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Nov 16, 2017

Broadway Stars Announced for 4th Annual “Concert With The Stars”

Lexington’s own Colton Ryan returns home to headline The LEX’s signature concert, along with other Broadway Actors on January 6, 2018, presented by Variety Live at the Opera House and sponsored by KentuckyOne Health

LEXINGTON, KY (November 16, 2017) – The LEXington Theatre Company is thrilled to welcome home Lexington’s own Colton Ryan for “Concert With The Stars” 2018, presented by Variety Live at The Opera House, and sponsored by KentuckyOne Health.  Ryan appeared as one of The LEX’s collegiate “Broadway Hopefuls” in the 2016 edition of “Concert With The Stars.”  He made his Broadway debut in the smash-hit Dear Evan Hansen later that same year.  Ryan will be joined by Tyler Hanes (Broadway’s Cats, On The Town, A Chorus Line, Hairspray and many more) and Gabrielle Ruiz (Television’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Broadway’s If/Then, Evita and In The Heights).  In celebration of the The LEX’s mission, the stars from Broadway will be joined by an ensemble of college students, from top-notch music and theatre programs, as well as local talent.  Tickets are on sale now for the one-night-only performance on Saturday, January 6 at 8:00pm, at The Lexington Opera House.

“Concert With The Stars” is a cabaret-style concert of Broadway show tunes, interwoven with behind-the-scenes stories from the guest stars.  The Broadway Stars of today are joined by the Broadway Hopefuls of tomorrow, in various numbers.  This will be the first time that one of the Collegiate Broadway Hopefuls returns to The LEX as one of the Broadway Stars, for this concert.  However, The LEX celebrates numerous alums that have made their Broadway or National Tour debut since appearing in a LEX production (complete list below.)

The LEXington Theatre Company’s mission is to combine “Today’s Broadway Stars and Tomorrow’s Broadway Hopefuls” to create first-rate, locally-produced, professional productions for Lexington and Central Kentucky.  The non-profit theatre company has produced successful summer productions of 42nd Street, Mary Poppins and Legally Blonde, utilizing the historic Lexington Opera House.  While creating top-notch professional theatre, the company also serves as a training ground and performance platform for up-and-coming collegiate talent.  Their College Internship and High School Apprenticeship Programs offer further experience for aspiring young people to learn about all aspects of theatrical productions. The titles of the TWO 2018 Summer Productions will be announced at “Concert With The Stars,” as The LEX moves to its first multiple-production summer season in 2018.

“Concert With The Stars” is a one-performance-only event on Saturday, January 6, at 8:00pm, at The Lexington Opera House.  Tickets are on sale now, and are available at The Lexington Center Box Office (859-233-3535) or on Ticketmaster.com.  “Concert With The Stars” is presented by Variety Live at the Opera House and sponsored by KentuckyOne Health, along with Media Sponsor WKYT-Channel 27.

(*Featured Artists are subject to change, based on schedule/availability)

For more information or to make a donation, please visit www.lexingtontheatrecompany.org.


TYLER HANES is an actor/choreographer/producer best known for his work on the Broadway stage. His Broadway/NYC credits include Rum Tum Tugger in the 2016 original revival company of Cats, Gabey in On The Town, Larry in A Chorus Line, Link Larkin in Hairspray, Charlie in Sweet Charity, The Frogs, The Boy From Oz, Urban Cowboy, Oklahoma!, A Bed and A Chair, and Juno. Elsewhere: The Old Globe, The Kennedy Center, Hartford Stage, Barrington Stage, Signature Theatre, Paper Mill, MSMT. TV/Film: “Elementary,” “Hail, Caesar!,” “The Blacklist,” “30 Rock.” As a choreographer, his work includes “Dancing with the Stars,” Kristin Chenoweth’s “Some Lessons Learned” World Tour, The American Country Awards, New York Fashion Week, and El Chico De Oz in Lima, Peru.

GABRIELLE RUIZ can be seen as Valencia Perez on The CW's Emmy Award winning musical comedy, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.” Also catch her on “Alone Together,” “Orange Is The New Black,” “Law & Order: SVU” and “Sesame Street.” Her film debut was Maria in Sex, Love and Salsa where she received "Best Supporting Actress" at RIFE's Film Festival Awards. She was last seen on Broadway in If/Then with Idina Menzel, Evita with Ricky Martin, and In The Heights with Lin-Manuel Miranda. Gabrielle is also known all over the country with rave reviews as Diana Morales in the 1st National Tour of A Chorus Line. Other New York works include: Piece of My Heart, SkippyJon Jones as Rosalita, and numerous new works. She is the Voice of Vanessa in “Fame Forever” Demo for David DeSilva and Father Fame Productions. Past theatre favorites include Kathy in Company at Bucks County Playhouse with Justin Guarini, Peggy Sawyer in 42nd Street at Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, Anita in West Side Story at Ogunquit Playhouse. Gabrielle hails from Edinburg, Texas (known as the Rio Grande Valley) where she grew up developing dance as her primary passion and credits public education for her vocal training. She received a Bachelors in Performing Arts from Oklahoma City University. Along with performing, Gabrielle thrives on educating others on the art of performance and continues to teach and choreograph nationally. @gabrielleruiz www.gabrielleruiz.net

COLTON RYAN can’t believe he gets to sing in Lexington again! A native of the Bluegrass, Colton is a proud graduate of The School for The Creative and Performing Arts (SCAPA) at Lafayette High School. While growing up in Lexington, Colton’s favorite musical performances include Jean Valjean in Les Miserables at SCAPA and Conrad Birdie in Bye Bye Birdie at Lafayette High School. Colton went on to study Musical Theatre at Baldwin Wallace University, where favorite roles included Eddie Birdlace in Dogfight and Tony in West Side Story. While he was a college student, Colton was featured as one of “Tomorrow’s Broadway Hopefuls” in The LEX’s 2016 “Concert With The Stars” Collegiate Ensemble. Shortly after, in the middle of his senior year at Baldwin Wallace, he was cast in his Broadway debut, the Tony-winning new musical, Dear Evan Hansen, where he understudied the role of Evan Hansen, and others. Colton's other credits include Film: Adam; Television: Law and Order: SVU, Homeland; Regional Theatre: Freddy in My Fair Lady, and Dickon in The Secret Garden (Idaho Shakespeare Festival/Great Lakes Theater Festival). Always for Poppas, Kyle, and Dad. GO CATS

Broadway/National Tour Debuts for LEX Alums (since their appearance at The LEX)

  • Colton Ryan (“Concert With The Stars” 2016) made his Broadway Debut in Dear Evan Hansen in November 2016.
  • Elliott Mattox (“Concert With The Stars” 2015) made his Broadway Debut in the ensemble and understudying Augustus Gloop, in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in March 2017.
  • Darien Crago (Peggy Sawyer in 42nd Street) made her Broadway Debut in Holiday Inn in October 2016 and is currently on the National Tour of White Christmas.
  • Brianna Latrash (42nd Street, Brooke Wyndham in Legally Blonde, “Concert With The Stars” 2017) is currently on the National Tour of White Christmas.
  • Louis Griffin (Warner in Legally Blonde, “Concert With The Stars” 2016) is currently on the National Tour ofCinderella, as Prince Topher.
  • Tyler Jent (Park Keeper in Mary Poppins, and “Concert With The Stars” 2017) is currently on the National Tour of Kinky Boots.
  • Megan McLaughlin (42nd Street) and Alex John Johnson (42nd Street) made their National Tour debuts in42nd Street, in 2016.