JERRY HERMAN: THE BROADWAY LEGACY CONCERT Set for Segerstrom This Winter
Segerstrom Center for the Arts presents Jerry Herman: The Broadway Legacy Concert, January 19 - 21, 2017 in Samueli Theater. For three nights, six talented singers will take to the stage performing many of Jerry Herman's beloved musical numbers from Mame, Mack and Mabel, Hello, Dolly! and La Cage Aux Folles.
The performers include Karen Morrow, Debbie Gravitte, Scott Coulter, John Boswell, Jason Graae and Ron Raines. In addition, each evening will feature two new local students who will share the stage during these performances as part of The ASCAP Foundation Jerry Herman Broadway Legacy Prize, with the goal of introducing classic musicals to a new generation of theater lovers and performers. This concert is produced by the ASCAP Foundation and Spot-On Entertainment.
"I have been so blessed to be able to spend my creative life in the theatre and to give musical voice to such wonderful characters as Dolly Levi (Hello, Dolly!); Georges and Albin (La Cage Aux Folles); and Mame Dennis (Mame). I always wrote for specific characters and specific situations. To know that my songs could also have a life outside of their respective shows was always a welcoming surprise to me. When The ASCAP Foundation approached me about presenting a new program consisting of nationwide concerts featuring my songs with symphony orchestras and a series of master classes targeting university/college students in writing and performing for the musical theatre I was thrilled. And I couldn't have asked for a more sterling cast to sing my songs...I am delighted to have them representing my musical legacy and bringing my songs to you this evening. Clearly, for me, the Best of Times is Now." - Jerry Herman
Single tickets are $79 and now available online at SCFTA.org, by calling (714) 556-2787 and at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa. For inquiries about group ticket savings for 10 or more, please call the Group Services office at (714) 755-0236.
Karen Morrow is a beloved stage and television personality, who first stepped onto the New York stage as the female lead 'Jeannie' in I Had a Ball co-starring Buddy Hackett and Richard Kiley. Her last performance on Broadway was playing the dual role of 'The Princess Puffer'/'Miss Angela Prysock' in the original Tony Award-winning musical The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Jerry Herman once said of Morrow, "She'll sing the hell out of it..."
One of Broadway's biggest personalities, Debbie Gravitte has found herself in demand from the Broadway Stage to the concert stage and beyond. She won the prestigious Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance in Jerome Robbins' BROADWAY, along with a Drama Desk Award Nomination and New York Showstopper Award. After making her Broadway debut in the original cast of They're Playing Our Song, she went on to appear in: Perfectly Frank (DRAMA DESK AWARD NOMINATION), Blues In The Night, Ain't Broadway Grand, ZORBA, CHICAGO and Les Miserables.
Scott Coulter is one of New York's most honored male vocalists. For his work in cabaret, Nightlife Awards for Outstanding Vocalist and has performed at most of NYC's top rooms including has received five MAC Awards (Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs), five Bistro Awards and two Birdland, 54 Below, The Oak Room at the Algonquin and Feinstein's at The Regency, where he spent a record-setting eight months performing the revue 11 O'CLOCK NUMBERS AT 11 O'CLOCK which he also co-created, directed and musically arranged.
John Boswell has served as musical director for Judy Collins, Andy Williams and Bob Newhart as well as the concert tours of Cinema Toast, That's Life: A Toast to Sinatra, Blockbuster Today, Three Men and a Baby Grand, Blockbuster Broadway! and The Spy Who Loved Me starring Sheena Easton. He played the role of "Moose" in the national tour of Crazy For You and most recently composed music for the HBO special Kathy And Mo: The Dark Side.
Jason Graae has starred on Broadway in A Grand Night For Singing, Falsettos, Stardust, Snoopy! and Do Black Patent Leather Shows Really Reflect Up?
A Tony Award nominee for the acclaimed production of Follies, Ron Raines has had an illustrious international career spanning musical theater, opera, concert and television. He starred on Broadway in ANNIE, NEWSIES, CHICAGO and Show Boat, and originated the role of Nick Longworth in Teddy and Alice with Len Cariou. He has delighted audiences around the world with his memorable starring roles in virtually every major American musical and operetta, including A Little Night Music, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, South Pacific, KISMET, SAYONARA, Kiss Me Kate, The King and I, Naughty Marietta, The Merry Widow, BRIGADOON, Rose Marie, OKLAHOMA!, CAROUSEL, Side by Side by Sondheim, Guys and Dolls and Man of La Mancha at the Covent Garden Festival.
Segerstrom Center for the Arts is an acclaimed arts institution and as well as a beautiful multi- disciplinary cultural campus. It is committed to supporting artistic excellence on all of its stages, offering unsurpassed experiences, and to engaging the entire community in new and exciting ways through the unique power of live performance and a diverse array of inspiring programs.
Previously called the Orange County Performing Arts Center, Segerstrom Center is Orange County's largest non-profit arts organization. In addition to its six performance venues, Segerstrom Center is also home to the American Ballet Theatre William J. Gillespie School, where students ages 3 - 14 are taught by acclaimed teachers utilizing the renowned ABT National Training Curriculum in studios utilized by the world's greatest dancers and choreographers.
The Center presents a broad range of programming for audiences of all ages, including international ballet and dance, national tours of top Broadway shows, intimate performances of jazz and cabaret, contemporary artists, classical music performed by renowned chamber orchestras and ensembles, family- friendly programming, free performances open to the public from outdoor movie screenings to dancing on the plaza and many other special events.
The Center's arts-in-education programs are designed to inspire young people through the arts and reach hundreds of thousands of students each year. In addition to the presenting and producing institution Segerstrom Center for the Arts, the 14-acre campus also embraces the facilities of two independent acclaimed organizations: Tony Award®-winning South Coast Repertory and a site designated as the future home of the Orange County Museum of Art.
Segerstrom Center for the Arts is also proud to serve as the artistic home to three of the region's major performing arts organizations: Pacific Symphony, the Philharmonic Society of Orange County and the Pacific Chorale, who contribute greatly to the artistic life of the region with annual seasons at Segerstrom Center for the Arts.