World Famous ‘Citrus Singers’ Are Put ‘On The Spot’

Thomas Burns Scully

  • OnStage New York Columnist

‘On The Spot’ is the only show in New York City that combines the dulcet tones of cabaret, with frantic hilarity of improv comedy. It has been in existence for over a year, and will soon celebrate the six-month anniversary of its open ended weekly run at the Broadway Comedy Club. It has an excellent critical reputation, being described as “spot-on”, “fun-filled”, “top-notch” and “laugh-out-loud”. As well as being "a show that takes 'anything for a laugh' to new heights of bravery!” Audiences love it, and singers between shows love coming down between gigs to contribute to the fun. Guest artists have included Brian Falduto, better known as the hilarious young stylist 'Fancypants' in Richard Linklater's 'School of Rock', as well as Amanda Nicholas, one of the stars of cult Off-Broadway Sensation 'Bayside! The Musical!, and Billboard Top 40 singer Janine Berenson. It’s clearly a show with staying power.

June 6th sees some very special guests for ‘On The Spot’. Instead of local New York talent, this evening will look west and, for one night only, play host to the internationally-renowned ‘Citrus Singers’. As part of ‘On The Spot’s unique, critically-acclaimed blending of improv and vocal talent, this year’s crop of ‘Citrus Singers’, on the verge of their graduation, will join the regularly scheduled improvised mayhem, leading to an evening of unparalleled music and comedy. Appearing on behalf of ‘The Citrus Singers’ will be Carlene O’Neill, Delia Trear, Edward Little, Julia Iacopetti, Kelly Grandmaison, Kylie Molnar, Taylor Barbata, and Steven Federoff.

‘The Citrus Singers’ of Citrus College in Glendora, California are a competitive performance-based group that showcases the talents of young performers. Founded by Ben D. Bollinger in 1968, they were an instant hit, and have conducted successful tour after successful tour. In the late 70s, they were heard on KISS frontman Gene Simmons’ first solo album. In recent years, under the tutelage of Douglas Austin and John Vaughan, they have amassed worldwide credits to make even the most seasoned booking agent blush. These include shows accompanying Diana Ross, Pat Boone, and Billy Graham; not to mention the London Philharmonic and British Chamber Orchestra. They have had enviable billing at the Pasadena Rose Parade, Super Bowl XII, and some of Hawaii’s finest resorts. They have entertained American Presidents and foreign dignitaries, appeared on Spanish National TV, at the Hollywood Golden Apple Awards, and hold the distinction of being the only American choir to win the International Choral Festival in Spittal, Austria. On The Spot’s host and producer, Nathan Armstrong, is a former graduate and student director. The pedigree is obvious, and the evening is sure to soar.

‘On The Spot’ plays every Monday at 8:00 pm at the Broadway Comedy Club. 
Tickets $20 - $40.00. One drink minimum.

Starring: Patrick Reidy (College Humor, Funny or Die, UCB, The Pit), Chris Catalano (Trey Parker’s Cannibal: The Musical, National Commercials and Book of Mormon’s own ‘Lottery Dude’),  Andrew Del Vecchio (Solace Comics, LMAO Off-Broadway), Meg Reilly (Broadway’s Next Hit Musical, Freestyle Gangsta Rapper), Andy Scannell (Jekyll and Hyde, LMAO Off-Broadway), and Thomas Burns Scully (Award Winning Writer, LMAO Off-Broadway)

Musical Director: Andrew Whitbeck (One World Symphony Orchestra, Aaron Teitelbaum Orchestra)

Director: Patrick Reidy

Producer: Nathan Armstrong

The world famous Broadway Comedy Club is located on 318 W 53rd St, New York (Between 8th and 9th ave).