The Cast

   
Jone Trones John Trones, Vocalist

Actor, musician, and writer John Trones recently returned from a sell-out tour throughout Southeast Asia with pianist Jim Brickman.  He has been performing and touring nationally for the past 15 years including appearances with Olivia Newton- John as well as Jim Brickman.  John can be seen in film roles in Father Knows Best and Street Hassle and on TV commercials for Target, Great Clips, Slumberland, and others.  A co-founder of 8 Ball Productions, John has been producing plays, musicals and concerts across the country. As a popular crooner, John’s Broadway sound has proven popular with the release of five highly acclaimed CDs. “Growing up I very much wanted our family to be the Carpenters. My sisters had ALL of the Carpenters albums, so their music was a staple in our home.  The first album I ever bought (and still have) was the Carpenters, "A Kind of Hush". Their music made me feel their lyrics; something that does not always go hand in hand.”  Visit John online at johntrones.com

   
Michelle Carter Maria Stukey - Vocalist

Known for her theatrical work with lead roles in shows such as Footloose, Little Shop of Horrors, Tony N Tina’s Wedding, Godspell and 1940’s Radio Hour, Maria Stukey tours nationally with both Yesterday Once More and pop band Beladiva. A versatile actress and singer, you can even catch Maria modeling LIVE on ShopNBC. Maria also appears regularly as a Marilyn Monroe tribute artist, a role that often takes her overseas and most recently to the West Indies. When not onstage or in front of the camera, Maria teaches dance and choreographs numerous stage productions.

   
Michelle Carter Michelle Carter, Vocalist

For over two decades Michelle Carter has been making her presence known both on stage and in the studio. She is most recognized for her pop and R&B work, and her many theatrical roles, including “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “Once on this Island,” “HAIR,” “The Wild Party” and “Smokey Joe’s Café.” Carter can also be recognized from her numerous television and radio commercials, but spends most of her time working with young children as a registered music therapist in Minneapolis, MN, where she lives with her husband Cory. “The Carpenters were a fixture in our household stereo. I have always felt a connection with ‘Superstar,’ especially its haunting verses. It still stops me in my tracks every time I hear it. Coming full circle with these compositions is like hearing them for the first time.”

   
Jen Burleigh-Bentz Jen Burleigh-Bentz, Vocalist

Direct from Broadway’s Mamma Mia, Jen Burleigh Bentz spent over two years playing the outrageous Tanya. Jen starred in national tours and professional troupes with lead roles in Annie Get Your Gun, Hello Dolly, Into the Woods, 1940's Radio Hour, Tony & Tina's Wedding, and Buddy; The Buddy Holly Story. Jen makes her home in River Falls, WI where she and her singer/songwriter husband, Tommy own and operate Brickhouse Music. “I had a music teacher who loved the Carpenters – she introduced us to their wonderful songs. I remember auditioning for a solo part in Bless the Beasts & the Children, and being so touched by the words, even as a child, that I teared up. I feel so blessed today to be able to share their gorgeous melodies.” Visit Jen online at brickhousemusic.com

   
Jen Burleigh-Bentz David Lohman, Vocal Arrangements and Music Direction

David Lohman was associate conductor for the first national company of The Phantom of the Opera. Other national tours include Disney’s Aida and Copa Cabana. He was nominated as Best Musical Director for Wonderful Town by the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle. Regional theatre credits include Anything Goes starring Sandy Duncan, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, and A Little Night Music. David's musical arrangements include "Shenandoah/They Call the Wind Maria" and “O, Holy Night,” for figure skater Brian Boitano’s TV specials. He holds a B.A. in acting, and performed his graduate work in conducting at Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music. Visit David online at www.WelcomeSongMusic.com

   
Jeff Steinberg Jeff Steinberg, Orchestrator

In forty-plus years as a composer, arranger, instrumentalist and producer, Jeff Steinberg has worked in all areas of the music industry: jazz, pop, R&B and classical recordings, film, television, theater, and music education. After graduating from the Berklee in 1969, he toured with The Glenn Miller Orchestra. He subsequently worked as arranger/composer for numerous recording artists including Don Henley, Sting, and Wynonna, jazz luminaries like Count Basie, Maynard Ferguson, and world-renowned symphony orchestras. ”The music of The Carpenters is timeless. I have enjoyed arranging, performing and listening to their material for many years. So when Jim Brickman presented me with the opportunity to orchestrate the score to “Yesterday Once More”, I was excited to not only have the chance to help create new arrangements of these great songs, but to do so in a POPS orchestra setting as well.” Visit Jeff online at www.JeffSteinberg.com

   
Jim Brickman  Jim Brickman, Producer

Jim Brickman has revolutionized the sound of solo piano music with his pop-style instrumentals and star-studded vocal collaborations. With four certified gold albums he’s sold more than 7 million CDs. Since the release of his debut album No Words in 1994, Brickman has released 40 albums and has the  most appearances (29) on Billboard's Adult Contemporary radio chart.  Brickman also has the most No. 1s (19) in the 25-year history of the New Age Albums chart.  Brickman received top honors with two Grammy Award nominations, two SESAC “Songwriter of the Year” awards, the Canadian Country Music Award and the Dove Award presented by the Gospel Music Association. Jim's best-known compositions include the chart-toppers "Valentine," "The Gift," "Love of My Life," "Destiny," "Simple Things," and "Peace." Jim has received international acclaim as a concert performer, taking his popular live concerts to more than 125 cities each year. Other artistic endeavors include a weekly radio show, Your Weekend with Jim Brickman, two best selling books,  debuts at Carnegie Hall and the White House, as well as international touring from Spain to Thailand. “The passion I feel creating and producing this show is a testament to the lyrics and the harmonies that made us fall in love with the Carpenters.” Visit Jim online at www.JimBrickman.com