Broadway & Opera Superstars Join Forces With Ft. Lauderdale Gay Men's Chorus For Sondheim Tribute
The Fort Lauderdale Gay Men's Chorus (FTLGMC) will present "Our Time With Sondheim," an inspiring evening of music from Broadway legend Stephen Sondheim, with special guest performances by Broadway and opera superstars Lisa Vroman and Martha Bartz. Performances will be held at All Saints Episcopal Church located at 333 Tarpon Drive in Fort Lauderdale on Friday, March 16 at 8 pm and Sunday, March 18 at 4 pm.
"Broadway lovers are invited to this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see FTLGMC join world renown guest artists for an enchanting tribute to the greatest Broadway creator of all, Stephen Sondheim," said Dr. Gary Keating, founding and current director of the Fort Lauderdale Gay Men's Chorus. "As the first established gay arts organization in the State of Florida, it is a privilege to create performances that soar to new heights."
Special guest star Lisa Vroman is a Broadway Leading Lady who holds the record for most performances as Christine Daae' in Phantom of the Opera. Recognized by the great Cameron Mackintosh as "one of American Musical Theater's most beautiful voices," Harold Prince says that "few ladies today possess the exquisite voice, clarity and range of Lisa Vroman."
Joining Vroman and the Chorus is Opera titan Martha Bartz, an in-demand Mezzo Soprano direct from a performance at Lincoln Center in New York. She was the winner of the 2010 Classical Singer convention in NYC (Musical Theater), the 2008 NYC NATS competition and a finalist in the 2009 International Lotte Lehmann Cybersing competition.
The Chorus with its very special guest stars will perform two shows that will pay tribute to the consummate American composer and lyricist known for more than a half-century for his contributions to musical theater. Sondheim has received an Academy Award, eight Tony Awards (more than any other composer) including a Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre, eight Grammy Awards, a Pulitzer Prize, a Laurence Olivier Award and a 2015 Presidential Medal of Freedom. His best-known works as composer and lyricist include A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, Pacific Overtures, Sweeney Todd, Merrily We Roll Along, Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods, Assassins, and Passion. He also wrote the lyrics for West Side Story and Gypsy.
Funding for the Fort Lauderdale Gay Men's Chorus is provided in part by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council. General admission tickets are $25, VIP tickets with priority seating are priced at $40, plus a small service fee. For an additional $50 fee, fans can enjoy a private champagne reception and meet-and-greet with the special guest stars.
About Fort Lauderdale Gay Men's Chorus
The Fort Lauderdale Gay Men's Chorus (FTLGMC) builds community through quality musical performances and civic engagement that promotes a world that accepts and values diversity. Currently led by founding director Dr. Gary Keating, the FTLGMC is recognized as the first established gay arts organization in the State of Florida and has gained respect and admiration from the community over the years from both gay and straight audiences. For more information about FTLGMC, call (954) 832-0060 or visit www.TheFTLGMC.org.