The 16 STORIES International Vocal Competition Winners
The 16 STORIES Vocal Competition to find sixteen international vocalists to contribute to the 16 STORIES album scheduled for 2020 release on the Broadway Records label – home of some of the finest American Musical Theatre recordings ever made – was held between February and April 2019.
Through a world-wide search from song-demo submissions, the competition in media partnership with Broadway World™, attracted hundreds of entries from around the globe from vocalists with a passion for new musical theatre to sing on this incredible album performed and recorded by the Australian Discovery Orchestra (cond. Kevin Purcell).
Mariana Bravo (USA)
16 Bars (Music & Lyrics: Peter Mills)
Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In 2012 she had a supporting role Puss in Boots. In 2013 she received a scholarship to study at the New York Film Academy. After graduating, she played Hodel in Fiddler On The Roof (Brooklyn Players Community Musical Theater) and was in the ensemble for a reading of What Do Critics Know? a favorite at the 2015 New York Musical Theater Festival. She played Kate Monster and Lucy The Slut in a Brazilian production of Avenue Q in both 2015 and 2016.
Scott Dreier (USA)
Out On A Limb (Music: Joel Evans, Lyrics: Adryan Russ)
Scott Dreier has been performing his critically acclaimed one-man show Doris and Me celebrating the music, life, and career of Doris Day across the U.S. since 2012 (multiple-year Eddon Award winner/Broadway World Critic’s Pick–Best Male Solo Show). Theatre tours/regional includes: Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors (12 productions), Smudge in the San Diego Company of Forever Plaid, Sondheim’s Side by Side (Desert Theatre League Award) and JP Who in How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Old Globe Theatre). Scott has been the guest vocalist for Pasadena Pops and sang back up for Barbra Streisand at two of her LA concerts. TV credits include: The Rookie, The First Family, The Suite Life on Deck, I Carly, Malcolm in the Middle, General Hospital, and the film, Enchanted.
Claire DeJean (USA)
You Were There (Music & Lyrics: Drew Lane)
Claire DeJean is a singer/songwriter and actor based in Dallas, Texas. You may recognize her from Season 15 of The Voice (Team Kelly), or performing in theatre productions around the DFW metroplex. Claire will be graduating high school this spring and looks forward to pursuing a BFA in Musical Theatre at the University of Michigan.
Michael D’Elia (USA)
Long Way Home (Music & Lyrics: Nikko Benson)
Born and raised in New York Michael has been performing since a young age and after graduating with a B.A from Miami University moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in entertainment. He has been fortunate enough to work on incredible projects and with some of the most accomplished theatre directors in LA. He has originated many characters in new musicals, and been nominated for a Broadway World Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical. Credits include: Anthony in Sweeney Todd, Sondheim’s Putting it Together, The World Goes Round, Chess: In Concert, Bat Boy in Bat Boy and Ash in Evil Dead: The Musical. Last year Michael traveled the United States with the national tour of Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical and was most recently seen on Brockmire on IFC.
Sarah Krauss (USA)
Tuscany (Music & Lyrics: Alan Schmuckler)
Sarah Krauss is a singer, actress, and writer based out of New York City. A graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Sarah has sung and danced her way across the country. Regional credits include Man of La Mancha, Sound of Music, and Oklahoma. Recently Sarah was honored to be a fellow at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center’s Cabaret Conference and a quarterfinalist in the American Traditions Vocal Competition. When not performing, Sarah works for the Children’s Arts Guild bringing arts education to some of NYC’s underserved communities.
Madeleine Featherby (Australia)
Listen (Music & Lyrics: Greg Nabours)
Madeleine has performed in myriad productions since her first appearance on stage as a ‘street urchin’ in Les Miserables at the age of eight. In 2014, Madeleine travelled to New York City, where she performed the lead role of ‘Sofia’ Off-Broadway in The Stranger from Seville. In 2015, Madeleine obtained her Diploma of Musical Theatre from the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA). She has performed ‘Young Heidi’ in the 2016 production of Follies: In Concert (Storeyboard Entertainment, Aust.) at the Melbourne Recital Centre. In 2017, she played the lead role of Helen of Troy in Music Theatre Melbourne’s inaugural production of Paris: A Rock Odyssey by the late rock legend, Jon English.
Michael McCorry Rose (USA)
The Spark (Music: Michael Kooman, Lyrics: Christopher Dimond)
Michael is currently performing in the First National Tour of ANASTASIA and was most recently seen on Broadway in the Tony Award winning musical A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER and prior to that as “Fiyero” in Broadway’s WICKED. In New York, Michael has appeared in concert at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Birdland, Symphony Space and Feinstein’s/54 Below. His regional credits include The Paper Mill Playhouse, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Yale Rep, Capital Rep and Project Shaw. Originally from San Diego, he holds a B.A. in Mass Communication Studies from U.C.L.A.
Jenni Little (Australia)
Real Adventure (Music: Sam Willmott, Lyrics: Marcus Stevens)
Jenni is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts (BFA, Music Theatre) and the Actors College of Theatre and Television. Upon graduating from the VCA she made her professional debut in Follies: In Concert at the Melbourne Recital Centre (Storeyboard Entertainment, Aust.)
Jenni is currently touring China with School of Rock (GWB Entertainment) where is she is understudying the role of Rosalie Mullins. Other theatre credits; include Kinky Boots (Michael Cassel Group), High Fidelity (Highway Run Productions / Neil Gooding Productions), Falsettos (StageArt), Lady Sings It Better (Edinburgh Fringe Festival / Blackcat Productions) and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Vic Theatre Company).
Anne Gasko (Australia)
Good Enough For Me (Music & Lyrics: Adam Gwon)
Anne graduated with a Bachelor of Music theatre from Ballarat University in 2008. She has performed across Australia in workshops, concerts and shows. Her credits include one of ‘The Twelve’ in Jesus Christ Super Star (CLOC), Joanie in The Full Monty (StageArt) and the ensemble for the professional premier of Paris – A Rock Odyssey (Music Theatre Melbourne). In June of 2017 Anne founded Something Blue Productions, with the aim of supporting new Australian theatre.
Clayton Walker (USA)
Somebody Else (Music & Lyrics: Craig Christie)
Clayton Walker is graduating from the South Orange County School of the Arts this year. Some of his favorite performances include Shrek the Musical as Pinocchio (Best Featured Actor, CAPPIE Award winner) Albert in Bye Bye Birdie! (Best Male Dancer, MACY Award nomination) and Munkustrap in CATS (“Best Lead Actor” MACY Award nomination). Last summer, he made his professional debut in Hello Dolly! at The GEM Theater in Garden Grove.
Michael J. Farina (USA)
El Amor (Music: Kevin Purcell, Lyrics: VIctor Kazan)
Michael J Farina performed the part of Very Useful in the staged reading of The Stranger from Seville last fall in NYC. Broadway: In My Life – Al (God), Music Box; Seussical the Musical – Grandpa Who (u/s – Horton), Richard Rogers; A Christmas Carol – Mr. Fezziwig, Madison Square Garden; My Fair Lady – Jamie (u/s – Karparthy), Virginia Theatre; and Fiddler on the Roof – Nachum (u/s – Mordcha), Gershwin Theatre. Regional Favorites: Man of La Mancha – Sancho, Milwaukee Repertory Theater; Pirates of Penzance – Samuel, Guthrie Theatre; Kiss Me, Kate – Gangster #1, Houston’s TUTS; Sweet Charity – Herman, North Shore Music Theatre; Urinetown – Officer Barrel, Geva Theater Center; and Oliver – Mr. Bumble, Gateway Playhouse. Film/TV: Melinda and Melinda (Woody Allen, dir) and All My Children (ABC TV).
Anouska Taylor (Australia)
Pretty Little Thing (Music: Joe Chindamo, Lyrics: Steve Vizard)
Born, raised and educated in the UK, Anouska is an accomplished vocalist, performer and certified voice teacher. Since leaving university, Anouska’s singing career has included being part of an A cappella choir for the BBC Proms (Royal Albert Hall), as a soloist for the Monash Carols by Candlelight in Melbourne attended by over 25,000 people and, more recently, has produced and starred in her own hugely successful tribute show to Eva Cassidy.
Marc Mackinnon (UK)
My World (Music & Lyrics: Andre Catrini)
Marc is a Scottish actor/ performer, currently based in London. Trained as an actor at the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and, since graduating in 2017, has been working on various projects in London and across the country. His recent credits include: Angelo in Measure for Measure (Greenwich Theatre, London), Edith in Blithe Spirit (English Tour), Groat in Metropolis (Ye Olde Rose & Crown, London). He has recently appeared in the Peter Gynt at the National Theatre.
Stephanie Adams (Australia)
It Starts Again (Music & Lyrics: Jess Newman)
Stephanie originates from the Bay Of Plenty in New Zealand, but has lived in Australia for the last 6 years. She holds a BA in Music Theatre from Federation University.
In 2016 she performed the role of Einstein’s second wife, Elsa Einstein, in the premiere production of Einstein: Master of the Universe.
Adrian Li Donni (Australia)
I Didn’t Know (Music & Lyrics: Oliver Houser)
He has played the ill-fated lover Lun Tha in The King And I for numerous companies across the globe including the United States, The U.K. and Ireland, and in the more recent Opera Australia national tour for which he made his Sydney Opera House debut. For the past 3 years, Adrian has been a member of Australian recording and tour group The Ten Tenors, completing multiple national and worldwide tours. He appears in album titled Wish You Were Here (Sony Music Australia). Most recently, Adrian has made his Sydney Theatre Company debut in Muriel’s Wedding and been a semi-finalist in the Acclaim Awards opera scholarship.
When I Slay My Rival (Music: Stephen Weiner, Lyrics: Peter Kellogg)
Chris Dwan originated the role of Squire Acres in the world premiere of The Rivals at the Bristol Riverside Theater in the fall of 2018. New York credits include the Original Broadway Cast of Finding Neverland, Enter Laughing (The York Theatre) Scarlet Pimpernel (Lincoln Center) Little Shop of Horrors (The Westside Theater) and The Old Boy (Keen Company). TV/Film: Royal Pains (USA) One Bad Choice (MTV) The Queens Project (YouTube) Chris is the lead singer of the indie-pop band Stereo Dawn.