Mary Sugar – Open Mic and Piano

superbrain circleOpen mic with Music Director/Pianist Mary Sugar. Mary’s played all over the world, from Broadway to Australia to Europe to The Kennedy Center. Come listen to show business stories of everyone from Sammy Davis, Jr. to Robin Williams to Larry Gatlin. Come and sing along!

Mary Sugar spent 11 years as a musical director, pianist, and teacher in New York City, where she worked on and off-Broadway, at Lincoln Center, and in many other venues. She went around the world as conductor/pianist for Leslie Uggams, and played a concert-tour in Italy with Amanda McBroom & George Ball. Mary has worked with Vanessa Williams, Jennifer Holliday, Clay Aiken, Connie Francis, James Naughton, Larry Gatlin, Charles Strouse, John Kander & Fred Ebb, Sheldon Harnick, Harvey Schmidt & Tom Jones, Debbie Allen, David Friedman, Craig Carnelia, Marni Nixon, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Barbara Cook, Lonny Price, Shirley Jones, Martin Vidnovic, Sandy Duncan, Bruce Vilanche, The Diamonds, Lillias White, Adrian Zmed, Charo, Suzanne Kiechle, Cathy Rigby, The Irish Tenors, The Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, and many, many others.

Mary has taught at New York University, Mannes College of Music, Fordham University, Pace University, Musical Theater Works Conservatory, Syracuse University, SUNY Cortland, Colgate University, Circle in the Square Conservatory, Montgomery College and many other places; teaching classes in musical theater performance, scene study, and audition technique. She also played keyboards for the national tours of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, The Full Monty, Hairspray, Mamma Mia, The King and I, The Producers, Peter Pan, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Sweet Charity, Annie, Monty Python’s Spamalot, The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, and Elton John’s Aida.

Mary is now in the Washington, D.C. area, where she has worked for The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Arena Stage, Signature Theatre, Ford’s Theatre, Studio Theatre, the D.C. Cabaret Network, Washington Savoyards, American Century Theater, and other venues. She also played for The Kennedy Center’s productions of Broadway: Three Generations and The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Studio Theatre’s production of Adding Machine, and Arena Stage’s production of Oklahoma. Check out her website at

This is just one of many activities at this year’s RG – return to the program page to read more about other confirmed speakers and events!

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