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25 October . 2017

December ’63 Comes to Estrella

In the ongoing effort to continue bringing the best talent up the hill to you, Estrella Lifestyles and Tad Management are proud to announce “December ’63 (D63) is coming to Estrella Foothills High School Performing Arts Center on December 15. This successful, international-touring show features your favorite Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons classics sung by four of the most musically talented men in the region. Tickets are available now at www.AZtributeconcerts.com. Let’s get to know the cast members of the show….

Did you know “Miguel” in Spanish translates to “Michael”? Did Miguel’s parents name him after THE Michael Jackson? “Actually, my parents are from Spanish Town, Jamaica. When my parents immigrated to Canada a man named ‘Miguel’ helped them immensely. So, they wanted to name me after him”, Miguel shared. “What’s funny is that since arriving in Arizona in 2008, everyone thinks I am Latino because of that first name!” Born in Windsor, Canada, Miguel left Canada for a warmer climate. He got his start in Toronto community theatre. With a technical background in broadcasting, he now freelances as a part-time technical director for the Gila River Arena/NFL. What’s very nice is that Miguel used to live in Goodyear and he especially remembers visiting Oasis Bagels (he loves their bagels) last time he drove up the hill. He now is a resident of Maryvale. The newest cast member of December ’63, Miguel joined the show this past spring. “These guys are incredibly talented and professional. They are so great at what they do, I really enjoy performing with them,” Miguel said. When asked what he’d like to tell Estrella residents about the show, he shared. “Hearing this music during the holiday season will especially transport everyone back to their younger years. My wish is that they leave with a happier soul than when they came into the theatre. I think they’ll have a better connection with each other,” Miguel said.

For Nick, performing is all about his inspirational mentor. His musical mentor was Cousin Michael Gallardo, five years his senior. “I wanted to copy him in everything he did. He was part of a boy’s chorus. And a rock band so I joined a boy’s chorus and a rock band. Mike had real intuition of the entertainment industry that I was able to learn from him”, he said. Tragically, Mike contracted ALS when he was only 33-years old and it eventually took his life. Nick was devastated but vowed to do all he could, as soon as he could, to begin fundraising to fight the disease. Now, in between D63 performances, Nick is part of cabaret shows, and is one of eight members of a national tribute act called “Not Fade Away” revamping the music of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, The Big Bopper, and many more, his own show called “Valens to Valli” (Ritchie Valens to Frankie Valli and everything in between), and D63. At his “solo” shows, he sells Not Fade Away CD’s with $5 from each sale going to ALS. “His memory lives on; he’s always with me when I am singing. It’s nice to know that we can give back to stop this absolutely devastating disease”, Nick said. Nick began his musical training with choral singing, and Tucson Community Theater and theme park entertainment. He continues to perform in regional theatre, and is enjoying success as a professional tribute and cabaret artist. “Everyone in this show is incredibly talented, and the show is really well written. This music transcends-younger audience member will be surprise d at how much of this music they’ll know,” Nick said.

It seems it was meant to be that Nick was born in Liverpool England. With musical parents who found it hard to make a living there, they moved their one year old boy to Arizona. It was an incredible choice, the family has thrived musically ever since. Nick is currently working on his own music, planning to release his own album next year. This isn’t just any “normal” album, 11 of 13 songs on the album will be recorded with the Philharmonic Orchestra, This past summer, Nick and his family to Prague to make the recordings. Nick has been with D63 since the show began 3.5 years ago. He has performed in other shows from the same management company, but he says this one has gained popularity very quickly. Nick has been performing since he was 14, and has played piano for 18 years. “The audience who attend D63 show spans all ages, representing every generation. You’ll have an 18 year old person sitting next to an older person and the younger person will be singing every lyric! One of my favorite moments in the show is when we cover a Billy Joel song acapella while the band takes a break. Just hearing our voices without any music is so wonderful. With no script to follow, our own personalities can shine through”, Nick said. “If you go into this show thinking I’ll just clap my hands and stay seated, just know we are expecting you to get out of your seats and party with us! You can’t help but let your hair down and have a good time, because this music is SO good!”

This NYC musical theater performer says his favorite part of experience D63 from the state is “… when I see the audience react to a song they remember-especially the older folk’s faces, and then they get on their feet! It’s wonderful after the show when they say to me ‘You brought back so many memories!” Michael began singing in the choir when he was 16 and moved to NYC at 18 to study theatre at NYU CAP21 (Collaborative Arts Project 21, a New York City professional musical theatre training conservatory and off Broadway theater company.) “ I may have gone (to NY) a little young, but the grind of auditioning three times a day really helped me to build thick skin, and to become a good auditioner.” When it became difficult and expensive to continue living in NY, Michael moved home to family living in Arizona. He took acting classes and was hired to do D63. Michael was discovered by TAD Management, the producers of D63 while performing in a professional production of Sweeney Todd at the Mesa Art Center. He explains what he likes best about being the show, “it’s a relaxed stage environment, we can all offer suggestions, and it’s an open and relaxed place to be.” He said.

When he’s not performing in December ’63, Michael produces all of Tad’s media content and videos, edits all promotional content and manages social media for the agency’s other artists.