The New York Pops returned to what they do best. tarting off with the overture to Gypsy by Jule Styne, Carnegie Hall came alive with the glorious sound of New York’s illustrious orchestra.
Essential Voices USA joined in for a rousing Oklahoma by Rodgers and Hammerstein II.
New York Theatre Ballet showed off Agnus de Mille’s choreography from the Dream Ballet from Oklahoma, as Cole Potters overture from Anything Goes kicked things into high speed.
At City Center a production of A Chorus Line was playing, but the New York Pops let us know how spectacular Ed Kleban and Marvin Hamlisch’s score really is. Essential Voices USA joined in the fun.
My favorite part of the evening was the hot rendition of “Mambo” from Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story, as Essential Voices USA joined in for the quartet “Tonight”.
Season’s of Love from Rent with solo’s by Becca Barrett and Luis Chavez was heartfelt.
Act Two, brought us a Suite from Chicago, with a terrific trumpet solo by 14 year-old Maggie Wakefield. This girl has a fabulous career ahead of her.
Fredrick Loewe and Alan Jay Lerner’s overture from Brigadoon, led to a beautiful ballet to “Come to Me Bend To Me.”
A heavenly version of “Sunday” from Sunday in the Park With George combined the Pops with Essential Voices USA.
The “Hornpipe” from Carousel brought back New York Theatre Ballet.
Coming up to shows on Broadway now, Pasek and Paul’s “You Will Be Found” from Dear Evan Hanson had Jacqueline Taylor and David Gabriel Lerner taking solos.
Ahrens and Flaherty’s “Prologue” from Ragtime brought is to a time that was much simpler, as the show closed out with “Make Them Hear You.” The solo by Alonzo Johnson was truly well done.
The Pops was at it’s best Friday night doing what it naturally does, bringing wonderful music to life.