Boston, MA -
May 14 & 15 2013
Join Broadway stars Jodi Benson, Doug LaBrecque, Donna McKechnie, and Maestro Keith Lockhart as they pay tribute to the wonderful talents of one of the greatest contributors to music over the last century, Marvin Hamlisch. As composer, Hamlisch won virtually every major award: three Oscars, four Grammys, four Emmys, a Tony and three Golden Globes. On Broadway, he wrote the music for the long-running show, A Chorus Line and They’re Playing Our Song. His more than forty motion picture scores include his Oscar winning score and song for The Way We Were and his adaptation of Scott Joplin’s music for The Sting. This memorable concert will feature music from his vast array of timeless music.
Boston Pops: The Boston Pops Orchestra is an American orchestra based in Boston, Massachusetts that specializes in playing light classical and popular music. It was founded in 1885 as a second, popular identity of the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO), founded four years earlier. Consisting primarily of musicians from the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
The program will include selections from Marvin Hamlisch’s Body of work.
Jodi Benson: Benson’s Broadway credits include a role in the Broadway musical Smile, where she introduced a song called “Disneyland”. (Howard Ashman / Marvin Hamlisch)
In 1992, Benson received a Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical for her role as Polly Baker in Crazy For You.
Donna McKechnie is an American musical theater dancer, singer, actress, and choreographer. She played the role of “Cassie” in the original cast for the musical A CHORUS LINE , (Michael Bennett, Marvin Hamlisch, Edward Kleban) for which she earned the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical in 1976. She is also known for playing Amanda Harris/Olivia Corey on the Gothic soap opera, Dark Shadows
Doug LaBrecque thrilled theater audiences as The Phantom and Raoul in the Harold Prince production of The Phantom of the Opera, and as Ravenal in the Hal Prince revival of Showboat, a role he also performed in Canada and Chicago. He was featured in Oscar Hammerstein’s 100th Birthday Celebration on Broadway at The Gershwin Theatre, and toured nationally with Les Misérables. He has performed leading roles in Candide, A Chorus Line, Man of LaMancha and starred in the premiere revival of Kurt Weill and Alan Jay Lerner’s Love Life.
Maestro Keith Lockhart
Keith Lockhart became the twentieth conductor of the The Boston Pops Orchestra in 1995. Mr. Lockhart has worked with a wide array of established artists from virtually every corner of the entertainment world, while also promoting programs that focus on talented young musicians from the Tanglewood Music Center, Boston Conservatory, and Berklee College of Music. During his seventeen-year tenure, he has conducted more than 1,400 Boston Pops concerts and introduced concert performances of full-length Broadway shows, including Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel, and Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music.