12/1 - "EVERYONE NEEDS A PASSION THAT GREAT"
Another great review of Billy Elliot, this time in the Delaware County News Network. Gunar Daniels, one of the boys playing the title character, finally gets a mention, including, "Daniels...was an outstanding dancer and expressive actor...nicely conveyed Billy’s initial conflicted feelings and, later, his frustration with his father and the circumstances. His dancing was emotional and agile." Of Zach, critic Christina Perryman wrote, "Wobensmith perfectly portrayed a grieving, struggling widower who ultimately wanted what was best for his family." Read the whole review here.
11/24 - ANOTHER GREAT REVIEW!
Jim Rutter of the Philadelphia newspaper The Inquirer has posted his review, calling Billy Elliot "one of the best productions I have seen at the Media Theatre in more than two decades of attending shows there." Read the full review online here.
11/23 - "ELECTRIFYING!"
The DC Metro Theater Arts review of Billy Eliot: The Musical is out...and they love it! A few excerpts: "Geoffrey Goldberg’s choreography was energetic, fun, and exciting..." "Billy’s Dad, played by Zach Wobensmith, had an aching eloquence as a recent widower..." and "If you want to see why Billy Elliot won so many Tony and Olivier Awards and why it continues to sell out all over the world, then buy tickets to see the production now playing at The Media Theatre. It’s electrifying!" Read the full review here.
11/11 - WINTER WONDERLAND
On Sunday, December 13th, Zach will join other members of the cast of Billy Elliot as well as students of the Media Theatre's New School in "Winter Wonderland," a holiday cabaret fundraiser to benefit general programming at the Media Theatre. Tickets are $15, and all details are available here.
9/28 - ANOTHER "NORMAL"!
It's a banner year for this beloved show; in October, Zach will appear in the role of Dan Goodman in Next To Normal at the Performing Arts Center, Taconic Hills Central School in Craryville, NY. Shows are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights with 3:00 p.m. Sunday matinees, October 9th thru the 18th. Tickets and more information can be found here.
9/27 - NO LONGER HOSTING SALON OCTOBER 18TH
Unfortunately, Zach will not be hosting Salon as originally planned; Matthew Martin Ward will step in to host that evening. However, keep watching this space for some exciting news.
8/29 - "TRUNK SONGS" AT SALON
On October 18, Zach will join Mark Janas to host multiple MAC award-winning open mic event THE SALON. The theme of the evening will be TRUNK SONGS, although as always participants are welcome to present any material, on or off-topic. Cover charge is $10, and a $15 minimum order is required. More information available here.
7/10 - THE CAST OF SWEENEY SINGS...AGAIN
On July 13th at 7PM, Zach will join several other cast mates from the current Piper Theatre production of Sweeney Todd in "Ode to the Anti-Hero," a cabaret benefit performance at the Duplex, with music direction by Mark Galinovsky. There's no cover charge; however, the two drink minimum still applies, and donations will be solicited to benefit the Piper Theatre Productions education program. More information can be found here.
7/8 - THE STARS LOOK DOWN...
Zach is very excited to be joining The Media Theatre For The Performing Arts' upcoming production of the multiple Tony Award-winning musical Billy Elliot by Elton John and Lee Hall, in the role of Billy's Dad. The show will run Wednesdays through Sundays, from November 18th through January 3rd. All information on this production, including how to purchase tickets, may be found here.
7/6 - SWEENEY REVIEW
Sweeney Todd opened last week with a short rain delay, but otherwise to tremendous audience enthusiasm. Mary Lane of New York Cliché says "Go see this show! It's creepy, delightful, masterful, and thoroughly entertaining!" Read her full review here.
5/6 - SOMETHING NEXT TO NORMAL
At long last, Zach will finally appear as Dan in the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical NEXT TO NORMAL by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey. The musical will be presented in concert format, at the Laurie Beechman Theatre, for two performances: May 27th at 9:30 PM and May 30th at 1:00 PM. A portion of all tickets will go to benefit the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation. The cast includes Mary Mossberg, Eddie Egan, Remy Zaken, Tim Young and Brian Charles Rooney, with musical direction by Sarah Brett England. Visit here for tickets and other information.
4/21 - SWEENEY IN BROOKLYN
Zach will take to the stage as Jonas Fogg/ensemble in Piper Theatre's production of the Stephen Sondheim/Hugh Wheeler musical Sweeney Todd. Performances are all 8:00 PM on July 2, 3, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17 and 18 at the Old Stone House in Washington Park, Brooklyn. More information can be found on the company website here.
3/5 - RETURN TO THE RIGANO BROTHERS
On Sunday, March 15th, Zach will appear alongside several other talented performers in the 3rd Annual Rigano Brothers IDES OF MARCH EXTRAVAGANZA, featuring the songs of David and Paul Rigano. The show will be held in The Prince Theater at The Producer's Club, 358 West 44th Street, starting at 7:30PM. Tickets are $10, and available here.
1/10 - "FIRST ON MARS" COMPLETED
Production has been completed on "First on Mars." This half-hour scifi radio drama features the voice talents of Zach, as well as play author Pete Nicholls, Sierra Rein (who also edited), Doug Shapiro, Brent Felker, Arianna Armon and Vanessa Francis, and can be enjoyed free of charge by clicking here.
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