Friday, November 18, 2022
Nikki Renée Daniels, Guest Artist
Melissa Errico, Guest Artist
Essential Voices USA, Judith Clurman, Music Director and Conductor
The New York Pops lights up Carnegie Hall with a celebration of Broadway’s biggest hits. Joined by a quartet of talented stars from the stage plus the incredible chorus, Judith Clurman’s Essential Voices USA, the orchestra performs iconic works by Leonard Bernstein, Alan Menken, Stephen Sondheim, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and more.
Carnegie Hall subscription packages and single tickets for the 2022–2023 season are currently on sale.
This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
The New York Pops Carnegie Hall Subscription Series is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.
About the Artists
Nikki Renée Daniels recently played Angelica Schuyler in Hamilton at the CIBC Theater in Chicago. Broadway: Company (Jenny), The Book of Mormon (Nabulungi), The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess (Clara), Les Miserables (Fantine), Anything Goes, Promises, Promises, Aida, Nine, Little Shop of Horrors, Lestat, and The Look of Love. Ms. Daniels made her New York City Opera debut as Clara in Porgy and Bess. Other New York credits include Martha Jefferson in 1776 at City Center Encores, Rose Lennox in The Secret Garden at David Geffen Hall and Tracy in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. On television, Nikki has appeared as a featured player on "Chappelle's Show," "Madam Secretary," and "The Sound of Music: Live." She has performed as a soloist with numerous symphony orchestras across the country and in Canada, and at Carnegie Hall. She holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music. Her debut solo CD, "Home" is available on iTunes and CDBaby.com. For more information please visit nikkireneedaniels.com. @nikkireneesings
Jordan Donica most recently starred as Jordan Chase in the CW’s Charmed. He previously guest starred in the award-winning police procedural drama Blue Bloods. Jordan originated the role of Freddy Eynsford-Hill in the 2018 Tony nominated Lincoln Center Theater production of My Fair Lady, and also starred as Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson in the first Los Angeles and San Francisco companies of Hamilton. A native of Indianapolis, Indiana, Jordan made his debut starring as the leading man, Raoul, Vicomte de Chagny, in the historic Broadway production of The Phantom of the Opera, and played Rapunzel’s Prince in Into the Woods at Encores!.
In addition to his theater and TV work, Jordan was featured at the Washington National Opera gala at The Kennedy Center, the Pasadena Symphony, and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. He also starred as Sir Lancelot in Lincoln Center Theater’s gala production of Camelot, opposite Lin Manuel Miranda.
Jordan is a 2016 graduate of Otterbein University, where he graduated with a BFA in Musical Theatre Cum Laude. Regional Credits include: Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar (Weathervane Playhouse), Ensemble in South Pacific (Utah Shakespeare Festival), Featured Performer in The Greenshow (USF), Captain/Hennessy in Dames at Sea (Otterbein Summer Theatre), and Romeo in Romeo and Juliet (Noblesville Shakespeare in the Park, Indianapolis Mitty Most Impressive Actor award 2013). Jordan’s Film credits include Coda: An Independent Film by Abe Purvis. Jordan also directed the 2015 Festival Play, Little Prints, a new student work by playwright Anna Mulhall, as well as a gala performance of “Exonerated” at Northwestern University for the Center on Wrongful Convictions, featuring Harry Lennix and Katrina Lenk. He was featured at the American Songbook Hall of Fame celebration at the invitation of Michael Feinstein. An ambassador for The Innocence Project, family is everything to Jordan, because without the “little village” of women who raised him, he would not be where he is today. “Every day is a gift.”
Matt Doyle won the 2022 Tony Award for 'Best Featured Actor in a Musical' for his performance as 'Jamie' in the Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim's Company, for which he also won Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards, and received a Drama League Award nomination. His Broadway credits also include Tony-winning Musicals The Book of Mormon (in the lead role of ‘Elder Price’) and Spring Awakening; 'Best Play' winner War Horse; and the revival of the beloved musical comedy Bye Bye Birdie. Regionally, he most recently starred in the world premiere of the Huey Lewis musical The Heart of Rock & Roll at the Old Globe Theater in San Diego; and played 'Melchoir' in the national tour of Spring Awakening. His Off Broadway and regional credits also include Sweeney Todd, West Side Story, A Clockwork Orange, Brooklynite, Giant, and Jasper in Deadland. Onscreen, he has appeared on CBS's The Code, the original Gossip Girl, and can also be seen in HBO MAX’s Gossip Girl and in the indie feature Private Romeo. Matt has performed at Carnegie Hall with The New York Pops, at symphonies across the country, and continues to headline a sold-out solo show throughout New York City.
Melissa Errico is a Tony Award-nominated Broadway star, concert artist, and author. The Wall Street Journal recently referred to her as a "nonpareil cabaret singer” and called her 2018 album, Sondheim Sublime, “The best all-Sondheim album ever recorded”. That album led to sold-out concert dates around the country--from Ravinia to Caramoor and Wolftrap—as well as in London and Paris. Her Sondheim roles on stage include Dot in Sunday In The Park With George at The Kennedy Center, Clara in Passion at Classic Stage Company; and Leona in the NY City Center Encores! production of Do I Hear A Waltz? In 2020, she sang “Children and Art” in the Sondheim 90th Birthday Concert “Take Me To The World,” and was featured on PBS television in a documentary special in which she sang “Finishing The Hat” and discussed Sondheim and his lyrics with Adam Gopnik and Raul Esparza for Poetry in America.
Her starring roles on Broadway include My Fair Lady, Amour, High Society. Among her other musical mainstays is Michel Legrand who arranged and conducted her symphonic album “Legrand Affair.” She was the only American performer invited to sing at the extraordinary two-day memorial to Legrand in 2019 at Paris’ Grand Rex theater. She has also sung countless concerts of American song, ranging from Randy Newman to Irving Berlin, including stints at the 92 St Y, Birdland, Joe’s Pub, Carnegie Hall, Town Hall, Lincoln Center’s Allen Room, and many appearances at Feinstein’s/ 54 Below, with her special concert-essay about coming back to New York was held over for encores twice last fall. Her latest album, Out Of The Dark: The Film Noir Project was just released from Warner Music/Ghostlight Records and began life as a specially commissioned bilingual series of concerts at the French Institute/Alliance Francaise.
An active writer all her life, she has since 2016 authored a series of pieces for The New York Times under the special rubric of “Scenes From The Acting Life,” which she is in the process of adapting into a book.
Photo of Nikki Renée Daniels by Jenny Anderson. Photo of Jordan Donica by Cory Vanderploeg. Photo of Melissa Errico by Jenny Anderson.