Frank Wilson & The Motown-Philly Experience bring you an evening of fantastic vocals and terrific dance routines. Their repertoire includes music from the fabulous fifties from such entertainers as The Drifters, The Five Satins and Little Anthony. Then it’s on to Motown with music from The Four Tops, The Temptations and Smokey Robinson. Next it’s the sounds of Philly with songs from The Spinners, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, Lou Rawls and The Stylistics and as if that wasn’t enough, they present dance music from the ‘70s to the present!
Named one of the Top Ten Tribute Artists in the Country by Billboard, John Tarangelo presents a show dedicated to such legendary entertainers as Bobby Darin, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Bobby Vinton, Paul Anka, Tony Bennett, Elvis, Dion, Little Anthony, The Mystics, The Platters, The Drifters and more. The New York Times called one of his performances “A show like no other, a can’t miss performance”. A New York native, Johnny T joined the famed doo wop group The Mystics in 1980 and performed with them at the Apollo Theater, Radio City Musical Hall and Carnegie Hall in New York City, later recording an album with them for CBS records. Deciding it was time to go solo, he moved to Florida where he has received much acclaim.
While she was appearing to rave reviews at the famed Copacabana in New York City, Judy Scott caught the eye of Jerry Lewis who immediately signed her to appear with him at the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas and the Fontainebleau in Miami Beach. The audience response was so great that he then featured her on the next Jerry Lewis television special. She later went on to tour nightclubs around the United States and the world with Jackie Mason and David Brenner, appeared on numerous television shows and on major cruise lines. In addition to her solo act, Judy produces and performs with a swing band called Sentimental Journey. A superlative performer, she also wrote and performed her one-woman show Say It With Music which is a tribute to the life and music of Irving Berlin, all over the country.
Opening for Judy is native Floridian, Gary Clark. Gary is a pianist, composer and arranger who delights in performing. Much sought-after, he is inspired by the jazz and great vocalists and pianists of the ‘20s, ‘30s and ‘40s.
One of the finest tenors performing today, Andrea Garofalo moves audiences with the brilliance and beauty of his superb voice. Andrea was the first-place winner of the prestigious Canadian CHIN Classical Music Awards as well as having earned the title of “The Golden Voice” from The Sistine Chapel Choir at the Vatican in Rome. Singing his signature Pop To Opera© worldwide, he has made numerous recordings in Italian, Spanish, French and English. His larger-than-life showmanship awakens the emotions of the audience as it brings down the house with his power and passion.
Don Stansfield’s powerful and romantic tenor/baritone voice will transport you back in time to the favorite classic hits of the golden entertainment eras – the ‘40s through the ‘70s, songs written by the greatest composers of the twentieth century. Don studied musical theater, acting, speech and dance at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City. He has performed in New York City, Boston and in regional theater. Since moving to Florida in 2002, he has become actively involved in South Florida theater, appearing as Odysseus in the musical Rock Odyssey at the Adrienne Arsht Center and sang and danced with Original Florida Follies for the last two seasons.
This lively Orlando-based musical trio combines electric/acoustic instruments, classic songs and powerful harmonies to create a memorable evening of entertainment. The group includes Robin Dearing, a versatile and impressive multi-instrumentalist and singer who has played on many stages including BB King’s Blues Club, Disney and Universal Studios. Next we have Shannon Pawlak, a powerhouse vocalist and piano player who has performed at every major theme park and theater across Central Florida and on cruise ships. Lastly is Sammy Pawlak who started his professional career at Universal Studios. Sammy plays multiple instruments and playing with the Florida Turnpike Trio allows him to play half of them – all at the same time! The trio plans to perform such hit songs as Chain Of Fools, Come Together, Heartache Tonight, Hotel California, Honky Tonk Woman and I Love Rock & Roll to name just a few.
John Lariviere is a concert and jazz singer and one of the most sought-after voice teachers in Palm Beach County. As a performer, he specializes in music from Broadway and the American Songbook. His critically acclaimed show, Moon River – The Songs of Johnny Mercer played to sold-out crowds at the Delray Beach Playhouse and the Mizner Park Cultural Center in Boca Raton.
Melissa Jacobson has performed throughout the country in cabarets, nightclubs and on off-Broadway. She also teaches voice, acting and audition preparation for theater to gifted students. Besides her performing career, she is a writer, director and producer.
These two marvelous performers pay tribute to such wonderful Broadway songs as Everything’s Coming Up Roses, All That Jazz, Music Of The Night and Don’t Rain On My Parade.
A seasoned and versatile vocalist who has worked all over the world, Jody Ebling is gifted with a beautiful, fluid voice which allows her to belt out a Broadway show tune, sing an Italian aria or interpret a song from the Great American Songbook. She has worked in all of the top clubs in Boston and New York City and performed regularly at the famous Friends Restaurant owned by Elton John in London. Jody toured Florida and New England extensively with her one-woman show, Broadway Baby and had the pleasure of working with such wonderful entertainers as Steve Solomon and Freddie Roman.
Opening for Jody is comedian Peter Fogel. Peter took over for Steve Solomon and toured in Steve’s hit show My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m In Therapy as well as opened or shared the stage with Tommy Tune, Lucie Arnaz and Robert Klein.
Clark Barrios is a versatile vocalist and entertainer performing with big bands and party bands all over Florida. Born in New Orleans and raised by his grandparents, he studied music at Loyola University and realized that music and entertaining would be his dream. He has realized his dream entertaining with both big and party bands from New Orleans to Atlanta and from Las Vegas to Austin, Texas and on to Central Florida where he has made his home.
A Florida native, Mary Jo Vitale attended the University of South Florida on a full music scholarship. She was the premier vocalist for the Pinellas Opera League in St. Petersburg and regularly performs concerts and cabarets for sold-out crowds in the Villages and surrounding areas. Her versatility and charisma on stage has led her to perform in such local musical theater productions of Evita, Sweeney Todd and My Fair Lady.
Together this dynamic duo will share their outstanding talent with our Century Village audiences.