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Neighborhood News: SWR alum lands in off-Broadway show

Eric Lopez sang at last spring’s graduation ceremony at Shoreham-Wading River. (Credit: Tim Gannon)


I wonder if everyone who has been thinking spring has affected the outcome of this latest snowstorm, which was downgraded from one foot of snow to one to two inches. The weather these days has been so unpredictable. 

Liz Taggart_BwVery predictable was the following: Shoreham-Wading River High School Class of 2013 alum Eric Lopez has been cast in the production “Bound for Broadway,” a weekly off-Broadway show designed to showcase professional and local theater vocalists in the New York City area. The showcase runs from January through May. Lopez is the youngest performer ever to have been hired to be in the lineup. Eric said of the process, “This audition with JD Productions and Theatricals was the first professional audition I have been on in New York City. What attracted me about the production is that it is once a week, and the show ran for a few months starting in November, so I could still attend college while doing this show. The audition process was really relaxed. I went there with about 30 others and sang ‘Nessun Dorma,’ an opera aria, and got a callback that same day and sang ‘If I Loved You,’ from ‘Carousel,’ then got the job. My last show will be at the end of May. The crew and staff are really nice. I had 10 family members come and support me opening night. I was really nervous because it was the biggest show I’ve ever done, my off-Broadway debut, and it was getting a lot of press around NYC during rehearsal and on the radio. Since being in the show, I was hired as the new production assistant for BroadViews, a Broadway theater company in lower Manhattan, which has been a great learning experience and opportunity to work weekly and do what I love as a part-time job.” Those who would like to follow Eric can click here. “Bound for Broadway” is being shown at The West End Theatre, at 107th and Broadway, every Friday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be bought at the door.

On a different note of predictability, the good people of Wading River came out in droves for the Deli at Wading River’s fundraiser for the Dalecki family, who suffered an immense loss recently when their home was ravaged by fire. The Deli offered support by donating its proceeds of sales between 6 a.m. and 3 p.m. March 2. The Deli at Wading River’s new owners are Tom Rae and Adam Nedvin. “There was a terrific turnout of the whole community that came out to support the Dalecki’s. It was a huge success,” said Adam. “The Dalecki’s are so appreciative of all the support they have been given through this crisis. The printed flier invited all for breakfast or lunch with friends “to remember the importance of community support and how truly blessed we really are.” Way to go, SWR. You rock!

Be well, be safe, be grateful and be good until we meet here again in two weeks.

Contact Elizabeth Taggart at [email protected] or 929-5933.