4/4 - PANDEMIC PLAYLIST NUMBER FIFTEEN
Today in BroadwayWorld, reviewer Stephen Mosher's column "Pandemic Playlist" features Zach among his favorite picks of current singers performing on the New York cabaret scene. See Mosher's full list here.
2/25 - "JOANNA...JOANNA..."
Zach is thrilled to announce that he'll be playing the villainous Judge Turpin in the Stephen Sondheim/Hugh Wheeler classic musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, in concert with chamber orchestra at the Laurie Beechman Theatre, in four performances this coming October 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th. Tickets aren't yet on sale, but will be available closer to performance time. Check here or watch this space for updates.
2/17 - CLASSICAL CORNER
Zach will join pianist Mark Janas as a featured singer in "Mark Janas' Classical Corner," a monthly series born from the similarly named feature of the MAC Award-winning Salon open mic. The theme for this month's show is "Follow The Lieder," featuring songs from the German classical- and Romantic-era repertoire. The show is Monday, February 24th at 7pm at Don't Tell Mama. Tickets are $15, plus a two-drink minimum, cash only. More details available here.
9/9 - "EFFECTIVE AND ELEGANT"
The recent Young Minds benefit garnered a lovely review by Stephen Mosher in BroadwayWorld, and described Zach’s performance as: “beginning with a sweet ‘And So It Goes’ by Zach Wobensmith, sitting quietly on the stage and filling the air with the right balance of solemnity and pathos...an effective and elegant way to start a night...” See the full review here.
8/5 - A BENEFIT FOR TEEN SUICIDE PREVENTION
On September 6th, Zach will appear at Don't Tell Mama in a concert to benefit Young Minds Foundation, an organization dedicated to the prevention of teen suicide. The event will feature Zach alongside Charles Baran, Joshua Bennett, Bobby Cronin, Christine DeFrece, Lauren Elder, Sean Harkness, Marnie Klar, Marcus Simeone, THOSE GIRLS, Heather Villaescusa and Lennie Watts, will be hosted by Candice Oden and directed by Tanya Moberly, with musical direction by Steven Ray Watkins. The show starts at 7:00 p.m., and the cover charge is $20.00 plus a 2 drink minimum per person, cash only. More information and reservations can be found here.
7/17 - "IN THE WORKS" SHOWCASE
On August 18th, as part of the Duplex Zach will be singing songs from "Halloween Shiva," a new musical in development written by Sophie Oberfeld and Joanna Burns, as part of the Duplex Cabaret's "In The Works" series. The show starts at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are available on the website's cabaret calendar page here.
6/18 - AMAZON PRIME
At long last, the independent comedy "McDick" (formerly known as "BIG GUNS") has been released on Amazon Prime. This was Zach's first film appearance, alongside the villain played by Mo Collins ("MadTV," "Parks And Recreation," "Fear The Walking Dead"). The film won several awards at the Downtown Boca, Hoboken and Philadelphia International Film Festivals in 2011, and has since been recut with new scenes featuring Danny Trejo ("Once Upon A Time In Mexico." "Machete," "Sons of Anarchy").
2/13 - 54 BELOW
Zach will be joining 54 BELOW SINGS BROADWAY'S GREATEST HITS on Saturday, February 16th at 9:30 p.m., as part of a men's quartet. All show, venue and ticket information can be found here.
1/31 - "GOING SOUTH"
On Monday, March 4th and Tuesday, March 5th, at 7:00 p.m., as part of OVERTURES: Gallery Players' New Musical Series, Zach will appear in a developmental reading of Going South, a new musical with music, lyrics and book by Katya Stanislavskaya. More background on the author and the show itself can be found here. Information on the performance itself, including ticket information, can be found here.
1/8 - "INTO THE WOODS" WINS!
Today, it was announced that Into the Woods in concert at the Laurie Beechman has won a 2018 BroadwayWorld Cabaret Award, in the category of Best Revue/Group Show. Several other friends and colleagues also received awards, including Michael Kirk Lane (Best Show), Natalie Douglas (Best Vocalist) and the marvelous Company XIV (Best Burlesque Show or Act). See the full list of 2018 award winners here.
11/15 - BROADWAY WORLD REGIONAL THEATER AWARDS
Congratulations to the cast and crew of "Bridge of Madison County" at Chestnut Street Playhouse, which has been nominated for several 2018 BroadwayWorld Connecticut awards, including Zach and Eden Casteel (Best Actor/Actress in a Musical or Review, respectively), Derek Corriveau (Best Direction of a Musical or Review), and Paul Feyer (Best Musical Direction). Awards are based on votes from the public, which can be cast after registering at this link.
10/18 - WINTER RHYTHMS
On December 18th at 7PM, Zach will be appearing at Urban Stages in "People You Should Know" headed by multi-award winning cabaret artist Sue Matsuki, as part of their Winter Rhythms series. Also featured will be D'vorah Bailey, Emily Ellet, Mary Lahti, Katie Dunne McGrath, Lynda Rodolitz and others. Updates and ticket information will be forthcoming here.
8/2 - "THE FLOOD" MAKES THE NEWS ON NPR
St. Louis Public Radio has posted an article commemorating the 25th anniversary of the devastating midwestern floods of 1993, and features interviews with residents of the town of Valmeyer, the inspiration for the fictional town of Meyerville in The Flood. The article also discusses in detail the upcoming benefit concert in New York, in which the Valmeyer Community Chorus will be participating. Once again, tickets and information can be found here.
7/23 - MAMA'S ROUND 4!
Competition is really heating up! Mama's Next Big Act is down to the top 15 singers, five of which will be eliminated. The guest judge for the evening will be the lovely Natalie Douglas. As always, tickets are $12 plus a two drink minimum (cash only), and reservations are strongly encouraged.
7/18 - MAMA'S ROUND THREE!
After another elimination round in front of a packed house, Zach will continue to compete on Tuesday, July 24th at 7:30pm. As the contest progresses, the room is starting to fill up very quickly, so booking ahead is strongly encouraged. Make your reservation here.
7/11 - MAMA'S ROUND TWO...
Good news! Zach has made it past the preliminary rounds and will compete along with the top 20 singers on Tuesday, July 17th beginning at 7:30pm. As before, tickets are $12 with a two-drink minimum (cash only), and reservations are strongly encouraged. All information can be found here.
6/21 - AND HAPPY EVER AFTER! (I WISH!)
This coming September, Zach is very excited to appear as the Narrator/Mysterious Man in the beloved James Lapine/Stephen Sondheim musical Into The Woods, presented in concert at the Laurie Beechman Theatre. There will be four performances, Thursday through Sunday, on September 27-30 at 6PM. Tickets and additional information can be found here.
6/15 - MAMA'S NEXT BIG ACT
On June 26 at 7pm, Zach will appear in the preliminary round of Don't Tell Mama's second annual "Mama's Next Big Act," a variety act competition that runs 11 weeks from June to August. Voted by the audience and a cavalcade of celebrity judges, the contest will include solo, duo and group acts in music, drag, burlesque, and variety. Prizes include a $1,500 stipend towards a new show at Don't Tell Mama. Cover charge is $12, plus a two-drink minimum (cash only). All details and reservations can be found at the link here.
5/25 - "THE FLOOD" ANNIVERSARY CONCERT
In recognition of the 25th anniversary of the events that inspired it, Prospect Theater Company will once again present THE FLOOD: A New Musical, this time in concert to benefit hurricane-affected communities in Puerto Rico. While the rest of the cast will be announced at a later date, Zach will once again be taking part in this beloved show, having been involved in virtually every incarnation since the initial 2001 presentation. The concert will be presented at the Times Center (242 W 41st Street) on Saturday, September 8th at 8PM. More information and link to tickets can be found here.
3/12 - "BUT WHAT WE DID IS THAT WE LOVED, AND LOVE IS ALWAYS BETTER..."
Zach will appear as Robert in The Bridges of Madison County, the Tony Award-winning musical by Jason Robert Brown/Marsha Norman, based on the novel by Robert James Waller at the Chestnut Street Playhouse in Norwich, CT. The show runs from April 19th through May 6th, with performances on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit their website here.
7/31 - THOROUGHLY DRUNKEN MILLIE
On Monday, August 7th, Zach will be appearing with "Drunk Musicals Presents: Thoroughly Drunken Millie" at the West End Lounge (955 West End Avenue), featuring all the characters from the classic Broadway musical "Thoroughly Modern Millie," but with a twist. Tickets are $15 with reservation, $20 at the door, with the usual two-drink minimum (please note: bar is CASH ONLY). Reservations and more information can be found here.
7/13 - "MCDICK" RELEASE DATE
Finally, a distribution deal has been reached for "McDick" (formerly known as "Big Guns"), the long-awaited indie comedy that featured Zach as hired muscle for the crime lord played by Mo Collins ("MadTV", "Parks And Recreation", "Lady Dynamite"). The film, which won awards at several festivals including Best Comedy (Philadelphia Independent Film Festival) and Best of the Festival (Hoboken Int'l Film Festival), now has a current release date of October 7, 2017. Stay tuned for more information.
6/28 - THE ACCIDENTALS
On July 4th, Zach will be appearing with #TheAccidentals, a barbershop quartet consisting of various other New York singers, onstage at the Steel Stacks in Bethlehem, PA. The show will be from 3pm-4pm, and will feature several traditional barbershop numbers, as well as patriotic and contemporary selections. Admission is free to the public.
11/7 - A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Today, Zach begins rehearsals for a musical adaptation of the Dickens classic, adapted by director Steve Wargo with music by Dianne Adams McDowell. Zach will be playing a number of roles, including the Ghost of Christmas Future. The show runs December 2nd-18th, with sixteen performances. For full schedule and ticket information, go here.
9/13 - PLAYS TO BENEFIT ORPHANS
On October 21st, Zach will be appearing in two short plays as part of an evening of short plays and monologues presented by Entertain Us, in a one-night performance to benefit the foster children of The NY Foundling, one of New York City's oldest orphan welfare organizations. For more information on the show and the company, click here.
9/6 - THE GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING
Zach is listed among the recipients of the 2015-2016 Helen and Morris Zoren World Theater Awards under the category of Best Supporting Actor for his work in Billy Elliot: The Musical last winter at the Media Theatre. The entire list can be viewed here.
8/3 - INTERVIEW
The Bucks County Cabaret now has a regular internet radio spot, featuring interviews with upcoming artists. This weekend, Zach and Blair sit down with BCC producer and host Tom Orr to chat a bit about the show and sing a couple songs. You can listen in Saturday night at 9PM here.
7/26 - METROSTAR ROUND 2, TAKE TWO
And once again, Zach will be returning to the next round of MetroStar Talent Challenge along with 17 other singers on Monday, August 1st beginning at 6:30pm. As always, tickets are $20 with a two-drink minimum. Reservations and all other information can be found here.
7/6 - "PUSH DOWN GENTLY AND TURN"
Zach will be appearing his first non-musical play in quite some time: a developmental reading of Push Down Gently and Turn, a new play by novelist Carrie Stratton. The reading will be held on Thursday, July 21st at 7pm, in Theater 54, located at Shelter Studios, 244 West 54th Street. More details and up-to-date information can be found at the Facebook event page here.
6/24 - THIRD TIME'S THE CHARM
Once again, Zach has been selected to participate in the annual MetroStar Talent Challenge, sponsored by the MAC Award-winning Metropolitan Room. The contest runs on Monday nights for eleven weeks beginning July 11th; Zach will be singing the second trial round on July 18th. Tickets are $20, plus the minimum. More information can be found here.
6/7 - BACK AT THE PUZZLE
Zach will once again join The Puzzle, a festival of readings of new works sponsored by Marble Collegiate Church. Zach will appear in the short play Elvis Is Dead by James Hutchison (presented Friday, June 24th at 7PM) and Miss Mayor, a new musical with music and lyrics by Christian Duhamel and book by Ellie Margolis and Greg Hellems (presented Tuesday, June 22nd at 7PM). All readings are open to the public, and admission is free. Details can be found here.
4/18 - CABARET IN BUCKS COUNTY
On Saturday, August 13th, at 7PM, Zach and singer/pianist Blair Alexis Brown will be performing a new show with the Bucks County Cabaret, at the Rodeway Inn in New Hope, PA. All information on tickets, venue and accommodations can be found here.
2/27 - 54 SINGS "SCARLET PIMPERNEL"
On Monday, February 29th, Zach will join the ensemble in a concert performance of the Broadway musical The Scarlet Pimpernel. The concert will have performances at 7:00 and 9:30, is directed and produced by Scott Siegel with musical direction by Ross Patterson, and features Christine Andreas, Brian Charles Rooney, Douglas Ladnier, William Michals and Jessica Hendy. For tickets and all other information, visit 54 Below's site here.
2/25 - SECOND BENEFIT SHOW ADDED!
Due to overwhelming response, a second performance of Cabaret Beats Cancer to benefit Erin Cronican has been approved. The encore show will be held at Don't Tell Mama on March 5th, beginning at 5:00 p.m. As before, tickets are $20 ($15 for MAC members) plus the usual two-drink minimum. Reservations and all other information can be found here. Also, anyone not able to attend the show but wishing to contribute can make a donation at the Crowdrise page here.
1/25 - BENEFIT FOR ERIN CRONICAN
On February 27th at 5PM, Zach will be participating in Cabaret Beats Cancer - Songs About Courage Healing And Love at Don't Tell Mama, to benefit beloved actor, singer, web designer and very dear friend Erin Cronican. The show is being organized by Rob Davis, and will also include appearances by Richie Eisenberg, Janice Hall, Mary & Jim Lahti, Tanya Moberly, Marissa Mulder, Candice Oden, Sarah Rice, Adam Shapiro, Walter Willison as well as Erin herself, accompanied by Bill Zeffiro, Barry Levitt and Matthew Martin Ward. Reservations and all other information can be found here.
1/15 - BEST IN PHILADELPHIA!
As a welcome and pleasant ending to a very successful run, Philadelphia-based critic Neal Zoren has announced his annual list of picks for favorite actors in the southeastern Pennsylvania region, nominating Zach for Best Supporting Actor for his work in Billy Elliot: The Musical. See the full list of winners and runners-up here and the full list of nominees here.
1/7 - ONE MORE REVIEW AND A FINAL LOOK
Today begins the first of the final six performances of Billy Elliot: The Musical. Another favorable review, posted shortly after the announcement of the extension, reads in part: "There is much to love about the characters and the actors who portray them...Wobensmith wins the crowd with his transformation from tough love dad to a caring father who can really croon a tune!" See the full review here.
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