Connect with us

Broadway

The New York Pops Gala Was Spectacular With Stephanie J. Block, Jeremy Jordan, Norm Lewis and The Music Will Continue This Summer

Published

on

Jeremy Jordan
New York Pops

New York Pops

Broadway’s biggest stars, came out as The New York Pops celebrated its 33rd birthday gala with “Do You Hear the People Sing” at Carnegie Hall. This year the gala honored Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg, the creators of Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, The Pirate Queen and Martin Guerre. Stephanie J. Block, Montego Glover, Jeremy Jordan, Norm Lewis, Patti LuPone, Laura Osnes, Steven Pasquale, Lea Salonga, among others—performed selections with 20 instrumentalists from the Pops’ “Kids on Stage” program, members of Camp Broadway Kids, children from the Ronald McDonald House of New York and Judith Clurman’s Essential Voices USA.

Steven Reineke

Steven Reineke

Musical Director and Conductor Steven Reineke lead the 78-piece orchestra with the orchestral selections standing out. New York should be proud of such a fabulous orchestra. Highlights included: Broadway, film and Smash star Jeremy Jordan singing “Why, God, Why,” from Miss Saigon. If Jordan were available, he is the perfect choice for the 2016 version coming next season. He not only vocally hit it out of the park, emotionally he was so connected, it was a thrilling rendition. Not listed in the program was Steven Pasquale (currently starring in The Robber Bridegroom who played John in the national tour of Miss Saigon) singing “Bui Doi.” This tribute to the children left behind after the Vietnam war was chilling. Tony winner Terrence Mann (currently starring as the Man in the Yellow Suit in Tuck Everlasting) was a great choice as the capitalistic Engineer, in “The American Dream.

Lea Salonga

Lea Salonga

 Lea Salonga, Eva Noblezada

Steven Reineke, Lea Salonga & Eva Noblezada photo by Richard Termine

“The Saigon section also included Lea Salonga, Tony-winner for her performance as Kim in the original Broadway production of Miss Saigon, joined onstage by the newest Kim Eva Noblezada, star of the critically acclaimed 2014 West End production of the show and soon to be the star of the revival. “The Movie in My Mind,” was passed down from one generation to another.

Norm Lewis

Norm Lewis

For the LesMisérables section Broadway’s Javert and the first African American actor to play the Phantom on Broadway brought back the haunting “Stars.” A Tony Award-winning trio of Stephanie J. Block, Patti LuPone, and Lea Salonga “Dreamed a Dream.” Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Fully Committed) and Patti LuPone brought “Master of the House,” to life.

John Owens-Jones, Robert Marien , Hugh Panaro and Eric Kunze

John Owens-Jones, Robert Marien , Hugh Panaro and Eric Kunze, Steven Reineke conducts, photo by Richard Termine

Four Jean Valjeans, Eric Kunze (Marius in Les Misérables on Broadway, opposite Lea Salonga), Robert Marien (Valjean in the French world premiere of Les Misérables), John Owen-Jones (the youngest actor ever to play Valjean in the West End and currently starring as Valjean on Broadway), and Hugh Panaro (Marius in the original Broadway production of Les Misérables). crooned “Bring Him Home.” Marie Zamora, the original Cosette in the Paris production of Les Misérables, and also the wife of Alain Boublil performed “Au Petit Matin” from a show that sounded like a rip off of Les Misérables in French. It is good to be the wife of the composer. She also joined Lea Salonga in a French/English version of “Mon Histoire/On My Own” which Ms. Salonga did for musical theatre legend, Sir Cameron Mackintosh (Honorary Co-Chair for the event, along with 2-time Tony winner and American Theatre Hall of Fame member Patti LuPone) in London. Sir Cameron Mackintosh, Richard Maltby, Boublil and Schöneberg were all in attendance.

Stephanie J Block

Stephanie J Block

Stephanie J Block recreated her role of the The Pirate Queen singing “Woman” and bringing down the house. This girl can sing.

In addition, 837 New York City schoolchildren from the Pops’ Kids in the Balcony program attended the performance free of charge, filling the entire top tier of the auditorium.

Montego Glover

Montego Glover

Stephanie J. Block, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Montego Glover, Jeremy Jordan, Norm Lewis, Robert Marien, Patti LuPone, Eva Noblezada, Laura Osnes, John Owen-Jones, Hugh Panaro, Lea Salonga, Kyle Scatliffe, Marie Zamora,

Photo: The New York Pops 33rd Birthday Gala
Do You Hear the People Sing
The New York Pops
Steven Reineke, Music Director and Conductor
Honorees: Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg
Guest Artists: Stephanie J. Block, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Montego Glover, Jeremy Jordan, Norm Lewis, Robert Marien, Patti LuPone, Eva Noblezada, Laura Osnes, John Owen-Jones, Hugh Panaro, Lea Salonga, Kyle Scatliffe, Marie Zamora, and Judith Clurman’s Essential Voices USA
concert photographed: Monday, May 2, 2016; 7:00 PM at Isaac Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall; Photograph: © 2016 Richard Termine
PHOTO CREDIT – Richard Termine

At the after party guest continued the celebration.

The New York Pops will return to Forest Hills Stadium in Queens this summer for a concert starring Tony nominee Matthew Morrison and another special guest yet to be announced. The one-night-only, family-friendly event will take place July 7 in the open-air venue and is set to feature a 78-piece orchestra.

The concert will also continue its Kids in the Balcony program, offering 1,000 children an opportunity to attend and learn about live music for free.

Tickets, from $15, are on sale at foresthillsstadium.com.

For more information visit: www.newyorkpops.org.

Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email: suzanna@t2conline.com

Broadway

Stephen Schwartz To Be Inducted into The Long Island Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame

Published

on

Legendary Award Winning Broadway and Movie Music Composer Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell, Pippin) will be inducted into the Long Island Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame (LIMEHOF) on Saturday, March 23rd, 2024 at 7pm.

There will also be concert emceed by Musician Paul Shaffer (from the David Letterman Show) who worked with Schwartz early in his career.

Schwartz has won 4 Grammys and 3 Oscars among other awards in his career that spans over 50 years both on Broadway and on the silver screen. Additionally, Schwartz has contributed music and lyrics to several movies such as “Pocahontas” (1995), “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” (1996), “The Prince of Egypt” (1998), and “Enchanted” (2007).He was also involved with the upcoming feature film adaptation of Wicked to be released in the fall.

Continue Reading

Broadway

Ani DiFranco and Lola Tung Join Hadestown

Published

on

The Tony and Grammy Award®-winning Best Musical Hadestown is currently stars Grammy Award winner Ani DiFranco as Persephone singing “Our Lady Of The Underground”.

 Lola Tung (“The Summer I Turned Pretty”) as Eurydice, Jordan Fisher (Dear Evan Hansen, Grease: Live,) as Orpheus here singing “All I’ve Ever Known”.

Grammy Award nominee Phillip Boykin as Hades, and Tony Award winner Lillias White as Hermes.

They are joined by Belén Moyano, Kay Trinidad, and Brit West as the Fates. The chorus of Workers is played by Emily Afton, Malcolm Armwood, Chibueze Ihuoma, Alex Puette, and Grace Yoo. The cast includes swings Sojourner Brown, Brandon Cameron, Tara Jackson, Max Kumangai, Alex Lugo, and Tanner Ray Wilson.

Hadestown originated as Anaïs Mitchell’s indie theater project that toured Vermont which she then turned into an acclaimed album. With Rachel Chavkin, her artistic collaborator, Hadestown has been transformed into a genre-defying new musical that blends modern American folk music with New Orleans-inspired jazz to reimagine a sweeping ancient tale.

Continue Reading

Broadway

Live From The Edison Hotel Times Square Chronicles Presents Goes Live With Bonnie Comley and Stewart F. Lane

Published

on

Photo of Bonnie Comley, Stewart F. Lane and Suzanna Bowling

“Live From The Edison Hotel Times Square Chronicles Presents”, is a new show that is filmed live every Wednesday from 5 – 6 in the lobby of the iconic Hotel Edison, before a live audience. We will run the video on our site every Thursday and then it moves onto the podcast networks.

In this episode T2C’s publisher and owner Suzanna Bowling talks with Broadway royalty and longtime married couple Bonnie Comley and Stewart F. Lane. We talk about the Palace Theatre, Broadway HD and so much more.

We were also so excited because the show and our guests are now featured on the TV screens in the lobby and the hotel rooms.

I am so grateful to my guests Bonnie and Stewart for joining me. Thank-you Magda Katz for videoing and creating the content to go live, the audience who showed up to support us, Rommel Gopez and The Edison Hotel for their kindness and hospitality.

We hope to see you there on February 21st for our guests the creator of Times Square and Hampton Fashion Week Dee Rivera, Celebrity hairstylist Samantha Smoker and Fashion Designer Shani Grosz.

Continue Reading

Book Reviews

Live From The Edison Hotel Times Square Chronicles Presents Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley

Published

on

I am so pleased to announce our guests for Valentine’s Day are Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley, the founders of BroadwayHD.com, an online streaming service on a mission to promote and preserve live theatre, extending the reach of Broadway and Broadway-caliber shows to anyone, anywhere. BroadwayHD currently has a catalog of over 300 full-length stage plays and musicals available for streaming on demand, so when you can’t get to Broadway, go to BroadwayHD on your tv, phone, or tablet!

Mr. Lane and Ms. Comley have collectively produced over 40 films and 45 Broadway shows, garnering nine Tony Awards and another 14 Tony nominations. They have also won Olivier Awards, Drama Desk, Drama
League, and Outer Critics Circle Awards for their stage productions. Lane has co-owned Broadway’s famous Palace Theater for almost 40 years.

The theater community has honored the couple for their philanthropic work, including The Actors Fund Medal of Honor, The Drama League Special Contribution to the Theater Award, The Paul Newman Award from Arts Horizons, and The Theater Museum Distinguished Service Award. The stage at Boston University’s new theater center is named in their honor, as is the Music Theater Program. The Musical Theater Society Room bears their name at Emerson College, and the 500-seat theater at the University
of Massachusetts Lowell is known as the Comley Lane Theater. Lane is a recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award at Boston University, and Comley is Distinguished Alumni of both Emerson College and UMass Lowell.

Mr. Lane is a theater historian and playwright and has written the critically acclaimed “Black Broadway: African Americans on the Great White Way” (Square One Publishers), “Jews on Broadway” (McFarland Publishers), “Let’s Put on a Show” (Working Arts Library), and the plays “In The Wings (published in spring 2008 by Hal Leonard), “If It Was Easy” (published by Performing Books and nominated for Best New Play by the American Theatre Critics Association), and the musical “Back Home Again” (with music
and lyrics by John Denver) which he was awarded The 2011 John Denver Spirit Award for his work.

“Live From The Edison Hotel Times Square Chronicles Presents”, is a new show that will be filmed live every Wednesday from 5 – 6 in the lobby of the iconic Hotel Edison, before a live audience. To see our first episode click here.

Originally our guest was Maury Yeston, but he had to reschedule. He will be our guest at a later date, however Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley, our guests for Valentine’s Day could not be more perfect. They are the epitome or Love and Broadway.

See you at The Edison Hotel.

Continue Reading

Broadway

Chita Will Be Honored As Lights Dim

Published

on

Broadway will dim its marquee lights to honor the two-time Tony-winning star of the original West Side Story Chita Rivera. This iconic star died January 30 at the age of 91.

The dimming of Broadway marquees will occur for the traditional one minute on Saturday, February 17 at 7:45 p.m./ET.

“Chita Rivera was Broadway royalty, and we will miss her with all our hearts,” said Charlotte St. Martin, President of The Broadway League. “For nearly seven decades she enthralled generations of audiences with her spellbinding performances and iconic roles. The triple threat actor, singer, and dancer leaves behind an incredible legacy of work for which she was honored with a Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement.”

Rivera’s Broadway career began in 1950 with Guys and Dolls. Her signature role came in 1957 when she played the original “Anita” in West Side Story. Other Broadway credits include Bye Bye Birdie, Chicago, Kiss of the Spiderwoman, The Visit and The Rink. She was nominated for 10 Tony Awards, winning for The Rink in 1984 and Kiss of the Spider Woman in 1993. She received the Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2018.

We give you the talented Ken Fallin’s drawing of Chita in The Visit.

Continue Reading

Trending

Copyright © 2023 Times Square Chronicles

Times Square Chronicles