Meet the Cast of

The Pocono Pops!

Barbara Andres was born-in-a-trunk to the musical comedy team, Masters and Rollins. She debuted on Broadway in the 1969 musical Jimmy followed by The Boy Friend, Rodgers and Hart, Rex, On Golden Pond, Doonesbury, Kiss of the Spider Woman, A Delicate Balance, and Cabaret.

 

Ms. Andres’ extensive television and film credits include Law and Order, all three productions, Gossip Girl, Damages, RescueMe, What About Bob?, After the Storm, Random Hearts, and Thirteen Conversations About One Thing. In 2014 she was a Drama Desk Best Actress Nominee for her performance in I Remember Mama.

Barbara Andres was born-in-a-trunk to the musical comedy team, Masters and Rollins.  She is a founding member of the Pocono Mountains Music Festival and serves as both an Executive Board and Artistic Board member. She debuted on Broadway in the 1969 musical Jimmy followed by The Boy Friend, Rodgers and Hart, Rex, On Golden Pond, Doonesbury, Kiss of the Spider Woman, A Delicate Balance, and Cabaret.  As Fraulein Schneider in the national tour of Cabaret, she received the L.A. Ovation and Joseph Jefferson Award nominations for Best Featured Actress.  Off Broadway she has been featured at The Roundabout, Lincoln Center, Manhattan Theatre Club, Signature Theatre, The Public Theater, Naked Angels,  and Transport Group where she starred as Emily in their innovative, acclaimed production of Our Town.  Regionally, from The Guthrie Theater to Arena Stage, she has appeared ina wide range of roles from Sister Aloysius in Doubt to Martha in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Other favorite ladies include: Linda Loman, Lubov Ranevskya, Mama Rose, Desiree, Candida, Goneril, and Joanne in Company. Ms. Andres has guest-starred on "Law and Order," all three productions, as well as "Gossip Girl," "Damages," "Rescue Me," "Third Watch," "Dellaventura," "All My Children" and "The Sopranos." Her films include What About Bob?, After the Storm, Random Hearts, and Thirteen Conversations About One Thing. The sometime mother of Glenn Close, Jodie Foster, Annette Bening, Kate Burton, John Rubinstein, Laila Robins, Howard McGillan, Grant Shaud, and Roma Downey, she is the real-life Nana of Maddie, Keala, Aubree, Daniel, Annie Rose, Lily, Griffin and Gracie.  She has been a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre for 35 years.

Jessica is widely recognized as one of Broadway’s best belters. Her numerous Broadway credits include starring roles in CATS (Grizabella), Elton John’s AIDA (Amneris), and AMOUR. She has toured the US and Canada in both CATS (Grizabella) and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Narrator). In New York, she garnered rave reviews for her one woman cabaret, “A Life To Call Your Own,” and received a Bistro Award for her cabaret debut in the musical comedy revue “Get Your Tickets Now.” Jessica’s NYC pre-Broadway workshops include DANCE OF THE VAMPIRES, Elton John’s AIDA and THE MOLLY MAGUIRES.

 

She played Diana Goodman in the regional premier of the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical NEXT TO NORMAL, at The Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati. Her performance was so well reviewed that the show became the hottest ticket in town. In turn, the ETC production was such a hit that it was brought back for a second run the following summer. The result was another stellar run. Her performance as ‘Jeanne’ in THE GREAT AMERICA TRAILER PARK MUSICAL at The Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati earned her an ACCLAIM Award for Best Actress. Jessica has had the pleasure of working at many theaters around the country including Pittsburg CLO and North Shore Music Theatre where she starred in MISS SAIGON (Ellen), and the Helen Hayes Perf Arts Center in SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD with the Tony-winning Jason Robert Brown at the piano.

 

Jessica’s symphonic concert work includes performances with Cincinnati Pops, Modesto Symphony, Long Beach Symphony, Ft. Worth Symphony, Grand Rapids Symphony, and the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra and the Phoenix Symphony. She travels the country as featured vocalist in several concert events including “Broadway Today!” and “Cinema Toast: The Music of the Movies.” Ms. Hendy is a proud graduate of the University of Cincinati College-Conservatory of Music.

Broadway & Beyond

Barbara Andres

Jessica Hendy

Jessica Hendy

Barbara Andres

Barbara Andres was born-in-a-trunk to the musical comedy team, Masters and Rollins. She debuted on Broadway in the 1969 musical Jimmy followed by The Boy Friend, Rodgers and Hart, Rex, On Golden Pond, Doonesbury, Kiss of the Spider Woman, A Delicate Balance, and Cabaret.

 

Ms. Andres’ extensive television and film credits include Law and Order, all three productions, Gossip Girl, Damages, RescueMe, What About Bob?, After the Storm, Random Hearts, and Thirteen Conversations About One Thing. In 2014 she was a Drama Desk Best Actress Nominee for her performance in I Remember Mama.

Recognized for his “musical sensitivity” and “energized sense of interpretation”, Matthew Kraemer is quickly making his mark among young American conductors for his inspired performances and versatility.  The Buffalo News noted recently, “He presents a tall, dignified and stately podium presence with a quite clear beat, a good sense of shaping melodic lines, and an all business attitude that focused on the music without any histrionics.”  Following an extensive international search, Mr. Kraemer was recently appointed Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, beginning July 2015. He additionally begins his fourth season as Music Director and Conductor of the Butler County Symphony and the Erie Chamber Orchestra, where he has reinvigorated both ensembles with innovative programming and elevated performance standards.  His active guest conducting schedule has included appearances with many of the nation’s finest orchestras, including the Atlanta, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Columbus, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Nashville, North Carolina, Saint Louis, Spokane, Syracuse, and Virginia symphony orchestras, as well as Canada’s Mississauga Symphony and Hamilton Philharmonic and in Europe with the Vidin Philharmonic and the Orquesta de Cadaqués.  Upcoming season highlights include productions of Michael Nymans’s The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Jonathan Dove’s Mansfield Park with Indianapolis Opera, Puccini’s Madama Butterfly with the Erie Chamber Orchestra, Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho with live orchestral accompaniment,and performances with Midori and the Metropolitan Opera National Council finalists.  The 2015-16 season also brings return engagements to the Rochester Philharmonic and Elgin Symphony.

In three short years as Music Director of the Erie Chamber Orchestra, the ensemble has flourished artistically.  The orchestra is experiencing a rapidly expanding audience base and increased community support, all while maintaining its 36-year mission of providing exceptional classical music free of charge to northwestern Pennsylvania.  The Butler County Symphony is experiencing a similar resurgence in artistic output and community support, attracting new subscribers and offering education concerts at no expense to the county’s elementary schools.

Mr. Kraemer recently completed a highly successful, five-year tenure as associate conductor of the Buffalo Philharmonic, where he regularly led the orchestra on each of its concert series.  A passionate advocate for new music, he has performed the works of many living composers during his career.  He has led composer readings and workshops with several orchestras in the United States, in addition to leading the BPO’s Earshot partnership with the American Composers Orchestra in Buffalo for three consecutive seasons.  Increasingly recognized for his committed advocacy of music education and his devotion to young audiences, he has created numerous arts education programs and has taught at several music festivals both in the United States and abroad.  The Buffalo Philharmonic’s award-winning education concerts grew exponentially under his leadership, expanding to reach over 40,000 students throughout western New York.  He played an integral role in the creation of the orchestra’s successful live broadcast concerts with Time Warner Cable, as well as implementing new collaborations with many organizations in the Buffalo community.  Prior to his appointment in Buffalo, he served for three seasons as associate conductor of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, where he led the orchestra in over 200 performances statewide.  His performances have been broadcast several times on NPR’s Performance Today.

Recipient of the distinguished Herbert von Karajan Conducting Fellowship and the Bruno Walter Career Development Grant, Mr. Kraemer served a residency with the Vienna Philharmonic at the 2006 Salzburg Music Festival.  Equally at home in the ballet pit, he has led fully-staged productions with Virginia Ballet Theatre, Ohio Ballet, First Coast Nutcracker, Neglia Ballet Artists, and Todd Rosenlieb Dance.  As a frequent collaborator with Broadway superstar Idina Menzel, he has served as her conductor for many of her numerous symphony engagements nationwide.  He has also performed with many other leading artists, including Philippe Quint, Jennifer Koh, Elmar Oliveira, Rachel Barton Pine, David Kim, Awadagin Pratt, Richard Stolzman, Wu Man, Bela Fleck, Mark O’Connor, the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, Ben Folds, Chris Botti, the Indigo Girls, Il Volo, Wynona Judd, and Natalie Merchant, among others.  He conducted the Buffalo Philharmonic to considerable acclaim when internationally renowned superstar Lang Lang performed Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto at Kleinhans Music Hall.

An Indiana native, Mr. Kraemer studied conducting in Vienna, Austria with Salvador Mas Conde and was twice a fellowship conductor at the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen.  He has additionally participated in the National Arts Center Conductor’s Program in Ottawa, Canada.  His conducting teachers include David Zinman, Robert Spano, Stanley DeRusha, and Jorma Panula.  Mr. Kraemer is a graduate of Butler University and the University of Nevada, where he assisted former Cincinnati Symphony concertmaster Phillip Ruder. An accomplished violinist in his own right, he was a member of the Nightingale String Quartet.  Fluent in German and French, his principal violin teachers include Phillip Ruder, Herbert Greenberg, and Larry Shapiro.  When he is not performing, Mr. Kraemer enjoys cooking, running, and reading.   

ANTHONY MURPHY is a singer, actor, director and choreographer who has graced international stages beginning at age of 18 when he performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. 

ANTHONY studied Directing & Choreography at Otterbein University. While there he trained vocally under world renown Opera Tenor Brian Cheney. 

 

ANTHONY later went on to perform regionally around the U.S. and Off-Broadway. In 2017 he originated the role of the Genie in the Broadway U.S. National Tour of Disney’s Aladdin the Musical. Later he moved to the Australian company of Aladdin. While in Australia he premiered his sold-out solo cabaret Introducing: Anthony Murphy at the Doo Bop Jazz Bar in Brisbane, AUS. 

 

ANTHONY has worked as a vocal coach while performing for the past 6 years. This year he opened his own vocal and performing coaching studio, The Work Studio. He has worked with many Professional Artists including current clients on Broadway and in Broadway National Tours. 

Anthony Murphy

Jonathan Keith Kraemer

Violin 1

Shannon Lee, Gared Crawford, Laura Earley, Luigi Mazzocchi

Violin 2

Greg Teperman, Yehong Xiong, Meg Kajino

Viola

Kathleen Foster, Maria Mazzocchi

Cello

Pat Daniels, Marlena Gal

Bass

Kevin MacConnell

Flute

Matthew Angelo

Oboe

David Schneider

Clarinet

Jay Niepoetter

Bassoon

Jon Gardner

Horn 1

Todd Williams

 

Horn 2

Anne Nye

Trumpet 1

Jim Ward

Trumpet 2

Steve Heitzer

Trombone 1

Brian Troiano 

 

Bass Trombone 

Barry McCommon

Drums

Jon Berger 

 

Percussion

Mark O’Kain

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