsworth Alley Records. Tami can be heard on “Winnie the Pooh Shapes and Sizes”, and as the singing voice of Cinderella in Disney’s DVD “Cinderella III – A Twist in Time”.

Tommy Hobson
Theatre: Andre in Ain't Misbehaving (Ovation Award, Best Actor in a musical, La Mirada Theatre), Curtis in Dreamgirls (TUTS), Sam Cooke in Recorded in Hollywood (Kirk Douglas Theatre), Complete History of America Abridged (Ovation Award, Garry Marshall Theatre), Smokey Joe's Cafe (Pasadena Playhouse), Shout Sister Shout! (Pasadena Playhouse), City Kid (Hudson Theatre), Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, (Center Theatre Group). Film: Leading roles in “Driven,” “Wrapped Up In You,” “Be The Light,” “Stone/Fruit,” “I’ll Be Watching,” “The Stars Are Already Dead,” “Ghosts of the Ozarks,” “XXIII Boss,” and "Squirrel" Television: Series regular on “The Fresh Beat Band” and “The Fresh Beat Band of Spies.” Recurring roles on “Sherman’s Showcase” and “Rachel Dratch’s Late Night Snack,” Guest Roles on “Dynasty,” “Criminal Minds” and “NCIS: LA.” Recording: EP “Beyond the Beat”.
A triple threat performer, Thomas began his acting career at the age of six and appeared in numerous feature films, television shows, commercials and theatre productions.
Thomas’ earlier credits include leading roles in Clubhouse Detectives, Michael Jordan: An American Hero, and Disney's Movie Surfers as well as recurring roles on Step-by-Step and A Different World. After graduating high school, Thomas attended Yale University where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre.
While at Yale, Thomas kept very focused and busy working in both Yale University undergraduate and graduate theatre programs and singing with Shades, one of Yale’s most popular a capella groups. Thomas was a three-time recipient of Yale’s Excellence in Artistry Award voted on by both faculty and students.
Shortly after graduating from Yale, Thomas returned to Los Angeles and was cast as the character “Shout” on the hit Nickelodeon series The Fresh Beat Band.
The show, which ran for 3 seasons, originally targeted preschoolers but found a much wider audience, bringing Thomas national fame among adolescents and adults as well as spawning four sold out US tours and a cartoon spin off, The Fresh Beat Band of Spies. Thomas’s recent credits include lead roles in the films Driven, (now streaming on Passionflix), Be The Light, Stone/Fruit, I’ll Be Watching, (which recently premiered on Lifetime), The Stars Are Already Dead, Ghosts of the Ozarks, XXIII Boss, and Squirrel, and on television, recurring roles on Sherman’s Showcase (coming to IFC this summer) and Rachel Dratch’s Late Night Snack, as well as guest starring roles on Dynasty and NCIS:LA.
When he is not doing television and film, Thomas can be found on the stage. His recent theatre credits include: Andre in Ain't Misbehavin’ (La Mirada Theatre) for which he was received an Ovation Award for Best Actor in a musical, Curtis in Dreamgirls (TUTS), Sam Cooke in Recorded in Hollywood (Kirk Douglas Theatre), Complete History of America Abridged (Ovation Award, Best ensemble Garry Marshall Theatre), Smokey Joe's Cafe (Pasadena Playhouse), Shout Sister Shout! (Pasadena Playhouse).
Thomas’ multi-dimensional talent truly makes him a force to be reckoned with and he is creating a buzz among executives in all areas of the entertainment industry.

Derek Hughes
The live performances of celebrated conjurer, “Stand Up Magician” Derek Hughes, have been lauded by audiences and critics alike, with the New York Times calling him “thoroughly entertaining.” Hughes has performed his magic on MTV, VH1, Comedy Central, and the CW's Penn & Teller: Fool Us. He's a consulting producer on TRUtv’s hit magic series, “The Carbonaro Effect” and was a top ten finalist on NBC's “America’s Got Talent”.

Janene Lovullo
a native Californian, is an actress, singer and recording artist. Her Broadway and 1st National Tour credits include: CATS as Grizabella; Les Miserables as the Factory Girl and understudy to Fantine and Cosette; and The Pirates of Penzance as Isabel as well as understudy to Maureen McGovern’s Mabel.
Most recently Janene portrayed Marga-ret Johnson in The Light in the Piazza with Davis Gaines at the Helen Galen Performing Arts Center under direction of David Green. Other highlight performances include: The Stuntman’s Ball with J.K. Simmons honoring Burt Reynolds, Hall Needham and Bob Herron; The Vintage Master’s of Swing with Michael Feinstein, Tierney Sutton and Sue Raney; and Tradition, The Jewish Legacy of Broadway at the McCallum Theater, The Pantages Theater and for The Actor’s Fund on Broadway produced by Michael Childers.
Janene’s Cabaret shows in New York, Los Angeles and Palm Springs include: You’re My World; An Evening with Janene Lovullo and Christopher Marlowe and Janene Lovullo with Christopher Marlowe present: A Celebration of Johnny Mercer and Harold Arlen, with a little bit of Christmas! Other performances include Great Expectations as Estella with Faith Prince at the Booth Theater in Pasadena and I Have Dreamed, her one woman show benefiting education for The Orangewood Children’s Foundation in Southern California. She has enjoyed singing with Italian international guitarist Peppino D’Agostino and has been a featured vocalist for the Capistrano Valley Symphony’s Broadway Under The Stars.
Other theatrical credits include West Side Story’s Maria at The Shrine Auditorium; Washington D.C.’s Woftrap Theater’s The Pirates of Penzance as Isabel; The Student Prince as Princess Margaret and Laughter, Love and Lunacy at Coachella Valley Repertory.
Janene has recorded three CD’s. Her two solo CD’s This Moment and Broadway Intimate were recorded and musically directed by longtime arranger and friend Christopher Marlowe at Capitol Records with recording master and Academy Award winner Dan Wallin as sound engineer along with film score composer and Grammy Nominee Tim Simonec as Lead Orchestrator.
Margaret Martin’s Gone With The Wind was released in 2017 on London’s Stage Door Records CD Lost West End and showcased Janene’s Gone With The Wind on Elaine Page’s BBC Radio 2 station.
Janene’s love of singing and performance easily transitioned into teaching voice and has done so for 23 years. She has taught hundreds of singers, many who have gone on to successful careers

Chris Mann
is no stranger to the spotlight. His debut album Roads (Universal/Republic Records) hit #1 on Billboard's Heatseekers Chart and appeared on the Billboard Top 200 and iTunes charts. His sophomore release, Constellation, followed suit, also topping the Billboard and iTunes charts. Mann lit up a global audience with his 2012 post Super Bowl XLVI performance on NBC’s The Voice which was watched by a record-breaking 37.6 million viewers. His chart-topping duet with superstar Christina Aguilera solidified him as one of the most unique voices in the history of the show.
Continuing his meteoric rise, Mann then starred in his own concert and holiday TV specials for PBS, Chris Mann In Concert: A Mann For All Seasons and Home For Christmas. Riding the wave of success, he toured to sold-out audiences across America, Mexico and Asia.
As one of the most sought-after talents in music, television and on stage, Mann was personally cast by Sir Cameron Mackintosh and Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber as The Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera's 25th Anniversary Tour. Mann donned the iconic mask for over 700 performances with critics hailing him as “the best Phantom since Michael Crawford.”
His socials have been buzzing with thousands of loyal fans desperate for his next release. Now, after years building his presence on the national stage, he's poised to release a new album with an unexpected, new sound on his fourth studio LP, NOISE!
Mann has performed with the National Symphony for President Barack Obama, headlined at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., at New York City's famed Christmas in Rockefeller Center Concert and starred in his own symphony tour across the country. He has also performed on Ellen, The Today Show, Conan, and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Late Show with James Cordon and Christmas in Washington. He was also an original member of the Dalton Academy Warblers on the hit TV show Glee.
“Visceral!"--Rolling Stone.

Alisan Porter
A powerhouse siren with impressive writing chops to match her towering vocals, it’s no surprise Los Angelesbased singer and songwriter Alisan Porter could sing with perfect pitch at nine-months-old. Born to a Broadway singer mom and rocker dad, she went from wowing America on Star Search at the age of five to starring in the John Hughes 1991 classic Curly Sue. Post-high school, she logged time on Broadway, starring in the first production of Footloose and revival of A Chorus Line. She fronted The Canyons and released two solo albums, namely 2009’s Alisan Porter and Who We Are in 2014. During a 2016 respite from music, a friend secretly submitted her to NBC’s The Voice. Emerging triumphantly, she made history on the show, winning Season 10 and becoming the first victor for a female coach repping “Team Christina Aguilera.” Staunchly committed to a personal vision, she turned down a major label contract in order to follow her heart as an independent artist. Exercising the limits of her robust voice, she conjured a style steeped in booming gospel, soulful blues, and rock ‘n’ roll energy. Now, the first single “Deep Water” introduces Alisan’s next phase with her show-

Nita Whitaker
is a favorite singer of legendary producer David Foster, Nita has sung with some of the most famous voices of our time. She sang the original demos for Whitney Houston’s standards, “I Will Always Love You”, “I Have Nothing” and “I Look to You” working with producers David Foster and Harvey Mason Jr. Having toured with Andrea’ Bocelli as a guest duet artist, as well a featured
vocalist on tour with jazz trumpeter Chris Botti, Nita has performed with some of the great singers of our time including Lionel Ritchie, Yolanda Adams, Patti LaBelle, Barbara Streisand, Josh Groban, and Michael Buble’. She has entertained thousands as well hundreds in her own intimate one woman shows, charity galas and corporate events.
A former Miss Louisiana and Grand Champion Hall of Fame Star Search Winner, has performed on stage including four world premiere’s musicals: “Ragtime”, “Ten Commandments the Musical”, “Breaking Through” at Pasadena Playhouse, and most recently as Mom Winans (Delores) in “Born For This, The Musical” at the Majestic Theater in Boston for which she received a best supporting actor nomination from the Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) awards 2019.
She has recorded 4 independent records, appeared in movies, television shows and multiple studio recordings. Nita also penned an award-winning memoir entitled: Finding My Voice, started a 501c3 non-profit, that has given nearly 7000 underserved children new books, and most importantly is the mother of two beautiful emerging stars, Skye and Liisi LaFontaine. The best is yet to come!

Marissa Jaret Winokur
is perhaps best known for creating the role of “Tracy Turnblad” in the Broadway musical Hairspray, winning a Tony Award, a Drama Desk Award, and an Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actress. She reunited with Harvey Fierstein for a special sold-out engagement of the show at the world-famous Hollywood Bowl. Marissa was also featured on NBC’s Hairspray Live!.
Marissa Jaret Winokur was recently crowned winner of the inaugural season of “Celebrity Big Brother,” and previously danced her way into the hearts of America on the hit series “Dancing with the Stars,” making it all the way to the Final 4! As an actress, Marissa currently recurs on “A Million Little Things” and “The Goldbergs,” both on ABC; as well as “Crashing” on HBO. Other recent credits include HBO’s “Girls,” FOX’s, “Scream Queens,” as well as recurring on “Playing House” on USA and “American Dad” on FOX. Marissa also stared on Logo’s “Not Today Bianca” and TV Land’s “Retired at 35. Marissa, and Celebrity Big Brother first runner up Ross Matthews, host the official Big Brother after show “Off the Block with Ross and Marissa” for Facebook Watch.
Marissa started her career on the stage, appearing as “Jan” in the Broadway production of Grease. After moving to Los Angeles, she quickly landed roles in the features Teaching Mrs. Tingle and Never Been Kissed. These were followed by her memorable roles in Scary Movie, Fever Pitch, and American Beauty, where she immortalized the phrase “You are so busted.” In television, she has starred in several series and was executive producer of the hit ABC Family romantic comedy Beautiful Girl, in which she also starred alongside Fran Drescher and Mark Consuelos.
Marissa and her husband, comedy writer Judah Miller, live in Los Angeles and New York with their son Zev and two labradoodles.

John Lloyd Young
Tony and Grammy Award winner originated the role of Frankie Valli in Broadway's Tony Award winning Best Musical and international hit, Jersey Boys. As Valli, Young garnered unprecedented accolades from New York and national media, including one of the most the most exciting New York Times reviews ever written for an actor making a Broadway debut. Mr. Young went on to win the Lead Actor Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Theatre World Awards, becoming the only American actor in history to win all four leading actor awards for a Broadway debut. Mr. Young sings lead vocals on the Platinum, Grammy Award-winning Jersey Boys Original Cast Album. Young made his West End debut, playing the role at London's Piccadilly Theatre. Young re-created his award-winning Broadway turn onscreen for director Clint Eastwood in Warner Brothers' film adaptation of Jersey Boys, which premiered across the world in 2014.
Young played to sold-out crowds of 17,000-plus as Marius in Les Miserables at the Hollywood Bowl, was the first-ever guest star invited to appear on Fox-TV's Golden Globe and Emmy-winning hit, Glee; guest starred opposite Michael Chiklis on CBS' drama, Vegas; and played the title role in the family comedy film Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!, opposite Lainie Kazan. In February 2013, Young made his debut at New York's prestigious and famous Cafe Carlyle. Reviewing his performance The New York Times wrote that Young "has a disciplined one-in-a-million high tenor shading into falsetto that he can direct through the stratosphere." Mr. Young has played Carnegie Hall, the White House, Lincoln Center, New Year's Eve in Times Square, Radio City Music Hall, the New York City Marathon, San Francisco's Feinstein's at the Nikko, Yankee Stadium, Dodgers Stadium, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, McCarter Theatre Center, New York's Town Hall, the Hollywood Bowl and the National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Marvin Hamlisch.



The Anaheim Performing Arts Center Foundation (APACF) is a 501c3 charitable organization founded to build and maintain a state-of-the-art campus with exceptional performance and education facilities. With the goal of elevating the arts to an integral part of local culture, the Anaheim Performing Arts Center is on track to become the largest and most significant cultural development project in the history of Orange County!

“APACF is attempting to bring the finest Performing Arts Center in the World to Orange County. This $600 million enterprise will result in 700,000 square feet of the ultimate experience in theater and the arts for an under-served community. We are building ties to our schools and nonprofit organizations and will offer educational opportunities for kids and adults throughout Southern California. We plan to be the Lincoln Center of the West Coast.”

-Dr. Howard Knohl

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2200 E Katella Ave
Anaheim, CA
United States

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