Love On Broadway
Beth Leavel (Drowsy Chaperone (Tony®, Drama Desk, NY Outer Critics Circle, L.A. Drama Critics Award), Baby, It's You (Tony®, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nomination), Elf, Mamma Mia!) and Adam Heller (Elf, Les Miserables, Baby, It's You, Merrily We Roll Along) join Nikki Renée Daniels (Porgy and Bess (Tony Award® Best Musical), Les Mis, Promises, Promises) and husband Jeff Kready (Gentleman’s Guide to Murder (Tony Award® Best Musical), Les Mis, Billy Elliot) with Stephen Trafton (Les Mis, Phantom of the Opera) and wife Juliette Trafton (Phantom of the Opera, The Fantasticks) to sing and tell about the ups, downs and all arounds of love, life and marriage on the Great White Way. Real songs, real stories, real love: This is LOVE ON BROADWAY.
BETH LEAVEL received Tony®, Drama Desk, NY Outer Critics Circle and L.A. Drama Critics Awards for her performance as the title character in The Drowsy Chaperone. Beth also received a Tony®, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nomination for her role as Florence Greenberg in Baby It’s You. She was also seen in Broadway's ELF (Emily), MAMMA MIA! (Donna Sheridan), Young Frankenstein (Frau Blucher), 42nd Street (Dorothy Brock – original and revival), Crazy for You (Polly), The Civil War (Mabel, Mrs. Baker) and Showboat (Ellie).
A proud MFA graduate of UNC-G, she was also seen in New York City Center Encores! production of No, No, Nanette as Lucille and in numerous Off-Broadway shows and TV shows including the final episode of ER.
Beth is also a proud mom to T.J. and Sam.
ADAM HELLER was most recently seen on Broadway in Elf the Musical as Mr. Greenway and has also been seen in over 15 Broadway and Off-Broadway productions including: Caroline or Change; Victor/Victoria (Labisse); Les Miserables (Thenardier); A Class Act (Ed Kleban); Baby It's You; Merrily, We Roll Along; Wings; The Immigrant; Make Me a Song; and Endgame to name a few.
A proud graduate of NYU"s Tisch School of the Arts, Adam played Mendel in Graciela Danieleâs groundbreaking production of Falsettos at Hartford Stage, and later toured in James Lapine's Tony Award-winning version. He played Al Jolson in Anne Bogart's American Vaudeville at Houston's Alley Theatre and at the Denver Center Theatre Company as the relentless ship owner J. Bruce Ismay in the National Tour of Titanic at the Buell Theatre. Mr. Heller has appeared on several episodes of Law & Order, and on HBO's Oz, directed by Kathy Bates.
NIKKI RENÉE DANIELS is currently starring in The Book of Mormon and was also recently seen as Clara in Broadway’s Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess which won the Tony® Award for Best Musical. She was also seen in Broadway’sAnything Goes (Hope u/s), Promises, Promises (Barbara), Les Miserables (Fantine), Lestat(Eleni), NINE (Renata), AIDA (Nehebka, Aida u/s), Little Shop of Horrors (Chiffon, Crystal, Ronette u/s), and The Look of Love (Pit Singer, Lead u/s). She was also in the National Tours of Les Miserables, Little Shop of Horrors and Aida.
A proud musical theatre graduate of University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Nikki has also been seen in concerts such as South Pacific at Carnegie Hall, Pops Goes British at the National Arts Center, and A Century of Broadway and Home for the Holidays with the Cincinnati Symphony. On film, she has been featured in The Other Woman and Chappelle Show.
She and husband, Jeff, also are proud new parents to baby Lena who is the light of their lives.
JEFF KREADY can currently be seen as Tom Copley in Broadway’s A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder which won the Tony® for Best Musical. He was also recently seen in Broadway’s Billy Elliot (and National Tour starring as Tony), Sunday in the Park with George revival and Les Misérables (Babet, u/s Jean Valjean). Off-Broadway, Jeff was seen as Ernest in Tokio Confidential (Atlantic Theater Co) and favorite regional roles include Jimmy in Thoroughly Modern Millie (Paper Mill) and Mr. Snow in Carousel (Goodspeed) for which he received a Connecticut Critics Circle Nomination for Supporting Actor in a Musical. Additional regional work includes David Sedaris’s one-man-show Santaland Diaries (Hartford TheaterWorks) and In This House (world premiere, Two River Theater Co).
Jeff has performed as soloist with the Seattle Chamber Music Society, the Allentown Symphony, the Topeka Symphony, and Topeka Festival Singers. On TV, he has been seen in “Boardwalk Empire (HBO)” and will be seen I as the title role in the upcoming film “Prodigal,” an animated telling of the prodigal son parable.
A proud Graduate of Washburn University, he is even more proud to be husband to Nikki and father to Lena.
JULIETTE TRAFTON was most recently seen playing Luisa in the world’s longest running musical, The Fantasticks. She was also recently seen in The National Tour of Phantom of the Opera (where she met her husband!) as the understudy for Christine and in New York’s Civil War Voices as Harriet Perry and Magic as Patricia.
Some of Juliette’s favorite roles include: Jane (Jane Eyre); Sarah (Guys and Dolls); Rapunzel u/s (Into the Woods); Wendy u/s (Peter Pan); and Mollie (The Mousetrap). She was also seen in the PBS Special, Sondheim: the Birthday at Avery Fischer Hall.
Juliette is also an accomplished commercial and voice over artist with 2 recently released audiobooks (The London Deception and The Paris Assignment) and several commercials including METLIFE and Mamababy.com
A proud graduate of Abilene Christian University, her favorite role is mother to Tad and wife to Stephen.
STEPHEN TRAFTON was most recently seen in The National Tour of Phantom of the Opera (where he met his wife, Juliette!) and in Broadway’s Original Revival Cast of Les Miserables. He has also had the privilege of performing with numerous theatre companies in NYC and around the country including the Idaho Shakespeare Festival and in shows such as: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; Bye Bye Birdie; Love’s Labour’s Lost; Romeo and Juliet; Beauty and the Beast and many others.
Stephen also has created and written two one-man shows, Encountering Philippians and Encountering Colossians where he performs to recreate historic circumstances of Paul’s writings to create a dynamic, exciting and transformative encounter with Scripture.
A proud graduate of Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, OH, Stephen makes his home in NYC with his wife, Juliette, their dog, Puddleglum, and son, Tad.
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