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March 28, 2008
Eep, it's been awhile since the last update! Sorry about that!
Toni is still listed on-staff at the NJSDA (as mentioned below), and has recently appeared in a couple performances on stage. On March 30th, 2008, she will be appearing in a tribute show called "Another Op'nin, Another Show: A Musical Tribute to Paul Gemignani" in Wayne, NJ. For more info on this special performance, click here, or for tickets, go to the YMHA website.
She also recently appeared in a benefit performance of the revue called "Roadkill (And Other Love Songs)" on March 26th and 27th at the Triad in Manhattan. The show benefited the Wing and Drop Theatre Company. Info about the performance can be found here.
November 21, 2007
If you're able to catch a screening for the Indie film Ira & Abby (playing in limited release right now), you can spot Toni as "Woman Mugged on Subway". Husband Michael is also in the film as a character called Tony. Click here for the official website.
Toni is also teaching some acting and musical theatre classes right now at the New Jersey School of Dramatic Arts in Bloomfield, NJ. I'm not sure how often she is teaching there, but she's listed in the staff section, so I'd imagine it would be fairly regularly. If you live nearby, why not drop by and take a class and say hello? (Just remember to say, "May the Math Be With You" when you leave!) You couldn't possibly learn musical theatre skills from a more qualified performer! ;@ )
July 5, 2007
I haven't heard any new and exciting developments lately, but a couple of videos have popped up on YouTube of Toni performing a couple of songs from The Two Svengalis; I highly recommend checking them out! (Click the following titles to jump to their respective YouTube pages.) Toni singing her signature song, I'm the Queen and You're Not and Break My Heart. Hopefully there will be more to come, but enjoy these in the meantime.
February 28, 2007
Here's something of interest, especially to those in the Washington D.C. area!
As announced on several theatre sites, Toni will be appearing at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts from April 12th - 14th, 2007 in a National Symphony Orchestra Pops concert titled "Broadway Divas" (about time the rest of the world recognizes her great "Diva" talent). To learn more about the concert and buy tickets (which are in the $20 - $80 range), check out the Kennedy Center Website. (And if anyone reading this ends up going, I'd love to hear a review about it afterwards!) Hopefully they'll make a recording of this concert available later. And best of luck to you, Toni! ^_^
November 8, 2006
I recently spotted Toni in another ad for FedEx/Kinkos about a couple months back; it aired during the season premiere for The Office on NBC. I haven't seen it since, but even if you've missed it, thankfully FedEx added the commercial for viewing on their website. (Select the "Car Office" ad after reaching that link.) The previous commercial she was in, mentioned at the bottom of the page, doesn't seem to be available there anymore, however. I have a few little screencaps I will be adding later as well.
For those still interested in hearing The Two Svengalis, you will be pleased to know it is not only available for purchase on Amazon.com, but also on iTunes and other downloadable music sites. (I added a little review blurb to the Amazon.com listing, if you'd like to know my take on the CD; feel free to add your own reviews as well!)
I also received a little E-mail message from Toni herself a few months back; she'd like people to know she is still working occasionally, but is spending much of her time raising her daughter Kathleen, who is now 11. Once Kathleen's a little older, Toni said she'll probably get back into more performing again, so no worries! (Perhaps one day we'll see a mother-daughter performance from them?) She does greatly appreciate the support of fans who enjoy her work.
June 19, 2006
It's been awhile since the last newsworthy info's been posted, so do read on!
At last! After a little delay in release, the CD for The Two Svengalis is now available! Get yourself a copy now! (I'm ordering mine as I type this.) Going by the previews, I promise you will not be disappointed. I'll be sure and give a review of it once I hear it all. Looks like a special performance is also still in the works; what a great opportunity to have a CD signed! Check here for more info, including purchase options.
January 23, 2006
Looks like this is shaping up to be a very busy year for Toni! The official CD release party for The Two Svengalis looks to be coming up in early February (exact date/time/location to be determined), with a special performance of the show at that time. Stay tuned to Fred Barton's Website for that info.
Toni and her husband, Michael McGrath, will also be performing in a special "Broadway in Bloomfield" fundraising event at 12 Miles West in Bloomfield, New Jersey, on Monday, January 30th, 2006 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $50 (show only), and $75 (to attend special reception w/ the stars afterwards) in advance, and will cost an additional $10 at the door. Surely a must-see if you're in the area, and it also helps to support the Arts to boot! (Special thanks to Margot, who E-mailed me this information!) Ticket Purchasing Info Here ~ Directions to Event Here
October 19, 2005
Just a reminder; you can see Toni in the Transport Group's production of a new musical; Nor'mal, from October 20th - November 12th. Several of the performances will also feature post-show "talk-backs" for the audience. For official ticket, location and show info, check here.
Also of note, the CD for The Two Svengalis looks to be set for release in November, which is just around the corner. Be sure and show your support and pick up a copy when it comes out! Stay tuned to this page for more info!
August 31, 2005
Good news! The Two Svengalis CD will be available VERY SOON! It will be for sale at Tower Records, CD Baby, and Amazon.com, among other locations. [Editor's Note: And for those of you who have watched Mathnet, the fact this CD will be for sale at Tower Records has a very funny irony about it...anyone remember The Case: Offthe Record?] (Info Source: Fred Barton's Website.)
August 17, 2005
Toni will be on stage again very soon! She will be appearing in the Off-Broadway Musical Normal at the Connelly Theatre in NYC (World Premiere). The production is slated for October 30 - November 12, so it will be a very limited run. News source/more info here: BroadwayWorld.com
May 27, 2005
No new news to share, but I have added a recent photo to the Theatre page. Hopefully word of The Two Svengalis CD release will be coming soon!
March 17, 2005
Long time, nothing much to report. The Two Svengalis CD is still currently in production. Hopefully it will be out before too long - stay tuned!
It also seems Toni was most recently working in the Broadway show Wonderful Town (which her hubby Michael McGrath was also in) as a replacement for the role of Mrs. Wade. That show recently finished its B'way run.
September 20, 2004
According to news on Fred Barton's site, it looks like The Two Svengalis CD will be released early in 2005. More previews of the songs are on his site, and I highly recommend listening to them!
September 17, 2004
Nothing new to report, performance wise. I have added some newer screencaps from Law & Order on the Television page.
May 5, 2004:
Toni and Fred's limited run of The Two Svengalis is over for now, but sounds like it was a great success! (Check the Press/Reviews page for great comments about the show.) A CD is now in the works, so keep an eye (and ear) out for the release date! If any future public performances are scheduled, I will be sure and post the info here as well.
April 14, 2004:
At last, Playbill Online makes mention of The Two Svengalis in their news! Best of luck to Toni and Fred in their breakthrough show! The "Cast Recording" is in the works for this Summer as well! :@ )
April 6, 2004:
This isn't so much news as it's an appearance: Toni can currently be spotted in a national FedEx International Express ad. (There's a few FedEx ads circulating currently, so keep watching if you miss it!) Unfortunately, she has no lines, but she's dressed in Hospital scrubs, so you can spot her if you watch quickly. (And I do mean quickly - don't blink!) Not sure how long this will be running, so keep an eye out!