HSO’s First-Ever Broadway Revue at Festival to Feature Broadway Stars and Music From Wicked, Dreamgirls, Phantom and More
SIMSBURY, July 1, 2014 –Playing musical hits from Wicked, Dreamgirls, Phantom, Mamma Mia and more, the Hartford Symphony Orchestra’s Talcott Mountain Music Festival will turn Iron Horse Boulevard into the Great White Way at Broadway Rocks! on Friday, July 11, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center at Simsbury Meadows. Led by guest conductor Randall Craig Fleischer, this Broadway revue will feature the vocal talents of Morgan James, Capathia Jenkins, and Rob Evan.
During the span of his diverse career, Rob Evan has performed in seven leading roles on the New York Stage including the original Broadway cast of Jekyll & Hyde, playing the title roles for three years and over 1,000 performances worldwide. He also appeared on Broadway as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables, Kerchak in Disney’s Tarzan, “The Dentist” in Little Shop of Horrors, and Count von Krolock in Jim Steinman’s Dance of the Vampires. Off-Broadway, Rob created the roles of The Dancin’ Kid in Johnny Guitar and the hero Miles Hendon in Neil Berg’s The Prince and the Pauper.
Epic recording artist, Morgan James is not just a great soul singer…or a great R&B artist, or even a great jazz artist. As a solo artist, she has played to sold-out crowds at popular NY nightspots such as Birdland, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Lincoln Center, Dominion, Joe’s Pub, Le Poisson Rouge, and Rockwood Music Hall. Her debut solo album “Morgan James Live” is available on iTunes and Amazon, featuring the music of Nina Simone, and her full-length studio album will be available summer 2014. Morgan’s Broadway credits include four original casts: Motown: the musical, the Broadway revival of Godspell, Frank Wildhorn’s Wonderland and The Addams Family, starring Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth.
The Brooklyn-born and raised actress, Capathia Jenkins, most recently starred as ‘Medda’ in the hit Disney production of Newsies on Broadway. She made her Broadway debut in The Civil War, where she created the role of Harriet Jackson. She then starred in the Off-Broadway 2000 revival of Godspell, where she wowed audiences with her stirring rendition of ‘Turn Back, O Man’ which can still be heard on the original cast recording. She returned to Broadway in The Look of Love and was critically acclaimed for her performances of the Bacharach/David hits. Ms. Jenkins then created the roles of ‘The Washing Machine’ in Caroline, Or Change and ‘Frieda May’ in Martin Short–Fame becomes me where she sang ‘Stop the Show’ and brought the house down every night.
With three Music Director positions, a demanding guest conducting schedule, major awards and a career spanning four continents, Randall Craig Fleischer is making a substantial impact. Mr. Fleischer has appeared as a guest conductor with many major orchestras in the United States and internationally including engagements with the Boston Pops, China Philharmonic Hong Kong Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Houston Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, Utah Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Festival Cesky Krumov (Czech Republic) and many others.
HARTFORD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA TALCOTT MOUNTAIN MUSIC FESTIVAL:
with Morgan James, Capathia Jenkins, and Rob Evan, guest vocalists; Randall Craig Fleischer, conductor
Friday, July 11, 2014 ? 7:30 p.m.
Performing Arts Center at Simsbury Meadows
Program: “Everybody Rejoice” from The Wiz; “This is the Moment” from Jekyll and Hyde; “Good Morning Baltimore” from Hairspray; Jersey Boys Medley; “Total Eclipse” from Dance of the Vampires; “Circle of Life” from Disney’s The Lion King; Proud Mary; Jesus Christ Superstar Overture; “Seasons of Love” from Rent; “You Can’t Stop the Beat” from Hairspray; Come Sail Away; “For Good” from Wicked; “Anthem” from Chess; I Will Survive; “Defying Gravity” from Wicked; Mama Mia Medley; “And I am Telling You” from Dreamgirls; “Phantom of the Opera” and “Music of the Night” from Phantom of the Opera
Ticket Information: Subscriptions to the 2014 Talcott Mountain Music Festival range in price from $100-$1420; single tickets range in price from $20-$45; and lawn tickets for kids 12 and under are $5. Discounts are available for tickets purchased in advance. For more ticketing information, please contact HSO ticket services at (860) 244-2999 or visit www.hartfordsymphony.org.
Additional Information: Gates open at 6:00 p.m. for all Talcott Mountain Music Festival concerts. The HSO Education tent is open to all ticket holders from 6:00p.m.-7:15p.m.; families can enjoy free activities such as music-themed games and crafts, the “Instrument Zoo,” and youth performances. In the case of severe weather, this concert will be performed the following night (July 12) at the same time.
The 2014 Talcott Mountain Music Festival is sponsored by St. Francis Care and The Richard P. Garmany Fund at Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. Broadway Rocks! is sponsored by Hartford HealthCare. Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong: A Musical Tribute is sponsored by Classic Hotels of Connecticut. The 2014 Talcott Mountain Music Festival receives Festival Patron support from Falcetti Music, Paine’s Recycling and Rubbish Removal, Seabury, and UBS Realty Investors, LLC; Festival Benefactor support from Cigna, Ensign-Bickford Industries, Inc., Forethought Life Insurance Company, Simscroft-Echo Farms/Girard Brothers Corporation, The Hartford, Travelers, Viking Fuel Oil Company; and Festival Friend support from Big Y, CL&P, Dornenburg Kallenbach Advertising, Ethel Walker School, Federman Lally & Remis, LLC, Fitzgerald’s Foods, JP Morgan Chase, Metro Bis, Motley Rice, LLC, Murphy, Laudati, Kiel, Buttler & Rattigan, LLC, Robert Hensley & Associates, LLC, Robinson & Cole, Simsbury Bank, Spotwine, Tom & Suzy Reich. The Education Tent Sponsor is Renbrook School. The Fireworks Sponsor is The Master’s School. Generous support for the Hartford Symphony Orchestra is provided by the Greater Hartford Arts Council, the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, and with support from the Department of Economic and Community Development, Connecticut Office of the Arts which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.