This dazzling singing string quartet is what The NY Daily News called, “the hottest things with a bow since Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games.” Take four sexy guys in black t-shirts and tank tops. Add string instruments. Mix classical with contemporary. Combine that with oodles of charisma. What do you have? Well-Strung in “POPssical.” The Singing String Quartet has quickly gained national and international attention for their unique mash-up of string quartet and boy band. Well-Strung features classical musicians who also sing, putting their own spin on the music of Mozart, Vivaldi, Ke$ha, Pink, Adele, Lady Gaga and more. Well-Strung’s new CD entitled POPssical is scheduled for a fall release.
WELL-STRUNG, the all-male string quartet, features classical musicians who sing putting their own spin on the music of Mozart, Vivaldi, Rihanna, Adele Lady Gaga, and more! Their debut show sold-out Joe’s Pub on May 1st, 2012 in New York after being workshopped at Ars Nova NYC in February. Since then they have played venues across the world such as The Art House in Provincetown, the Leicester Square Theatre in London, 54 Below in New York, House of Blues in New Orleans and Feinstein’s in San Francisco. One Direction step aside, there’s a new kind of boy band on the circuit.
Well-Strung stars first violinist Edmund Bagnell, second violinist Christopher Marchant, cellist Daniel Shevlin and violist Trevor Wadleigh. Well-Strung’s show is directed and co-written by Donna Drake with arrangements by David Levinson. The quartet was formed by producer/co-writer/manager Mark Cortale and Christopher Marchant. Additional arrangements are by Daniel Shevlin, Yair Evnine and Christopher Marchant.
Edmund Bagnell (first violinist) played Tobias in the first national tour of Sweeney Todd directed by John Doyle. Recent credits include Rich in The Last Cyclist (off-Broadway),Toby in Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Medium (off-Broadway), Charlie Brown in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Summer Theater of New Canaan), Charlie in The Big Holiday Broadcast of 1959 written by Joanna Gleason (Fairfield Theater Company), and Oramel Howland in The Great Unknown written by Jim Wann (Pump Boys and Dinettes) and Bill Hauptman (Big River) as a part of NYMF. Other Credits include, Tom Sawyer in Big River (STONC), Enoch Snow Jr. in Carousel (Barrington Stage Company), Stewart Smalls in Band Geeks (Ars Nova NYC), Huck Finn in The Adventures of… (Cotton Hall Theater), and Dennis in Smoke on the Mountain (CHT). A native of South Carolina, Edmund is happy living life in the Big Apple.
Chris Marchant (2nd violinist) grew up in Ohio loving music. It kept him busy with orchestra and choir throughout school and led him to Malone College where he received his BA in Music Ministry. Following that, he moved to NYC to pursue work in musical theatre. Favorite productions include national tours of Sweeney Todd and Spring Awakening, Pump Boys and Dinettes, and Naked Boys Singing. Many thanks to those who support and enjoy Well-Strung. Follow on twitter @chrisjmarchant and @wellstrungnyc.
Daniel Shevlin (cello) has performed all over the map as an actor and a cellist. He has appeared off-broadway in “The Sandbox” written and directed by Edward Albee and has toured nationally and internationally with productions of “Rent” and “Cabaret”. Regional credits include “Altar Boyz”, “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”, “Titanic”, “Sunset Boulevard”, “Ragtime” and others. The only two U.S. States he hasn’t been to are Oregon and Tennessee, but he’s hoping to change that this year. In his spare time he love cooking, sleeping, and watching trashy reality TV. Follow: @DShevy on Twitter!
Trevor Wadleigh (viola) A native of the Pacific Northwest, violist Trevor Wadleigh began studying the viola at age 17. Henceforth, Mr. Wadleigh earned a BA from the U of Puget Sound with major concentrations in Business, Sociology, and Music Performance while studying concurrently with Burton Kaplan of the Manhattan School of Music. Mr. Wadleigh has served as principal violist of the Lake Union Civic Orchestra, the Brevard Music Center Orchestra, and Nova Philharmonic. Mr. Wadleigh has also served on faculty at the U of Puget Sound as violin and viola instructor. In addition to musical endeavors, Mr. Wadleigh is a cofounder of Puget Sound Rescue, a 501(c)(3) animal welfare organization.