Born in Wellington and based in New-York James has performed with The MDR Sinfonieorchester, The Kurt Weill Festival, The Ravinia Festival, The Argento Ensemble, The Merola Opera Program, The Paul Dresher Ensemble and New Zealand Opera. Roles include the title roles in Candide, Young Frankenstein and Jekyll and Hyde, Jean Valjean: Les Misérables, Anthony Hope: Sweeney Todd, Kudrjash: Kátya Kabanová, Captain Von Trapp: Sound of Music, Frank Butler: Annie Get Your Gun, Camille: The Merry Widow. James is a passionate advocate of art song and the music of Kurt Weill. www.jamesbenjaminrodgers.com
Jillian Zack is a New York City based pianist, vocal coach, and music director. She made her Broadway debut performing as the MD and onstage organ player (sub) for To Kill a Mockingbird. She currently serves as a Key2 player sub and rehearsal pianist for Funny Girl on Broadway. She has performed at various venues throughout New York City, including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, and at The Juilliard School. She has also performed recitals throughout the United States, the UK, and New Zealand. Off-Broadway: Theatre Row. Regional: Paper Mill Playhouse, The Mac-Haydn Theater, Cape Fear Regional Theater, Theatre Workshop of Nantucket. As a coach, she maintains a full studio, both in partnership with the Magaziner Vocal Studio as well as privately. She specializes in both musical theater and classical repertoire, and has experience with all ages. BM Manhattan School of Music. MM The Juilliard School.