Woodwind player Deborah Avery can be heard on Broadway in the orchestra for Bullets Over Broadway while maintaining an active jazz, studio and orchestral performance career. She has played in more than 50 Broadway productions across the country, including Wicked, Chicago, La Cage aux Folles, Mary Poppins, West Side Story and A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. This past holiday season Deborah was appointed lead alto saxophone for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, and she currently serves as principal clarinet of the Riverside County Philharmonic. She began her musical studies at age 5 on the drums, but soon switched to wind instruments, earning degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the University of Southern California.
Cellist Stephanie Cummins currently plays for the Broadway musical Rocky. Other Broadway shows include Mary Poppins, Lestat, Sweet Charity, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Seussical and Footloose as well as special engagements with Linda Eder. One of her greatest honors was to be personally selected by Jerome Robbins to accompany a single dancer onstage for his work Suite of Dances, in performances with both the San Francisco and New York City ballets. Stephanie has toured with Barbra Streisand, Carly Simon, Diana Ross and Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts. She was a member of the New Jersey Symphony for 13 years, and she has performed and toured with Mostly Mozart, the American Symphony and American Ballet Theatre.
Electric/double bassist Steven Millhouse is currently playing for the Broadway show Pippin. He previously performed in the revival of Godspell as well as other Broadway productions, and he plays for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Since 2010 he has been touring the world with international star Ute Lemper, and he has played with 4 Girls 4: Andrea McArdle, Maureen McGovern, Donna McKechnie and Faith Prince; he also appears in jazz and rock clubs in New York City and elsewhere. He has performed and recorded with stars of Broadway, film and television, including Edie Falco from “Nurse Jackie,” Michael Feinstein, Tommy Tune and Bernadette Peters. Steven is also a wine lover with hopes of becoming a sommelier.
Drummer Perry Cavari has just finished playing in Inventing Mary Martin for the York Theatre Company. Earlier this year he was drummer for Norm Lewis in his show, “Who Am I,” for Lincoln Center’s American Songbook Series, and Patrick Page for his show, “Good to be Bad,” at 54 Below. Perry’s many Broadway credits include Big Fish, Elf, Leap of Faith, Young Frankenstein, The Drowsy Chaperone, Fosse and The Producers. He can be heard on the soundtracks of The Producers and Chicago; for the latter he composed and performed the drum solo “A Tap Dance,” featuring Richard Gere as dancer. He also played for Howard McGillin’s CD, Where Time Stands Still, and Clyde Robert’s CD, Read ‘em & Weep.
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