Friday, April 10, 2009

Jack Everly Leads the Baltimore Symphony SuperPops
A Tribute to Broadway’s Leading Men

Program features music from West Side Story, Music Man, Les Misérables and more

Principal Pops Conductor Jack Everly will lead the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in BSO SuperPops’ Leading Men of Broadway on Thursday, May 7 at 8:00 p.m. at the Music Center at Strathmore and Friday and Saturday, May 8 and 9 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, May 10 at 3:00 p.m. at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. This program features the collaboration of the BSO, Broadway stars and the Men’s Singers from Baltimore School for the Arts.

This theatrical production includes orchestral scores, vocal solos and original choreography in tribute to the most popular roles for Broadway’s leading men. Selections include favorites such as Tony’s “Maria” from West Side Story, Dr. Jekyll’s “This is the Moment” from Dr. Jekyll and Mrs. Hyde and Harold’s “Ya Got Trouble” from The Music Man. Maestro Everly arranged two works for this program: one featuring memorable overture melodies and another weaving together Broadway’s catchiest solos. The leading men include J. Bradley Bowers, Heath Calvert, Ted Keegan and Edward Staudenmayer. To spice things up, the BSO also welcomes a leading lady to the program, Broadway veteran Brynn O’Malley. The Men’s Singers from Baltimore School for the Arts will lend their well-trained, youthful voices to several selections on this program.

Jack Everly, conductor
Known for his innovative programming ideas and his knowledge of and love for the pops genre, Jack Everly is principal pops conductor of the Baltimore, Indianapolis and National Arts Centre (Ottawa) symphony orchestras. He is also the music director of the Indianapolis Symphony’s A Yuletide Celebration and the BSO Holiday Spectacular. Music director of American Ballet Theater for 14 years, Mr. Everly conducted thousands of performances and dozens of world premieres for that company. In addition to his ABT tenure, he has teamed with Marvin Hamlisch in Broadway shows that Mr. Hamlisch scored including, The Goodbye Girl, They’re Playing Our Song and A Chorus Line. Mr. Everly has appeared on “In Performance at the White House” and has been music director on numerous Broadway cast recordings, including Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame. He conducted the PBS “Dance in America” at New York’s City Center as well as the PBS telecast from the Metropolitan Opera House of the Prokofiev-MacMillan Romeo and Juliet.

J. Bradley Bowers, vocalist
Bradley Bowers appeared in the Broadway production of Disney’s i (Young Tarzan) and in an off-Broadway performance of Transport Group’s i (Kevin). His regional credits include Caroline, or Change (Noah Gellman), Ah, Wilderness! (Tommy Miller), Oliver! (Oliver Twist), An Enemy of the People (Morton Stockman), and Assassins (Billy Moore). He also appeared in Troika Entertainment’s National Tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. His community roles include Les Misérables (Gavroche), Godspell (Jesus), Peter Pan (title role), Willy Wonka, Jr. (Charlie Bucket) and Honk (Cat).

Heath Calvert, vocalist
Heath Calvert has performed as a surfer, Elvis impersonator, cowboy and Barack Obama's stand-in on Broadway as well as a soloist with symphonies in the United States and Canada. He has also blogged for the Huffington Post, appeared on Guiding Light, and modeled in a fashion show hosted by Victoria's Secret supermodel Frederique Vanderwal. He is also a contributing writer to the multi-media political satire Happy Sunshine Kung Fu Flower.

Ted Keegan, vocalist
Ted Keegan is a native of Watertown, New York with an undergraduate degree from Ithaca College and a graduate degree from UNC-Greensboro. He starred in the National Tour of The Phantom of the Opera following a very successful run in the Broadway Company. Mr. Keegan was deeply involved in the George Gershwin Centennial Celebration, performing unpublished Gershwin works at the opening of the George and Ira Gershwin Room at the National Archives in Washington, DC, which The New York Times reviewed as one of the ten best musical events of the year. He has also sung Gershwin with Audra McDonald in New York and with Marin Mazzie at the opening of the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. He appeared in the Frank Loesser Celebration at Symphony Space in New York City and was a soloist at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall, singing Unheard Bernstein. He hosted the Yuletide Celebration in Indianapolis, and has also performed with the Detroit, Syracuse, Charleston West Virginia, Portland, Pittsburgh, Ottawa, Omaha, Baltimore, Las Vegas, Fort Worth, and Edmonton symphonies as well as the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center. He made his Broadway debut as Anthony in the highly acclaimed revival of Sweeney Todd. Other credits include Cyrano: The Musical, Mordred in Camelot with Robert Goulet, Freddy in My Fair Lady, Herman in The Most Happy Fella and And the World Goes ‘Round. His first solo CD, Ted Keegan Sings, is available in stores and at iTunes.

Brynn O’Malley, vocalist
Brynn O’Malley has appeared on Broadway in Wicked (Nessarose), Hairspray (Amber Von Tussle), Sunday in the Park with George (Celeste #1/Elaine) and Beauty and the Beast (Belle understudy). Her regional highlights include Avenue Q (Kate Monster/Lucy T Slut, Wynn Las Vegas), Oklahoma! (Laurey, Paper Mill Playhouse), Meet Me in St. Louis (Esther, Paper Mill Playhouse), She Loves Me (Amalia, Arena Stage; received Helen Hayes nomination), Arsenic and Old Lace (Elaine, CENTERSTAGE), The Full Monty (Pam, Music Theatre of Wichita) and All Shook Up (Miss Sandra, Music Theatre of Wichita). Ms. O’Malley received her bachelor’s of fine arts degree at the University of Michigan.

Edward Staudenmayer, vocalist
Edward Staudenmayer recently starred in Monty Python’s Spamalot (Sir Galahad, et. al.) in Las Vegas and played opposite Martin Short for many performances in Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me on Broadway. He spent more than 15 years in association with the Tony Award-winning Forbidden Broadway, taking him Off-Broadway, around the world and onto three cast recordings. He has toured with Beauty and the Beast (Gaston—National Theater Award Nomination) Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Pharaoh), The Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Santa), and The Scarlet Pimpernel (he later played the title role at the Starlight Theater and Performance Riverside in Southern California—ITL Award, LA Robbie Nominee.) He also starred in the world premieres of Cy Coleman’s Exactly Like You (Goodspeed and York Theaters), The Great Ostrovsky (Prince Music Theater, Barrymore Nomination), Maury Yeston’s In The Beginning (Maine State), I’ll Be Seeing You (Kimmel Center), Disney’s Hercules (New Amsterdam Theater,) and Neil Sedaka’s Breaking Up Is Hard To Do (Capitol Repertory Theater, The Actor’s Playhouse, Miami, and The Ogunquit Playhouse). He has performed in concert with Town Hall’s Broadway by the Year, the Musicals of 1953, Musicals of the ‘70’s and the Syracuse, Bartlesville, Adelaide and Australia symphonies.

About Baltimore School for the Arts Men’s Singers
The Men’s Singers is comprised of high school students from the Baltimore School for the Arts (BSA). Founded in 1980, the BSA provides students with intensive pre-professional training in the arts in the context of a rigorous college preparatory curriculum. BSA graduates go on to the most selective arts and university programs nationwide and achieve prominence in theater, film, music, dance and visual arts. Additionally, the BSA is a catalyst for young people to explore and discover their interest for the arts through TWIGS, its highly acclaimed program that provides free after-school arts classes to more than 750 elementary and middle school students; special dance, music and theatre performances for Baltimore City Public School students; family performance series; partnerships with other arts organizations; and art exhibitions.

COMPLETE PROGRAM INFORMATION:
BSO SuperPops: Leading Men of Broadway
Thursday, May 7, 2009 at 8:00 p.m. —The Music Center at Strathmore
Friday, May 8, 2009 at 8:00 p.m. —Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
Saturday, May 9, 2009 at 8:00 p.m. —Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
Sunday, May 10, 2009 at 3:00 p.m. —Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall

Jack Everly, conductor
J. Bradley Bowers, vocalist
Heath Calvert, vocalist
Ted Keegan, vocalist
Brynn O’Malley, vocalist
Edward Staudenmayer, vocalist
Baltimore School for the Arts Men’s Singers

Tickets for these performances range from $25 to $85. Tickets are available through the BSO Ticket Office, 877.BSO.1444, 410.783.8000 or BSOmusic.org.

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