12/9 - A RADIO PLAY!
Production has begun on "First on Mars," a new radio play written by Pete Nicholls. In addition to playing a role, Zach will be recording and engineering the project in his recently completed home voice over studio.
11/24 - JIM HENSON TRIBUTE
On Saturday, December 13th at 3PM, Zach will join a fantastic roster of singers in "The Lovers, The Dreamers, and Jim," a celebration of the life and works of Jim Henson, conceived by MAC award-winning actor/singer Adam Shapiro, in honor of the 45th birthday of “Sesame Street.” The show will be presented at Urban Stages as part of their Winter Rhythms series, featuring performances by "Sesame Street" and "Avenue Q" veteran Stephanie D'Abruzzo as well as Anna Marie Sell, Stacie Perlman, Becca Green, Joanna Russell, Samantha Northart, Russell Fischer, Andrea Prestinario and Rob Langeder, and will be hosted by Adam with musical direction by Matthew Russell. Tickets are available here.
8/18 - "SKYLINE" REVIEWED
The critics have begun to chime in on this year's Fringe shows, and it's so far, so good! David Roberts at Theater Reviews Limited writes that "Skyline the new musical...is both heartfelt and interesting...It has all the elements of good old fashioned musical theatre." Sarah Moore of TheaterIsEasy.com reports "Urban planning, it turns out, is a fascinating topic for a musical...there is a lot of great material here, including some very tuneful and moving songs, 'This is New York'..." (which happens to be Zach's featured number). Tickets are going steadily, but seats are still available for the last three performances on the 21st, 23rd and 24th.
|7/28 - METROSTAR, ROUND 3
Another round down, and Zach is one of twelve singers moving on to the next round. This Monday, each of the remaining singers will perform two new songs. Tickets and other information available here.
7/22 - METROSTAR, ROUND 2
The results are in: Zach has successfully made it past the first elimination round of the MetroStar Talent Challenge! Zach will sing again, along with the other winners of the preliminary round, on Monday, July 28 beginning at 7PM. Tickets and other information available here.
|7/9 - "SKYLINE" PERFORMANCE DATES
The performance dates and venue information for Skyline have been released. They are: Sunday, August 10th at 5PM, Saturday the 16th at 9PM, Thursday the 21st at 9:30PM; Saturday the 23rd at 4:45PM and Sunday the 24th at 2PM. The venue is The Loretto Auditorium at the Sheen Center, a brand-new theater location at 18 Bleecker Street. Check the Fringe website for updates and ticket information.
7/3 - METROSTAR
On Monday, July 14th, Zach will once again be singing in the MetroStar Talent Challenge, sponsored by the MAC Award-winning Metropolitan Room. The jury and audience-voted, elimination-round singers competition runs for seven consecutive Mondays, from July 7 through August 18. Tickets and other information available here.
6/30 - "SKYLINE" IN THE FRINGE
It's official; Zach will return to the role of David Lucas in the new musical Skyline, this time in a full production in the New York International Fringe Festival. Details on performances and venues yet to come; details for the show can be found here and here, and on the Fringe website here.
6/11 - ANOTHER PIECE IN THE PUZZLE
On June 26th, Zach returns for his third year at The Puzzle, a festival of readings of new works sponsored by Marble Collegiate Church. Zach will appear in two of the six short plays scheduled for that evening, William Sikorski’s The Wager and Seth Freeman’s Stinky Bird. All readings are open to the public, and admission is free. Details can be found here.
5/20 - NAUGHTY SONGS
Zach has been invited to perform one of his original songs in David and Paul Rigano's review "I Ought To Behave" at Don't Tell Mama on Friday, May 23rd at 9:15 PM. Called "outrageously funny" and "inappropriately hilarious" by The Times Square Chronicle, "I Ought to Behave" is filled with old favorites, rarely heard gems, and new originals. All details and reservation information can be found here.
4/28 - "SWEENEY" IN CONCERT
On Sunday, May 18th at 4:00 PM, Zach will appear as a soloist in (and understudying Judge Turpin for) a concert of the Stephen Sondheim musical "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street." The concert will be held at Fourth Avenue Presbyterian Church, 6753 4th Avenue in Brooklyn, featuring a fantastic roster of singer/actors accompanied by chorus and chamber orchestra.
4/7 - "A PERFECT SENSE OF BRITISHNESS"
The Bistro Awards website features the first new "Bistro Bits" column entry in over a decade by critic Roy Sanders, which includes a review of "Stiff Upper Lip." Sanders wrote: "[Coward and Novello] were able to express strong feelings with elegance and reserve, and Wobensmith’s interpretations did the same...Wobensmith’s heartfelt performance had me in tears...I hope that Wobensmith has the occasion to bring this show back--it deserves to be enjoyed by more people. I, for one, would love to see it again." Read the full review here (review is about halfway down the page).
2/14 - "SKYLINE," A NEW MUSICAL
On Saturday, Zach will perform the roles of David Lucas and Mr. Pelotti in a reading of the new musical "Skyline" by Maureen Fitzgerald and Taylor J. Williams. Set in New York City in 1962 and based on actual people and events, the show outlines efforts to halt the dismantling of the magnificent old Pennsylvania Railroad Station, a tragic event which helped set in motion several current historical preservation practices. Updates from the show's creators can be found here.
2/13 - SCREENING AND TALKBACK RESCHEDULED
Due to the unfavorable weather, the screening and talkback of "Harvard on Hudson" at the Queens Public Library has been postponed. The tentative rescheduled date is March 13th. Watch this space for updates.
2/10 - SCREENING AND TALKBACK
On Thursday, February 13 at 6:30, there will be a screening of "Harvard on Hudson" at the Queens Public Library in Jamaica. Afterwards, there will be a talkback featuring writer/director Ray Guarnieri and actor Paul Castro, Jr. Details and directions to the library can be found here.
2/8 - LIFE INTERRUPTED
Today, Zach wrapped up shooting a scene in "Life Interrupted," the inaugural project of independent film company Sang That Productions. This project is a new musical short film set in New York City, features lyrics and music by Tyrone L. Robinson and is directed by Tony Clomax. Updates and more information can be found here and on the company Facebook page.
1/15 - HARVARD ON HUDSON
Initial production has been completed on "Harvard on Hudson," a new independent short film by award-winning producer/director Ray Guarnieri. The film is described as "an abstract drama about a young man in New York City who must confront himself before he can break free from his superficial vision of the world." More information, including trailer, can be found here.
1/1 - "NOTABLY NOTABLE AND DIGNIFIED"
Cabaret Scenes magazine features a glowing review of Zach's solo cabaret show "Stiff Upper Lip: Songs of the Brits." Critic Rob Lester writes, "It takes skillfully smart singers to get/put over smartly sophisticated or sweet Noël Coward and Ivor Novello material...Zachary Wobensmith doesn’t fall into the traps...Singing simply, economically, he finds fun in the higher-polished wit, is unapologetically a dear of a balladeer" and "Coward’s 'I’ll See You Again' is notably noble and dignified. The vocalist is, too." Read the full review here.
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