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Russell Joel Brown: Broadway and Beyond

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Russell Joel Brown returns to Augusta, Georgia for his first concert here in eight years.

Broadway and Beyond is a benefit concert for the Jessye Norman School of the Arts and will be held on August 18, 2013 at 5:00pm at the Maxwell Theatre for Performing Arts, GRU. Additional performers will be dancer, Justin Reeves, and singers from the Jessye Norman School of the Arts.

In addition to the concert, local artists will be creating tribute works of art of Russell.  These will be on display in the lobby of the Maxwell Theatre, and offered in a silent auction before the concert, and during the intermission.  All proceeds will go to the Jessye Norman School of the Arts.

Tickets are $40 for adults and $20 for students under 25 with a valid student ID. Tickets can be purchased online at Jessye Norman School of the Arts and at the Maxwell Theatre Box Office.

For more information call 706-667-4100.

Augusta native, Russell Joel Brown, has toured the globe as a singer/ actor/ dancer in various Broadway musicals. His early formal dance training began at the Augusta Ballet School under the tutelage of Zanne Beaufort Colton and legendary founder of the Augusta Ballet Company, Ron Colton. His musical training came at the hands of Mrs. Carrie Rockholt at Episcopal Day School ad Good Shepherd Episcopal Church Youth Choir, St. Mary's Episcopal Church, piano lessons with Mrs. Virginia Bush, and finally, voice lessons with Father John Fitzpatrick at Aquinas High School and Michael Joyce at St. Mary's on the Hill Catholic Church. These early influences laid the groundwork for later work with Dr. David Morrow, Dr. Uzee Brown, and the late Dr. Wendell P. Whalum in the Morehouse College Glee Club and Morehouse Quartet. In New York, Mr. Brown studied voice with the late Melvin Jordan for 12 years.

It was an early stint with the Augusta Players Youth Theater Wing that ignited Mr. Brown's passion for theater. This led to lead roles in plays and musicals at Aquinas High School. After moving to New York, roles came in the First National Tours of "Smokey Joe's Cafe", "The Scarlet Pimpernel", and Disney's "The Lion King". International work has included the Japanese tour of "Smokey Joe's Cafe", a European tour of "Ain't Misbehavin'", and engagements in Taiwan and Mexico of Disney's "The Lion King". He currently tours as a bass and Mufasa understudy in the North American production of Disney's "The Lion King".

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