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Molloy College Virtual Galathon

November 28, 2020      7:00 pm

Livestream Event

Celebrating Success in Action
Paul Shaffer, Melissa Manchester & Lillias White

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Paul Shaffer
For 33 years Paul Shaffer served as David Letterman’s musical director and sidekick.


Paul began his career in 1972 as musical director of the Toronto production of “Godspell.” He played piano in “The Magic Show” on Broadway in 1974, then spent the next five years with the original “Saturday Night Live,” where he played keyboards, composed special musical material and, in 1980, became a featured performer.


In 1977, he took a brief break from the show to star in the CBS comedy series “A Year at the Top,” produced by Norman Lear and Don Kirshner. After his return to “Saturday Night Live,” he collaborated with Gilda Radner on the songs for her Broadway show, in which he also appeared. He served as musical director for the Blues Brothers – John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd – for their triple platinum album and national tour. His guest starring television appearances include “Ed”, “The Sopranos”, “Law & Order: Criminal Intent”, “Schitt’s Creek” and “How I Met Your Mother”. Paul recently starred with Bill Murray in and was musical director for the Netflix special “A Very Murray Christmas”, directed by Sofia Coppola, for which he received his fourth EMMY nomination. He will be in mini-residency at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas , performing for three weeks starting December 21 of this year at the iconic Cleopatra’s Barge.


In addition to recording his own albums, Coast to Coast (1989) and The World’s Most Dangerous Party (1993), Shaffer recorded with such diverse artists as Diana Ross, Yoko Ono and Robert Plant’s Honeydrippers. He composed the LATE SHOW theme song and, with Paul Jabara, wrote the Number One ’80s dance hit “It’s Raining Men,” performed by the Weather Girls and re-recorded by Geri Halliwell for the “Bridget Jones’s Diary” soundtrack, topping the British pop charts in 2001. In 2002, he received his first GRAMMY, Best Country Instrumental, for the Earl Scruggs and Friends album, and co-produced an avant-garde jazz album for his mentor, Tsziji Munoz. His latest album, Paul Shaffer & The World’s Most Dangerous Band, was released on March 17, 2017 and features such diverse guest vocalists as Bill Murray, Darius Rucker, Jenny Lewis, Dion, Shaggy, and Valerie Simpson.


His feature film roles include Artie Fufkin in Rob Reiner’s “This Is Spinal Tap.” He also appeared in the Mike Nichols-directed “Gilda Live,” the Bill Murray movie “Scrooged,” and with John Travolta in “Look Who’s Talking Too.” He is heard as the voice of Hermes in Disney’s animated feature “Hercules” and the television series based on the film. He produced the gold-selling soundtrack for and appeared in “Blues Brothers 2000”, and composed original songs for the movie “Strangers with Candy.”


Shaffer has served as musical director and producer for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony since its inception in 1986. He led the band for the “We Are the World” finale of Live Aid. Shaffer hosted CBS’s 1994 New Year’s Eve special from New York’s Times Square and was musical director of the closing concert at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games. He appeared with the Blues Brothers at the 1996 Super Bowl halftime show and was musical director of the 1999 Concert of the Century at the White House, featuring Eric Clapton, B. B. King, Gloria Estefan, ‘N Sync and others, to aid music programs in public schools. He was Paul McCartney’s musical director for “Concert for New York” and appeared with Faith Hill on the “America: A Tribute to Heroes” telethon, both of which honored and raised money for victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.


“Paul Shaffer’s This Day in Rock,” is a daily interstitial feature nationally syndicated by Envision Radio. Paul’s best-selling memoir, We’ll Be Here For The Rest of Our Lives, is published by Random House.


Shaffer holds two honorary doctorate degrees, was inducted into the National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame, and awarded a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame. In 2008, Paul received the Order of Canada, Canada’s highest civilian honor. He lives in the New York area with his wife and two children.


Dennis Collins
It’s been said, “the smooth soulful voice that singer Dennis Collins possesses goes straight to the heart of all who hear him.”  As a true artist and a member of a rare breed of singers, he has the ability to interpret many different musical styles.


He has recorded and performed with artists such as James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan, Roberta Flack, Smokey Robinson, Alicia Keys, Willie Nelson, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, James Taylor, Carole King, Sting, Billy Joel, Bonnie Raitt, Steely Dan, David Bowie, Diana Ross, Beyoncé, War and Treaty, Leon Bridges, Patti Austin, India Arie, Jon Batiste, Jackson Brown, Joe Walsh, George Benson, Sheryl Crow, Willie Nelson, Faith Hill, and many others…


He has toured Africa, Australia, Canada, Europe, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, The Caribbean, and the US and Canada!


Sharon Jerry-Collins
Singer, Sharon Jerry-Collins has earned a reputation as a very talented and versatile singer. Her warm, rich mezzo soprano voice has been compared to such greats as Dionne Warwick, Gladys Knight, and Karen Carpenter. A native of Trinidad & Tobago, West Indies, Sharon’s musical journey has taken her around the world, touring, recording, and performing with such artists as, Roberta Flack, Patti Austin, Whitney Houston, Bette Midler, The Rascals, Michael Bolton, Ralph MacDonald, George Benson, Billy Preston, Kanye West, Jon Batiste and many others. She has also appeared on Saturday Night Live, The Today Show, and Good Morning America.


Vanesse Thomas
Born in Memphis, Tennessee, Vaneese is the daughter of Rufus Thomas, whose legendary career as a musician and entertainer began in Vaudeville and spanned more than half a century in rhythm-and-blues recording and radio. Her older siblings are the hit recording artist “Memphis Queen” Carla Thomas and the highly respected keyboardist and producer, Marvell Thomas.


Embracing this remarkable musical legacy, Vaneese carries forward the rich heritage of Memphis soul and R&B, a music that has touched several generations and crossed many divides. At the same time she has combined all the influences of her background and experience ­– R & B, gospel, blues, and jazz – to cultivate a soul-stirring style that’s all her own.


Highly regarded within the music industry, Vaneese’s talents as a singer, songwriter, producer, and actor have made her a sought-after solo performer as well as a first-call vocalist for projects by other top-name artists. She has worked with the renowned recording producer Phil Ramone and has sung with an astonishing array of internationally known performers including Luciano Pavarotti, Sting, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Celine Dion, Eric Clapton, Dr. John and numerous others.


Vaneese’s vocal career has taken her to concerts and festivals around the world. She has sung with the Baltimore and Colorado Symphonies in “Too Hot to Handel” under the baton of Marin Alsop and at:


• several Pavarotti & Friends concerts in Modena, Italy
• the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland
• the Michael Jackson & Friends concerts with Luther Vandross in Seoul, Korea, and Munich,
• and soul music festivals in Porretta, Narni, and Perugia, Italy.


Geffen Records released Vaneese’s first major recording in 1987. The self-titled album included the  Top Ten R & B hit “Let’s Talk it Over.” In 1999 Vaneese used her own Peaceful Waters Music label to release When My Back’s Against The Wall, a gospel crossover hailed by Billboard Magazine as “a small label masterpiece that begs for attention from savvy majors.” Following a few years later was A Woman’s Love, which combined R & B and silky, smooth-jazz vocals. Vaneese then released Soul Sister Vol. One, a collection of seminal soul classics. The CD, and the live show Vaneese has created from it, both pay tribute to some of the original soul sisters and honor the historical value of this irrepressible music.


Vaneese’s current release Blues For My Father has taken the Blues world by storm! Ranking #1 for September 2014 in France , #7 in the US for 2014 and garnering 2 BMA award nominations for 2014.


In addition to concerts and recordings, Vaneese has worked extensively in film and television. She was the voice of Grace the Bass on the PBS series “Shining Time Station” and Clio the Muse, Goddess of History, in Disney’s Hercules. She has sung on numerous film soundtracks including Anastasia, Mighty Aphrodite and The First Wives Club. TV appearances include “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” and “NBC’s Today.”


Vaneese has also produced recordings, created vocal arrangements, and written songs for Patti Austin, Freddie Jackson, Bob James, Larry Coryell, Melba Moore, and Diana Ross, who scored a Top Ten hit in the United Kingdom with Vaneese’s “One Shining Moment.” She helped found the Swarthmore College Gospel Choir and continues to direct the Alumni Gospel Choir.


Vaneese lives in Westchester County, New York, with her husband and producing partner Wayne Warnecke. Her songs are available on numerous download sites worldwide including iTunes and Amazon.


Additionally, Featuring Nichelle Lewis (It’s Raining Men)
Nichelle Lewis is a senior in the Molloy College/CAP21 BFA program.  She is honored to be part of the Molloy College 2020 Annual Gala singing It’s Raining Men with Paul Shaffer and his amazing background singers.  Other credits at the Madison Theater include Give Our Regards to Broadway: A Salute to the 1970s; A Dream is a Wish Holiday Princess Concert (Tiana); and Little Shop of Horrors in Concert (Urchin). In addition, she performed in Bare: The Musical (Ivy) at Patricia Playhouse & Theater Out of Bounds.


Melissa Manchester
Let’s hear it for the boys! More than 25 years after Melissa Manchester released Tribute, her 1989 album that honored the great female singers who influenced her, she turns the tables with 
The Fellas, a radiant encomium to the men, including Frank Sinatra, Mel Tormé, Tony Bennett and Dean Martin, and the iconic songs they made famous.


Singing with a verve and emotional vulnerability that immediately captivates, the Grammy winner inventively reimagines these be-loved standards. She turns “Chances Are” into a sly bossa nova and scats with seemingly impossible ease on “Love Is Just Around The Corner,” while bringing an understated urgency to “Night and Day.”


Many of these tunes embedded themselves into Manchester’s musical DNA while she was growing up on New York City’s Up-per West Side. “These were the artists and songs that were on the radio as my family ate dinner,” she says. “I am deeply famil-iar with this world.” Indeed, Manchester brings a nuanced un-derstanding to the songs’ delicate phrasing and lyrical construc-tion that would baffle lesser singers.


Manchester’s 21st album opens with a rambunctious, horn-filled version of “Ain’t That A Kick In the Head” that swings exuberant-ly from the rafters. “I wanted to invite the audience in, right away, to what the album and song was going to feel like. When the whole band yells out ‘Beautiful!,’ it’s so indicative of a bygone era when you’d hear a band chime in.”


“The band” is the 40-piece Blue Note Orchestra, a collection of students, alumni and faculty from Citrus College, the suburban Los Angeles university where Manchester is an honorary artist in residence.


The Fellas expands her relationship with The Blue Note Orches-tra and her co-producer/Citrus College Dean of Visual and Per-forming Arts Robert Slack, which launched her 2015 album of originals, You Gotta Love the Life. “I’ve been waiting to create the coda to Tribute with the men, and this showed up as a mag-nificent gift when Bob Slack asked me if I had a project in my mind that could use their orchestra,” says Manchester of the crowd-funded album. “It’s been so thrilling. The students are trained to be not only pro musicians, but they are given real life lessons,” she continues. “They show up ready to be part of an adventure. Their eyes are so bright. It’s serious fun.”


Arrangers Peter Hume, Terry Wollman, Doug Walter and (Citrus alum) David Catalan created spellbinding orchestrations that pay homage to the originals, while crafting wholly new works of art. For example, Hume’s work on “Night and Day” spans Sinatra’s many different interpretations of the Cole Porter classic, from the quiet hush of an early rendition to a swinging 1957 take. “We cover decades in that one arrangement,” Manchester says.


Though Manchester only met a few of the men she pays homage to (both Mathis and Tormé recorded songs penned by Manchester), she didn’t need to know them personally to admire them. “I’ve loved these people from afar, which is the best way be-cause all you are adoring is their art,” she says. “I just wanted to send them this love letter.”


Primarily a solo album, Manchester did recruit one very special fella to join her on The Fellas: Barry Manilow duets with Man-chester on a jubilant “For Me and My Gal,” a tribute to Gene Kelly and Judy Garland, who performed the 1942 movie’s title track. “Silver screen musicals could have their own album by me,” Manchester says. “So much of my life always goes back to Judy Garland. She’s always with me and with Barry.” Manilow and Manchester met 40 years ago when they were young jingle singers trying to break into show business. In fact, Manilow was responsible for introducing Manchester to Bette Midler, which led to Manchester’s stint as a founding member of Midler’s back-ing singers and dancers, the Harlettes.

Manchester brings her own experience and truth to each song and, though tackling the music of her heroes could be daunting, she was fearless. “A great song is a great song,” she says.


“These fellas captured a moment in time. What I bring is not a literal homage to what they’ve done, it’s my female energy and appreciation of their male energy. It’s like when I sang, ‘Over the Rainbow.’ How are you going to fill Judy Garland’s shoes? You’re not. You pray for that space where you take your courage and bravery and walk in your own shoes.”


The song that resonates most with Manchester is “Smile,” written by Charlie Chaplin. She unerringly pays homage to Nat “King” Cole’s heartbreaking interpretation. “The longevity of the song is undeniable, the poignancy of the message is so touching,” she says. “As a performer, a woman, a human being, you’re so frequently on the stage and people don’t know what’s going on in your life, yet you smile and keep going.”

Like many of the men she salutes on The Fellas, Manchester’s career is remarkable not only for its longevity and accomplishments, but for its versatility.


Following her time as a Harlette, Manchester’s tremendously successful solo career brought her critical and commercial acclaim. The “Midnight Blue” singer received her first Grammy nomination for Best Pop Female Vocal Performance in 1979 for the Peter Allen/Carole Bayer Sager-penned “Don’t Cry Out Loud,” winning the Grammy in that category four years later for “You Should Hear How She Talks About You.” Manchester has also had her songs recorded by Barbra Streisand, Roberta Flack, Dusty Springfield, Alison Krauss, Kenny Loggins and many others. Two songs she performed, “Through The Eyes Of Love” and “The Promise,” were nominated for Oscars in the same year. She has written tunes for several other films including The Great Mouse Detective, Lady and the Tramp II, Dirty Girl, and Tyler Perry’s For Colored Girls.
She has appeared on both the large (For The Boys) and small (Blossom) screen, as well as the stage, and she co-created (with lyricist Sharon Vaughn and playwright Rupert Holmes) the musical theatre sensation Sweet Potato Queens, which premiered at TUTS in Houston in 2016.

With The Fellas, Manchester completes a journey that began more than a quarter century ago, while also creating an exciting new chapter for her and her fans.


And she’s already thinking ahead to a possible second volume. “With all of these singers, for every song I chose, there were 20 more I could have chosen,” she says. “There’s so much music to mine. I’m happy to be my fans’ guide.”Featuring: Peggy Sue Johnson, Susan Holder

Peggy Sue Johnson is an actor, singer, and dancer from Southern California. A world medal holder in Irish Dance, currently performing as a Lead Vocalist and a Vocal Captain for Celebrity Cruises. Some credits include: Judy Bernly (9 to 5), Florence u/s (Chess), Vivienne (Legally Blonde), and Rosella Parsons (Alice in Wonderland). Most exciting performance to date: Dancing in the opening number of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (Choreo, NappyTabs – 2017)! Peggy is incredibly grateful for the opportunity to safely create music during this time. What an honor to record with Melissa Manchester! www.peggysuejohnson.com
Lillias White

Lillias White is an American actress and singer. She is particularly known for her performances in Broadway musicals. In 1989 she won an Obie Award for her performance in the Off-Broadway musical Romance in Hard Times. In 1997 she won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical and Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical for portraying Sonja in Cy Coleman‘s The Life. She was nominated for a Tony Award again in 2010 for her work as Funmilayo in Fela Kuti‘s Fela!.

White is also known for her roles as Calliope in the Disney film Hercules (1997), and its animated series of the same name; Evette in the film Pieces of April (2003); and as Fat Annie in the Netflix series The Get Down. She has also starred as Bloody Mary in Rodgers and Hammerstein‘s South Pacific on PBS’ Great Performances with Reba McEntire, and in the PBS documentary In Performance at the White House. She is an active cabaret singer and has appeared in concert with the Boston Pops Orchestra, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, and at Carnegie Hall.


Band Leader: Mathis Piccard
Band: Russel Hall & Savannah Harris

Zero to Hero
 featuring: Paige Decena, Krissy Dewar, Alexis Gilliard and Mickaila Perry
A Band Called Honalee is a modern-day folk trio inspired by the music and legacy of Peter, Paul and Mary.  Musically accomplished, interactive and energetic, their shows allow audiences to experience this timeless music live onstage once again.


The group believes the melodies and messages of the 1960s folk and folk/rock era are just as relevant today as they were when they were first sung, perhaps even more so.  Their mission is to share this uniquely American music with new audiences, while rekindling the passion of life-long fans.  Most of all, they celebrate the power of these songs to inspire people and bring them together once again.


A Band Called Honalee has a roster of  different vocalists who are all members of the Honalee family.  Their names are Eli Zoller, Sarah Randall Hunt, Chris Ware, Matt Duré, Hanley Smith, Joe Young, Suzanne Lenz, Bella Muller and Sam Sherwood.  Each maintains an active solo career, in addition to frequently appearing with A Band Called Honalee around the country.


The group maintains an active national touring schedule, with frequent appearances at performing arts centers, concert series, music festivals and arts conferences nationwide, including Arts Midwest, Performing Arts Exchange/SouthArts, and Pennsylvania Arts Presenters Conferences.


Their recordings have been featured on The Folk Connection (bostonpete.com) radio program, which showcases excellence in folk. Most recently, A Band Called Honalee has been asked to participate in educational outreach programs across the United States, where they nurture music students of all ages in songwriting and explore the continuing cultural relevance of this vital American music.


Bella Muller, vocals
Brian Ott, vocals and guitar
Michael Perrie, Jr, vocals and guitar
Sean Murphy, bass


Bella Muller
 is thrilled to be back on stage! Broadway National Tour: An American in Paris (Milo). Recent Credits: Million Dollar Quartet (Dyanne – Infinity Theatre), West Side Story (Velma – Weston Playhouse), The Taming (Katherine – Shaker Bridge Theatre). TV: Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Molloy College/CAP21 BFA. Gratitude for Take3Talent, Mom, Dad, Clayton & God. @itsmebellamuller


Duane & Michele
Michele McConnell
A native of Indianapolis, Michele’s performance resume includes musical theatre, opera, concert performance, cabaret, professional choral work, and touring productions.  Michele most recently appeared as Mayor Matilda in All Shook Up at Westchester Broadway Theatre. 2019 highlights included My Fair Lady in Concert with The Utah Symphony,,The Music Man in Concert with The Pacific Symphony, and a return engagement as the Guest Soloist for the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir & Chamber Orchestra’s annual Festival of Carols. 


Michele proudly made her Broadway debut in in The Phantom of the Opera, performing the starring role of Carlotta for a record-breaking 6 years, including the 10,000th Broadway performance as well as the 25th Anniversary performance.  Michele has the privileged distinction to be the longest running Carlotta in Broadway history, with over 2200 performances in the role to her credit.


Other credits include: Camelot (Natl. Tour w/Robert Goulet), NYGASP at City Center (Mabel, Pirates; Josephine, Pinafore), Beauty and the Beast (Montreal/Las Vegas), DiCapo Opera, Carly Simon’s Romulus Hunt (New York Theatre Workshop), Tabor Opera, Mobile Opera, Missouri Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, The Ziegfeld  Society (NYC).  Michele has traveled to over 115 countries performing on luxury cruise ships with her husband, baritone Duane McDevitt.


In addition to her performance credits, Michele has an extensive masterclass and workshop resume, maintains a private voice studio, and is a voice teacher in the adjunct faculty of the Musical Theatre Department at New Jersey City University.


Michele is a proud first generation Austrian-American, a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association, and a super proud Mary Kay Independent Sales Director (she’s earned TWO free Mary Kay cars!).


Duane McDevitt
A native of Coatesville, Pennsylvania, Duane’s varied career includes Opera, Operetta, and Musical Theatre. Opera News called Mr. McDevitt “a mellifluous Anthony” (Sweeney Todd) and the New York Times hailed him “a big-hearted Pirate King” (Pirates of Penzance).


Some of Duane’s signature operatic roles include Papageno in The Magic Flute, Count Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro, and Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus. He has performed across the United States with San Diego Opera, Tulsa Opera, Indianapolis Opera, Opera Pacific, Des Moines Metro Opera, and Opera Delaware. He also made his Carnegie Hall debut as soloist in Bach’s Magnificat and Festival of Carols by Ralph Vaughan Williams.


Duane’s Crossover and Musical Theatre credits include: Camelot (National Tour w/Robert Goulet). Showboat (Ravenal, Allenberry Playhouse) and William Bolcom’s Casino Paradise (the Stevedore, Prince Music Theatre). He is much sought after as a Gilbert and Sullivan artist singing the roles of the Pirate King, Colonel Calverley, Pooh-Bah, the Mikado, Dick Deadeye, Boatswain, the Learned Judge, and the Major General.


In addition, Duane has traveled to over 100 countries with his wife Michele McConnell, performing their duo act Opera on the High Seas and the acclaimed On a Classical Note aboard the luxury ships of Regent Seven Seas, and singing for two seasons at the Victoria-Jungfrau Grand Hotel in Interlaken, Switzerland.


Duane received his Bachelor’s of Music in Vocal Performance and Bachelor’s of Arts in Musical Theatre degrees from West Chester University, and a Master’s in Opera Performance from Florida State University. Duane is currently an adjunct faculty member at New Jersey City University.


The South Shore Symphony

The South Shore Symphony was first organized in the Five Towns in 1983. In 1991, led by President and Principal Cellist Wayne Lipton, the orchestra moved to Rockville Centre under the baton of Music Director and French hornist Paul Rudolf. In 1993 the distinguished violinist and conductor Ming Feng Hsin was appointed Music Director, beginning a five-year period of great expansion. In 1998 Scott Jackson Wiley became the resident Maestro. Under his leadership the orchestra has grown to include professional musicians and gifted high school players in addition to the dedicated amateurs that make up its core and has become one of the premiere performing ensembles of Long Island. The parent organization if the South Shore Symphony is the Rockville Centre Guild for the Arts, a 501(c3) not-for-profit organization which funds the Orchestra through grants, and fundraising. The South Shore Symphony has enjoyed the constant support Molloy College, which supplies rehearsal space and the Madison Theatre, a first-class performance hall.

The South Shore Symphony collaborates annually with Leggz Ltd. Dance in highly popular holiday productions of Tchaikovsky’s beloved Nutcracker Ballet featuring professional dancers and highly skilled amateurs. Another hallmark of the South Shore Symphony is its regular collaboration with the Cathedral of St. Agnes, which in the past has led, among many other events, to performances of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Handel’s Messiah, Mahler’s Symphony No. 1, 2 and 3 plus Saint Saëns Symphony no. 3 (Organ Symphony). With the newest addition to the Guild, the Long Island Lyric Opera, each year the orchestra plays in a major opera production, which has previously included Tosca, Le Nozze di Figaro, Carmen and this season, Madame Butterfly. And, of course, one of the orchestra’s most cherished traditions is the outdoor summer pops concert every year in Rockville Centre’s Liberty Park which climaxes in a spectacular display of Grucci fireworks. The South Shore Symphony also plays in various musical productions with the Cap 21 Students at the Madison Theatre of Molloy College in Rockville Centre.


Featuring dance by Sarah Kay Marchetti
Sarah Kay Marchetti is in her fourth season with The Metropolitan Opera, dancing in the operas The Merry Widow, Adrianna Lecouvreur (Minerva), and Manon. Other NYC credits include the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and New York City Opera. National/International Tours: Cats (Victoria) and West Side Story(Minnie). Regional theater credits include four seasons with Broadway at Music Circus, The John F. Kennedy Center, The Muny, North Shore Music Theatre, The Cape Playhouse, and Geva Theatre Center. Television: “Boardwalk Empire” and “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” Sarah has also served as choreographer for the Hulu show “Difficult People” and as associate choreographer for the reimagined tour of An American in Paris. Follow @sarahkaymarchetti on instagram for behind the scenes Met Opera and cuddly thumbed cat pics!


Hosted By
Allison Haunss
Allison Haunss is an Emmy award winning journalist who has reported some of the biggest stories in the New York area including the mid-air plane/tourist chopper collision over the Hudson River, the attempted car bombing in Times Square as well as the Pope’s 2008 visit to NYC.  Allison joined WPIX in November 2007 as a freelance reporter.  Prior to filing stories for WPIX, Allison was one of the main weeknight anchors at News 12 Connecticut where she anchored the Monday through Friday news at 5:30 and 10pm.  While at News12CT, Allison traveled to Israel for an in-depth Emmy award winning series entitled “Grandma Guard.” The series examined one Stamford, CT woman’s journey through the Israeli civil guard.  Before News12CT, Allison spent time as a reporter in Westchester and Long Island.  She also worked in several TV markets across the country including Pittsburgh, PA and Sioux Falls, SD.  Allison graduated from Duke University.  She also earned a master’s degree in broadcast journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.  She is currently the Executive Producer and Host of the “Working Woman Report” a TV/Online program which focuses on women, business and entrepreneurship.


An Opening Number featuring Molloy College Students and Alumni!
Alexander Arlotta, Jordan Auriemma, Nadia Belaouchi, Shiloh Bennett, Megan Burgess, Gale Calabrese, Katie Calabrese, Maddison Darnell, Paige Decena, John DelGenio, Korina Deming, Krissy Dewar, Vyctoria Dinglas, Selena Donayre, Reagan Duchesne, Samantha Eagle, Elita Ernsteen, Amna Farooq, Jessica Gerbe, Matt Gibbons, Rich Giordano, Emily Hausmann, Daman Kaur, Matt Kenna, Erica Leibold, Andrew McNamara, JoJo Minasi, Kyle Pearson, Mickaila Perry, Nikki Rinaudo – Concessi, Jasmine Shell, Richard Staple Jr., Nicole Temprano and Ian Underhill