December 13, 2019
Celebrating Latin culture, music and the American Dream with these amazing performers. We had an amazing time building an entertainment and story-telling package for a corporate client in LA.
Snow in San Diego
December 04, 2019
Errolyn Healy and I were so proud to partner with some of our favorite musicians to bring "The December Songs" to California Center of the Arts. It poured buckets that night, (and it even magically snowed on stage), but it was warm inside with holiday joy, and we loved collaborating with Anna Forget and Elizabeth Brown to share Maury Yeston's song set, and favorite Christmas classics.
December 16, 2019
What a treat it was to join Cary Hoffman on stage at North Coast Rep for his sold-out San Diego tour celebrating his hero Frank Sinatra. Cary's PBS Special was adapted into a one-man biographical musical play, which was an often hilarious tribute to the Legend that is Sinatra, and the perils of wanting to become somebody else.
Autumn in New York
October 22, 2019
Much gratitude for the many, many hands that went into making this night a "Swing and a <Hit>!" at 54 Below/Feinstein's NYC! Thank you, thank you, thank you! Errolyn Yavorsky Healy Stephanie Yavorsky Beardsley Ashley Griffin, John Healy, Michael McCorry Rose +, David Wasson... Our great band (Matt Scharfglass, Don Kelly, Jami Dauber, Craig Magnano, Caroline Nagy (flew from LA) guests & family, all of the Summit folks, Ann, Mr. King!! (And a treat at the end - So nice to get to meet and follow the show of Cabaret icon, Marilyn Maye!)
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!!
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!
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??)
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 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."
Executive Director & Founder
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.
Moonlight Cocktail On Stage at the Merc!
Errolyn Healy and Cris O’Bryon bring their new show, Moonlight Cocktail, to Cabaret at The Merc for one night only! Travel with us under a moonlit night from Broadway to the American Songbook to classic favorites. Healy was hailed by The Valley News as an “incredibly talented vocalist” whose delivery ranges “from sensitive to bold, mellow to upbeat, as she draws in the entranced audience, and then fills the room to its soaring rafters.” Cris & Errolyn will be joined by special guest performers Leonard Patton, Peter Sprague and Joy Yandell. Join us for a show sure to bring you sweet dreams to leave all worries behind you!
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!
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??!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.