Liz Callaway, a Tony nominee and Emmy Award-winning actress, singer and recording artist, and Grammy-nominated Broadway conductor and musical director Phil Reno, will return to The University of Findlay in January for the 10th anniversary of the Donnell Broadway Concert Series.
“An Evening with Liz Callaway” will be presented Sunday, Jan. 24 at 7:30 p.m. in Winebrenner Theological Seminary’s TLB Auditorium. Tickets will cost $25 for adults, $20 for senior citizens and $10 for students. UF faculty, staff and students will be admitted free with a valid University ID. Tickets may be purchased at the box office of the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts, 200 W. Main Street, Findlay, OH 45840, or by calling 419-423-2787 or at marathoncenterarts.org.
In 2006, Callaway served as the series’ premiere guest artist. She made her Broadway debut in Stephen Sondheim’s “Merrily We Roll Along,” received a Tony Award nomination for her performance in “Baby,” and for five years won acclaim as Grizabella in “Cats.” She has also starred in the original casts of “Miss Saigon,” “The Three Musketeers” and “The Look of Love.”
Off-Broadway she received a Drama Desk nomination for her performance in “The Spitfire Grill” (Playwrights Horizons), and also appeared in “Brownstone” (Roundabout), “No way to Treat a Lady,” “Marry Me a Little,” and “Godspell.” Other appearances have include performances in such shows as “Follies in Concert” at Lincoln Center and “Fascinating Rhythm” at Harford Stage.
Callaway has also established a major career as a concert and recording artist. The award-winning “Sibling Revelry,” created with sister Ann Hampton Callaway, was presented to great acclaim at the Donmar Warehouse in London. “Boom!,” a celebration of the music of the 1960s and ‘70s, also created with her sister, was recorded live at Birdland, and is currently touring performing arts centers around the country.
Recently, she had the pleasure of singing “Chances Are” with singing legend Johnny Mathis in Vancouver. She also co-starred with Jimmy Webb and Paul Williams in their critically-acclaimed engagement at Feinstein’s in New York, and joined Burt Bacharach, Dionne Warwick and Stevie Wonder at Hal David’s 90th Birthday Celebration Concert at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles.
Callaway’s extensive U.S. symphony work includes appearances at The Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Ravinia and the Hollywood Bowl. Worldwide, she has performed in China, Australia (with Stephen Schwartz), New Zealand, Iceland, Estonia, France (Theatre du Chatelet, Paris), Slovenia, South Korea and Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu where she premiered a new concert featuring the music of Stephen Sondheim.
She sang the Academy Award nominated song “Journey to the Past” in the animated feature “Anastasia,” and is also the singing voice of Princess Jasmine in Disney’s “Aladdin and the King of Thieves” and “The Return of Jafar.” Other film work includes the singing voice of the title character in “The Swan Princess,” “Lion King 2: Simba’s Pride,” Beauty and the Beast,” Lyle,” “Lyle and the Crocodile” and “The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars.”
Callaway received an Emmy Award for hosting “Ready to Go,” a daily, live children’s program on CBS in Boston. Other TV credits include “In Performance at the White House,” “Inside the Actor’s Studio: Stephen Sondheim,” “Christmas with the Boston Pops,” “The David Letterman Show,” and “Senior Trip” (a CBS Movie of the Week).
The singer and actor has released vie solo recordings, including “Passage of Time,” “The Beat Goes On,” “The Story Goes On: Liz Callaway On and Off-Broadway,” “Anywhere I Wander: Liz Callaway Sings Frank Loesser,” and her new Christmas CD “Merry and Bright.” She also has numerous other recordings.
For more information on Callaway, visit her website at www.lizcallaway.com.
Reno, originally from Tiffin, Ohio, is currently the musical director and vocal arranger for the smash hit, “Something Rotten!,” a Tony Award-nominated musical comedy that opened on Broadway in March 2015 and continues to enjoy great attendance and media success. Reno has just received his second Grammy nomination for his work on the “Something Rotten!” cast recording. His first Grammy nomination was for the cast recording of “The Drowsy Chaperone.” Reno’s other previous Broadway work has included “The Producers,” the 2010 Broadway revival of “Promises, Promises,” “The Drowsy Chaperone,” “Though Shalt Not,” “Cats,” and “Dame Edna: The Royal Tour.” He has also contributed orchestrations for the television show, “Broadway Under the Stars” and the film adaptation of “The Producers.”
Thomas ’70 and Kathleen Donnell established the Thomas and Kathleen Donnell Broadway Concert Series Endowment Fund in conjunction with the Give Voice to your Values campaign. The Donnell Broadway Concert Series enables noted Broadway artists to visit campus each academic year in the fall and spring. The series provides in-concert entertainment for students and the community members, as well as opportunities for UF musical theatre students to learn from accomplished professionals in master classes.