Nicholas Rodriguez: For The First Time... ALBUM RELEASE

  • Birdland 315 W 44th St New York, NY, 10036 United States

The Broadway at Birdland concert series is proud to present the NYC club debut of Nicholas Rodriguez in "The First Time," a CD release celebration. The one-night-only event will take place on Sunday, June 28 at 6pm. 

"The First Time..." is a concert and CD that embraces songs by theatre composers Stephen Sondheim, Frank Loesser and Rodgers & Hammerstein alongside pop hits from Joni Mitchell and Sara Bareilles. The show fuses the worlds of Broadway and pop with a performance of Phil Collins' "You'll Be in My Heart" from Tarzan, the show in which Rodriguez made his Broadway debut. The concert will feature direction by T. Oliver Reid, music direction and arrangements by pianist David Budway, along with Neal Caine on bass, Donald Edwards on drums, and Ron Afif on guitar.

"The First Time... " is being produced by PS Classics, the label dedicated to the preservation of Broadway and American popular song and is available for pre-order at www.psclassics.com. A portion of the proceeds from "The First Time..." will benefit the Broadway Dreams Foundation, for which Rodriguez is the Artistic Director. The Broadway Dreams Foundation is a premier performing arts education program dedicated to ongoing engagement, inspiration and access regardless of a student's ability to pay. www.mybroadwaydreams.com

Nicholas Rodriguez has had an extensive career on Broadway (Tarzan), film (Sex and the City 2) and the concert stage. Nicholas is perhaps best known for the role of Nick Chavez on ABC's "One Life to Live" for which he received the GLAAD Media Award. Recently he starred opposite Kathleen Turner in Mother Courage and Her Children at Arena Stage in Washington, DC where he also played Freddy in My Fair Lady and was seen as Curly in Oklahoma! for which he received a 2011 Helen Hayes Award for "Best Actor in a Musical" and was named "Top 10 Performers of 2010" by The New Yorker magazine. In addition to making his Broadway debut in Disney's production of Tarzan, Nicholas originated the role of Aaron, starring opposite Val Kilmer's Moses in the U.S Premiere of The Ten Commandments at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles. Off-Broadway he starred in The Toxic Avenger: The Musical, Almost Heaven: Songs of John Denver, Colette Collage, and Bajour. He's also traveled the world on tours of Jesus Christ Superstar (Jesus), Evita (Che), and Hair (Claude). His concert appearances include performances at Radio City Music Hall, Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, 54 Below, Feinsteins, Birdland, and the Metropolitan Room in NYC.