BREAKING NEWS - NYC: BROADWAY'S DAVID BAIDA WINS METROSTAR CONTEST2016 FINALE ANNOINTS SCHERL & LEONHARD RUNNER UPS
David Baida was announced as the next MetroStar on Monday, August 22nd at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440). Baida, who plays an array of character roles as an ensemble member of Broadway's "On Your Feet," showed how he was well deserving ot this win. The Southern California native told the story of how he had come this close to giving up on an acting career before getting the call to join the cast of "On Your Feet." To win the very evenly matched finals featuring three men and two women, Baida had to beat out empty-nester Wendy Scherl (the 1st runner up) and songstress April Leonhard (the 2nd runner up). Grabbing the Special Audience award was song and dance man Stanley Martin ("Aladdin" on Broadway). Samuel McDonald rounded out the Top Five. Baida will develop a new show for the Metropolitan Room as part of his prize for winning. Leonhard, who played four instruments including trombone, guitar, yukelele and kazoo in the course of the 7-week competition, and Scherl, a Ridgefield CT mom who let her hair down every week to reveal a soaring lazer sharp alto, will open for Baida when he premieres his new show. MetroStar, a contest that challenges singers to raise their standards and push themselves artistically, got underway on July 11th and performed on seven consecutive Mondays. Since it began in 2008, MetroStar has launched and redefined the careers of several standouts in cabaret and jazz. Past winners, in chronological order have included Anne Steele, Liz Lark Brown, T. Oliver Reid, Marissa Mulder, Billie Roe, Lauren Stanford, Kristoffer Lowe, and Minda Larsen, the 2015 MetroStar.
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