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New York City Opera Announces Pride Month Celebration Broadway Comes to Milford

June 29 @ 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM


New York City Opera, in partnership with The Milford Theater, presents Broadway Comes to Milford,
part of its 2024 Summer Season, on Saturday, June 29, 2024 at 8pm at The Milford Theater, 114 E
Catharine St, Milford, PA. The New York City Opera brings Broadway to Milford, PA to celebrate
Pride month this June with a charming review of songs, duets, and ensembles that takes the audience on
a musical journey through the 20th century. Tickets start at $30 and are available at
Featuring Broadway stars and including selections from "Company," "Sweeney Todd," "Rent," "Into the
Woods" and "Candide," this will be an evening of world-class storytelling and unforgettable
Glenn Seven Allen, tenor
Parris Lewis, mezzo-soprano
Meghan Picerno, soprano
Sami Sallaway, soprano
Todd Thomas, baritone
Richard Koons, baritone
Jessica Tyler Wright, mezzo-soprano
A charming town 70 miles north west of New York City, Milford, Pennsylvania is a destination for
shops, antiquing, eateries, and history, all while allowing you take in the beauty of the town in its natural
surroundings. Since the 1920s, the Milford Theater has served as the community’s moviehouse and
sanctuary for performing arts. A staple of the community and historic fixture, the Milford Theater is a
home for live music, plays, classic film, and more. Located in a vibrant borough with a rich history, the
theater provides entertainment that lies at the intersection of modern comfort and nostalgia. Enjoy a
classically art deco stage updated to accommodate a wide variety of performances.
In partnership with the Milford Theater and as a part of our annual Pride Initiative, we're thrilled to
announce that 50% of the profit from this event will be donated to Triversity. TriVersity is a Pride
Center committed to serving the LGBTQ+ Community & our allies (i.e., our family or “fam”) living in
or visiting the TriState region of New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. They offer events,
educational programming, a media center & lending library, support groups and more. 
Glenn Seven Allen is garnering critical acclaim on theatre, opera, and concert stages throughout the
United States as a consummate performer. Allen recently performed with New York City Opera in All is
Calm; created the role of John in Southern Crossings at Barnard College; and sang Roldolfo in Soo
Theatre’s La bohème. Mr. Allen also recently starred with New York City Opera as Jack Twist in

Brokeback Mountain and Freddy in Dear Erich. Known for his work on Broadway and in leading
theatres throughout the country, Mr. Allen appeared as Giuseppe in the Tony-winning Broadway run of
Adam Guettel’s The Light in the Piazza. Other theatrical credits include Girl Crazy at City Center as part
of their Encores season, Casino Paradise with Lincoln Center, Lancelot in Camelot at the Arvada Center,
Rutledge in 1776 at Goodspeed, Pontius Pilate in Jesus Christ Superstar at North Carolina Theatre,
Carousel with the NY Philharmonic for PBS Great Performances, and Clifford Bradshaw in Cabaret at
the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C.
Parris Lewis recently concluded a critically acclaimed run as Tina Turner in the first national tour
of Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, having previously performed as Alline/Ikette while understudying
Tina. Prior to Tina, she performed as Pearl in the National Tour of Hairspray. Parris made her national
tour début in The Color Purple, where she showed off her incredible upper register as Church Lady, as
well as understudying the role of Shug Avery. She is also a champion of new works, performing in the
workshop of Jubilee 11213 at Betty’s Daughter Arts Collaborative. Other musical theatre credits include
Sister Anne Bertha in Pray at Ars Nova, a workshop of Bars at The Public Theatre, and in the Seattle
International Dance Festival. Parris’ opera credits include performances as Clara in Porgy & Bess at
Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, STONEWALL at New York City Opera, La bohème at Kaye
Playhouse, The Elixir of Love, and Mile Long Opera. 
With a far-reaching repertoire, Meghan Picerno has enjoyed particular success as Cunegonde in
Candide. After debuting in Hal Prince’s final production at New York City Opera, she recently reprised
the role in Barcelona, San Francisco, and Cincinnati. She has also debuted at Geffen Hall, Alice Tully
Hall, The Kennedy Center, The National Center of Performing Arts in Beijing, and Theatro Municipal
de São Paulo. This season, Ms. Picerno debuts with the Detroit Symphony in concerts with conductor
Jader Bignamini. Hal Prince handpicked Ms. Picerno to sing the role of Christine in The Phantom of the
Opera for its historic Broadway reopening. She also performed as Christine in the First National Tour of
Phantom’s sequel Love Never Dies, which led to a special invitation to perform the role at the Royal
Albert Hall, marking her debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Ms. Picerno has also enjoyed a
diverse career on operatic stages including Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte at Lincoln Center and
Carnegie Hall, and a series of successful role debuts throughout the United States including Gilda in
Rigoletto, La fée in Massenet's Cendrillon, Olympia in Les contes d'Hoffmann, Adele in Die
Fledermaus, and Lucia di Lammermoor.
James D. Sasser is an award-winning writer, singer, actor, and producer. As a performer, highlights
include the recent premiere of Teeth at Playwrights Horizons; being a singer for Riverdance on
Broadway; Jesus Christ Superstar (Pilate); Houston TUTS’ South Pacific (Emile), Sweeney Todd
(Sweeney), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Lawrence); and with NYCO Charlie Crosses The Nation for the
VOX New Opera Festival. Recent TV appearances include: Succession, The Good Fight, and Madam
Secretary. As a writer for musicals they include Bottle Shock! The Musical (based on the film); the new
operetta By Georges! (which was Lamplighters Music Theatre’s first new works commission in their 70
year history), and the Afro-Cuban Midsummer Night’s Dream inspired CUBAMOR. As a Producer: 2
Tonys and 12 nods for Great Comet. James’ voice can be heard in hundreds of commercials and
audiobooks, where he is quite often British.
Recognized by opera companies and critics alike as one of the true Verdi baritones gracing stages today,
Todd Thomas continues his tenure as one of America’s most sought-after artists. Last season, Thomas
returned to the Shanghai Opera House for his captivating portrayal of Der fliegende Holländer, reprised

his signature role of Rigoletto with Amarillo Opera, and performed the role of Scarpia in Tosca with
Florida Grand Opera, Opera Memphis, Opera on the James, and Charlottesville Opera, as well as
Amonasro in Tulsa Opera’s Aida. This season, Thomas returns to China for concert performances
of Roméo et Juliette with the Suzhou Symphony Orchestra. Recently, Mr. Thomas performed the title
role in Nabucco with Theater Erfurt in Germany, the title role of Rigoletto for both Florentine Opera and
Florida Grand Opera, and Michele in Il tabarro with Opera Santa Barbara. Additionally, he
sang Rigoletto for Tulsa Opera and Shreveport Opera, Michele/Schicchi in Il trittico with Pacific Opera
Victoria, Tonio/Alfio in Pagliacci/Cavalleria rusticana for Opera Omaha, the title role of Gianni
Schicchi with Opera Memphis, and Scarpia in Tosca with New Jersey Festival Orchestra.
Jessica Tyler Wright’s most recent NYCO appearance was as Herta in the world premiere production
of Dear Erich.  Other NYCO appearances include Vera Donovan in the New York City Premier of
Tobias Picker's opera Dolores Claiborne, based on the Stephen King novel of the same title, and the
critically acclaimed 2017 production of Candide, reprising the role of Paquette from the 2008
production, (both directed by Hal Prince). Her Broadway credits include John Doyle’s Sweeney
Todd and Company, MTC’s LoveMusik (Hal Prince), and Lincoln Center’s War Horse.  Off Broadway,
Jessica earned a Lucille Lortel nomination for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical for her role as
Marjorie Taylor in Allegro (Classic Stage Company).  Also at CSC, Jessica shared the stage with Jim
Parsons in A Man of No Importance as Mrs. Patrick and recently, she was in Dear World with City
Center Encores! Jessica toured the U.S. and Canada with Sweeney Todd and had a turn as Mrs. Claus in
the Radio City Christmas Spectacular in Atlanta and Dallas.  Regional favorites include Marian in Music
Man and Lilli in Kiss Me Kate (MTWichita), KT in Merrily We Roll Along (Cincinnati Playhouse),
Grace in Annie (North Shore MT), Irene in Crazy For You (MTWichita and CA Music Circus), Mary
Jane in Big River (Papermill), and Kost in Cabaret (CA Music Circus).  Her television appearances
include Blue Bloods with Tom Sellek and a national commercial for Nexium.
Since the 1920s, Milford Theater has served as the community’s moviehouse and sanctuary for
performing arts. A staple of the community and historic fixture, Milford Theater is a home for live
music, plays, classic film, and more. Located in a vibrant borough with a rich history, the theater
provides entertainment that lies at the intersection of modern comfort and nostalgia. Enjoy a classically
art deco stage updated to accommodate a wide variety of performances.
The variety at Milford Theater is impressive – a host of live musical performances, plays, and even
dance performances grace Milford Theater’s stage. Locals are given the chance to express themselves in
a stunning venue that maintains its historic beauty despite modern updates. From classic orchestra to live
bands to local theater productions, our theater serves as a notable and unique rainy day destination,
family outing, or field trip.
Founded as “The People’s Opera” by Mayor Fiorello La Guardia in 1943, New York City Opera
(NYCO) has remained a critical part of the city’s cultural life. Launching the careers of dozens of major
artists, presenting engaging productions of both mainstream and lesser-known operas alongside
commissions and regional premieres, NYCO has continued to endure as a uniquely American opera
company of international stature with a distinct identity and singular mission: affordable ticket prices, a
devotion to American works, English-language performances, the promotion of up-and-coming

American singers, and seasons of accessible, vibrant and compelling productions intended to introduce
new audiences to the art form.
Stars who launched their careers at New York City Opera include Plácido Domingo, Catherine
Malfitano, Sherrill Milnes, Samuel Ramey, Beverly Sills, Tatiana Troyanos, Carol Vaness, and Shirley
Verrett, among dozens of other great artists. New York City Opera has also presented such talents as
Anna Caterina Antonacci and Aprile Millo in concert, as well as its own 75th Anniversary Concert in
Bryant Park.
New York City Opera forged a path of inclusion and diversity in the arts. It was the first major opera
company to feature African American singers in leading roles (Todd Duncan as Tonio in Pagliacci, 1945
and Camilla Williams in the title role of Madama Butterfly, 1946); the first to produce a new work by an
African American composer (William Grant Still, Troubled Island, 1949); and the first to have an
African-American conductor lead its orchestra (Everett Lee, 1955).
A revitalized City Opera re-opened in January 2016 with Tosca, the opera that originally launched the
company in 1944. Outstanding productions since then include: the world premieres of Iain Bell and
Mark Campbell’s Stonewall, commissioned and developed by NYCO), legendary director Harold
Prince’s new production of Bernstein’s Candide; Puccini’s beloved La Fanciulla del West; and the New
York premiere of Daniel Catán’s Florencia en el Amazonas — the first in NYCO’s Ópera en Español
series. Subsequent Ópera en Español productions include the New York premiere of the world’s first
mariachi opera, José “Pepe” Martinez’s Cruzar la Cara de la Luna, Literes’s Los Elementos, and
Piazzolla’s María de Buenos Aires. NYCO’s Pride Initiative, which produces an LGBTQ-themed work
each June during Pride Month, includes such productions as the New York premiere of Péter Eötvös’s
Angels in America and the American premiere of Charles Wuorinen’s Brokeback Mountain.
New York City Opera continues its legacy with regular main stage performances at Jazz at Lincoln
Center’s Rose Theater, an acclaimed summer series in Bryant Park that brings free performances to
thousands of New Yorkers annually, and revitalized outreach and education programs at venues
throughout the city that are designed to welcome and inspire a new generation of opera audiences.
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June 29
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM


The Milford Theater
114 E Catherine St
Milford, PA 18337 United States
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