Photo Coverage: Jodi Benson and Hugh Panaro in Concert with the TSO



The Toronto Symphony kicked off their 2011 Pops Series last week with ‘Hollywood Hits', an incredible evening of song featuring Jodi Benson (Disney's The Little Mermaid, Crazy for You) and Hugh Panaro (The Phantom of the Opera) and conducted by New York Pops Conductor Steven Reineke. The show was fantastic, showcasing brilliant new arrangements of old Hollywood classics and introducing Toronto to the stunning vocal stylings of these two wonderful performers.

Steven Reineke is a charismatic and enthusiastic conductor and a true lover of musical theatre, something which I recognized in him the very first time I spoke with him (to discuss celebrating Stephen Sondheim's 80th Birthday). Whenever I hear he is coming back to Toronto to conduct our wonderful symphony, I always make sure to attend because his shows are magic. This was no exception. He brought world class talent with Ms. Benson and Mr. Panaro, and the three of them (combined with the wonderful Amabile Men's Choir from London) took full advantage of the stunning orchestra to delight audiences with movie classics both old and new.

Highlights included Jodi Benson reprising the classic song from The Little Mermaid, Part of Your World and Hugh Panaro doing a stunning rendition of The Music of the Night from Phantom of the Opera. They ended the evening by getting audiences up in the aisles to dance to Hairspray's You Can't Stop the Beat and Mamma Mia's Dancing Queen. BWW was thrilled to be on hand to bring you exclusive photographs of the event, including the touching and hilarious moment when Mr. Reineke lost his conducting baton and quipped "hey, it happens!"

When and Where?

For more details on upcoming Toronto Symphony Orchestra Pops Concerts please visit their website

The next Pops show has Steven Reineke conducting 'Christmas with the Canadian Brass'

Performance Schedule for the Christmas Show:

Tues December 20th at 8PM
Wed December 21st at 2PM and 8PM

Tickets range from $29-109 and can be purchased by phone at 416-593-4828 or online

All photos by Racheal McCaig Photography

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Kelly Cameron Kelly Cameron's love affair with the theatre began when she was just five years old, on an outing to see the Original Canadian Cast of Les Miserables at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto. She instantly fell in love, and is honoured to be representing the Toronto contingent of BroadwayWorld as Senior Editor overseeing the GTA region.

Her writing career started almost by accident, though it has always been in her blood as her Mom was an English teacher who firmly believed in the importance of being able to turn a phrase. She also loved sharing her love of theatre with her students (and her children), and was a staunch supporter of the arts in Toronto.

When not at the theatre, you can usually find Kelly with a Starbucks in one hand and her BlackBerry in the other, tweeting, reading or doing something quirky and clumsy for the sake of getting that next big story.

She's incredibly grateful to the amazing Toronto theatre community who have embraced her with open arms, giving her the greatest gift a little redheaded theatre geek could ever ask for - getting to be a part of this vibrant arts and culture scene. She may have never had the skills to be on the stage, but is thankful every day she gets to write about the inspiring people who do.

Headshot photo by Racheal McCaig

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