​Donnell Broadway Concert Series​

University of Findlay's Donnell Broadway Concert Series with John Cudia featuring Grammy nominated Broadway conductor Phil Reno

Sunday, Jan. 30, 2022

7:30 p.m.

Winebrenner Building, TLB Auditorium

Ticket Information:

Tickets are $30 for adults, $27 for senior citizens, $10 for non-UF students, and free for UF students, faculty, and staff with a valid University ID. Tickets can be purchased at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts box office at 200 W. Main Cross St., or online at MCPA's website.

About John Cudia

John Cudia is equally at home on Opera, Theater and Concert stages. A lyric
tenor, he proudly made his Lyric Opera of Chicago debut as Curly in their production of
 Oklahoma! For Vancouver Opera, John most recently sang Count Danilo in The Merry
 Widow. Previously for Vancouver Opera he sang Cassio in Otello and Juan Peron in Evita. 
For Indianapolis Opera, he created the role of Dr. Woodly in the World Premiere of
 Happy Birthday Wanda June by Richard Auldon Clark with Libretto by Indiana’s own 
Kurt Vonnegut. For Lyric Opera of the North he sang the Duke in Rigoletto and Alfredo
in La Traviata.

John holds the distinct honor of being the first and only actor to have performed 
both as the The Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera and Jean Valjean in Les Misérables
on Broadway. John’s most recent Broadway run counted him as only the 12th
 performer to play the Phantom in its historic, record-breaking 30+ years. John played 
Jean Valjean at the Marriott Theater in Chicago where his performance earned him the
 Joseph Jefferson Award for “best actor in a musical.” John made his Broadway debut in
 Les Miz and worked extensively in both Les Miz and Phantom. Also on Broadway; Evita 
with Ricky Martin as Che. John toured the United States and Canada as the Phantom and
 also has the role of Raoul on Broadway and the North American tour to his credit. Regionally,
both Emile Debecque and Lt. Cable in South Pacific, Jesus in ‘Superstar,’ and
 Tony in West Side Story and Master Class. John has helped develop new works for the 
theatre with Round about Theatre, the Banff Theatre Centre, Paper Mill Playhouse, composers
 Jonathon Dove, Frank Wildhorn and Maury Yeston.

In concert, John has sung with The Baltimore Symphony, The North Carolina
 Symphony, The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra,
 and The Detroit Symphony Orchestra all with guest conductor Stuart Chafetz; also Deer
 Valley Music Festival, Heartland Festival Orchestra. As one of the “three tenors” with
 The Orchestra Of St. Peter by the Sea. He sang with Maestro Delta David Gier and The
 South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, The Wichita Symphony Orchestra under the direction
 of Thomas Douglas and with The Cleveland Pops Orchestra under Carl Topilow 
John appeared in Christmas with the Omaha Symphony with Ernest Richardson conducting.
 John has also appeared in The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber with The Hartford 
Symphony Orchestra directed by Edward G. Robinson. John is regular member of THE 
BROADWAY TENORS appearing all over North America. They have worked with The 
Stockton Symphony, the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra and The Orlando Philharmonic
 Orchestra just to name a few. John most recently joined Franc D’Ambrosio, Brent Barrett 
and Ciarán Sheehan as one of THE FOUR PHANTOMS IN CONCERT.

John earned his BA and MSL from Fordham University and Fordham Law. 
He currently studies voice with Metropolitan Opera Baritone Mark Oswald. He and his 
wife, Broadway actress Kathy Voytko, reside in New Jersey with their two daughters 
Alena 12, and Evelyn 10, and their dogs Kingsley and Fajita.


About the Donnell Broadway Concert Series

Thomas ’70 and Kathleen Donnell established the Thomas and Kathleen Donnell Broadway Concert Series Endowment Fund in conjunction with the University of Findlay’s Give Voice to your Values campaign. Each year, Tony Award-winners and other masters of stagecraft put on memorable shows at UF as Donnell Broadway Concert Series guest artists.