Stellar's Spotlight on Success

The Evolution of the Broadway Cast Reunion Series

A conversation with Lee Lessack and Robert Bannon


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Livestreamprenuers Robert Bannon and Lee Lessack chatted about their very real success with the virtual Broadway Cast Reunion Series.

What started as a virtual happy hour evolved into a livestream phenomena. Actor/cabaret artist Robert Bannon and performer/producer Lee Lessack kept the Broadway community together and connected with fans online when theaters went dark.

Find out how they brought actors from Hadestown, The Lion King, Frozen and more together, and how they leveled up from free streams to ticketed online events that Broadway fans everywhere are paying to see.

Robert Bannon: A singer and actor who has appeared in many great American Musicals including The Music Man, Rent, Bye Bye Birdie, and Guys and Dolls, Robert Bannon is in the process of recording his debut CD on LML Music, "FROM A DISTANCE: THE MUSIC OF THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK." He has recorded the entire CD remotely (hence the name), with producer Bob Magnuson at the helm and arrangements by Tedd Firth.

Robert began his education in Musical Theater under Bertin Rowser at Julliard Prep and continued his acting and musical training, graduating from the two-year conservatory program at William Esper Studio under Barbara Marchant. In addition, Robert has studied with Matt Gould, Linda Benanti, and at the Harbor Conservatory. He has performed with Patti LaBelle, Roseanne Cash, Whoopi Goldberg, George Benson and Rosie O'Donnell and at such venues as Madison Square Garden, The Beacon Theater and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. You’ve seen him in many commercials, as well as 13 episodes of Saturday Night Live in Seasons spanning 43-45.

Lee Lessack’s graceful Lyric baritone have made him a shining star on the international concert scene. Billboard Magazine calls his singing “cabaret romanticism of a high order.” Touring extensively in the United States and Europe to sold-out performances and having released eight recordings thus far, Lee has proven himself both as a performer and recording artist.

He is currently re-releasing his highly acclaimed duets album, In Good Company (LMLMusic) and is celebrating the re-release by recording intimate interviews of his duet partners, including Amanda McBroom, Ann Hampton Callaway and Stephen Schwartz. The recording earned both a MAC Award and Bistro Award for Best Recording of the Year. You can see one of these interviews in every episode of Quarantine Cabaret and Cocktails.

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