Jeremy Jordan, Norm Lewis and More to Join New York Pops for Stephen Schwartz's TESTIMONY, 4/12
On April 12, 2013, The New York Pops continues its 30th season with an evening celebrating the 65th birthday of Stephen Schwartz and the 10th anniversary of his hit musical Wicked with The Wizard and I: The Musical Journey of Stephen Schwartz. Music Director and Conductor Steven Reineke will lead the orchestra as they perform highlights from some of the composer-lyricist's most beloved works. The concert features Tony Award nominee Jeremy Jordan (Newsies), Tony Award nominee Norm Lewis (The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess), Drama Desk Award nominee Julia Murney (The Wild Party), Tony Award nominee Jennifer Laura Thompson (Urinetown), and Judith Clurman's Essential Voices USA.
This dynamic concert program features selections from some of Schwartz's most well-known stage and screen works including "Magic To Do" from Pippin, "Colors of the Wind" from Pocahontas, "The Spark of Creation" from Children of Eden and many more. In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the multi-award winning, hit Broadway musical Wicked, "The Wizard and I" and "For Good" will also be performed.
"I'm so honored to take part in this tribute to one of popular music's greatest icons, Stephen Schwartz," says Steven Reineke, Music Director. "We'll explore the songs he's written for film, Broadway, and even the opera stage. To top it off, we've assembled a cast of the greatest theatre performers working today, along with Judith Clurman's superb Essential Voices USA. It will be a performance you won't want to miss!"
The concert will take place at Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage. The New York Pops' 2012-2013 season culminates with the orchestra's 30th Birthday Gala on April 29, 2013, 7:00 PM at Carnegie Hall.
Tony Award nominee Jeremy Jordan currently stars in NBC's musical drama "Smash" as a Brooklyn-based composer creating a groundbreaking rock musical. Jeremy is originally from Corpus Christi, Texas and studied at Ithaca College, where he earned a BFA with honors in performance theatre. In 2009, he got his Broadway start understudying the lead in the hit musical Rock of Ages. He went on to star as Tony in the revival of West Side Story and as Clyde Barrow in the Frank Wildhorn musical Bonnie & Clyde. Last year, Jeremy starred opposite Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton in the Todd Graff-directed Warner Bros. film Joyful Noise, and he originated the role of Jack Kelly in Disney's hit musical Newsies. He received a Tony nomination for Best Leading Actor in a Musical for that performance.
Norm Lewis can currently be seen as Senator Edison Davis on the hit ABC drama "Scandal." He recently received Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League and Outer Critics Circle nominations for his performance as Porgy in the 2012 Broadway production ofThe Gershwins' Porgy & Bess.His additional Broadway credits include Sondheim on Sondheim, The Little Mermaid, LES MISERABLES, Chicago, Amour, The Wild Party, Side Show, Miss Saigon, and The Who's Tommy. He has also appeared on the West End in LES MISERABLES and LES MISERABLES in Concert: The 25th Anniversary (London's O2 Arena, PBS). His off-Broadway credits include Dessa Rose (Drama Desk nomination, AUDELCO Award), The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Drama League nomination), Captains Courageous, and A New Brain. He has appeared regionally as Porgy in The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess (American Repertory Theater), Ragtime, Dreamgirls (with Jennifer Holliday), First You Dream, Sweeney Todd, and The Fantasticks. His film and television credits include Sex and the City 2, Confidences, Preaching to the Choir, "Scandal," "Mystery Women," "All My Children," "As the World Turns," "Cosby," and "Strong Medicine." His CD is titled Norm Lewis: This Is the Life! www.normlewis.com
Julia Murney last appeared on Broadway as Elphaba in Wicked after playing the role on the national tour, for which she received an Acclaim Award. Other New York credits include Lennon, Andrew Lippa's The Wild Party (Drama Desk nomination), Falling, The Vagina Monologues, A Class Act, Saved, Crimes of the Heart, Queen of the Mist, Closer Than Ever, and Time and Again (Lucille Lortel nomination). She has been seen regionally all over the U.S.: Signature Theatre (Arlington, VA); Williamstown Theatre Festival; Reprise Theatre Company (Los Angeles); Music Circus (Sacramento); North Carolina Theatre; Lyric Theatre (Oklahoma City); Rubicon Theatre Company (Ventura, CA); and Goodspeed on the Hudson, to name a few. In concert she has performed at Joe's Pub, 54 Below, Feinstein's at Loews Regency, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, The Town Hall (New York) and Birdland, as well as with the Philly Pops, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, and Boston Pops. Among her TV credits are 30 Rock, Sex and the City, Brothers and Sisters, Ed, NYPD Blue, and three editions of Law and Order. A Syracuse University graduate, her recordings include the original cast albums of The Wild Party and A Class Act, the Grammy-nominated recording of The Actor's Fund benefit performance of Hair and her first solo album, I'm Not Waiting, which is available on Sh-K-Boom records and at juliamurney.com.
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