Kevin - a brief intro
Kevin B. Winebold is a musical director, accompanist, and vocal coach based in New York City.
Carnegie Hall and a cruise
December found Kevin back at Carnegie Hall for Under The Mistletoe with Ashley Brown and A Charlie Brown Christmas. Kevin was again singing in the ensemble of Essential Voices USA, under the direction of Judith Clurman. And now, Jim Brochu's Character Man is making a comeback this week; first up is Wednesday, 1/15 at the Metropolitan room, and then Kevin and Jim fly to St. Bart's on Friday morning to hop aboard The World, sailing to San Juan, performing the show for its residents.
Character Man and Master Class
After a successful run of Jim Brochu's Character Man with The American Theater Group at Hamilton Stage, Kevin is opening Master Class tomorrow, playing the role of Manny with Music Theatre of Connecticut! The show runs November 1-17 in Westport, CT.
Something Wonderful On Broadway
Kevin just started rehearsal tonight for the Broadway concert of Something Wonderful. The concert, produced by the Irish Repertory Theatre, will be held at the Broadhurst Theatre on June 10th. The event, hosted by Tom Hanks, features performances by Brian Stokes Mitchell, Shirley Jones, Patrick Cassidy, Paulo Szot, and Max von Essen.
Carnegie Hall concert #6
Kevin had the pleasure of ensemble singing with The New York Pops once again at Carnegie Hall, as a member of Essential Voices USA, under the direction of Judith Clurman. The concert was The Wizard and I: The Musical Journey of Stephen Schwartz. Schwartz, who delighted the guests from the piano during the finale, was celebrating his 65th birthday, and the 10th Anniversary of Wicked on Broadway!
Kevin has been busy all week as a rehearsal accompanist for Broadway Backwards, which will be held at The Palace Theatre on 3/18. He has had the pleasure and privilege of playing for Jim Brochu, Tony Sheldon, Howie Michael Smith, Josh Young, and Karen Ziemba, as well as the insanely talented members of the Backwards Ensemble!
Hamin Reed Music Video
Kevin just spent two days shooting a music video for the band Hamin Reed, where he was surrounded by a bar full of mannequins, and eventually brought the cutest one home!
Funny or Die / ESPN
Kevin just shot his first sketch for Funny Or Die. The video is for ESPNU and stars NFL player Will Allen, safety for the Pittsburgh Steelers (who shares Kevin's birthday of June 17).
Music Video: All Time Low
Kevin just shot a music video for the pop/punk band All Time Low at Brooklyn Fireproof. The track, Somewhere In Neverland, is from their album Don't Panic, which was released in October, 2012. On the first day, Kevin was filmed doing work in an office cubicle, which was then cloned so that there were multiple Kevins working in the office. On the second day, he filmed a scene where he was "an eccentric office worker, photocopying his butt." Finally, a role he has trained his whole life for!
Fatal Encounters! 1/20/13 at 9pm
The Final Act, the episode of Fatal Encounters that Kevin stars in, as Charles Yukl will air in 24 hours! The episode will air tomorrow, Sunday the 20th, at 9:00 EST on Investigation Discovery (Discovery ID). If you miss it at 9, it will replay at midnight!
Bon Voyage and Aloha
In a few short hours, Kevin will be leaving the Big Apple to spend the summer in Oahu, Hawaii. While the next two months will be the longest amount of time he's gone without working on a show, he's enrolled in a playwriting class and has packed all his dialect CDs to stay creatively sane. He'll be living with his sister Diana on Schofield Barracks, and his mom will be joining them for the first month. More than ready for some fun in the sun, it's time to say ALOHA!
Smokey Joe's Cafe
Rehearsals started today for Smokey Joe's Cafe, the third production Kevin will be musically directing at The Westchester Sandbox Theatre. The production is directed by Kenneth Matthew Green and will be performed at the Emelin Theatre in Mamaroneck.
Night Of The Living Dead
Tonight is opening night of Night Of The Living Dead, a musical by Matt Conner and Stephen Gregory Smith. This world premiere, musically directed by Kevin, runs at the Richmond Shepard through June 17. The cast includes Angelo Rios, Aaron Ramey, Ashley Picciallo, Melissa Carlile-Price, Sean MacLaughlin, and Yvonne Campbell.
Oliver: The Broadway Concert
Today is the first day of rehearsals for the Broadway concert version of Oliver, presented by The Irish Repertory Theatre. The performance is 6/11 at The Schubert Theatre on Broadway. In addition to singing in the ensemble, Kevin will be a featured dancer in Oom-Pah-Pah, for which he also wrote the vocal arrangements. The show stars Brian Stokes Mitchell, James Barbour, and Melissa Errico. Last year, Kevin was in the ensemble of the Broadway concert of Camelot, and he can't wait to get started on this new concert!
The Composer Speaks: Joshua Schmidt
Tomorrow, Kevin will be joining Essential Voices USA for their final event of the season, The Composer Speaks: Joshua Schmidt. The choir will be premiering his latest works, Grass Roots American Melancholy. Joshua Schmidt, known for his musicals The Adding Machine and A Minister's Wife, penned this piece for SATB chorus, 5 soloists, and string quartet. It is based on three excerpts from Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass: To A Certain Cantatrice, Sometimes With The One I Love, and To The East And To The West. The performance at The DiMenna Center, takes place on Whitman's birthday.
Tap Dancing for a "secret" commercial
Happy Memorial Day! Today Kevin is filming a commercial in which he will be a tap dancing businessman in a hotel lobby. He had to sign a non-disclosure agreement since the product is not yet released, so while he can't say who it is for, he will tell you it's for a major camera company whose name rhymes with a well-known yogurt brand (and no, it's not Chobani...think Fruit On The Bottom).
The Actor's Fund Gala
Tonight at the Marriot Marquis, Kevin will be singing with his Essential Voices USA friends at the annual Actor's Fund Gala. Gala president Brian Stokes Mitchell will be singing The Human Heart from Once On This Island, backed up by the chorus which will be conducted by Judith Clurman. Performers and presenters include Angela Lansbury, Jerry Stiller, Tyne Daly, Christopher Plummer, Jason Alexander, Jerry Stiller, and the guest of honor, Mr. Harry Belafonte.
Fatal Encounters: Discovery ID
Kevin started filming his first lead role in a television episode today! He'll be playing Charles Yukl, a pianist and voice teacher who murdered two of his students in the 60s and 70s in the West Village. Produced by NBC Universal and Peacock Productions, the episode of Fatal Encounters will air on Discovery ID in the fall. And talk about star treatment, the network is sending a car to pick him up from his church gig on Sunday to escort him to set, which just to happens to be a prison in New Jersey.
Parade at the 4th Wall Theatre
Kevin just started rehearsal for Parade, directed by Bob Cline at the 4th Wall Theatre in Bloomfield, New Jersey. Having first picked up an accordion for The Irish...and How They Got That Way two years ago at the Irish Repertory Theatre, Parade marks Kevin's first gig as an accordion pit musician. It's such a difficult book, even the composer himself, Jason Robert Brown, wished him luck on Facebook!
The Composer Speaks: A Workshop Performance
Tonight at 7, Kevin will be joining members of Essential Voices USA at Hebrew Union College for The Composer Speaks: A Workshop Performance. The evening includes performances and a panel discussion with Larry Hochman, Bruce Ruben, and Paul Schoenfield, led by Judith Clurman.
Tin Pan Alley: Off-Broadway at The Actor's Temple
Kevin just auditioned, and was hired to sub for two performances of Tin Pan Alley, an off-Broadway revue at The Actor's Temple. He has one week to learn 32 songs on piano, in addition to singing a couple tunes. Time to stop posting and start practicing!
Carnegie Hall: NY Pops Birthday Gala
Carnegie Hall three times in one month? First it was John Williams, then it was The Muppets. Now, Essential Voices USA will be singing with the Pops at their 29th Birthday Gala tonight, honoring Ahrens and Flaherty, and featuring a Who's Who of Broadway talent. Performers include Marin Mazzie, Jeff Daniely, Brian D'Arcy James, LaChanze, Nikki M. James, Liz Callaway, Rachel York, Andrew Rannells, and Kevin's favorite voice, Mr. Norm Lewis!
Always Patsy Cline, Always in New Hampshire
Kevin will once again be heading to New Hampshire this weekend for an encore performance of Always, Patsy Cline. In November, the show performed in Meredith, and this weekend they'll be in Concord. He's thrilled to once again be "Back In Baby's Arms," working with Brittany Bara as Patsy and Nancy Barry as Louise, plus all of his favorite musicians that make up "The Bodacious Bobcats."
Carnegie Hall + The Muppets = One Very Happy Boy
Kevin is so excited about this next event that he's actually going to tell you about it in the first person! I'm already losing sleep and this concert is still two weeks away! The choir that I sing with, Essential Voices USA, will be performing two concerts in one weekend, both at Carnegie Hall. The first, as I mentioned earlier, is the music of John Williams. The second...now get ready for this...will be Jim Henson's Musical World starring THE MUPPETS!!! The choir's director, Judith Clurman, received an Emmy nomination for her work on Sesame Street and now she is being reunited with all of her friends for this incredible show. We'll be singing with the Muppets, the Fraggles, and the cast of Sesame Street! I have literally been crying with excitement at the thought of backing up Kermit with The Rainbow Connection and everyone's favorite sweet-toothed monster on C Is For Cookie. You DO NOT want to miss this magical concert. And since it is part of the Carnegie Hall family series, tickets start at just $9.00!
Carnegie Hall: John Williams
Essential Voices USA, under the brilliant direction of Judith Clurman, will once again be performing at Carnegie Hall with the NY Pops. The April 13th concert will be celebrating the 80th birthday of John Williams, and will include all your favorites from Saving Private Ryan, Schindler's List, Star Wars, and Harry Potter. How do you get to Carnegie Hall? By contacting the box office NOW because tickets are almost sold out! And stay tuned for what Kevin is calling the most exciting announcement of his life! (Yeah, it's that big!)
High School Musical...again
Last year Kevin musically directed High School Musical for Interlakes Theatre in Meredith, New Hampshire. Always a Wildcat, Kevin is playing in the pit at Waldwick High School in New Jersey this week (while commuting back and forth for Our Time and West Side Story rehearsals during the day).
Our Time: A New Works Concert
Kevin will be musically directing Our Time: A New Works Concert at the Duplex on March 12 at 9:30. Featured composers include Adam Gwon, Bobby Cronin, Charles Bloom, Will Reynolds, and Matt Conner. Performers include Aaron Ramey (Curtains), Carrie A. Johnson (Sister Act), Douglas Lyons (Book of Mormon), and many more. Kevin will be at the keys and joined by his buddy David Jolley on drums.
Henry V: A Staged Reading
Chiara Klein, a member of Marvell Rep, will be directing a staged reading of William Shakespeare's Henry V, featuring members of the casts of The Threepenny Opera and Professor Bernhardi. Kevin will be playing Michael Williams, Sir Thomas Grey, and the French Soldier. The "Brunch with the Bard" performance will take place next Monday, 2/27, and noon at The Barrow Group Theatre.
An Orphan in Ermine: A Film Noir Cabaret
The Threepenny Opera–with which Kevin is now the musical director–opens tonight, so it only makes sense that his next project starts tomorrow! He'll begin rehearsals for An Orphan in Ermine: A Film Noir Cabaret. Cathy Beals wrote the script which she will star in at Don't Tell Mama next month. In true film noir style, the show opens with Kevin as a detective, leaning against a lamp post, and explaining to the viewers about the story which is about to unfold. He arrives at the crime scene and finds a diary of the murder victim, and begins to read her entries as the story comes to life. From there, Kevin is at the piano accompanying Cathy as the Starlet, playing all the various men in her life.
The Threepenny Opera
Happy New Year! It's day two of the year 2012 and already the day started with rehearsal for A Lover's Pinch, and ended with the first read through of The Threepenny Opera! The Threepenny Opera is being produced by Marvell Rep, and will be running in true repertory in the month of February, alternating days with Professor Bernhardi at The Barrow Group Theatre on 36th Street. This production will be performed with a cast of actor/musicians. Kevin will be playing the role of Jimmy, a member of Macheath's gang, as well as piano and accordion. A big thanks to his buddy Mike Rosengarten for connecting him with the company!
A Lover's Pinch
Rehearsals are underway for A Lover's Pinch, a new play by Daniel Neudell. Kevin and Josh Berresford (from television's Dante's Cove) lead the cast, which will be performing January 11th and 12th as a benefit for The Center on west 13th Street. This marks the first play Kevin has been involved with since college. After working only in musicals, Kevin is thrilled to be able to change gears for a bit, diving into a story that doesn't require melody or tap shoes.