Yasuhiko Fukuoka

Yasuhiko Fukuoka

Declared a “… brilliant pianist” by the New York Times, Yasuhiko “Yaz” Fukuoka is an award-winning composer, pianist and producer who’s performed at prestigious venues worldwide including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Birdland, and Festival de Cannes. Yaz plays and directs at piano bars and cabaret shows with celebrated Broadway performers, and has written and produced music for numerous films, including the 2016 student Academy Award winning film “Cloud Kumo”. For more information, please visit www.yahzy.com

James Scheider

James Scheider

James Scheider is an actor-musician, music director, and composer/arranger based in Manhattan. He originated the role of Jerry Lee Lewis in the 2006 premiere reading of Million Dollar Quartet at Village Theatre and in addition to playing the role in the Chicago cast, pre-Broadway, he also played the role on the 1st National Tour. James made his Broadway debut understudying Tony award winner Levi Kreis in the original Broadway cast of Million Dollar Quartet.

He recently took another turn as the Killer, originating the role of Jerry Lee Lewis in the World Premiere of Rock and Roll Man: The Alan Freed Story at Bucks County Playhouse and reprising his role in a production of the same name at Berkshire Theatre Festival. Off-broadway and subsequent Broadway runs are scheduled pending pandemic safety.

He originated and helped develop the role of George Spencer in the Off-Broadway production Evening-1910 at Axis Theatre, working alongside composer/music director Paul Carbonara, well known as the lead guitarist for the band Blondie.

James recently co-music directed and starred in Chasin’ Dem Blues: The Untold Story of Paramount Records (Professor) at the nationally acclaimed Milwaukee Repertory Theatre Company.

James is a resident pianoman at Don’t Tell Mama and Uncle Charlie's Piano Lounge as well as a frequent guest artist at NYC piano bar staples such as The Duplex. His work as an audio engineer through his studio, Studio Bogardus, is featured in the recent release on Broadway Records, Night of the Living Dead! The Musical!

James has toured world-wide with the USO Show and is a founding member and frontman of the folk rock band, The Ol’ So & So’s. Proud AEA member since 2008. JamesScheider.com

Patrick Connolly

Patrick Connolly

Paddy “on the Piano” is a high-energy pianist, vocalist, and entertainer performing across the tri-state area at weddings, galas, and parties of every kind. Well-versed in classic rock, pop, and soul, Paddy’s trademark exuberance and colorful wardrobe are only outshone by his considerable ability at the keyboard. Paddy can be found at piano bars around New York City including Don’t Tell Mama, the Duplex, Brandy’s, and Uncle Charlie’s. Follow @paddyonthepiano on Instagram and Facebook and try to keep up!

Julia Richardson

Julia Richardson

Originally from Seattle, WA, Julia Richardson has performed professionally as a singer/actress for almost ten years. She’s been seen most recently as a Swing/Lovey Lady in the female ensemble of the Broadway National Tour of Les Misérables. Before that, she traveled the world as a lead singer for Viking Ocean Cruises. Julia has also performed regionally all over the country in venues such as Tuacahn Center for the Arts, Hale Centre Theater, and the Jackson Hole Playhouse. Some of her favorite roles include: Irene Molloy in Hello Dolly, Glinda in The Wizard of Oz, Aquata in The Little Mermaid, and Belle in A Christmas Carol. Julia is currently represented by Avalon Artists Group & is a proud member of Actors Equity. Additionally, she teaches voice lessons in her spare time and adores her students! For more information you can follow her on instagram @missjuliarichardson

Ricky Ritzel

Ricky Ritzel

Cabaret Warhorse, RICKY RITZEL has been a fixture on the nightclub and cabaret scene in NYC for over 38 years and his latest venture, RICKY RITZEL’S BROADWAY, received the 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 & 2020 MAC Award for Outstanding Recurring Series. Ricky has received most Cabaret awards including 20 Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs Awards in 11 different categories. An accomplished solo performer, Ricky has also accompanied such greats as Vivian Blaine,, Varla Jean Merman, Julie Wilson, Lenora Nemetz , Nanette Fabray and Miss Coco. With famed Chicago jazz vocalist Spider Saloff, Ricky created several award winning revues such as "1938", which was recorded on the Kopathetics label, "Porgy & Bess: a Cabaret Concert" and "Ira and Others".. Ricky is half of the kooky "Lounge does Top 40" duo, THE LOUNGEOLEERS with 5 CD's on the Emenar label. He can also be seen as SCARY MAN who comes on to Christian Campbell in the film"TRICK". Ricky has been seen in Las Vegas as Jimmy Durante in"Stop the Music!' with Sharon McNight as Sophie Tucker and toured with Leslie Anderson for 5 years performing every known work they could find by Johnny Mercer in 4 different revues. He is also proud to have served as the first Artistic Director for cabaret at the premiere season of the Gettysburg Festival ,and is on the Advisory Board of Directors for the Manhattan Association of Cabarets, of which he was President from 2006-2009.