"I owe my career to Oscar Hammerstein. He and Richard Rodgers gave me my first job: the role of Laurie in the motion picture version of "Oklahoma." I loved Oscar and am honored to support the preservation of his home and the creation of the Oscar Hammerstein Museum and The Theatre Education Center. This is where so many of his lyrics, known the world over, were created. I am pleased to lend my name and voice to this important project as a member of their honorary board.”
Gerald Dickens is an actor, director, producer,and the great great grandson of the author Charles Dickens. His is honored to be included in Oscar's honorary board and he reflects fondly on his time performing in Oklahoma! He is eager to see Oscar's home retained as a place of theatre education for future generations.
Justin Guarini’s performance career launched with the first season of American Idol in 2002. His stage appearances since then include Broadway productions of American Idiot, Romeo and Juliet, Wicked and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. Justin has hosted the Oscars, the Emmys and the Grammys. He continues to reprise his role as the lovable Lil’ Sweet in commercials for Diet Dr. Pepper. A strong proponent for music education in schools, Justin has advocated for funding on Capitol Hill by lobbying for the International Music Products Association. He has worked with Education Through Music Los Angeles, a nonprofit that promotes using music education as a catalyst to improve academic achievement, motivation for school and self-confidence in under-served communities. In 2019, Justin founded Artist Mindset Mastery (ILiveToPerform.com) to help performers achieve success.
Mariel is excited to join the honorary board to preserve Oscar's home as a museum and education center. "Coming from a family of creatives the Arts are incredibly important to me, (not to mention my family) and to my outlook on life. Part of our sense of history comes from our connection to Art in all of its forms."
The music of Morten Lauridsen occupies a permanent place in the standard vocal repertoire of the Twenty-First Century. His eight vocal cycles, instrumental works, art songs and series of sacred Latin motets are performed throughout the world and have been recorded on over two hundred CDs, including several that have received Grammy nominations.