Author Archive for: Carter P. Lynch

Update for the New Year

Hello and welcome to my website! A quick update of everything that has been going on recently. Touring this past fall with performances as Frederic in “Pirates of Penzance” with NYGASP and as John Handley in “All Hands on Deck” couldn’t have gone better. I learned a great deal from both experiences and reviews were positive across the board. This spring, I will be taking a year off from the Lotte Lenya Competition, but I’m happy that the previous two years ended with me reaching the finals. That being said, I’m eligible until I’m 32 years old, so I’ll be back!

Audition season is in full swing right now and my agent, Irene Cabrera at DDO, has worked hard to get me in front of some of the biggest names in the industry. Just last week I had a great callback for the Raoul cover in the “Phantom of the Opera” tour and on Broadway. It was an incredible experience. I was coached extensively by the creative team and I know it is only a matter of time until I reach my goal.

But there is always room for improvement. This week I am starting a Musical Theatre Scene Study class with the Jen Waldman Studio. I hope to improve all aspects of my performance through the course, and from what I have heard through my agent and close friends, I will do just that under Jen’s guidance. I am also beginning my study of voice-over work, which could lead to some very exciting opportunities in a field that has always interested me. I’ll let you know how it all goes!

That’s it for now, but please check back in soon to see which projects I will be working on next! And thank you again for your ongoing support and encouragement. I hope to perform in a city near you soon!

Warm regards,
Carter

NEW YEAR UPDATE

Well, and as I had hoped, the fall and, thus far, the early winter, have gone quite well.  Shortly after I last wrote, I was cast in a new 1940s musical entitled All Hands On Deck!, in which I play one of four principal players.  Set in July 1942, the show presents all of the classics from the era in the style of a U.S.O./Bob Hope Hollywood Victory Caravan.  My role is John Handley, America’s favorite tenor, who, as part of the troupe, including Jody Maderas, the creator of the show, is raising money for the war-effort.  We traveled from New York to Nebraska, with many stops in between, during the months of October and November, and it was an absolutely fantastic experience.  Even better, there are plans in the works to go on tour beginning in April, and perhaps to California during the summer.  Once confirmed, I’ll let you know the time, place and date so that you may catch a performance of this outstanding new work.

You may also recall that just over a year ago I became a member of the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players.  This wonderful group of actors annually performs at least two of the thirteen operettas that Gilbert and Sullivan wrote in the latter half of the nineteenth century.  This year, I was honored when I was cast as Frederic in their most popular work, The Pirates of Penzance.  This is an honor rarely given to such a new member.  And the show couldn’t have gone better; including a New Year’s Eve performance followed by a Gala with the trustees, the Board, and other supporters of the company.  I spent that evening on cloud nine, and I very much look forward to touring with the group in March, and perhaps on a trip to London in August.

Presently, I am back in the audition circuit with a number of good opportunities pending, including more performances in New England theaters over the summer.  Also, in just a week or so, I will be auditioning for the 2014 Lotte Lenya competition.  This opportunity could be a real launching point for my career, as many finalists in the past have gone on to tremendous success in the theater.  I will most certainly let you know if I manage to advance to the semi-finals in a few weeks.

As always, I greatly appreciate your ongoing interest and support.  I’ll have much more to tell you in a couple of months, and until then, I wish you all the very best for the New Year.  Here’s to a healthy, productive and successful 2014!

SUMMER IN THE CITY

While it may have been wonderful to perform at a seaside theater over the course of the summer, I was fortunate enough to spend my summer in NYC for the first time.  It included my having prominent roles in two brand new musicals.  The first was God of Love – A New Ten Minute Musical, written by Ben Boecker and Jessica Fleitman.  I was cast as the leading man, Raymond Goodfellow – a hopelessly in love Brooklyn-based lounge singer who learns about true love in a humorous and unexpected fashion.

The second summer adventure was Pirates of Finance, a contemporary operetta incorporating the music of Arthur Sullivan, of “Gilbert &” fame, with book and lyrics by Charles Veley.  This show was part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF), which I came to find out is a prestigious annual event here in the city.  While my role, Huey, was featured ensemble in the production, I managed to get singled out in a review written by Matthew Murray from Talkin’ Broadway.  If you get the chance to read the review please do so!

Talkin’ Broadway Review:

http://www.talkinbroadway.com/ob/7_20_13.html

Perhaps the most exciting news is that Michael Rodriguez of The Roster Agency has signed me as his client!  Michael has been representing people performing on Broadway, in the movies and on television for over 17 years.  This relationship came about during July when I auditioned before several agents.  Michael emailed me the next day and it was not long after that we began working together.  This is a very big step in my chosen career and I couldn’t be happier.

Right after Pirates closed in late July, I went up to perform with Interlakes Theatre in Meredith, NH.  We put on an Andrew Lloyd Webber review entitled All I Ask of You, in which I sang all of the Phantom’s music.  It was thrilling to perform those songs in front of a live audience for the first time.  The show was received very well and I hope to return for Interlakes’ Stephen Schwartz review this upcoming year.

Happily, I spent August vacationing with my family, and now I have returned to the city to live in my first permanent Manhattan address.   Audition season has begun and I couldn’t be more excited to get back at it.  Michael Rodriguez is lining things up for me at this moment, in addition to my contacting all of the folks who I have met since my return from the Beauty and the Beast tour, and I am confident that it will be a wonderful and productive autumn!

Please stay posted to the site for all news and upcoming events, and thank you again for your support!

Carter

“LEAVE IT TO JANE” ON 42ND STREET!

Come catch a performance of this 1917 Broadway musical filled with laughs, college rivalries, and wonderful music from Jerome Kern! Opening night is Tuesday, April 16th with a run until April 28th! Performances are every night at 7:30pm with matinees on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 2pm!

Tickets are only $25 and can be purchased from the link below! The Lion Theatre is a small house, so make sure to get your tickets before we sell out!

http://www.telecharge.com/FindTickets.aspx?&PerformanceDateTime=4%2F17%2F2013+7%3A30+PM&cityName=Off-Broadway&productId=8976&productType=1

My character’s name is Billy and I play the love interest of the title-gal Jane! You will get to hear me sing a couple of beautiful ballads and watch me help Atwater College try to beat their rival Bingham in the biggest game of the year!

Please let me know if you will be able to make it and we can meet up after the show! I’m very grateful to Musicals Tonight! and Mel Miller for this wonderful opportunity. Hope to see you soon!

NYGASP?

What’s NYGASP?   It’s the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players – an organization that for over thirty-five years has maintained the thirteen magnificently funny and entertaining Gilbert and Sullivan operettas.  When I learned about the auditions, I was already a fan and knew I had a shot at becoming a member of this prestigious company due to my apprenticeship at the College Light Opera Company in Falmouth, MA.

Well, I am proud to announce that I was recently selected to join the formerly mysterious NYGASP!  After several rounds of auditions, in which over 450 performers were seen, the company chose only nine people, and I am one of only two tenors added for this season!  Our production of H.M.S. Pinafore opens on January 11, 2013 at the New York City Center and I am thrilled for the opportunity to perform in Manhattan for my very first time.

Performances sell-out very quickly, so please visit the link below to get tickets before they run out!

NYGASP Tickets:  http://www.nycitycenter.org/tickets/productionNew.aspx?performanceNumber=6700

Also, for more information about NYGASP and other upcoming shows please visit:http://nygasp.org/.

Thank you all for your incredible and ongoing support!  I hope to see many of you in the audience in January!

No Place like ‘Nome’

Actually, it’s Anchorage.  But there is little humor in there’s no place like “Anchorage.”    There is, however, an awful lot of snow in what has been an historic winter in our 49th State.  How much snow? – So much snow that my plan to go dog sledding was cancelled because of too much snow.  The B&B Tour has just wrapped up two weeks in this frozen coastal town.  But the weather did not keep our hardy Alaskan audience from turning out.  Nor did it keep our hardy troupe from delivering a winter’s worth of entertainment with each show we presented.  We leave shortly for Spokane, Washington and other ports of call in the Pacific Northwest where we will continue to warm up these cold winter nights.

When I think about it, I have experienced an awful lot of weather in the past year.  Last January, I was performing for the first time in Miami, Florida and today, I am packing up to leave Anchorage.  Geographically, it’s been a wild ride.  Professionally, I would be hard pressed to ask for a better opportunity.  I have played the Beast a dozen times over the year and recently added ten performances as the bully, Gaston, in the Fall.  To have the opportunity to play such different and challenging parts is something for which I will always be thankful.  It is better stated by saying that no matter what the weather may be outside, it has been a year full of sunshine for me.

Once again, please check out the B&B schedule and let me know if you can catch a show.  Also, I recently recorded “Believe” a beautiful Christmas song, and “Romeo & Juliet,” a present for my Dad on his 60th Birthday.  Click them and hopefully, enjoy them.

A Terrific Show

Since my last report, the Beauty and the Beast have taken me to over 20 cities and almost every region of this great country. Wherever we have been, the audiences have been outstanding and it’s easy to understand why. This is one of those wonderful shows that appeals to all ages and which can be appreciated on a variety of levels. The show tells a compelling story about love and transformation, is presented through a magnificent score and performed by the most talented group of people with whom I have ever had the privilege of working. So, it is no wonder that I have spent most of the last 6 months with a smile on my face.

That smile became a little bit bigger when I had the opportunity to cover the Beast for 5 shows in Wilmington, Delaware. I learned I would be taking the stage at the Dupont Theater about 3½ hours before the show was to begin. I immediately called my folks in Bethesda who just as immediately chose to travel to Wilmington to catch the show. I was a little bit nervous, but no one seemed to notice, including my unbiased and very proud parents. Even better was the opportunity to play the role several nights in a row which allowed me to hone my performance and to look forward to playing the Beast again.

The tour recently landed in the windy city of Chicago, Illinois where we will spend the month of July. What a great town! Next comes our summer break, the Jersey shore and home before we hit the road again in Cincinnati. Check out our schedule for the remainder of the year and early 2012 so you can find out what our audiences already know. This is a terrific show and I am so lucky to be a part of it.

Sarasota on My Mind

Sarasota Florida will always hold a special place in my mind. It was there that I first performed as The Beast before a packed house that knew the understudy was taking the lead. Their standing ovation and my cast mates’ cheers as I approached my bow let me know I did a pretty good job. What a moment! I am so thankful for this opportunity to do what I love and so grateful to everyone involved in the tour for the confidence they have placed in me, the coaching they have given me and the heartfelt congratulations they have extended to me. Words fail to express just how great this experience has been. But one word, “awesome” sums it up darn well.

Since then, I have performed as the Beast twice more in Springfield, Missouri and look forward to the opportunity to do so again. And while this was fantastic as well, it will not replace that feeling that “I did it and they liked it” that I knew in Sarasota.

Coming To A City Near You

Well, it’s not Broadway… it’s Broadway on tour! In December, I accepted an offer to perform with the National Touring Company of Beauty and the Beast as the understudy for The Beast and Gaston. What a great break! I can’t describe how grateful and excited I am for this opportunity nor can I adequately relay how professional and magnificent the show is. I am surrounded by the most talented and experienced group of actors from whom I have already learned so much. And, what’s better, the show will be coming to a town near you (tour schedule for Beauty and the Beast). While my chances to play one of the leads will come and go, I can still be seen as the town baker and/or a blood-thirsty mob member and/or an enchanted object every performance. So, come see the greatest love story of all time and meet me at the stage door. I hope to see you soon! Oh, lest I forget, Happy New Year.

Visit the Beauty and the Beast website

Broadway here I come

I’ve moved to the “Big Apple.” After well received performances as Luke in AlterBoys and Durdles in Drood at New Hampshire’s Papermill Theatre, I have taken my place among the many Broadway hopefuls in NYC.

Thus far, the informal reviews have been very hopeful. At my first audition, the casting director told me “You have a great voice and you have a great look.” Another prominent casting director, in the very next week, told me that my voice was “phenomenal.” Pretty good comments so far but keep your fingers crossed. I understand how difficult it will be to break-in and how incredibly talented the competition is. But I’m off to a running start as the race to Broadway continues.