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A Holiday Homecoming

Saturday, December 11 at 8PM and Sunday, December 12 at 2PM, 2021

Royce Hall in Westwood

Season43 - A Holiday HomecomingGMCLA returned to the stage welcoming you to A Holiday Homecoming filled with lots of love and heart. Ernest H. Harrison, GMCLA Music Director & Conductor, made his long-awaited main series debut. The Chorus performed holiday classics about the joy of coming home, curated from the choral, classical, pop, and Broadway canons. Thank you for joining us for this Los Angeles holiday tradition. This HOMECOMING was SPECTACULAR!

Featuring Special Guest Stars Telly Leung and Nikki Crawford. Telly has appeared on Broadway in Disney’s Aladdin, Allegiance, Wicked, among others. And, Hollywood Bowl audiences will remember his riveting performance as Angel in Rent, directed by Neil Patrick Harris. Nikki starred in the world premiere of Stormy Weather opposite Leslie Uggams at the Pasadena Playhouse. She received an NAACP Theatre Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her role as Young Lena Horne. Click here to read their bios.

Royce Hall

“The sound is exceptionally bright, smooth and
well balanced, something of an acoustic miracle.”
-Los Angeles Times

GMCLA returns to live, in-person performances and presents all three concerts at UCLA’s Royce Hall, where it performed in the 1990s prior to the building’s restoration.

The extraordinary history of performing arts presentations at Royce Hall is rooted in the late 1930s, when George Gershwin, Duke Ellington, Arnold Schoenberg and Jimmy Dorsey’s Band all performed at this exquisite venue. Since then, the theatre has featured many illustrious artists including Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic, Twyla Tharp and Frank Zappa. Today Royce Hall continues to be a premiere performing arts destination.

Your GMCLA experience at Royce Hall will be safe, comfortable and unforgettable!

General Information

Royce Hall is located on the North Campus of UCLA, 340 Royce Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90095.

Parking for Royce Hall is available in Parking Structure 5 located at: 340 Royce Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90095.

Guest drop is closest at the turnaround at the front of Royce Hall, 10745 Dickson Court, Los Angeles, CA 90095.

COVID-19 and Safety Policies: For the safety of all artists, audiences and staff, Royce Hall is currently seating at 50% capacity of the house per event to ensure social distancing. All patrons who attend a performance at Royce Hall will be required to either be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and present proof of vaccination or provide proof of the negative results of a COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of entering the venue. Masks are required to be always worn during a performance.

Nikki Crawford

Nikki’s most recent credits include guest starring roles on NCIS Los Angeles as Captain Emily Carnes; Barbara Anderson on United States of Al; Dr. Shawna Street on NCIS and Tina Knowles in Netflix’s Selena: The Series.

Some of her theatre credits include: Beverly in the Pulitzer Prize Award winning play, Fairview at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre; Lena Horne in Stormy Weather at the Pasadena Playhouse (NAACP Best Actress Theatre Award winner and LA Ovation Best Featured Actress nomination); the Lady of the Lake in the 1st Las Vegas Company of Spamalot (Named Vegas Showstopper of the year); Aldonza in Man of La Mancha at La Mirada Theatre; Ronnie in Immediate Family at the Mark Taper Forum; Julie in Showboat at Sacramento Music Circus; Lady Liv in Play On! at Arena Stage (Helen Hayes Award Best Supporting Actress nom).

In 2022, Nikki will be starring along with Nora Dunn in Chicago’s Steppenwolf’s production of The Most Spectacularly Lamentable Trial of Miz Martha Washington.

Telly Leung

Telly Leung is a New York City native, Broadway performer, recording artist, producer, & theater arts teacher. His Broadway & national touring credits include Aladdin in Disney’s “Aladdin” on Broadway, In Transit, Allegiance (with George Takei & Lea Salonga), Godspell, Rent (final Broadway company), Wicked (Boq, original Chicago company), Pacific Overtures, Flower Drum Song. In 2010, he starred as Angel in RENT at the Hollywood Bowl opposite Wayne Brady, directed by Neil Patrick Harris.

Regionally, he’s performed at Philadelphia Theater Company, Pittsburgh CLO, The St. Louis MUNY, Dallas Theater Center, The Shakespeare Theater Company in D.C., North Carolina Theater, and North Shore Musical Theater. Television audiences will remember him as Wes the Warbler on “Glee”, as well as his guest star appearances on “Instinct”, “Odd Mom Out,” “Deadbeat” and “Law and Order: Criminal Intent.” Telly is featured as a coach for the Jimmy Awards in the PBS documentary, “Broadway or Bust”.

He can be heard on many original Broadway cast recordings and has released two solo albums – I’ll Cover You (2012) and Songs for You (2016) – on The Yellow Sound Label. His EP, “You Matter” is a collection of 5 songs made during the 2020 pandemic with composer & arranger Gary Adler and profits will benefit Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS. He holds a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama.

He has taught master classes and courses at American universities like NYU, Nazareth College, The University of Michigan, Carnegie Mellon and Point Park and has been a guest teacher at drama programs all over the world, from Edinburgh to Tokyo. His producing credits include the concert series “Broadway Back Together”,the musical short film GRIND (starring Anthony Rapp) and “The Nice List”, a virtual holiday musical for the whole family. Twitter / Instagram: @tellyleung. Website: www.tellyleung.com

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