The Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival has announced that Los Angeles-based baritone jazz singer/songwriter Todd Murray will headline an Aug. 27 fundraiser launching a new scholarship honoring Auburn native and Tony Award winner Thommie Walsh.
Murray and the Syracuse-based MG3 Jazz Organ Trio will perform at the event. Murray is currently touring and promoting his most recent of three albums, "Croon," which features his covers of well-known hits "Love Me Tender," "I've Got You Under My Skin" and more.
The event will both launch and support the scholarship named after Walsh. The Auburn native, who originated the role of Bobby in "A Chorus Line" and partly based it on his own life, also won two Tonys and Two Drama Desk awards for his choreography in "A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine" and "My One and Only." He died of lymphoma in 2007 at the age of 57.
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The Thommie Walsh/Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival Scholarship will be granted to a Cayuga County student pursuing a college degree in musical theater. The first winner will be selected and announced in spring 2017.
“We are honored to announce the launch of this scholarship fund,” festival Producing Artistic Director Brett Smock said in a news release. “The festival is deeply committed to arts education and the cultivation of excellent musical theatre artists. This scholarship fund is a meaningful way to recognize and support emerging talent while continuing to honor Thommie, his legacy and his beloved community.”
The 2016 Festival Fundraiser: A Nantucket Clam Bake will take place at 6 p.m. at the home of Bob and Luda Foresman, and will include cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, lobster, clams, live music and dancing, the 2017 festival season announcement and more.
For more information, or to order tickets, visit festivalgala.com.