Pop-Opera Group Il Divo with Guest Heather Headley to Play Broadway's Marquis Theatre, Nov 7-13
Il Divo, the record-breaking classical crossover group who has sold more than 26 million albums worldwide, is set to release their 6 th studio album A Musical Affair, on Syco/Columbia Records on November 5 th. The album release will raise the curtains on a limited run of live Broadway performances at The Marquis Theater with special guest, Heather Headley, beginning November 7, 2013.
Tickets including VIP Meet & Greet packages will be available for pre-sale on Monday, September 9 via ILDIVO.com and Broadway Direct. American Express cardmembers can purchase advance tickets beginning Monday, September 9 at 10AM EDT through Sunday, September 15 at 10PM EDT. For general on-sale, tickets will be available starting Monday, September 16 th via Ticketmaster.com and at the Marquis Box Office on October 28. The album is currently available for pre-order at Amazon here.
A Musical Affair is Il Divo's first compilation of songs inspired by Broadway shows such as Phantom of the Opera, Carousel and West Side Story and features stellar duet partners Barbra Streisand, Kristin Chenoweth, Nicole Scherzinger, Heather Headley and Michael Ball. The album showcases Il Divo's signature romantic and emotional interpretation of heartfelt classics like "Some Enchanted Evening" (South Pacific), "Bring Him Home," (Les Miserables), "Tonight," (West Side Story), and more. Il Divo has also provided new arrangements for these much-loved songs, as well as invited familiar Broadway and pop artists to appear on certain tracks as their duet partners. These top musicians lend their talent in songs like "Music of the Night" (Phantom of the Opera) LIVE duet with Barbra Streisand; "All I Ask Of You" (Phantom Of The Opera) duet with Kristin Chenoweth; "Memory" (Cats) duet with Nicole Scherzinger; and "Can You Feel The Love Tonight" (The Lion King) duet with Heather Headley.
"Ifirst met Il Divo when we performed together for some special Christmas shows in New York in 2009, so it has been wonderful to finally record together," says Kristin Chenoweth. "'All I Ask Of You' is such a beautiful song and I'm thrilled at how our version has turned out."
On November 7th, Il Divo kicks off a limited engagement of live concerts at New York's Marquis Theater, marking the first time the four members will sing together on the Broadway stage. "Il Divo - A Musical Affair: The Greatest Songs of Broadway Live," will intertwine the most famous songs from Broadway musicals with the individual theatrical experiences of Carlos, David, Urs and Sebastien. In addition, Tony and Grammy Award Winner Heather Headley will be a featured guest for the entire run. "I'm looking forward to working with Il Divo," says Headley. "I'm excited to be back in New York, on Broadway, and singing some of the best of Broadway." In addition to the November 7 debut, Il Divo's Marquis show dates include November 8, 9, 11, 12, and 13. The quartet members are no strangers to musical theatre; Carlos was cast as Marius in Les Miserables when the show first premiered in Spain in 1993, while David played Rodolfo in Broadway's La Boheme in 2003, which subsequently garnered seven Tony nominations.
"When we recorded 'Love Changes Everything' together we had an absolute blast in the studio," says Michael Ball. "They're really great guys with a lot of talent and for one day I felt like a member of Il Divo.It was a pleasure working with four such amazing voices and I'm very proud of the result."
Producer James Nederlander comments, "Il Divo is a natural fit for Broadway. They are a dynamic group of young singers that cross over to all different audiences."
"Bringing a show to New York City to play in a Broadway theater is goingto be like no other Il Divo experience," say Il Divo member David Miller. "Being in the middle of TimesSquare, the home of Broadway musicals, will help us to raise our bar.We will have the spirit of innumerable legendary performances allaround us.And having our name up in lights at Broadway's Marquistheatrewill be an absolute thrill.I can't wait!"
"This is going to be a fantastic surprise," says Carlos Marin, the Spanish baritone. "I think thefansare going to be really, really pleased we've got well-known songs here, but we have a new sound and concept for them, and being on Broadway will also be a chance to try something really new and theatrical for us."