Friday, September 24, 2010

Your vote could help make a star

(Images courtesy of Ronnie Nelson Photography)

Your vote could help Astoria-based singer-guitarist-composer Travis Morin win his own solo show, co-presented by the New York Musical Theater Festival (NYMF) and Grammy Award winning record producer, Sh-K-Boom Records.

Far more than just your typical sing-off, NYMF's Next Broadway Sensation is a series of three weekly concerts, where ten skilled contestants compete for a celebrity panel of judges and audience votes to win the chance to have their own solo show produced at New World Stages.

Beginning this Sunday, September 26th, the three performances begin at 9:45 p.m., with doors opening at 9:30 p.m. at New World Stages in Midtown on 50th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues.

A graduate of The Boston Conservatory, Travis has starred in regional productions of Altar Boyz and The Who's Tommy, and can be seen playing the role of Rocky in ReVision Theatre's upcoming production of The Rocky Horror Show.

Travis can also be heard weekly at Mix Cafe + Lounge, as the host of Open Mic Night each Monday, where he performs alongside several local artists, including a handful of current Broadway stars.  A rock tenor and exquisite guitarist, Travis is known for tackling a ridiculously broad array of songs, from Kings of Leon to Pink.

Extremely proud to call him one of my dear friends, Travis brilliantly maintains the rarely-achieved balance between gorgeous vocals, a face that gets a bar swooning, yet a refreshingly humble and grateful personality, which makes it all the easier to simply and completely adore him.

I personally cannot think of a more deserving winner of such a prestigious competition, but alas, my opinion doesn't determine the outcome.  Please stop by the next three Sundays to throw your support for one of Astoria and New York City's hottest up-and-coming talents.

Tickets are just $10, and may be purchased in advance here.  For the nominal fee, you get not only the evening of rehearsed performances, but also a mini-master class at the end when each of the judges offer their feedback.

The following is a clip I recorded of Travis singing Pink's "Glitter in the Air" at open mic night.  To learn more about Travis, visit his website.  You can also show your support for him by voting each Wednesday evening at the Stonewall Sensation competition.

(Images courtesy of Ronnie Nelson Photography)

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