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ANDY MANGELS (founder)
Andy Mangels has performed in Oregon with Stumptown Stages in THE GREAT AMERICAN TRAILER PARK CHRISTMAS MUSICAL, JANE Theatre in HULLABALOO: THE LITTLE FRANKENSTEIN, Coho Theatre in MRS CALIFORNIA and STEEL MAGNOLIAS, and on the Lakewood Theatre stage in THE SECRET GARDEN, has performed in fundraising events for the past two-and-a-half decades in Portland, and has previous credits in Montana theatres including BRIGADOON, A CHRISTMAS CAROL, ONCE UPON A MATTRESS and Ira Levine's pscyho-thriller VERONICA'S ROOM. He has appeared in numerous Hollywood documentaries for PBS, E!, Warner Bros. and others, hosted DVD commentaries, and worked as an extra and featured actor on TV shows and films, including LEVERAGE and GRIMM. He is a USA Today best-selling author and co-author of over twenty fiction and nonfiction books -- including STAR TREK and STAR WARS tomes -- and he scripted, directed, and produced award-winning work for over forty DVD documentaries. His latest stage appearance was in early 2017 in Portland Musical Theatre Company's THE SENSATION SIXTIES: A MUSICAL REVUE!
Favorite Musical: THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO - Favorite Musical Composer: Frank Wildhorn
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Bobby Jackson is very happy to join the Broadway Bears and comes from a long history of cabaret, musical theater, opera, and studio recording. Most recently Bobby was seen as John Hancock in the Lakewood Theater production of 1776. He has also worked with many other local theater companies in shows such as CATS (Old Deuteronomy), THE MUSIC MAN (Olin Britt), LUCKY STIFF (Luigi Gaudi), SWEENEY TODD (Sweeney Todd), BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, EVITA, LES MISERABLES, SISTERS OF SWING, and more. In the opera scene he has performed over 10 years in the Portland Opera Chorus and performed roles in LA CALISTO, THE JOURNEY TO REIMS, THE BARBER OF SEVILLE, TOSCA, ROMEO ET JULIETTE, DON PASQUALE, and THE STUDENT PRINCE. Bobby was also Cruise Director and cabaret singer aboard the Queen of the West, and toured for three years with the acclaimed Missoula Children's Theatre. In the studio Bobby was featured in the Pink Martini album, "Splendor in the Grass."
Favorite Musical: LES MISERABLES - Favorite Musical Composer: Richard Rodgers and John Kander
Darin MacLeod is a graduate of the Boston Conservatory. He has been singing in choirs all over the country for years, including with the Boston Symphony, the Jacksonville Symphony, the Capital Men's Chorus of Austin, and the Tangle Festival Chorus, where he was conducted by Leonard Bernstein. Darin has been in many productions, from OKLAHOMA to INTO THE WOODS, and was in his first opera, OTELLO, in 2013. He recently sang as a member of the Portland Gay Men's Chorus, and was in the 2016 Stumptown Stages production of JEKYLL & HYDE and the 2017 Stumptown Stages production of Ken Hill's PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. His other talents include the clarinet and tap dancing.
Favorite Musical: SIDE SHOW - Favorite Musical Composer: Stephen Schwartz
Born in Los Angeles, Donnie comes to the Broadway Bears after living in the Portland area for just a year. He has received numerous accolades from several California theater groups and is an accomplished actor, singer, dancer, choreographer, and director. Previous credits include regional/professional productions of INTO THE WOODS, PHANTOM, THE MAN OF LA MANCHA, THE WIZARD OF OZ, and the world premiere of the White Rose production of JANE EYRE, THE MUSICAL. He loves bowling, is an avid Disney fan, and is not ashamed to admit that he is a middle-aged GLEEk. , Donnie was also in the 2016 Stumptown Stages production of JEKYLL & HYDE and the 2017 Stumptown Stages production of Ken Hill's PHANTOM OF THE OPERA.
Favorite Musical: WICKED - Favorite Musical Composer: Jule Stein
Michael is delighted to make his true debut with the Broadway Bears! He is a Colorado native with a musical theatre degree from the University of Northern Colorado. His most recent credits include Thenardier in LES MISERABLES, Tenorio in MAN OF LA MANCHA, Maude in BYE BYE BIRDIE, Julio in PAINT YOUR WAGON, and Sir Harry in ONCE UPON A MATTRESS. Michael has also performed in dinner theatres all across Colorado. He thanks his amazing husband Nathaniel for all the support.
Favorite Musical: A CHORUS LINE - Favorite Musical Composers: Kander & Ebb
Special Guest: NATHAN MECKLEY
Nathan Meckley is a professionally trained musician and senior pastor of Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) Portland since 2008. Prior to receiving his Master of Divinity degree from Claremont School of Theology (Claremont, CA) and his ordination in 2003, Nathan studied as a classical singer, receiving both a Bachelor of Music degree (Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ) and a Master of Music degree (University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA). With a personal taste for classical and world music, he occasionally ventures into the magical world of Broadway musicals. Among the most memorable theatrical moments he recalls were seeing his first live on Broadway musical in New York in 1984 -- LA CAGE AUX FOLLES -- and, more recently, a performance of WICKED! in 2005.
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BROADWAY BEARS are:
Andy Mangels - Bobby Jackson - Darin MacLeod - Donnie Vecchione - Michael Sanchez
with Special Guests: Nathan Meckley, Johnny Cakes, Mark Steering,
Cory Clinton, and Steven P. Worth
A Five-Year Anniversary Concert
BEST OF SHOW!
Logo by Steven Barker. Photography by Andres Alcala. Event and Website produced by Andy Mangels.