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Fall 40+ Vocal Workshop Registration is Open!

My next group workshop is coming up in October!  We have so much fun working together for 5 weeks, building technique, confidence and relationships.  I hope you can join us, and learn to enjoy your VOICE more and see it grow!   Mondays nights, 7-9:30pm at the Scripps Ranch Theater (On the campus of Alliant University) beginning October 21st. 

Live at Martini's on Fourth

September 05, 2019

Errolyn Healy and I (and our sizzling swing band), debuted a brand new show at Martini's to a packed-out house.  Thanks to all who came out to support us, including the amazing Ken Jacques (who snapped this fun shot).  Next stop for "Swing and a Miss" is Feinstein's 54 Below in October!  https://54below.com/events/errolyn-healy-cris-obryon/?fbclid=IwAR3omNvIATItJ1O-1vNlm-1jwDtPR60u0mwM6q3-Y7bmLtjiGbHy6qiv3_s

"Tenderly" at North Coast Rep

August 25, 2019

This heart-rending version of the story of America's Favorite Girl Singer was pure joy to work on.  Special shout outs to Rachel Sorsa and Michael Marotta, for bringing this painfully beautiful tale to life, our amazing band, and the great team at North Coast Rep!

"Another Roll of the Dice"

August 11, 2019

Celebrating the great success of the World Premiere of Another Roll of the Dice!  This musical reunited songwriter Frank Loesser and author Damon Runyon, the creators of the legendary Broadway musical Guys and Dolls.  I had the great pleasure of Music Directing this production for North Coast Rep, and enjoyed working with a fantastic team to launch this new work.  Congrats to all! https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/entertainment/theater/story/2019-07-15/review-dice-at-north-coast-rep-is-charming-and-nostalgic-but-score-needs-work

Catalina Jazz Club

April 28, 2019

It was a pleasure to accompany some of L.A.'s Most Popular Musical Artists, such as legendary composer ARTIE BUTLER, KIKI EBSEN, MELANIE TAYLOR & TERRY WOLLMAN, ILENE GRAFF & BEN LANZARONE, and the Reigning Queen of the Cabaret World, ANDREA MARCOVICCI, to name a few gather for the 20th Anniversary of the acclaimed Charity Event "OUR NAME IS BARBRA 2018: A Benefit for PROJECT ANGEL FOOD" www.angelfood.org.

Jewel of a Show!

February 24, 2019

JEWEL IN THE CROWN CITY at Lamb's Players Theatre celebrates those 25 years with a musical revue from some of their most popular and powerful shows.  I so enjoyed being a part of this musical homecoming, and sharing the stage with good friends.  

New Cabaret At Hennessey's, La Jolla

October 28, 2018

Come on out at 7pm, on October 28, as one of my clients, Warren DeLange,  presents An Original Cabaret Show, entitled: Beverly Hills, South of Olympic.  Warren takes you on a nostalgic and entertaining stroll through his childhood and teen years in this iconic city. Through story and song, he shares the opulence, silliness, and conspicuous consumption that was the muse for this show. (There was no shortage of material, trust me!!) . See you there!  Tickets are just $15, or 2x$20.  There are 10 reserved seats for now. Dinner also available at 6pm!!
https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3626411

Alexa - Creating a single cover

June 27, 2018

Alexa came to me about 8 months ago, with a desire to work on her voice, put a some recordings together, and develop a performance act to take out into the world. Here she is during one of our sessions, videoing her take for Instagram.  Come in and book your time to record professional quality audio for your demo tracks, and get your show on the road!

Private Birthday Soiree

July 13, 2018

Had the chance to work with Deven May, the longest running Tommy DeVito in Jersey Boys history. (He anchored the Las Vegas cast).  Brought some musical birthday love to Debbie Jacobs' celebration!  

Hamilton

August 03, 2018

Desmond Newson is one of the only people in the world who can say they have appeared in every male lead role in the smash musical, Hamilton!! He was part of the first national tour which recently wrapped and I had the delight of producing  and music directing an evening of entertainment at the Grand Del Mar.  What a great guy and talented performer! Thanks for bringing your 'awesome' to San Diego, Desmond! 

San Deguito Academy - Spring Cabaret

April 22, 2018

What a fun group of young artists to lead and entertain alongside!  San Deguito Academy's Music and Theatre Program, led by Stephanie Siers and Jeremy Wuertz, continue to bring excellence to each project and program they present!! 

54 Below in NYC

February 03, 2018

It was so cold in NYC this week that my phone shut down just as the Uber driver was trying to find me at JFK.  But nothing could dampen the excitement of performing at the legendary Feinstein's 54 Below with friends Errolyn Healy and Michael McCorry Rose.  This show and this trip were a highlight of my year, and I even made finally made it to Hamilton (into THE room where it happened!) 

The Midtown Men

April 17, 2018

Having the chance to work with these guys on their non-stop, high-energy, rollicking good show, featuring great music from the 60s! From a private 80th birthday party just outside of Detroit, to the Admiral Baker Theatre in Bellevue, WA, to venues WI, MD, NC and  the Great Smoky Mountains.  What a fun show - if it comes to your city, catch it!!

ALS Fundraiser at Qualcomm, Jacobs Hall

July 29, 2017

Megan Spector is a force of nature! Do not let her size fool you!  When she was 12, because her Aunt has ALS, she decided to put together a huge fundraiser to "Strike A Chord for ALS" which raised over $31,000.  I was honored to be the Music Director for the second year.  As Megan heads off to Tulane to study, keep an eye out for her to continue to do great things!
 

Campus Superstar 2018 Returns

March 18, 2018

I am so proud of these performers, and was so pleased to get to produce and MD this incredible event showcasing some of San Diego's brightest young stars.  Congratulations to Carly Cummings for taking home the $5000 grand prize! Look for the next round in 2020!

It's a Christmas Miracle!

2017: Reprising my role for year #2 of SDMT's Miracle on 34th Street: A Radio Play.  This show was non-stop action, from managing the keys, cues, singing, characters and the live Foley sfx.  Phew!  

(Why do my fingers look like a slightly rubberized version of Pinocchio's nose??)

Dancing Queen

Such a joy to see my sister Kera O'Bryon on stage with Virginia Musical Theater, as Donna in Mamma Mia.  We worked a bit together in preparation for this role, and she killed it!

Staglin Winery Concert

My wife and I were so pleased to join Christian and Melissa Hoff in Napa for a private concert of 60's classics in Napa.  Our hosts, Shari and Garen at Staglin Winery, were so delightful, and we were so thankful to hear that their property had been spared from the wildfires that broke out not long after. 

Broadway Dreams Los Angeles

Back for year 2! It was a very exciting week in LA, joining the faculty of the Broadway Dreams to co-teach and music direct alongside Lynn Shenkel, Matt Scott, Christopher Hanke, Annette Tanner, Stafford Arima, and many others for another week at the amazing Wallis Annenberg Center Theater, in Beverly Hills.   Bravo Students!  "The Summer Intensive is the trademark Broadway Dreams initiative — a weeklong program of strenuous professional training.  Throughout the week, the class performs alongside celebrated talents for an exclusive audience of industry professionals. Intensives are available in Acting for Stage and Film or Musical Theatre, with a focus on acting, vocal performance, and dance.

 

"Thank YOU so very much for all you did for us, we loved working with you!  We will definitely be in touch, and look forward to having you back with us again as soon as possible."

A. Tanner

Executive Director & Founder

Broadway Dreams

Evening Under the Stars

What fun to join Tony Award Winner, Christian Hoff, and his wife, the lovely and talented Melissa Hoff, on stage for The Barn Stage Company's Annual Gala.

LAMB'S VALENTINES CABARET   

LAMB'S VALENTINES CABARET was such a huge hit last year that we're bringing it back for three nights this February!

Cris O'Bryon on the piano, and a dozen of San Diego's best singers present a delightful evening of songs celebrating the romance, the warmth and the humor of LOVE. In the gorgeously remodeled Bivouac Ballroom of San Diego's iconic US GRANT Hotel.

Up next, we open San Diego Musical Theatre's world premiere of the radio play of the beloved classic movie, Miracle on 34th Street.  Runs December 1-23, at the Horton Grand Theatre, 444 Fourth St. Downtown San Diego!

"Miss You Like Hell"

When a whip-smart, deeply imaginative teenager agrees to take a road trip with her free-spirited Latina mother, neither can imagine where it will take them. Featuring compelling original songs that are every bit as diverse and eclectic as America, is a new musical that exudes the joy, love and frustration of being a family in a changing country.  Especially timely these days; Directed by the lovely and talented, Lear deBessonet.  

Long-time client, Cashae Monya, got her professional start at LJP 6 years ago, when Broadway Tony Winner, "Memphis" was born, and she's back in style in this world premiere! Closes Dec. 4!

October Sky

Kudos to two of my young professional clients, Austyn Myers and Nicolette Burton, who are performing in this terrific world premiere, based on the movie, at the Old Globe Theatre, through October 22!! Who knows how far this 'rocket' will go??!  

"Moonlight Cocktail"

Errolyn Healy and I are bringing our new cabaret at the Summit Playhouse in Summit, NJ.  We are delighted to announce, Broadway's Mike Rose (played Fiyero in Wicked) will be joining us.  One night only...Tickets on sale soon! 

The Boy Who Danced on Air

I'm very pleased to announce I am Music Directing this world premiere with the dynamic writing team of Tim Rosser & Charlie Sohne, with Direction by Tony Speciale, and Choreography by Nejla Yatkin. 

Aladdin - CYT Central

I had the chance to take my daughter to go see Aladdin this weekend, and CYT knocked it out of the park.  Special kudos to 5 of my clients: Luree, Trevor, Stephanie, Shelby, and Gabriel.  All your hard work has paid off, and you've got a show you can all be really proud of!

(NATS) National Association of Teachers of Singing Competition - San Diego

Always a good time working with Ryan Scrimger and Michael Sokol.   Some very good talent coming up through the ranks!!

Campus SuperStar 2016 San Diego

It's been underway for months, and I'm thrilled to have met and Music Directed some of San Diego's finest young singers for the 2nd Annual Campus Superstar competition at the Jacobs Concert Hall at Qualcomm Campus.  Congratulations to all of our finalists who were competing for $7500 in prize money, and especially 1st place winner , Jazmine Rogers.  It was a blessing to work with each and every one of you, and I can't wait to see what's in store ahead! 

Big River - New Village Arts

Reed Lievers and Bryan Barbarin drive the bus on this one (or rather, helm the raft!).  What a lovely show with poignant moments, and expressive singing! The band, the harmonies, the staging, the direction, the design - Big River is a big hit for NVA!!

MESA College

Had a blast teaching the Theatre class and Musical Theatre intensive!  Kudos to George Ye for his excellent leadership and talent in growing the program at MESA!

Ragtime

San Diego Musical Theater presents "Ragtime" at the Spreckles' Theater through February 21st.  I'm playing the role of Father in this production, and can't wait for San Diego to come experience this fantastic and timely show! Directed by Paul David Bryant. 

CYT Mary Poppins

Luree Scott and I have worked together for six years, and this month she tackles one of her favorite leads to date, the "practically perfect" Mary Poppins.  So proud of her journey!

Lego Friends Christmas

These girls have worked so hard getting the new Lego Friends show in shape, at Legoland, CA.  Great working with all of you on this show. The smiles on my daughter's and niece's faces tell the story (they sang your songs the whole ride home)!  Congrats to some current and former students:  Brielle Mussomeli, Megan Spector, Cashae Monya, Jazmine Rogers, Joanne Barber

End of the Rainbow

Judy Garland's London Comeback Tour was more trainwreck than triumph.  I'll be Music Directing the show, and playing the part of Antony, Judy's pianist and confidant, in this wonderful musical produced by Intrepid Theater Company. Directed by Christy Yael-Cox, at the Lyceum Theatre, alongside the uber-talented, Eileen Bowman as Miss Garland.

Big Fish

This rarely-tackled, and totally magical musical makes its West-Coast-premiering splash by Andrew Lippa at Moonlight Amphitheater to close out the summer season.  I'll be playing Amos Calloway, (the Danny Devito character if you saw the Tim Burton version), half Ring-Master, half Werewolf!  Just another day at the office.  I hope you get a chance to see this beautiful production, under the stars through September 26th.  Directed by Steve Glaudini, Music Direction by Elan McMahan, and Choreography by Karl Warden.  (pictured, Josh Adamson, yours truly)

Twelfth Night - Critics Choice!

“A delicious romp! Shakespeare’s TWELFTH NIGHT belongs to Lamb’s. Directed by Robert Smyth.  It should definitely be on your ‘Must See’ list!"  I couldn't have said it better myself.  Thanks, Union Tribune!

(pictured with long-time friend and collaborator, Jon Lorenz.)

The Foreigner

I'm brushing up my Cockney to play Froggy LeSueur in Lamb's upcoming production of The Foreigner.   It's a thrill to join this amazing team of comedians, bringing this wacky and touching tale to the stage again. Directed by Kerry Meads.

Neil Simon's "The Odd Couple"

It never gets old.  I'm playing Vinnie (and playing a lot of poker) in this upcoming production at North Coast Rep. Fun cast, and lots of laughs! Directed by Andy Barnicle.

Chasing the Song

David Bryan, and Joe DiPietro,  (Tony-award winning creators of Memphis), are back with a new musical! And I'm delighted to be a part of the DNA New Works Workshop at La Jolla Playhouse, under the direction of Christopher Ashley, Music Direction by August Eriksmoen, with Choreography by Sergio Trujillo.

Footloose

The last time I played this role, I didn't have a daughter of my own, so the pain of this father-daughter conflict cuts right to the heart.  I hope you get to the chance to see this barn burner of a musical, and this incredibly talented cast on stage, at the Birch North Park Theatre, through October 14th. Directed by Robert Marra.

Beau Jest

Critic's Pick! Moonlight Stage presents James Sherman's crazy romantic comedy, "Beau Jest," and I am thrilled to join this hilarious cast as Joel, in this unraveling family chaos. Directed by Christopher Williams.

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Shakespeare meets Cirque du Soleil. (That's how I've been describing it anyway - how else do you explain a piano that levitates and is played upside down 20 feet up, while fairies dance around on air!?)  Christopher Ashley directs this mischevious tale, with Eric Stern music directing a 22-piece orchestra playing lovely music by Felix Mendelssohn and the wonderfully inventive Broadway composer, Mark Bennett.    I'm the Associate MD/keyboardist for this magical production you will love!   See it in the Potiker at  La Jolla Playhouse, through August 22nd. 

Bonnie & Clyde

Working on this world premier musical has been such an amazing experience.  I'm playing rehearsals and will be taking over Piano-Conducting the orchestra from the extraordinary, John McDaniel, through the rockabilly, blues and gospel score.  This musical is from the creative team of Frank Wildhorn (Jekyll & Hyde), Don Black (Sunset Boulevard) and Ivan Menchell (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang), and directed by the wonderful Jeff Calhoun.  It's headed to Broadway! At La Jolla Playhouse, through December 20th. Stark Sands and Laura Osnes (pictured) are only two of the perfectly cast roster on this one.

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