Photo Exclusive: Boggess, Salonga, Karimloo, Shirota Rehearse for 4 STARS Concert
New York, June 1, 2013--"4 Stars: One of Broadway Musicals Concert" headliners Sierra Boggess ("Love Never Dies," "Les Miserables"), Lea Salonga ("Miss Saigon," "Les Miserables"), Ramin Karimloo ("Love Never Dies," "Les Miserables"), and Yu Shirota ("Prince of Tennis," "Sailor Moon") posed for a pre-concert rehearsal snapshot for Fletcher Callanta, BroadwayWorld.com guest photographer, at Turtle Bay Music School on East 52nd Street earlier this week.
"4 Stars," featuring Jason Robert Brown's ("The Last Five Years," "Songs for A New World") musical direction and arrangements, and Daniel Kutner's ("It Must Be Him," "I Love You Because") direction, plays at Aoyama Theatre in Tokyo, Japan from Saturday, June 15 to Sunday, June 23, and at Umeda Arts Theater in Osaka, Japan from Thursday, June 27 to Sunday, June 30.
Songs from "Miss Saigon," "Les Miserables," "Phantom of the Opera," and "The Last Five Years," among others, are included in the program.
Yukio Horio is scenic designer; Toshiyuki Kasahara is lighting designer; Nobuko Miyamoto is costume designer; and Koichi Yamamoto is sound designer.
"Much of our material comes from the musical-theater canon, which makes the learning curve somewhat less steep. However, Jason gave a brand new treatment to many of these classics--tight three- and four-part harmonies, key changes and song divisions that brought forth a new spin on old music. It certainly makes it all very interesting," Salonga wrote in The Philppine Daily Inquirer.
She continued, "Although many of the songs now sound new, there was material left untouched, which hopefully will make our audiences in Tokyo and Osaka very happy. There are a few other treats too, which I will not reveal just yet. You'll just have to come to Japan and watch us!"
For more information (in Japanese), visit umegei.com.