BREAKING NEWS: Sierra Boggess, Ramin Karimloo, Cheyenne Jackson, Daisy Eagan & More Join MCP's THE SECRET GARDEN Concert!

BREAKING NEWS: Sierra Boggess, Ramin Karimloo, Cheyenne Jackson, Daisy Eagan & More Join MCP's THE SECRET GARDEN Concert!

Happy Holidays from Manhattan Concert Productions, who just announced further casting for their concert performances of TONY Award-winning musical The Secret Garden in its 25th Anniversary year. Both concerts will take place at David Geffen Hall (formerly known as Avery Fisher Hall), Lincoln Center onFebruary 21, 2016 and February 22, 2016, both at 8pm. The Secret Garden marks the fourth installment of Manhattan Concert Productions' Broadway Series that has included Ragtime, Titanic, and Parade. The concert performances of The Secret Garden will feature a chorus of over 200 singers from the across the United States, a professional cast and creative team, and the enlarged forces of the New York City Chamber Orchestra.

Tickets are currently on sale and may be purchased by visiting www.lincolncenter.org; calling CenterCharge (212) 721-6500; or visiting the David Geffen Hall box office at 10 Lincoln Center Plaza (Columbus Avenue at 65th Street).

Original Broadway cast members Daisy Eagan and Barbara Rosenblat will return to perform the roles of Martha and Mrs. Medlock, respectively. Joining them is Sierra Boggess (Lily), Ramin Karimloo (Archibald Craven), Cheyenne Jackson (Dr. Neville Craven), Ben Platt (Dickon) and Jere Shea (Ben). As previously announced, Tony Award nominee Sydney Lucaswill take on the role of Mary Lennox.

Stafford Arima, director of Manhattan Concert Productions' concert performance of Ragtime in 2013, returns to direct The Secret Garden. Michael Kosarin, the music director and conductor of the original Broadway production of The Secret Garden, will be the music director and conductor for both performances.

The book and lyrics of the musical, based on the 1911 novel of The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, are by Pulitzer prize- and Tony award-winner Marsha Norman, with music by Grammy award-winner Lucy Simon.

Orphaned while living in India, 10 year-old Mary Lennox returns to Yorkshire, England to live with her embittered, reclusive uncle Archibald, whom she has never met. There, the ill-tempered and lonely Mary meets Martha, a chambermaid, who tells her of a secret garden which belonged to her aunt Lily before she died. Mary's search for the garden introduces her to a slew of other characters including Dickon (Martha's brother), Ben (the head gardener), Neville (her other uncle), and a spirited robin that seems to be trying to talk to her. This compelling tale of forgiveness and hope reveals that even the cruelest of environments can blossom with new life.

The Secret Garden is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Casting by Telsey + Company/Craig Burns, CSA.

Manhattan Concert Productions is an esteemed production company in its 17th season. MCP has provided opportunity to thousands of musicians in choirs, bands, and orchestras that have performed at famous venues throughout the United States and many countries abroad. Additionally, MCP regularly features the work of professional singers, actors, instrumentalists, conductors and composers. The guest musicians of The Secret Garden chorus will spend five days in New York City rehearsing and performing side-by-side with the professional principal cast and crew as part of Manhattan Concert Productions' continuing mission of student and professional collaboration. Visit www.mcp.us to learn more.

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