Lyric Theatre Singers' RAISE YOUR VOICE Broadway Revue Set for Concordia University, 6/16-18
This year's energetic show is the creation of the musical theatre dream-team: Bob Bachelor, Chris Barillaro (Last Night at the Gayety, Centaur; Funny Girl and Belle Soeurs: The Musical, Segal Centre) and Cathy Burns. "The programming process never changes: each of us brings material to the table that will engage our audience, challenge the Singers, and really show off their formidable talents. This year's repertoire includes well-loved standards but we've also got lots of contemporary material too", confided Bachelor. "The song list spans ten decades of musical theatre from Rodgers and Hart's 1929 show, Spring is Here, to the newly-named Pulitzer Prize-winner, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and his 2008 quadruple Tony-winning, In the Heights."
Raise Your Voice! is jam-packed with some of Broadway's most dynamic songs of hope and triumph. "We clearly have a positive, uplifting theme throughout the show this year; it's as inspirational as it is entertaining," said co-director, Cathy Burns. Highlights from The Music Man, Annie, South Pacific, Cinderella are deftly interwoven with selections from more recent shows such as The Lion King, Newsies, In The Heights, Sister Act and more, including a special nod to composer and lyricist, Stephen Schwartz, featuring selections from Wicked, Godspell, The Bakers Wife, Pocahontas and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame. "Not only is the musical program diverse but so is our ensemble", added co-musical Director Chris Barillaro. "We have singers from an array of cultures who live all over the city and surrounding areas. And so many young faces too, which is rare in a company this well established. Most of Lyric's performers now are in their 20s and 30s, like me," he winked.
The creative team of Bachelor, Burns and Barillaro is completed this year by guest choreographer Jonathan Patterson (The Producers, Forever Plaid, Guys and Dolls, Segal Centre; Last Night at the Gayety, Centaur). The Lyric design team is comprised of lighting designer Paul Ludwig Teichgraber, sound designer Rob Burgess and costume coordinator Karen Pearce. The rehearsal and show pianist, the 2014 META nominee for Outstanding Emerging Artist and new to Lyric this year, is David Terriault (I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, Forever Plaid, Segal Centre; and Spring Awakening, Persephone Productions/Centaur; Godspell, Beautiful City Theatre). Joining David on stage in the band is Chris Barillaro on keyboards and percussion, Jennifer Bell on reeds, Evan Stewart playing bass and Alessandro Valiante keeping everyone in tempo on the drums.