Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Michael Cavanaugh and his band join the Pops for an evening of music by Billy Joel

MAY 8 & 9, Michael Cavanaugh and the Boston Pops

Broadway sensation Michael Cavanaugh will bring his high-energy vocals and piano playing to such show-stoppers as “Uptown Girl,” “You May Be Right,” and “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant.”

The first half of the evening features an adventurous mix of pop/rock favorites drawing from the music of Paul Simon, the Beatles and others, as well as the Boston premiere of “Celebration Fanfare” by the noted conductor/composer/arranger Steven Reineke. The program showcases several of Reineke’s arrangements, including “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” Elton John’s “Candle in the Wind,” and “On Broadway,” from Smokey Joe’s Café.

Michael Cavanaugh, who grew up idolizing Joel, formed his first band at the age of ten and was performing in Las Vegas when the “Piano Man” himself saw his act, joined him onstage, and handpicked him to star in his smash hit musical Movin’ Out, choreographed and directed by Twyla Tharp. Cavanaugh was nominated for a Tony Award for his vivid performance as Joel’s onstage alter ego.

Ticket Information
Tickets are priced from $20 to $89. Tickets may be purchased online at www.bostonpops.org or by phone through SymphonyCharge at 617-266-1200 or 888-266-1200, Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (with a $5.50 handling fee for each ticket ordered online or by phone). Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Symphony Hall box office, open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and on Sunday from 1 p.m. through the first concert intermission on concert dates. Most major credit cards, personal checks, and cash are accepted at the box office. For Group Sales of 25 or more, please call 617-638-9345 or 800-933-4255.

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