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Amick Byram Directs Stephen Sondheim’s masterpiece “Into the Woods” Musical at Biola University


What: The Biola University Conservatory of Music with the assistance of special guest director, two-time Grammy Nominee Amick Byram, debuts a fully staged production of Stephen Sondheims’ fairy-tale masterpiece, “Into the Woods.” The musical, originally directed on Broadway by James Lapine with orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick, will bring light to what happens after “happily ever after.” Tickets are $20 General admission, $15 Senior Citizens - Groups of 10 or more will receive a discount.

When: The show will run from Friday, Feb. 11, 2011 to Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011. February 11 is press night — please RSVP if you want press passes. 

Where: Lansing Recital Hall in the Crowell Music Building at Biola University at the following address: 
13800 Biola Ave. 
La Mirada, CA 90639

Who: Amick Byram, two-time Grammy Nominee and singing voice of Moses in the 1998 animated motion picture The Prince of Egypt, and an all-star student cast from the Conservatory of Music at Biola accompanied by members of the Biola University Symphony Orchestra

Background: Biola University’s conservatory has a longstanding tradition of academic and performance excellence. The faculty includes graduates from the most prestigious university music programs and conservatories in the country, and critically acclaimed Los Angeles-based musicians active in film, television, and the recording industry.
Amick Byram is a two-time Grammy nominee, a successful solo recording artist, and one of the top session singers in Los Angeles. Amick sang the role of Moses in the animated feature film, The Prince of Egypt. He has sung on hundreds of other films including Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, and The Lion King among many others. As an actor, Amick has starred in many professional stage productions including Phantom of the Opera, (Broadway and LA), Les Miserables, in the roles of Marius and Enjolras, Sunset Boulevard as Joe Gillis playing opposite Glenn Close, Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar and many other musicals and plays from Shakespeare to Neil Simon. 
You may recognize him as Ian Troi, Counselor Troi’s father from Star Trek, The Next Generation. Amick is also a theater director and producer.  He was a producer of the musical Radio Gals in New York City at the John Houseman Theater on 42nd Street.  He has directed five world premieres of new musicals including Ben Hur in Orlando, Florida, an 8 million dollar stage production. He also directed the world premiere of One to One, an original rock/multimedia musical.  He also is the original director of the world premiere of the play David which has toured internationally. He also produced and directed Great Gershwin, The Best of Broadway, and A Hollywood Tale which he also wrote.  He recently directed Pinocchio and Mounette, a new adaptation of the classic tale for the stage written by Allan Jay Friedman and Bob Merrill (Carnival, Funny Girl, Sugar), and also the world premiere staging of the brand new musical, Aesop based on the life of the ancient Greek writer. He has also directed Les Miserables, Brigadoon, School House Rock, Into the Woods, The Secret Garden and How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying. Amick is an alumni of the prestigious Lincoln Center Theater Director’s Lab West and is also an adjunct professor of theater at Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, California.  



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