LEVI KREIS in “AN EVENING WITH LEVI KREIS”

Thursday, March 17, 2016  8pm

Tony Award-winner and singer/songwriter (and pianist!) Kreis returns to MA4 as a follow-up to his successful 2015 show. Kreis first came to national recognition as a singer-songwriter appearing on NBC’s The Apprentice. His music is featured on many primetime television shows such as The Vampire Diaries, Sons of Anarchy, The Apprentice, Mob Wives, So You Think You Can Dance, Days Of Our Lives, Young & The Restless, and more.  His recent stage success has garnered a 2010 TONY Award, a 2010 Outer Critics Circle Award, and a Drama League nomination for originating the role of Jerry Lee Lewis in Broadway’s Million Dollar Quartet. Other stage credits include Broadway’s 2014 four-time TONY nominated musical revival Violet, One Red Flower, and Smokey Joe’s Cafe.

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Levi is an actor and recording artist from Oliver Springs, TN.  He first came to national recognition in 2004 as a singer/songwriter appearing on NBC’s The Apprentice.  He has released six albums to date with music featured on the season two finale of The Vampire Diaries, Sons of Anarchy, The Apprentice, Mob Wives, So You Think You Can Dance, Days Of Our Lives, Young & The Restless, and several independent films.  As an actor, Levi first appeared as Roger in the national tour of Rent, quickly moving to film with a leading role in the award winning independent film Don’t Let Go.  He then appeared as Matthew McConaughey’s brother in Bill Paxton’s directorial debut Frailty.  His recent stage success has garnered a 2010 TONY Award, an Outer Critics Circle Award, and a Drama League nomination for originating the role of Jerry Lee Lewis in Broadway’s Million Dollar Quartet.

Other stage credits include Broadway’s 2014 four-time TONY nominated musical revival Violet, One Red Flower, and Smokey Joe’s Cafe. Being simple isn’t easy. It is a particular gift one has to give of ones self with simplicity and transparency, especially when it comes to the expression of music. For singer/songwriter Levi Kreis, it is a sweet spot – and it shows that a pensive piano hook, a soulful vocal, and an honest lyric still has the ability to cut through the noise of corporate music and find an impassioned audience.

Fans of The Vampire Diaries discovered Levi during the season two finale when a haunting piano line framed the final moments between Damon and Elena. “I Should Go” was featured in its entirety, and new fans from across the world were twittering the chorus. “I should go…before my will gets any weaker, and my eyes begin to linger longer than they should. I should go…before I lose my sense of reason, and this hour holds more meaning than it ever could.”

In addition to The Vampire Diaries, Levi’s recordings have been featured on Sons of Anarchy, The Apprentice, Mob Wives, VH1, So You Think You Can Dance, Days Of Our Lives, Young and the Restless, and the film Kiss The Bride.

An East Tennessee native, Levi started playing piano by ear at age six. In high school, Levi received a full scholarship from Vanderbilt University for classical piano pre-college program. He started songwriting at age 12 and had his first top ten hit single at 21 years old – a song called “Timeless”, released by Curb Records Christian group Selah. Levi’s debut album, One Of The Ones, was self-released in 2005 followed by The Gospel According To Levi, Bygones, Where I Belong, Live @ Joe’s Pub, and the Billboard Magazine-featured Kickstarter success, Imagine Paradise. Levi elaborates, “Being a one-man business with 6 album releases, I’ve had the freedom to explore a lot of styles. What I’ve discovered is, if you listen, your fans will always guide you to where you belong. It feels good to settle into what my fans have known and loved all along – just me, a piano, and a story to tell.”

Kreis is also an accomplished stage and film actor. He is a 2010 Tony Award winner, an Outer Critics Circle Award Winner, and a Drama League Award Nominee. Stage credits include Violet, Smokey Joe’s Café, The Leading Men Of Broadway, Million Dollar Quartet, One Red Flower, and Rent. His film credits include Frailty, Don’t Let Go, A Thousand Words, and Silencers.

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