Emmy Award-winning television host/actor Jai Rodriguez began his career at age 18 when he was cast in the role of Angel in the critically acclaimed Broadway musical RENT. Jai continued his Broadway career, appearing in shows like The Producers and Spinning Into Butter, and he created and performed the title role of Zanna in the Off-Broadway sensation Zanna, Don't!. In tandem with his Broadway career, Jai became a star in the firmament of New York City nightlife when he created his long-running Twisted Cabaret, a concert series that ran for three consecutive years at one of New York City's most notable hot-spots - Club XL.Most recognized for his role in Bravo's culturally groundbreaking series Queer Eye For The Straight Guy, Jai created a niche role on the Emmy Award-winning series as the 'Culture Vulture,' a youthfully savvy addition to the show's already dynamic cast. Working regularly as an authority in culture and style, Jai has hosted for a veritable grab-bag of lifestyle entertainment programming including Styleyes Miami (SiTv), America's Prom Queen (ABC Family), Ultimate Style (Style Network), two consecutive season's of Groomer Has It (Animal Planet), and Model Latina (SiTv). He was also an ABC official pre-show host for the 2009 American Music Awards.In the past few years Jai returned to TV in dramatic roles on NBCs Harrys Law, ABCs Detroit 187, and Days Of Our Lives. He also plays Wayne Bradys husband Tom on CBS hit How I Met Your Mother. Other roles include guest star appearances on NBCs Are You There Chelsea?, FOXs Bones, and as a trans gender woman Amanda Knott on NBCs Harrys Law.Jai stared as "Geoffrey" on ABCs comedy Malibu Country opposite Reba McEntire and Lily Tomlin making him the first male to garner fame from a reality series to become a series regular on Network TV. This past Christmas Jai stared opposite Kelly Clarkson in her NBC Christmas Special; Kelly Clarksons Cautionary Christmas Tale.A dynamic vocalist, Jai has had the honor of sharing the stage singing duets with musical legends like Gladys Knight, Patti Labelle, Brian McKnight, Taylor Dayne and Michelle Williams. Jai was featured in Lady Gaga's video "Telephone" featuring Beyoncé.Jai has done regular acting work, guest-starring on LOGO'S series Rick and Steve, FX's Nip/Tuck, and Teen Nick's Gigantic. He played the role of Angelo Ferraro, a leading cast member in the 2009 feature film Oy Vey My Son Is Gay!! alongside Carmen Electra and Lanie Kazan. The film was an Official Selection at film festivals worldwide and garnered critical praise, winning several awards in various categories.Jai continues to develop his professional musical endeavors both in and out of the recording studio and has performed his one-man shows Xposed, My Truth, and Dirty Little Secrets in Los Angeles, Miami, San Diego and New York. In addition, Jai currently serves as the Co-Creator and Co-Executive Producer for LOGO's much anticipated new series Bad Sex.On December 11 at 10 pm on NBC Jai stars opposite Kelly Clarkson in her one hour holiday movie: Kelly Clarksons Cautionary Christmas Tale.Jai continues to be an advocate for issues he is passionate about, working with organizations like the NOH8 Campaign, Aids Walk, Project Angel Food, the Trevor Project and Love is Louder campaign which fights bullying.
When you think of surging stars in the entertainment world, it’s hard to ignore the meteoric rise of Angel Porrino. At just 24, the Las Vegas resident has become one of the industry’s most sought after young talents thanks to her contagious smile, spontaneous personality and tremendous work ethic. Featured on the hit show Holly’s World and a budding performer in hit Las Vegas shows Peepshow and Absinthe, the blonde starlet is destined for a breakthrough year in 2014. Motivated and inspired by her four-year-old son, Roman, Angel is eager to expand her brand and take on new, challenging roles in entertainment. From acting to modeling to stage performances, the vivacious Las Vegan dreams of headlining her own show on the strip and continuing to be one of TV and silver screen's most magnetic personalities. Already “one to watch,” Porrino’s journey to the top is taking place before America’s eyes. Along the way, she looks forward to continuing to captivate audiences with her sweet charisma, fearlessness and desire to accept nothing but absolute success.
Equity Fights AIDS was founded in October 1987 by the Council of Actors' Equity Association. Money raised through the efforts of Equity theatre companies across the country was specifically earmarked for The Actors Fund's AIDS Initiative.
Broadway Cares was founded in February 1988 by members of The Producers' Group. Money raised was earmarked to be awarded to AIDS service organizations nationwide, including Equity Fights AIDS.
In May 1992, Equity Fights AIDS and Broadway Cares merged to become Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. The Board of Trustees of this newly established not-for-profit fundraising organization assumed the missions of the previously separate organizations and continues to fund the social service work of The Actors Fund and to award grants three times a year to AIDS service organizations nationwide.
Unlike most other nonprofit, grant-making organizations, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS must raise every single dollar of our philanthropic budget every year in order to fulfill our mission. In turn, BC/EFA works hard to ensure that the money we raise is spent carefully and wisely on programs where these hard-earned funds can have the maximum possible impact.
FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO MAKE A DONATION VISIT BROADWAYCARES.ORG
Saturday, August 30, 2014
Mark Shunock’s acclaimed career has spanned from theatre, film, television and, even the hockey arena. A native of Sault Ste. Marie, Canada, Mark is the youngest of five children and the son of a junior ice hockey league owner, so, a career in the sport was not something unexpected for the young man’s future. Following high school, Mark signed with the Canadian Hockey League, however, despite his success and fun with the sport, Mark knew his passion was not in the hockey arena but, on the stage.
Following his hockey career, Mark headed to the USA and studied at the American Academy for the Dramatic Arts, which led to numerous productions performing in various regional in and around New York City. Following his success on stage Mark was cast in a small, independent feature film and headed to Hollywood. Though he loved working on the film, he was still passionate for the stage. While in Los Angeles, he landed the role of “Bernard” in the play “Romance” at the Mark Taper Forum where he received critical acclaim. Hollywood was a good luck charm for Mark – in addition to playing various roles on stage it was there where he met his wife, Cheryl.
Though success was following Mark in Los Angeles, a year later the excitement of New York brought Mark back to the Big Apple where he landed the role of “Timon,” in the national tour of “The Lion King.” For more than two years Mark performed the role in over 30 cities across the United States and even garnered a Helen Hayes Award nomination for “Best Supporting Actor” in 2009. Additional theatrical credits include “As Is,” “Jersey Shoresical: A Frickin’ Rock Opera,” “The Temperamentals,” Altar Boyz,” “Miss Saigon,” “The Awesome 80s Prom,” and “The Skin of Our Teeth,” among others.
Mark most recently won critical acclaim for his portrayal of “Lonny” in “Rock of Ages,” which is currently selling out at the Venetian in Las Vegas.
Felice is a well known talent in the Las Vegas entertainment community. While still attending UNLV and majoring in vocal performance she landed the much coveted role as the principle singer in the longest running show on the Las Vegas Strip, Folies Bergere, at the Tropicana Hotel and Casino. Felice entertained audiences nightly until the show ended its run.
Following her time in Folies, Felice joined American Superstars at the Stratosphere Hotel, Casino and Tower. She starred as Carrie Underwood, performing a tribute which Felice originated for the show, and for which she garnered rave reviews.
In February of 2010 Felice was honored to be named Miss Henderson. She has used her visibility and determination to help out numerous charities including Artists 4 Kidz, Foundation to Assist Young Musicians, and Ballroom for Schools. Also, she created her own non-profit, Music and the Mind, for which she is continually volunteering her time and resources.
Felice left American Superstars to continue to pursue other dreams in mid-2010. Among other things she has performed with Las Vegas legends - The Lon Bronson Band, sang with Las Vegas larger than life personality, Zowie Bowie, and has guest starred in the Frankie Moreno show numerous times. Felice has also starred and hosted in the show Fantasy at the Luxor Hotel and Casino.
In 2012 Felice produced, directed and starred in her own show twice! One show called Country Diva focused on the music of country’s hottest stars: Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, and Miranda Lambert. The second a show called The Cover Girls. Felice, with two other talented girls, paid tribute to the Rat Pack, performed Broadway standards and rock and roll favorites.
Between the two shows in Laughlin, Felice was one of three divas to headline the iCandy Burlesque show at Planet Hollywood during the summer/fall of 2012. Felice also performs in a country rock band called the Felice Garcia Band. To learn more about the band and see the video, click on the Band page at the top.
Felice closed out 2012 and blew away audiences with another tribute to Carrie Underwood in the Red Hot Superstars show at the Grand Sierra Resort in her hometown of Reno, NV.
She’s bringing Country Diva back to the Riverside Resort in Laughlin September 16-28, 2014.
Felice is currently starring in the Broadway hit Million Dollar Quartet! The show opened February 4th at Harrah’s Las Vegas. The show plays nightly. Dark Saturday.