You have experienced The Smith Center in many ways since our doors first opened. Whether you have enjoyed world-class performances in our theaters, shared special occasions on our campus, or seen your children inspired by our education and outreach opportunities – you have felt how The Smith Center has changed our community’s cultural landscape.
Please join us on March 7 as we celebrate our 5th Anniversary through an unforgettable evening of song and storytelling as we look back on our last five years. Broadway stars Adam Kantor (“Rent,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Next to Normal”) and Betsy Wolfe (“Bullets Over Broadway,” “Falsettos”) will emcee the event which will feature some our friends from Broadway, along with some surprise guests.
For more information about our 5 year celebration, click here.
All proceeds benefit Education & Outreach programs.
Our 5th Anniversary Concert will feature more than 20 acclaimed performers celebrating all that we have accomplished together - including some of our best friends from Broadway and many special surprise guests.
Hailed as one of Broadway’s finest, Betsy Wolfe’s leading roles include starring opposite Zach Braff in the hit musical adaptation of “Bullets Over Broadway.” She was recently tapped to star as Elsa in Disney’s new Broadway production of “Frozen,” and further received glowing reviews co-starring with Adam Kantor in the off-Broadway revival of “The Last Five Years.” Wolfe has sung with more than 35 symphonies and orchestras around the world, including with the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall.
Adam Kantor has become a Broadway fixture after his debut starring in the final cast of “Rent,” followed by lead performances in hit productions such as “Next to Normal” and the critically acclaimed revival of “Fiddler on the Roof.” He recently co-starred with Betsy Wolfe in the celebrated off-Broadway revival of “The Last Five Years,” and was featured in the world premiere of “Diner” by Sheryl Crow. Expanding beyond the stage, he also played Ezra in CBS show “The Good Wife.”
Teller has been the smaller, quieter half of Penn & Teller since 1975. With Penn Jillette, he has played off and on Broadway, toured in North America and Britain, and is currently the longest-running headline act in Las Vegas. Penn & Teller have written and starred in television series and specials, including eight seasons of the Emmy-nominated Showtime series “Penn & Teller: Bullshit!”; “Penn & Teller Tell a Lie” on Discovery; “Penn & Teller’s Sincity Spectacular” on FX; “Behind the Scenes,” a PBS children’s series on the arts; “The Unpleasant World of Penn & Teller,” a magic and comedy series on England’s Channel 4; and the recent ITV variety series, “Penn & Teller: Fool Us.” Teller has written for The Atlantic Monthly, Smithsonian, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Esquire, GQ, The New Yorker; as well as three books with Penn Jillette and two on his own. He is a frequent contributor to All Things Considered on NPR. Teller and Aaron Posner co-directed a version of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. He co-wrote and directed Play Dead (Off-Broadway and Los Angeles), and co-directed the performance film. He directed Tim’s Vermeer, a documentary film from Sony Pictures Classics. In 2013, Teller and Posner debuted a re-imagined staging of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” which premiered at The Smith Center and enjoyed successful runs in Boston, Los Angeles and Chicago.
Nominated for multiple Grammy and Tony awards, composer Frank Wildhorn has received widespread acclaim for work spanning theatrical, popular and classical music. In 1999, he became the first U.S. composer in decades to have three shows running simultaneously on Broadway: “Jekyll & Hyde,” “The Scarlet Pimpernel” and “The Civil War.” In addition to composing songs for many more hit Broadway shows, he has also worked on musical projects worldwide. Artists who have recorded and performed his music include Whitney Houston, Natalie Cole, Sammy Davis Jr., Trisha Yearwood and Johnny Mathis.
One of Broadway’s foremost leading men, Santino Fontana’s performances have become cemented in pop culture with his many film and television roles. The Tony nominee is best known for voicing Prince Hans in Disney’s hit film “Frozen,” and for co-starring on The CW’s critically acclaimed musical comedy series, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.” His many Broadway roles include as starring Prince Charming in “Cinderella,” and he has sung with a variety of prominent orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
Fontana earned national acclaim starring as Ella in “Cinderella” on Broadway – unfortunately not at the same time her husband Santino Fontana played Prince Charming. She has also played starring roles in shows at leading venues across the U.S. including “Once Upon a Mattress,” “110 in the Shade” and starred in The Smith Center’s first original musical, “Idaho! The Comedy Musical” as Cassie.
Composer/conductor Keith Thompson’s prestigious career includes serving as conductor and musical director for the first national tours of “Mamma Mia!” and “Cabaret,” directing stars such as Teri Hatcher and Lea Thompson. He has conducted concert tours for Sarah Brightman and Jenifer Lewis, and most recently served as musical director and conductor for “Jersey Boys” at The Palazzo, “The Producers” at Paris Las Vegas and “Hairspray” at Luxor Las Vegas. He also composed The Smith Center’s first original musical, “Idaho! The Comedy Musical.”