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About us...

ETC Entertainment Company Raymond Saar Diane Ketchie Valerie Perri Scott Harlan

THE BEST OF BROADWAY concerts, conceived and produced by ETC Entertainment Company, feature some of the most glorious music ever written - from classical to Broadway - performed by some of Broadway's brightest stars. Founded in 1995 by Raymond Saar, ETC Entertainment is committed to bringing first-class entertainment to audiences all across America. This past season, THE BEST OF BROADWAY toured the country, delighting audiences in over twenty states from coast to coast. The critically acclaimed concerts, which range from THE SONGS OF ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER and A GERSHWIN CELEBRATION to BROADWAY SHOWSTOPPERS and HOLIDAY ON BROADWAY, combine current blockbuster hits with classic songs, all interwoven with a fascinating and entertaining narrative thread.

In keeping with our mission to bring music to audiences of all ages, we are proud to be included on the California Arts Council roster of sponsored artists. Our outreach programs have been specifically designed to introduce young people - from the early grades through high school and college students - to the transforming and uplifting power of music. Whether through "informances", master classes, lecture - demonstrations or children's concerts, we are committed to sharing our passion for music so that future audiences will continue to enjoy the excitement of live music and theater for years to come.

Our talented performers have performed everywhere from Carnegie Hall to the White House and have starred in such blockbuster shows as LES MISERABLES, WICKED, EVITA and PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. Their thrilling voices can be experienced with the intimacy of piano, the excitement of a five or ten piece band or with the grandeur of full orchestra. This enables us to customize a show to fit virtually any budget or venue. Join the many presenters who, after bringing our show to their theater, have asked us back for an encore engagement. THE BEST OF BROADWAY is guaranteed to delight your audience with an evening of unparalleled entertainment.

 

RAYMOND SAAR

Mr. Saar has performed on concert stages and in theaters throughout the United States as well as internationally. He starred as Raoul in Andrew Lloyd Webber's PHANTOM OF THE OPERA in San Francisco for two years and toured extensively with Sammy Cahn in his original musical, WORDS AND MUSIC. In the blockbuster musical, LES MISERABLES, Mr. Saar played Marius on Broadway and Enjolras in the Los Angeles production and was one of the featured soloists on the international cast album. He played Lun Thau in the National Tour of THE KING AND I, starring Yul Brynner. He also portrayed leading roles in productions of HELLO, DOLLY with Martha Raye, GUYS AND DOLLS with John Saxon, SHENANDOAH with John Raitt and APPLAUSE with Nannette Fabray.

Mr. Saar has been a guest soloist with many symphony orchestras including the Houston Symphony, the Long Beach Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Pacific Symphony, the California Philharmonic, the Jacksonville Symphony and the Philadelphia Orchestra. He performed with Peter Marshall and his singing group, Chapter Five which included appearances with such notables as Bob Hope, Bob Newhart, Joan Rivers, and a command performance for former President Jimmy Carter. His television and film credits include The Addam's Family Movie, Scrooged, Young Doctors In Love, General Hospital, Good Morning America, Benson, the Jerry Lewis Telethon, and The Tonight Show, starring Johnny Carson.

While Mr. Saar's performing career continues to thrive, his interest and success in producing shows is ever increasing. Under the title, THE BEST OF BROADWAY, he has produced numerous productions, from the hugely successful THE BEST OF ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER and A GERSHWIN CELEBRATION, to HOLIDAY ON BROADWAY and BROADWAY SHOWSTOPPERS! His highly imaginative GREAT COMPOSER SERIES concerts from IMMORTAL BEETHOVEN to AMADEUS REVISITED, as heard on KMZT in Los Angeles, have thrilled audiences all across the country.

DIANE KETCHIE

DIANE KETCHIE made her Broadway debut in PHANTOM OF THE OPERA and also starred in the San Francisco production of the same Tony award-winning blockbuster show for two years. She made her New York recital debut at Carnegie Hall as a result of winning the Artists International annual competition. A wonderfully versatile artist, she has appeared as a guest soloist with the Houston Symphony, the Dallas Symphony, the Jacksonville Symphony, the Milwaukee Symphony, the Long Beach Symphony, the Charlotte Symphony, the Wheeling Symphony, the Pasadena Pops and the California Philharmonic in repertoire ranging from Mozart to Andrew Lloyd Webber. Operatic credits include leading roles with Lyric Opera Cleveland, Opera Delaware, Opera Carolina, Skylight Comic Opera and Treasure Coast Opera. She now tours with THE BEST OF BROADWAY, having appeared in Performing Arts Centers in over twenty states this past year.

Ms. Ketchie holds double performance degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in both voice and piano and a master's degree from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. She was then awarded a grant for a year's study at the Opernschule of the Hochschule fur Musik in Munich, Germany. Serving on the music faculty of California State University at Northridge, she is frequently sought after as a recitalist and master class clinician. Ms. Ketchie is sponsored by the California Arts Council as one of their touring artists. Last summer she was presented as recitalist and master teacher by the Music Teachers Association of California at their state convention.

Also an accomplished concert pianist, she often performs with orchestras as a solo artist. In concert with orchestra last season, she put her lovely soprano voice on display in classic Gershwin songs and then dazzled the audience with a thrilling and virtuosic rendition of RHAPSODY IN BLUE. She has recently been featured as both singer and pianist on four National Public Radio broadcasts. She first displayed her dual talents in the premiere of the opera, ORPHEUS IN LOVE at the Circle Repertory Theater Off-Broadway. Of her performance, Bernard Holland of THE NEW YORK TIMES stated, "Diane Ketchie, in a stunning display of virtuosity, whizzes through difficult piano music and sings beautifully. I can think of no one in the Broadway, popular or classical world who could do all the things she does and do them so well."


VALERIE PERRI

Valerie Perri is best known to theater audiences for her award-winning performance in the lead role of Eva Peron in the Tony Award-winning musical EVITA. Directed by the legendary Harold Prince, Valerie headed the first National Touring production, performing the lead role across the United States and Canada. Critic Carey Smith of the Valley Daily News, Seattle, Washington reported, "This Evita beats the Broadway original. Valerie Perri is brilliant. With energy and precision, she transforms Evita into one of the great acting-singing roles of contemporary musical theater. Her voice sails through the difficult role with ease, making the most of every musical opportunity, while her dancing is equally impressive."

Other Broadway shows include starring roles in: WEST SIDE STORY, GYPSY, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, I DO, I DO, THE WORLD GOES ROUND, MAN OF LA MANCHA, ANNIE WARBUCKS, CITY OF ANGELS, I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE and JEROME ROBBINS BROADWAY. Valerie is a recipient of a Los Angeles Drama Critics Award for her performance in the Pasadena Playhouse production of HARRY CHAPIN: LIES AND LEGENDS and was a nominee for Chicago's prestigious Sarah Siddons Award for her role as Evita Peron.

Her television and film credits include: ER, ANOTHER WORLD, BROOKLYN BRIDGE, WHO'S THE BOSS, GEPETTO with Drew Carey, THE OUT OF TOWNERS with Goldie Hawn and Steve Martin; GEORGE OF THE JUNGLE with Brendan Frasier; GREASE with John Travolta; DiCKIE ROBERTS: FORMER CHILD STAR with David Spade.

Valerie has performed with the San Diego Symphony, Oklahoma City Symphony, North Carolina Pops, Paducah Symphony, and on the concert stages at Wolftrap, Frankfurt, Germany's esteemed Opera House, and The London Palladium. Valerie is also a successful recording artist and her compact disc "Sweet Conversation" is available online at CDBABY.com, itunes, or through her website at www.valerieperri.com


SCOTT HARLAN

SCOTT HARLAN has been seen in LA with Carol Burnett in the world premiere of the new musical, FROM THE TOP and in the new musical RADIO GALS (a role he repeated at the Coconut Grove Playhouse in Miami). Prior to that, Scott appeared in the national companies of DO BLACK PATENT LEATHER SHOES REALLY REFLECT UP? AND THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW. Regionally, Scott created the leading role of Ignatious J. Reilly in Frank Galati's adaptation of A CONFEDERACY OF DUNCES, was seen in Des McAnuff's production of 80 DAYS at the La Jolla Playhouse, appeared as Sancho in MAN OF LA MANCHA with Jon Cypher, (and John McCook), as Mr. Bumble in OLIVER with Arte Johnson, Beadle Bamford in SWEENEY TODD with Amanda McBroom, Marcellus in THE MUSIC MAN, and Tootsie in I CAN GET IT FOR YOU WHOLESALE.

Movie roles have included Stan Licata IN RISKY BUSINESS opposite Tom Cruise, Ralph Andropwicz in POWER opposite Richard Gere, and a leading role in the recently released CREAMPUFF (best actor nomination-Methodfest). Television audiences will remember Scott as series regular Ralph Friedman on the CBS series WIOU, and in such episodic shows as HIGH INCIDENT, CHINA BEACH, WISEGUY, GOOD ADVICE, THE ADVENTURES OF BRISCO COUNTY, JR., BUFFY, THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, and as Johnny Heckle on the daytime drama SEARCH FOR TOMORROW.

Scott can be heard as a singer on Electra/Nonesuch's release of LADY BE GOOD with Jason Alexander, on SONY Music's Paris In The Spring written by Leslie Bricusse, in Disney's animated film A GOOFY MOVIE, and is the voice of Shakespeare in Disney's sequel to Pocahantas, POCAHANTAS II: THE JOURNEY HOME. Scott is married to actress Winifred Freedman, and is still her biggest fan.