Theater buffs and music aficionados will be equally enamored as the Indian River Pops Orchestra presents Broadway, a collection of classic and recent smash hits from the Great White Way, April 10 at 7 p.m. at the Eissey Campus Theatre in Palm Beach Gardens.
The show will include instrumental only versions of music from Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera and Cats as well as favorites from Fiddler On the Roof, a George M. Cohan medley and a selection from Three Penny Opera of Kurt Weil. Soloists will preform songs from My Fair Lady, The Sound of Music, West Side Story, and Man of Lamancha.
“I love the music from the theatrical stage,” said Rob Roadman, music director of the Indian River Pops Orchestra. “Many of the greatest songs in the history of our country have come from Broadway shows.”
The show features singers Edmund Nalzaro and Colleen Dougherty, each bringing something different to the stage.
“This will be Edmund’s first time performing with the Indian River Pops and hopefully the first of many. He has performed all across the USA and for us, this is the first time we will have an actual Broadway star performing with us,” said Roadman. “Colleen is a local young lady who has a vast background in theatre. She currently teaches music in Martin County. This will be her second appearance with the Pops.”
The Pops have done a number of theme concerts in the past but Broadway offers its own challenges.
“This concert is a challenge for the musicians and the conductors because there is so much stylistic variety within the music being performed,” said Roadman. “Cats is very different from Fiddler on the Roof! Any time an ensemble accompanies soloists there are different challenges.”
Roadman said Palm Beach is ready for Broadway.
“I think the audience is fairly sophisticated and is well versed with music from the theatre,” said Roadman. “There is such a wide variety of music, especially in recent years, from the composers of theatrical music that there should be something for everyone.”
Tickets to Broadway are $25. The Eissey Theatre is located at 11051 Campus Dr., Palm Beach Gardens. For more information, visit www.palmbeachstate.edu/theatre/eissey-campus-theatre or call (561) 207-5900.