Galway to Broadway
Starring Ciarán Sheehan & Friends
Ciarán Sheehan, born in Dublin, Ireland, grew up on both sides of the Atlantic dividing time between Dublin and New York.  After an introduction to The Irish Repertory Theatre in NYC,  Ciarán met legendary Broadway director Harold Prince during The Rep’s production of Hal’s award winning play “Grandchild of Kings.”
Heather Martin Bixler began her violin studies at the age of eight, earning a  Master of Music degree at the Juilliard School.   Heather has been heard live on WQXR in New York City and has performed as recitalist and orchestra soloist throughout Canada, Europe, Japan, and the United Sates.  She has played with The New York Philharmonic, New York City Ballet, American Symphony, and Orchestra of St. Lukes, as well as several Broadway shows in New York.  Heather became interested in Traditional Irish music and began studying with Irish-American fiddler Brian Conway, and won the third medal for the senior slow airs at All-Ireland fleadh in Donegal, Ireland. Since then she has taught and performed Irish music throughout the United States, Canada, and Ireland.   
 
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Joining Ciarán is the lovely Sarah Pfisterer, who has played Christine in The Phantom of the Opera for over 1,000 performances across the country.  On Broadway, she played Magnolia in Harold Prince's Show Boat and was seen in Children and Art directed by Richard Maltby, celebrating Stephen Sondheim’s 75th birthday. Off Broadway she played Anna Smith in Meet me in St. Louis at the Irish Repertory Theatre directed by Charlotte Moore. A Metropolitan Opera semi-finalist, Sarah has worked with conductors such as Michael Tilson Thomas and John McGlinn and did a recording of Jerome Kern’s Oh Boy in London under the direction of Mr. McGlinn.
Gabriel Donohue in an Irish born musician, singer and songwriter who most often performs on guitar and piano but also plays an array of instruments from bouzouki/mandolin to Irish and exotic percussion.  The lists of artists Gabriel has collaborated with, is a who's who of the top musicians in the acoustic and celtic music field, including Michael Flatley at the National Heritage Awards in Washington DC, and  Eileen Ivers at the Clinton White House.  He performs both solo and with a cadre of top flight musicians. Gabriel toured for three years with the Grammy Award winning Chieftains; among others, he has recorded with the Boston Pops, Eileen Ivers, Joanie Madden, James Keane, Sean Quinn, Brian Conway, John Whelan, Karen Mal, Aoife Clancy, and Liam Clancy; he also produces and engineers albums for a broad array of artists at Cove Island Productions in center city Philadelphia. 

 
Recognizing Sheehan’s talent, Prince placed him on Broadway six months after meeting him. Ciarán made his Broadway debut in “Les Miserables” (Babet, Marius), and shortly thereafter Prince cast Ciarán as Raoul in “The Phantom of the Opera.” After a year of playing Raoul on Broadway, Ciarán then starred in the coveted role of The Phantom. Sheehan sang the role of the Phantom in over 1,000 performances during the course of two and a half years both on Broadway and in Toronto.

Among Ciarán’s most memorable engagements have been four sold out performances at Carnegie Hall, performing the American National Anthem at New York Governor George Pataki’s inauguration, Giants Stadium (Giants), Continental Arena (Nets), and Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome (Twins), opening the dedication of the Irish Hunger Memorial in New York City,  and as soloist at the internationally televised memorial mass for John and Carolyn Kennedy Jr.

The show’s greatest asset is the glorious tenor of Ciaran Sheehan,
who brings a rich understanding and depth to familiar melodies.
— Howard Kissel, NY Daily News

Sheehan has the kind of soaring stage voice from which indelible
Broadway moments are made…The Best Yet
— Jeremy Gerard, Hollywood Variety

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