Broadway at the Paramount Basic BW Draft4

This incredible ONE NIGHT ONLY event has been moved to Friday, August 11 at 8:00PM
Click HERE to purchase tickets for the event (or visit the box office at the Paramount Theatre)

Please note, this event has been moved to Friday, August 11 at 8:00PM. All tickets purchased for Saturday, August 12 will be honored. Please contact the Box Office at 434-979-1333 or with questions.

DMR Adventures presents Broadway at The Paramount, a Broadway-themed musical revue featuring over 40 young performers from Charlottesville and the surrounding area alongside visiting Broadway Guest Artists. The event features Jennifer DiNoia (currently playing Elphaba in Wicked on Broadway), Tony Gonzalez (Mamma Mia!Saturday Night FeverWe Will Rock You), and returning actor/director, Matthew Steffens, a graduate of the University of Virginia (Dr. ZhivagoWest Side StoryPromises, PromisesContactSmashThe Last Five Years film). DMR Adventures returns to The Paramount’s stage after performing as the opening act to Vocalosity in January 2017!

Please read for statements about the changing of our show date for BROADWAY AT THE PARAMOUNT

“The Musical Theater Intensive/BROADWAY AT THE PARAMOUNT program,presented by DMR Adventures, aims to bring together Broadway artists, college apprentices, passionate students, and our community to celebrate the power musical theater has to connect people from a variety of backgrounds. As we have progressed toward performance time, we have been informed of increasing potential for an unsafe environment. The safety and well-being of our students, staff, and patrons is of the utmost importance and all decisions have been made based off of this fundamental value. For these reasons, we felt it necessary to move the date of the performance to Friday, August 11 at 8:00PM. We appreciate the support of the Paramount Theatre, our staff, our students, and parents in making this decision. 

In times of divisiveness and unrest, we are reminded of the importance of arts education in teaching empathy and critical thinking skills.

I am incredibly proud of the work our artists and students have created in this intensive, and I hope that this change in date will allow the community to safely and enthusiastically support this production.”

Melissa Charles, Artistic Director
DMR Adventures

“We have had a wonderful week with DMR Adventures Summer Musical Theater Intensive leading up to this weekend’s BROADWAY AT THE PARAMOUNT. After careful consideration, we have decided to move BROADWAY AT THE PARAMOUNT from Saturday, August 12th to Friday, August 11th. The creative team didn’t want anything to impact the hard work of these students. Creating a safe environment where our artists can thrive is one of our top priorities. We look forward to sharing with audiences an entertaining evening which celebrates the sense of family and community that has flourished in the studio over the past week.”

Matt Steffens, Director
Broadway at the Paramount


Artist Information:

Jennifer DiNoia
Jennifer is finishing up a year run as Elphaba in Wicked on Broadway! She has played the role of Elphaba in four countries and seven companies of Wicked (London; Broadway; Chicago, tour 1 & 2; Seoul, Korea; & Sydney, Australia), more than any other actress in the history of the show. She was also a part of the original company of We Will Rock You Las Vegas (Scaramouche u/s) and the 1st national tour of Mamma Mia! (Ali u/s). Jennifer’s voice can be heard on WiseMom’s ESL book series and the Killer Queen album (Hollywood Records).

Tony Gonzalez
Tony Gonzalez is currently in his 4th season with Transcendence Theatre Company in Sonoma, California. As a director/Choreographer/Associate/ Singer/Dancer/Teacher/Housekeeper/Friend, the lessons and growth with this team have become quite influential to many members of the entertainment industry and he is excited to share them as we all keep rising up together! Favorite performance opportunities include a 9 year run as a dance captain and swing with 4 North American companies of Mamma Mia! including 5+ years with the Broadway Company. He has performed in national tours of Saturday Night FeverJosephWe Will Rock You, and Disney On Classic; Japan. Tony has made appearances on The Today Show, the Tony Awards, and Jerry Lewis Telethon. DMR proves to be the next very exciting adventure!

Matthew Steffens
Matthew Steffens is an international director and choreographer, Broadway performer, teacher and film actor. Prior to calling the big apple home, as the son of a Navy SEAL, Matthew moved around most of his childhood.  A graduate of the University of Virginia he majored in Government with a minor in Theater.  For seven years, Matthew worked in the advertising industry on multiple Telly and Addy award winning campaigns for several Fortune 500 companies, ballot initiatives, and political candidates ranging from president to mayor in over 35 states. In 2004, Matthew left advertising to pursue performing full-time.

He has toured the country with the Broadway musicals: ContactBeauty and the Beast, and West Side Story (under the direction of Jerome Robbins’ assistant, Alan Johnson). After years of touring, Matthew took his talents to Broadway and appeared in the Broadway musicals; Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown with Patti Lupone, and Promises, Promises opposite Sean Hayes and Kristin Chenoweth. Matthew has also danced, fought, and flown his way through 13 operas at the world famous Metropolitan Opera. He has been seen in such operas as The TempestDamnation of Faust and Le Contes de Hoffman on movie screens around the world in the Met’s theater simulcast program.

You may also recognize him from his roles in the films The Last Five Years alongside Anna Kendrick & Jeremy Jordan, Across the UniverseClear Blue TuesdayIllegally Super and on TV in shows such as Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris and in the ABC series Black Box.

More recently, he moved behind the table and served as the Associate Choreographer and Resident Director on the Off-Broadway immersive hit Queen of the Night, leading them to the Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience.  He continued that work as Associate Choreographer for the Broadway musical Doctor Zhivago and has gone on to direct and choreograph shows with Playmakers Repertory Company, First Year Players, Revolucion Latina, The Public Theater Studio, and even in Xishuangbanna, China collaborating on Princess Butterfly, a new Chinese musical on ice.

Matthew continues to work with the future leaders of America both in and out of the arts. For over two decades Matt has been working with kids at Camp River’s Bend. He also helped create the D.A.R.E.® America Dance Program. As a community leader, he works very closely with Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS. He continues to collaborate with Revolucion Latina, serving the Latino youth community throughout the New York region. Having served as Dance Director for their Beyond Workshop Series and Program Coordinator for the D2GB Children’s Performing Arts Camp, Matthew passes on his love for the arts to the future generation. Most recently, he performed in the 8th annual Visible Ink with The Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, a program celebrating the work of MSK patients who express themselves in writing with the support of an experienced writing mentor. Lastly, Matthew lifts up his voice each week as a member of the St. Joseph’s contemporary choir, the GSUS BAND.


Check out some of the numbers from the first ever Broadway at the Paramount in 2016!


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