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Conceived by Greg Cooper; Book by Vynnie Meli; Music and Lyrics by The Acappella Company


  • Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at 7:00 pm
  • Friday, July 10, 2015 at 5:00 pm
  • Saturday, July 11, 2015 at 9:00 pm
  • Sunday, July 12, 2015 at 12:00 pm
  • Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at 1:00 pm

A musical about finding your own voice.

A gospel singer leaves home, going from the ‘music of praise’ to the ‘music that pays'. A jaded roadie rushes him away from an arena full of screaming fans while a forgotten and ignored old man on a street corner belts some beautiful blues just because it feeds his soul. Jeremiah realizes that somewhere along the way, it became more about the money than the music. He goes back - to family, to friends, to the woman he left behind, but can he? Is it love or just nostalgia? He returns to the place where everything is familiar, except that nothing is. He learns that he has to find his own way home.

Running Time: 1 hour and 30 minutes, plus one intermission.

Greg Cooper

Greg Cooper (Executive Producer)

Greg is a 28-year veteran of radio and television broadcasting with an extensive background in production. He began development of the concept for 'Acappella The Musical' in late 2003. Greg has an incurable passion for acappella singing, and he is honored to share this life-changing music with the world.

Vynnie Meli

Vynnie Meli (Book)

Vynnie first broke the NYMF ice with PLAGUED - A LOVE STORY (book and lyrics, music by Casey Filiaci). Other productions include KEATS IN CURLERS (off B’way), CHOPPED LIVER IN PARADISE, SEPTEMBER TENTH, JIM CROW AND THE RHYTHM DARLINGS and KRISPY KREMES AND BUTTER QUEENS. Upcoming are ORBITAL DEBRIS, a straight 2 person rom com, and THE LIFESPAN OF A FLY, a short comic opera. A Eugene O’Neill semi-finalist last year, awards include the Jane Chambers Award, ATHE Award, and the Essential Theatre Playwriting Award. A long-time Atlantan, Vynnie is a member of the Dramatists Guild and Working Title Playwrights.

Miche Braden

Miche Braden (Mrs. Sanders)

Miche Braden is a singer, actor, musician, songwriter, arranger, and musical director. She is a product of the rich musical heritage of her hometown, Detroit, Michigan., where she was an Artist in Residence with the Detroit Council of the Arts, the founder and former lead singer of Straight Ahead (women‘s jazz band), and was a protégé of Motown musicians Thomas “Beans” Bowles, Earl Van Dyke (leader of The Funk Brothers), and jazz master composer Harold McKinney. As an actor, Miche has appeared in and served as musical director/arranger in The People’s Temple, Gee’s Bend, The Bluest Eye, & Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill. Her recent vehicle is The Devil's Music: The Life & Blues of Bessie Smith. She serves as Bessie, co-collaborator with Joe Brancato & Angelo Parra (Director & Playwright) as Musical Director, Arranger, & Composer for 15 years. She has been nominated for the Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel Carbonell, & Connecticut Critics Award for TDM.

Darilyn Castillo

Darilyn Castillo (Sarah)

Darilyn Castillo is thrilled to be apart of this talented cast! National Tours: Upcoming- The Lion King (Nala Cover). Cirque Dreams Holidaze and Fancy Nancy. West End: Taming of The Shrew (Katherine) and Duchess of Malfi (Duchess). Regional: All Shook Up (Lorraine). Love to mom, dad, "Tweety", & Avalon!

Anthony Chatmon II

Anthony Chatmon II (Simon)

Anthony Chatmon II is excited to be apart of NYMF. SoCal Native. For the past year Anthony played the Doctor on the 2nd National tour of The Book Of Mormon. NYMF: ILLA- a Hip Hop Musical. Other credits include: A chorus line, Hairspray, Figaro (90210), Hello again, My Fairytale, Colored Museum.

Katrina Rose Dideriksen

Katrina Rose Dideriksen (Ensemble)

Bway: HAIRSPRAY (Tracy standby). Off-Bway: RENT (Swing); A NIGHT W. JANIS (Janis u/s, Swing); BLOODSONG OF LOVE (whore in Boots); JERRY SPRINGER THE OPERA (Shawntel/Eve). Regional/Nat'l Tour: HAIRSPRAY (Tracy); RENT (Mimi Marquez); GREASE (Rizzo); LEGALLY BLONDE (Enid); Pregnancy Pact (Kaylee). Some NYC Readings/Workshops include FOUND; BARE; BULL DURHAM; FERAL. Recordings: THINGS TO RUIN (OCR); THE ROCK & ROLL JAMBOREE; KERRIGAN-LOWDERMILK LIVE. "For J. FLY" Katrina is a proud AEA member. @katyrosedid

Cheryl Freeman

Cheryl Freeman (Aunt Leona)

(Veteran of Broadway/ TV/Film and Voice Overs) Career Highlights: Original starring roles: Broadway: The Acid Queen In “The Who’s Tommy”; Vy-VyMan in Duke Ellington’s “Play On”; Bessie in “The Civil War”. Film: Muse Melpomene in Disney’s Animated feature “Hercules” and the cartoon TV series, Aunt Francis in “ Fresh”. Solo performance for President Bush, The First Lady, the Senate, Congress, and Supreme Court and an encore performance for President Obama, The First Lady, etc.

Rachel Gavaletz

Rachel Gavaletz (Ensemble)

Rachel Gavaletz is an award winning jazz arranger/vocalist, musical theatre performer, and singer-songwriter. Credits include Groove Society A Capella, Royal CAribbean Productions, Fantine- Les Miserables, Martha_ The Secret Garden (CSFAC), Bertha- Nymph Errant (Theatreworks), and several rock/pop bands you've probably never heard of. Keep an eye out for her debut original EP, Living Room, coming out later this summer.

Emily Goglia

Emily Goglia (Ensemble)

Emily hails from Los Angeles and is so excited to be a part of Acappella the Musical! She comes from an extensive background of a cappella - starting with three-time ICCA champions SoCal VoCals at USC (winner outstanding soloist for "God Bless the Child"), The Voices of Liberty at Disneyland, and most recently the lead of the female powerhouse ELEMENT, on NBC's The Sing Off. Favorite roles include Maureen (Rent), Baker's Wife (Into the Woods), and Carrie (Carousel). @emilygoglia


Tyler Hardwick

Tyler Hardwick (Jeremiah)

Tyler Hardwick is thrilled be a part in Acapella the Musical! Broadway: Motown the Musical (Eddie Kendricks); Tours: Motown the Musical Promotional Tour (Eddie Kendricks); Regional: You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown(Snoopy); The ThreePenny Opera (Macheath); Shrek the Musical; Hairspray. Much love to my family and friends for your support!

Alex Koceja

Alex Koceja (Ensemble)

Alex Koceja can't believe he's in his first show in New York! A writer in his free time, he is blessed to be able to work with such a beautiful and talented group. Who knew those years in college acapella would pay off?

Janelle McDermoth

Janelle McDermoth (Ensemble)

Janelle McDermoth is excited to bring this show to the stage! Favorite theatrical credits include: Soul Doctor Off Broadway, HAIR (Int'l Tour), At Buffalo (NYMF). Acappella: Off The Beat, RANGE. @janellemcdrmth

Gavyn Pickens

Gavyn Pickens (Ensemble)

Gavyn is so happy to be apart of Acappella The Musical! A graduate of Spelman College, she received her BA in Theatre. Gavyn began dancing as a child and continued to perform through singing and acting. Off Broadway: That Bachelorette Show Regional; Little Shop of Horrors, A Chorus Line. Other Credits; The Bluest Eye (director Jasmine Guy), Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Amen Corner, Crowns, and The Glass Menagerie. Gavyn is also an accomplished jazz and choral vocalist, has studied amongst some of the greats at the University of Oxford in England, and comedy improvisation at the world famous Groundlings and Second City in Hollywood, CA.

Garett Turner

Garett Turner (Ensemble)

Garrett is delighted to be making his professional debut in Acappella! A native of Florence, Alabama, Garrett received his B.A. in Music and Creative Writing from Emory University and his M.A. in Music Theatre from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London. Much love and thanks to family and friends! More at

Darryl Jovan Williams

Darryl Jovan Williams (Ensemble)

Darryl Jovan Williams has been in such shows as Ark. Rep’s “The Wiz”, Smokey Joe’s Café National/European Tours and recently done the Broadway Cast Reunion at 54 Below. Williams is most proud of being the vocal arranger of Sir. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Super Star Gospel in which he also played the critically acclaimed Judas and did arrangements for a 50-voice cast. Williams presently tours the country doing vocal workshops and gospel arrangements for churches and choirs nationally. He has also created vocal arrangements and background vocals for artists like Gladys Knight, Leslie Gore, Ann Nesby and Louis St. Louis. Williams has performed a tour in Bologna, Italy where he had the pleasure of performing for Pope John Paul II.

Virginia Ann Woodruff

Virginia Ann Woodruff (Mary)

Virginia Ann Woodruff is so excited to be a part of NYMF in the production of ACAPPELLA THE MUSICAL. She won 2012 MITF award for best actress in a musical. Broadway: VIOLET, LEAP OF FAITH, OPRAH WINFREY presents THE COLOR PURPLE, ALL SHOOK UP and SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE. Nat'l tours: The Who's Tommy, Once On This Island, and The Wiz. Regional production including Effie White in Dreamgirls, Aretha Franklin and Tina Turner in Beehive - The 60’s Musical, ), Films: Harlem Grace, Legally Blonde II, Preaching to the choir.

Lee Summers

Lee Summers (Director)

Lee Summers is an award-winning, multi-talented artist, who has directed shows in numerous New York and regional venues, including for both the NYMF and NAMT Theatre Festivals – Most recently Summers directed Brian Whitted’s “What’s It All About Miss Dionne” a Dionne Warwick Tribute starring Tony Winners LaChanze and Adriane Lenox. Summers is a published member of the Dramatists Guild; conceiver/co-writer/co-composer/producer of Off-Broadway’s From My Hometown (8 AUDELCO Nominations); writer of Ella Fitzgerald: First Lady of Song and many more. He has performed On Broadway (Orig. Dreamgirls); Off-Broadway; Carnegie Hall; on TV and in films.

Evan Feist

Evan Feist (Music Director, Arrangements)

Evan Feist produces, manages, promotes, writes, and arranges music. He has taught acappella, vocal percussion, composition, and improv workshops throughout the New York tri-state area, and his arrangements and compositions are performed throughout the world. He is in demand as a private vocal coach and several of his students have appeared on American Idol (FOX), The X Factor (FOX), The Voice (NBC), and The Sing Off (NBC).

Leslie Dockery

Leslie Dockery (Choreographer)

Leslie Dockery is a proud member of SDC (Stage Directors and Choreographers Union). She made her Broadway directorial debut with Rollin' on the T.O.B.A. Her directing/choreographing credits include the revival of Don’t Bother Me I Can’t Cope (Tony Award Season/Crossroads Theater), associate choreographer for the original workshops of Broadway's Smokey Joe's Café and the 70’s funk musical, The Funkentine Rapture. She is one of the creators and original choreographer of the Off-Broadway production Beehive. Ms Dockery received Audelco Award “Best Choreography” nominations for Off-Broadway’s Little Ham, From My Hometown and The Shaneequa Chronicles. In 2010, Ms. Dockery’s choreography was featured in Dr. May Edward Chinn and supported Imani’s Audelco Award win for “Best Director.” At the National Black Theatre, Ms. Dockery served as choreographer for Moms starring the late great Clarice Taylor and as director/choreographer for Just A Night Out.

Kyu Shin

Kyu Shin (Scenic Designer)

Kyu Shin is a NYC based Scenic Designer for Theatre, originally from South Korea. He has designed sets for Gruesome Play Injuries (New workshop Theatre), The Rimers of Eldritch (Whitman Theatre), Clybourne Park (Whitman Theatre), Fast in Fire (Theatre for the New City), 19 (Schaprio Theatre-Colombia Univ.), Shulamit (JCC Manhattan), The Tuotors (Kraine Theatre), and Unmentionables (Theatre 54)

Sarah Johnston

Sarah Johnston (Lighting Designer)

Sarah is a Brooklyn-based professional lighting designer working in theater, dance, concerts, corporate meetings, industrials, and special events. She received her BFA in Theater Production and Design from Brooklyn College. Lighting Design credits include: DAREDEVIL (The Brick); Feather Gatherers (New Ohio Theater); Gi60 - An International One-Minute Play Festival (New Workshop Theater); Happily Ever (New Workshop Theater); Miss Julie (New Workshop Theater) The Downtown Loop (3LD); Coppelia: The Real Story (14th Street Playhouse)

Janell Berté

Janell Berté (Costume Designer)

Designer Janell Berté always wanted to design beautiful gowns. After graduating cum-laude from Drexel University’s fashion design program, she set off to California for a job working at Disneyland Tokyo. As fate would have it, she got a job working on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills instead. From there, she went on to become a nationally known award-winning bridal gown designer. Her gowns have graced inaugural balls, feature films, the New York stage, and more than 10,000 brides over the years. Her knowledge of fashion, style, and structure will help you find the perfect gown for your occasion.

Your Theatrics International

Your Theatrics International (General Management)

Corey Gosselin, General Manager
Sammy Lopez, Assistant General Manager

YOUR THEATRICS INTERNATIONAL is a full service entertainment production company specializing in the production and management of theatrical events around the world. With offices in The United States and Australia, we collectively have produced theatre and live music in four continents and over a dozen countries.

Currently: Producing 'The Visit' starring Chita Rivera and directed by John Doyle on Broadway at the Lyceum Theatre, Executive Producer of The Your Theatrics International Cabaret Contest (YTICC), General Manager of Tony Award winning Tom Smedes Productions. General Manager of The New York Musical Theatre Festival (2011-2015), The 56th Drama Desk Awards.

Melissa Lancaster

Melissa Lancaster (Consulting Producer)

All of the songs featured in our production were originally produced by The Acappella Company - more commonly known as 'Acappella'. 'Acappella' has toured every continent on the globe since Keith Lancaster formed the group in 1982. 

Melissa Lancaster, Keith's daughter, is currently Vice President of the group and oversees much of the current line production. Melissa formed her own acappella group known as 'Durant'. Their album, Ride received the CASA nomination for Best Religious Album (CASA), and their newest album Colorblind features 'The Sing Off' Winners NOTA as well as many other guest artists.

Kim Brundidge

Kim Brundidge (Consulting Producer)

Kim is an Atlanta-based playwright and director. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild, Working Title Playwrights, and the Playwrights Center. She is former Literary Manager for The New Jomandi Theater Company, and a former staff member at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta. 

Kim's writing and producing credits include: Fault Lines (Working Title Playwrights, 2007; National Black Theater Festival 2007); The Practical Order of Things (Winner, Juneteenth Festival of Plays, University of Louisville, 2003); Past Eve (7 Stages, 2003); Leave Me in Limbo (Director; Seen and Heard Women’s Arts Festival, 2001); Reasonable Doubt (Seen & Heard Women’s Arts Festival, 2000)

Peter Bruno

Peter Bruno (Associate Producer)

Peter is Chairman and CEO of Wall Street Money Letters, Inc. He began his career in the securities industry more than 45 years ago with the national investment firm of Loeb Rhoades & Co. In the last five years with Loeb, Peter was the Training Director, responsible for corporate management and sales training and for preparing the firm's representatives for their various securities licensing examinations. Peter founded the Institute of Wall Street Studies as an outgrowth of this successful securities licensing training school where over 30,000 stock brokers have received their licenses using seminars and materials originally created by him.

Barbara Silverberg

Barbara Silverberg (Associate Producer)

Barbara Silverberg is the manager of Aron Lewis Productions, which produced He's Not Himself at the 2012 New York Musical Theatre Festival. She has also supported performances of the acappella group Satellite Lane and the first Total Vocal concert conducted by Deke Sharon at Carnegie Hall.

Marc Silverberg

Marc Silverberg (Associate Music Director)

Marc Silverberg is the 'Doctor of A cappella.' He is pursuing his doctorate, creating the first bachelor’s degree for a cappella, and chronicles the journey in his blog "Quest For The A cappella Major." He is the Director of Education for The Contemprary A Cappella Society (CASA) and teaches a cappella workshops around the country.

Nicholas Petrovich (Casting Director)

Nicholas has comprehensive casting experience at every level of the New York Theatre circuit. Casting Assistant credits include: Follies (Broadway Revival); Lombardi; Coram Boy; Impressionism; Translations; Ragtime; Cotton Club Parade (New York City Center) Ghost Brothers of Darkland County (The Alliance Theatre); Damn Yankees (New York City Center); Dirty Dancing (Boston Opera House)

Sunpro, Inc. (Publicity)

Gwendolyn M. Gilliam (Production Stage Manager)

Broadway and Tour stage management credits include Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, Bring In Da Noise/Bring In Da Funk, Aida, Topdog/Underdog, Chicago, Marley and Fela! She has managed events for numerous charities and corporations including Jackie Robinson Foundation, Howl!, Merrill Lynch, New Line Cinema, NY Film Society and NMSDC.

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