- Last Updated on 07:46 AM 07/01/13
- BY Greg Donner/Special to The Gazette
What do you get when you take a group of talented, motivated and enthusiastic performers and invite them to come to a musical celebration bringing their favorite songs?
For the Prizery’s Summer Theatre celebration, it is the musical magic of “Red, White and Broadway.”
Director Chris Jones has assembled 16 of the finest performers for an evening of patriotic standards and Broadway classics. The result is a performance that will thrill audiences of all ages and musical tastes.
Jones selected the performers from across the United States and invited each to bring a favorite Broadway tune to put into the show.
He said, “They brought amazing things, both with their talent and their song choices. The end result is a show with a very patriotic flare and a collection of show stoppers both old and new.”
With so many talented performers, Jones is challenged to find the right song for each for the show.
Act One opens with the men’s chorus singing the “Star Spangled Banner” and closes with an inspiring rendition of “God Bless America,” led by Katie Finan.
In between the two patriotic numbers are classic American songs that will bring back pleasant memories for every listener. Virtually every member of the professional summer cast will be featured at some point in the evening.
Audience members who have some favorite performers from “Oliver” will be treated to even more numbers from them, but more importantly, they will become more familiar with some new faces and voices that were in non-featured roles.
Act two of the evening will feature only songs from Broadway with some familiar favorites and some numbers from recent hits. Songs are as diverse as “Poor Unfortunate Souls” from Disney’s “Little Mermaid” to the large cast presentation of “Steal Your Rock and Roll” from “Memphis.” In between are memorable favorites like an ensemble version of “Everything’s Coming up Roses” and the youth anthem “Seasons of Love” from the musical “Rent.”
Jones said that many people have had input into the material for the show. He is anxious to feature all of the summer performers saying, “They are all so wonderful that it is hard to find enough good parts in only three shows.”
He is also generous in his praise of Brad Bass who serves as choreographer for the summer and will be featured in several numbers in “Red, White and Broadway.”
Bass is currently teaching theatre at Averett University and comes to Southside Virginia following a career that includes numerous roles on Broadway, including “Memphis” and “Wicked.” Bass has been assisting Jones and the individual performers in selecting numbers for the show. Jones, Bass, and Musical Director Jon Latane are working long hours with the cast to present a patriotic and entertaining evening for all ages.
In years past, the musical reviews have proven to be one of the highlights of the summer series. Due to the tight schedule, there are a limited number of performances.
This year the show opens on Thursday, July 4th, and has only five shows before closing on the seventh.
Patrons who have seen the opening production of “Oliver” have marveled at the singing prowess of the talent. “Red, White and Broadway” gives them another chance to hear these wonderful performers as well as those who were more in the background as ensemble players.
The overall presentation will amaze everyone with the level of professionalism.
Tickets for this show (and the season ending “Legally Blond”) are on sale now at The Prizery box office.
For more information, visit www.prizery.com or contact the box office at 434-572-8339.