As the lead actor of Londons West End show, "The Rat Pack Live from Las Vegas," which was touring through the UK, across Europe, and even through the US, Tam Ward has shone the role of Frank Sinatra for several years. Born in Scotland, he studied dance and choreography at London Temporary Dance School and has become a star in international show business over time. When Tam Ward sings the great Sinatra hits with his stunning charisma, sparkling blue eyes, and his velvety baritone voice, he makes viewers believe he hears the King of Swing himself.
Roger Pabst is considered as THE Frank Sinatra interpreter in German-speaking countries.
Since his earliest youth, he has been practicing vocals and guitar. After his beginnings in blues and folk, he discovered the swing, which has not left him since then.
After high school he studied speech training and guitar to start an education at the Artis Studio Berlin with David Allen Lane and to complete an intensive vocal training.
In 1993 he experienced Frank Sinatra live during his farewell tour. This experience was the initial spark for Pabst and after that, his entire musical life was inherited by Sinatra.
Since 1995 he has been touring around the world with the songs of Frankie Boy.
For his 100th birthday there was a special concert in which he performed 100 different Songs from the common songbook with band and orchestras. With this show, he probably established an unofficial world record.
Janko Danailow was born in Halle an der Saale and enjoyed his early education in piano and singing at the conservatory "Georg Friedrich Händel". In 2000, he moved to Berlin to graduate at the University of the Arts in Musical, in 2004. He already played in various productions during his studies such as Steven Sondheim's "Assassins" at the Neuköllner Oper under the direction of Peter Lund.
His first engagement after university attracted him to the Friedrichstadtpalast in Berlin where he took the title role in the show Münchhausen Junior. This was followed by numerous roles throughout Germany and Switzerland e.g. in the St. Pauli Theater Hamburg, the City Theater Koblenz, the Capitol Theater Düsseldorf, the Opera Chemnitz, the Opera Magdeburg, the Grips Theater Berlin, the Winter Garden Berlin, the Seebühne Walenstadt and the Volkstheater Rostock.
He was also seen as a riff in West Side Story at the Opera Halle, as well as Bernardo in the same piece in the theater of Pforzheim. Likewise, he was seen in the premiere of "The Rape of Mona Lisa" at the Little Theater Berlin as Vincenzo Perugia.
In the summer of 2016, Janko alternately played the title role in the world premiere of the musical "Der Medicus" in Fulda. His love for variety moved him to Nuremberg, to the local Palazzo show where he was engaged as a vocal soloist. In 2017 he appeared as Stig, Butt in "Vom Fischer und seine Frau" at the Brothers Grimm Festival in Hanau. For his performance of this role, he was nominated for the German Musical Theater Award in the category "Best Supporting Actor".
In the winter of 2017 Janko was on tour with the musical "Hairspray" in Germany, Austria and Switzerland as Corny Collins. In the summer of 2018 he played "Vom Fischer und seine Frau" at the Deutsches Theater München again and in the following autumn and winter "West Side Story" as Bernardo at the Tiroler Landestheater Innsbruck and as a riff at the Saarländisches Staatstheater Saarbrücken.
In 2019, Janko appeared on stage in the world premiere of "We - Family is What You Make of It" as Christian in Schmidtchen in Hamburg and also in the world premiere of "Zucker" at the Luisenburg Festival in Wunsiedel.
Janko is now looking forward to the great challenge to embody the young Frank Sinatra in "That's life".
Sascha Luder was born in Switzerland and got his education at the Bavarian Theatre Academy "August Everding" in Munich.
He played Bill Calhoun in "Kiss me Kate" at the festivals in Bad Hersfeld, Don Lockwood in "Singing in the rain", Tony Manero in "Saturday Night Fever" at the festivals in Bad Vilbel, the third slave in Mozarts "Zauberflöte" at the festivals in Salzburg. He also played the role as Bernardo in "West Side Story" in Magdeburg and Dortmund and the role of Sy Spector, the stalker and Ray Court during the german-speaking premiere of "Bodyguard" in Cologne.
He could be seen in TV in series like "Hubert ohne Staller" as well as "Die Chefin".
Katia Bischoff completed her musical studies at the University of Arts in Berlin, where she graduated in 2019.
During this time she played the "Julia" in the production "Dear Tot", the "Laya" in the operetta "Flower of Hawaii" and the role of "Lily" in Peter Lund's "Welcome to Hell" at the Neuköllner Opera.
In the summer of 2019, she played the the trouser role of "Little Tuesday" in "Emil and the detectives" at the Burgfestspiele Bad Vilbel and the double role "Linda Manero and Maria Huerta" in the musical "Saturday Night Fever".
At the Theater Magdeburg, she will play the role of "Constance" in the musical "3 Musketeers" for the upcoming season.
Hannah's first love was to dance, as she noted at the age of four on her first appearance. Later, when she was an apprentice, she supported the professional ensemble at the Theater Ballettschule Magdeburg - as well as numerous musicals such as FAME, HAIR, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, JEKYLL & HYDE, BEAUTIFUL & THE BIEST, TITANIC and MY FAIR LADY.
She celebrated her debut as a soloist in the role of Minnie Fay (HELLO DOLLY). In addition to her education in cultural studies, Hannah received her scholarship at the Conservatory of Magdeburg in Dance, singing and drama and left, with the Bachelor of Arts to Performing Arts studios in Vienna, where she graduated with honors in Musical Education.
Hannah already had her first engagements during her training with Pia Douwes and Uwe Kröger (Stadthalle Wien Gala) and Conchita Wurst (EUROVISION SONG CONTEST 2015) for example. Later engagements were, among others, WEST SIDE STORY (Vienna Volksoper / Steyr), ZORRO (Festival Winzendorf), LES MISÉRABLES and COUNT OF MONTE CHRISTO (Felsenbühne Staatz).
In 2019, Hannah presented her first solo show, a tribute to HELENE FISCHER. Now she is looking forward to go on tour again, after she learned to love touring life in 2018 as WENDY JO in FOOTLOOSE and as a DANCER in BLACK OR WHITE - MICHAEL JACKSON.
Randy Diamond - singer, actor, dancer and choreographer - was born in Ohio / USA. Before embarking on his singing career, he worked successfully as a soloist in the Stuttgart Ballet under the direction of Marcia Haydée for many years and with world-renowned choreographers such as John Neumeier, Jiri Kylián, Maurice Béjart and Robert Wilson.
For many years he has embodied numerous roles on various musical stages. His parade roles include among others the maincharakter in the first German production of the musical "Jekyll & Hyde" and many more theaters as well as the title role in "Jesus Christ Superstar", "Sweeney Todd", Che in "Evita", MC in "Cabaret", Frank 'n' Furter on the Rocky Horror Show, Edna Turnblad on Haispray, Tateh on Ragtime, Zaza on Cage aux folles, Gomez on The Addams Family, and Billy Flynn on Chicago.
He also makes choreographies for musicals, operettas and operas.
Further information can be found on the homepage www.randy-diamond.com
The American, Mickey Smith Jr. studied in Milwaukee and New York at the American Music and Dramatic Academy. In Europe, Mickey got a scholarship at the Codarts - Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in Rotterdam immediately. His first engagements were in Sweet Charity, Guys and Dolls, Dreamgirls, and High School Musical. He played the Alonzo in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats at the Arizona Broadway Theater, and in 2010-2011 Mickey proved his ability as Richie in the Musical A Chorus Line at both the Broadway National Tour and the Lyric Theater of Oklahoma.
He had his first engagement in Germany in 2013/2015 as swing in "Disney's The Lion King" in Hamburg, where he appeared 2015-2016 in "Disney's Aladdin" as Cover Omar and Swing, as well. In addition, he created the choreography for the musical "Dreamgirls" at the Theater Kehrwieder, Hamburg in 2014.
Mickey is thrilled to join That's Life and thus, COFO, to bring the classic story on stage. IG: Mjtheartisian
Andrii was born in Kyiv, Ukraine and received his dance education in a school of the national dance company Virsky, where afterward he was working for 3 years. Having a passion for contemporary and jazz as well as choreographing he left the company and was performing with different contemporary dance companies in Ukraine, working on television in shows like "Ukraine Got Talent" and "X-Factor, traveling the world onboard Crystal Cruises where he had also choreographed numerous dance numbers and directed 3 production shows for world cruises. Andrii is one of the founders of Totem Dance School in Kyiv, Ukraine where he occasionally teaches dance classes and choreographing for the dance festivals. In 2015 Andrii has moved to Germany to join the original production of Phantom of the Opera and later toured across Europe with Beatrice Egli and David Garrett.
Being a big fan of Frank Sinatra's music, Andrii is delighted to join the production of "That's Life" and is looking forward to sharing Frank's story with you.
Dorina Djouglarska, born in Bulgaria, already performed as a five-year-old in theatrical and musical productions of the Volkstheater Halberstadt and in the theater of the state capital Magdeburg. After her pre-school education at the "Theater-Ballett Schule Magdeburg" and some theater productions like "The Nutcracker", she had moved to Cologne to study Urban Dance. Attending to her growing curiosity, she continued with further education on the Iwanson International School for Contemporary Dance Munich, New York City Dance School in Stuttgart and Ballet Center Berlin.
As a participant in the successful TV program "You Can Dance" (Sat.1), she is among the top 12 dancers from all over Germany in the live shows. Through the collaboration with choreographers and dancers from the Berlin scene, a network is created so that she has been living in Berlin since 2008. She successfully completes the three-year training program for modern dance in "Danceworks Berlin" and has been a qualified stage dancer since 2012. She deepened her knowledge by attending various training programs such as London Contemporary Dance School and Pineapple Studios.
Dorina toured with multicultural artists with the MS Europa2 (Hapag Lloyd Cruises) around the world and accompanied the music band "Kelly Family" on their tour. She had projects on Berlin stages, such as the "Admiralspalast", the former "Tacheles Theater", the "Tipi am Kanzleramt" and the "Tempodrom". With Stage Entertainment she was booked as a freelancer for TV appearances of the well-known musicals "Dirty Dancing" and "Hinterm Horizont". For X Filme Creative Pool she was a dancer for the TV series BABYLON Berlin (Sky) on the set. With her acting studies 2016/2017 she extended her spectrum of the performing arts. Dorina sees herself artistically not only in one genre, but lies her strength in diversity.
Kristina was born in Akmola, Kazakhstan and moved to Berlin with her family at the age of two. After graduation she studied dance education at the Palucca University of Dance in Dresden. During her studies, Kristina has been dancing in various productions, such as Forsythe's "One Flat Thing Reprouced" or dance rehearsal evenings by L.T.D.L. Companies.
In 2016 she got a scholarship oft he American Dance Festival, which allowed her to dance in various repertoires in America. After her Bachelor, Kristina danced with TUI Cruises on a cruise ship.
She is happy to be a part of the team of the new musical production and she already impatient for gaining new experiences.
Gerald is a native Hanoverian. His career began with classical music studies, which he has now "absorbed" very well. He has been working as a freelance trombonist, teacher and arranger in Berlin for over 30 years now, he worked with the RIAS Big Band, at the Theater of the West among others. After a detour as musical director of the orchestra of the Friedrichbau-Vaudeville in Stuttgart, Gerald nowadays works as an arranger mainly, occasionally he also tours as a conductor of musicals.
The 42-year-old Maciej Caputa is a excited Ddrummer, pianist, komposer, teacher and music producer.
He started his musical carreer at the young age of 6 years. In this time, he also began to play.
Meanwhile, he has extensive experiences in all kinds of music.
For example, he gained the first price of the "Roland V-Drums" in 2010 in Poland.
Kajetan Sobieraj started playing trumpet when he was 7 years old.
For 10 years he was studying classical music and now, for 3 years he studies and plays jazz and all diffrent kind of music from RnB, rock to pop.
One year ago he got accepted to the jazz department of Conservatory of Amsterdam but he droped it to be a trumpet player on the cruise ship.
He has had a great pleasure to learn from musicians like: Wynton Marsalis, Bobby Shew, Bob Mintzer, John Scofield, Seamus Blake, Ben Wendel, Alex Sipiagin, Mark Turner, Gerald Claytonand John Clayton.
He studied at the Music Academy in Poznań with Prof. Roman Gryń
(Trumpet) and Johann Plietzsch (natural trumpet). He improved his skills as an exchange student at the conservatory in Novara
(Italy) with Prof. Gabriele Cassone.
He incidentally performed with the following orchestras: Philharmonia of Nations, Polish Chamber Orchestra Sopot, Capella Bydgostiensis, Chamber Orchestra l'autunno, Philharmonic Orchestra Poznań, Philharmonic Orchestra Gorzów Wielkopolski etc.
Likewise, he developed a great interest in jazz music over time. As part of the following festivals, he appeared with several groups at home and abroad: Montreux Jazz Festival, European Festival Jan Kiepura, Transatlantyk, Bydgoszcz Big Band Festival, International Big Band Festival in Ceska Kamenica, Poznań Science and Art Festival, Comedy - Thoughts - Inspirations, Night of Culture (Opole).
Participating in master classes led him to Richard Giangiulio (USA), Paul Archibald (England), Wolfgang Bauer (Germany), Gabriele Cassone (Italy), Markus Wurch (Switzerland), Adomas Kontautas (Lithuania), Manfred Bockschweiger (Germany), Adam Rapeseed (USA), Piotr Wojtasik, Raw Majewski, Sebastian Sołdrzyński (Poland).
As an orchestral musician he played together with Jose Maria Florencio, Christopher Hogwood, Justus Franz, Adam Sztaba, Tomasz Szymuś, Samm Pawlak, Stanislaw, Fijałkowski, Wojciech Rajski, Marcin Sompoliński, Gabriel Chmura etc.
Since 2011 he has been head of organization of the Summer Academy for Brass in Opole. In 2013, he established the formation DIZZY BOYZ BRASS BAND, which inspired the New Orleans bands. DBBB has in its repertoire u.a. Moanin by Bobbie Timons, Sweet Dreams by Eurythmics and What's My Name by Snoop Dogg.
Kuba Marciniak - jazz saxophonist, born in Poznan, Poland. He graduated from Jazz Institut Berlin and Music Academy in Wroclaw, Poland, where he learned from the best such as Peter Weniger, Kurt Rosenwinkel, John Hollenbeck, Greg Cohen, Janusz Brych, Piotr Wojtasik.
With his band - Weezdob Collective - Kuba was awarded
many times at jazz competitions in Poland and abroad: Grand Prix on Lotos Jazz Festival Bielska Zadymka Jazzowa, Grand Prix on Jazz Fruit Festival in Prague,Grand Prix on Jazz nad Odra in Wroclaw and 2nd prize on Burghausen International Jazz Festival just to name a few. Kuba also shared a stage with many renowned jazz artists such as Leszek Możdżer, Piotr Wojtasik, Włodek Pawlik.
Jakub Kraszewski was born in 1995 in Szczecin and he graduated the Feliks Nowowiejski Secondary Music School in Szczecin in the organ and the jazz piano classes.
In 2014 - 2019 he studied in the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań in the composition and jazz arrangement department under the supervision of Krzesimir Dębski.
In the 2018/2019 academic year, as part of the Erasmus + scholarship program, he studied at the Conservatorium Maastricht in the composition and arrangement class of Wolfgang Braun.
He has received many awards at national and international competitions, such as he won the third prize in the International Competition "Organists of Young Europe" in Bardo in 2013 and first prize in the Grohman Orchestra Composer Competition "Classical orchestra - a little popular music form" in Łódź in 2017.
Since 2014 he has been cooperating with the Musical Theater in Poznań as a pianist, arranger and conductor. In 2018 he took up the position of music director of the Footloose performance which premiered on April 21 at the Musical Theater in Poznań.
As an arranger he cooperated with many bands, big bands and orchestras in Poland. Since 2019, he has been working as a conductor with the Szczecin Philharmonic Big Band.
Michał Nienadowski is bass player and composer with recognizable deep and energetic sound. Graduate of the Danish National Academy of Music in Odense, where he expanded his musicality with legendary bass player - Bo Stief.
The artist is distinguished by an individual approach to a sense of space, dynamics and tone quality. Known as a leader of his original project or as a sideman active on European scene. Since few years he has been cooperating with many musician around the world such as Mike Russel, Anders Mogensen ,Line Kruse, Adam Nussbaum, Alex Sipiagin.
He has won many awards for the best soloist, bands and the jazz personality at the Jazz nas Odrą in Wroclaw, Poznań Blue Note Competition, Azoty International Jazz Contest, Novum Jazz Festival and many more.
Tomasz Grzegorski, polish saxophone player, graduated from The Music Academy in Katowice (Poland) at jazz department. Winner of many prestigious jazz festivals in Poland such as Jazz Juniors, Pomorska Jesien Jazzowa , Jazz Standards Festival in Siedlce and many others. Performs as a sideman with many musicians from Poland as well international. His collaboration includes such names as Janusz Muniak, Zbigniew Namysłowski, Jarek Śmietana, Wojciech Karolak, Kazimierz Jonkisz, Michał Urbaniak, Urszula Dudziak,Jerzy Małek as well as famous violinist Nigel Kennedy with his Jazz Quintet. His name appeared on many albums and he toured in different countries all over the world with different musicians.
Marek Konarski - Polish saxophonist, graduated from Syddansk Musik Konservatorium in Odense and Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. He was Jazz Musician of the year 2015 on Fyn, Denmark. In 2012 he released his first jazz CD with the Tone Raw quartet. He was the winner of many jazz competitions like Blue note Jazz Competition in Poznań 2016, Tarnów Jazz Contest 2016 or Young Nordic Jazz Comets in Helsinki 2015. Marek is member of many international projects. Konarski plays with the biggest names in contemporary music, for example, Tim Hagans, Kresten Osgood, Anders Mogensen, Jerry Bergonzi, Carl Winther, Johnny Amann, Richard Anderson.
In 2005, Alena from Belarus graduated from State Academy of Music with bachelor and master degrees. From 2003, she was working as a violinist at the Presidential orchestra Republic of Belarus. From 2017 to 2018, she was concertmaster of the orchestra.
As part of the orchestra, she took part in concerts of Scorpions, Sarah Brightman, Ian Gillan, Sarah Connor, Dimitri Hvorostovsky and Vanessa Mae.
In 2019, Alena participated in «Schmitt sing Jurgens die Udo Show» which was performed in many cities of Germany.
In 2019, she recorded the album Marmara Dreams «11 Light Years»
Alesya graduated at the College of Music in Kaliningrad in 1998, the same year she entered the Academy of music in Minsk and studied there from 1998 to 2003.
Since 2003 she has been working in the State Academiс Symphony Orchestra of Belarus as an artist of the highest category.
Alina was born in Belarus and graduated from the College of arts named after I.O. Akhremchik.
In 2017, she graduated from Belarusian State Academy of Music with master degree. During her study she had been taking the place of the concertmaster of the viola group of the «Young Belarus» orchestra.
In 2015 she took part in the Academy of Music project which was dedicated to the 250th anniversary of M. Oginsky: in the quartet with the participation of the ballet and opera singers gave the
concerts in the embassies of Belarus in Vilnius, Moscow, Warsaw and Paris.
She took part in different competitions like International competition of chamber ensembles named M. Yudina (2014, Saint Petersburg, Russia), The Cathedral Competition of the chamber ensembles (2014, 2016, Minsk). She also took part in the master classes of Professor A.Z. Bonduryansky from the Moscow State Conservatory, Professor Marc Danel from the Institute of Music of Namur (Belgium), the participants of the Trio Gdanskie.
Since 2013, she has been working as a viola player in the National Academic Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theater of the Republic of Belarus. As an artist of orchestra, she took part in the Birgitta festive (Tallinn, Estonia) and the Bruckner Festival (Linz, Austria).
Since 2017, she has been participating in the «Disney in concert» and performed more than 50 shows in many cities of Germany, Austria and Switzerland. In 2019, she participated in «The World of Hans Zimmer A Symphonic Celebration». These shows were a great success in Poland, Germany, Austria, France, the United Kingdom, Portugal and Spain.
Marina was born in Russia and graduated from the music school in Norilsk with diploma with excellence. At the age of 19, she moved to Minsk, Belarus to study at the Minsk musical college.
In 2006, she graduated from «Belarussian State Academy of Music» with bachelor degree. During her study, she performed as a participant of the Belarusian Chamber Orchestra Gradus Ad Parnasum in Spain, Germany, Belgium and Belarus.
In August 2005, Marina performed as a participant of the «Young Belarus» orchestra on Berlins VI International youth festival of classical music.
In 2011, she was part of the Igudesman & Joo world record for the most dancing violinists performing on stage at one time.
She was Autor of compilation for violin Violin & Loop-station
From May 2014 she was working as a violinist at the orchestra of the Capella «Sonorus» in Minsk.
2019, she participated in «Schmitt sings Jurgens die Udo Show» which was performed in many cities of Germany.