Pianists

Michelle Currie

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From Broadway to pop and rock; from gospel to blues and jazz, Michelle does it all, with a gutsy voice and unique arrangements. Best known for her work at some of New England's premier piano bars, Michelle is thrilled to be working with our fabulous Front Porch Team as she begins her 12th season. You may have seen her previously at the famed Napoleon Club in Boston, where she enjoyed a successful 12 year run, or at Boston's Encore Lounge and Club Cafe, Diamond Jim's and the Kennebunkport Inn, ME. Michelle's one woman show, "At Last", was nominated for the prestigious IRNE Award (Independent Reviewers of New England) for Best Female Cabaret Artist 2005.

Michelle has been involved in musical theatre since the age of 8 when she did her first show with the Worcester County Light Opera Club and has been on stage or behind the piano ever since. At 13, she began accompanying the Summer Children's Theater Workshops at Worcester County Light Opera Club and continued her theatre performance with the Shrewsbury Players, Westboro Players, and the Entre' Actors Guild.

She began her professional career in Provincetown, MA, and continues to be seen in many venues throughout New England including her return to Boston's Club Cafe this coming September, and has also appeared on stage at Sculler's Jazz Club, The Lyric Stage, The Winnipesaukee Playhouse, The Mt. Washington Theatre Company at the Eastern Slope Playhouse, the White Mountain Hotel, the Ritz Carleton Hotel with the Boston Dance Company, and the Majestic Theater.

Michelle also collaborates with local musicians on a variety of songwriting and recording projects, and currently serves as Music Director at Union Church in Biddeford Pool where she can be found leading eclectic music services most Sundays. Michelle is featured on "A Seam of Song" and "Hallelujah", two CDs showcasing local musicians from the Union Church in Biddeford Pool, Maine.

Michelle is thrilled to debut her solo CD "Simply Red" at the beautiful Vinegar Hill Music Theater on June 26th 2017, accompanied by the incomparable Jim Rice and his band. Learn more about Michelle and her schedule at www.MichelleCurrieLive.com

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Robert Dionne

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Robert Dionne is the founding and artistic director of The Majestic Theatre in Manchester, NH. Robert has a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Maine (Orono), where he studied a complete coursework in Music Education, Vocal and Instrumental Performance. Active in the local NH theatre scene, Robert has worked as a Producer, Director, Musical Director, and Actor with many area theatre companies over the years, including The Majestic Theatre, StageCoach Productions, Community Players of Concord, Leddy Center, New Thalian Players, Nottingham Theatre Project, Hampstead Middle School Drama, Nashua Theatre Guild, Manchester Community Players/Second Stage, and Murder and Mayhem Productions. Robert is also the Director of The "VOLUNTAIRES", a 30+ member senior citizen choir that has been performing for local health care and assisted living facilities in southern NH for over 35 years. Robert's career as a Piano Cabaret Entertainer spans New England and beyond, and he looks forward to singing the night away with you at The Front Porch - "I'm having a blast around the piano" - join me!

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Keith Belanger

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Keith Belanger has been playing the piano and singing since he was six years old. From being a church organist to singing lead vocals in a rock band as well as working as a theater music director and actor Keith loves to play and loves to sing.

Keith is the music minister at Grace Episcopal Church in Concord NH. He is also the resident music director at the Majestic Theatre in Manchester. Keith has worked with many other groups in Northern New England including Windham Actors Guild, the Village Players of Wolfeboro, the Pentucket Players and many others. Keith is thrilled to have the opportunity to perform for the great audiences at the Front Porch and he is looking forward to making new friends while doing what he loves best - Making Music!

Jonathan Richardson

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Jonathan Richardson has been playing piano since the age of five. Throughout his childhood he performed in regional theater at his home in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He developed a love for musical theater and Broadway. In high school and in college he starred as Frederick in Pirates of Penzance, as Bobby Strong in Urinetown, as Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls, as Albert Peterson in Bye Bye Birdie and as Harold Hill in The Music Man.

After moving to Boston, Jonathan became interested in classical music and has sung as a tenor for various prestigious choral groups in New England. This includes Marsh Chapel at Boston University, Trinity Church in Copley Square, Schola Cantorum, the Catata Singers and many others. In 2015 he was accepted to New England Conservatory where he earned a master's degree in musicology and sang in the Chamber Singers which is NEC's top vocal ensemble.

He's thrilled to be joining the Front Porch and can't wait to serenade the guests there with an eclectic mix of showtunes, jazz, folk, pop, as well as music from his favorite group, the Beatles.

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APPEARING THIS SUMMER

George Howe

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George Howe comes to The Front Porch directly from Davenport's Piano Bar and Cabaret, Chicago's premiere piano bar. His repertoire runs the gamut from Golden Age musical theatre to classic rock, Garth Brooks to One Direction with a bit of everything in between. He is the "Howe" part of "The Nitz and Howe Experience", Chicago's longest running cabaret act. George is on the adjunct faculty at the Chicago College of Performing Arts (CCPA) at Roosevelt University where he musical directs and teaches musical theatre history. He is also an award-winning composer-lyricist and has written the scores for over a dozen musicals, his latest being a musical adaptation of Jane Austen's "Northanger Abbey" which premiered earlier this spring at Lifeline Theatre in Chicago. George is a proud Connecticut yankee and is pleased to back on the civilized East Coast.

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