50 Years of Music
The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts presents an evening of show-stopping tunes with BROADWAY SUPERSTARS: A Tribute to Jerry Herman. Some of your favorite local singers and musicians will present, for your enjoyment, the classic music from one of Broadway's most beloved composer/lyricists. You will hear selections from "Milk and Honey," "Hello, Dolly!" "Mame," "Mack and Mabel," and "La Cage Aux Folles."
These benefit performances take place on Saturday, June 29th at 7pm and Sunday, June 30th at 2pm at the Newport Performing Arts Center. There is no ticket price. Entry is by donation with all monies going toward “Entertain the Future!” benefitting Newport Performing Arts Center's new acoustical system. For more information, please call 541-265-ARTS (2787).
For over 50 years, Jerry Herman has kept our toes tapping and hearts smiling with memorable songs that are now a part of the great American songbook. In the tradition of Rodgers and Hammerstein, Lerner and Loewe, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin, Jerry Herman has come to epitomize the big, splashy, old-fashioned musical comedy.
These performances are fundraisers for "Entertain the Future! A Capital Campaign to Enhance and Expand the Newport Performing Arts Center," a $4.3 million project consisting of a series of sequential initiatives, including: 1) enhancing the Alice Silverman Theatre to improve performance experience; 2) expanding the Studio Theatre to allow for an increased range of performance activities, 3) enhancing audience amenities to allow for simultaneous staging of performances, and 4) expanding storage, practice space, and green rooms to accommodate increased scale and scope of performances.
What is Acoustic Enhancement?
The Alice Silverman Theatre acoustical architecture was designed and set to address one general type of theatrical performance. However, the Alice Silverman Theatre is utilized for a variety of performances including musical presentations ranging from full orchestration to individual performers, video, opera and everything in between. Each type of performance requires different acoustic conditions in order to optimize the experience for the audience and performers.
With digital Acoustic Enhancement, the virtual design capabilities can integrate permanently installed sound equipment with a computerized controller. These systems allow a single venue to be acoustically reconfigured, with no physical changes to the architecture, at the touch of a button. For instance, a venue could be set to optimize the acoustic characteristics for a musical presentation in the morning and reset for a literary reading in the afternoon, followed by a Shakespearean performance in the evening.
The cast and musicians for BROADWAY SUPERSTARS are made up of many of Newport's local favorites.
Pete Theodore, who delighted audiences as the flamboyantly gay director Roger DeBris in "The Producers" and Emil DeBecque in "South Pacific," will be joined by his wife, Katrina and youngest son, Cole. Cole will be singing the role of "young Patrick" in the "Mame" portion of the show and will do a very sweet duet with his mother.
Stephanie Lilley, who was recently seen in "South Pacific" and also sings with Central Coast Chorale, is featured in several numbers.
Akia Woods, who brought her vocal styling to Porthole's production of "Side By Side By Sondheim," will be featured in both the 'HELLO, DOLLY' and 'MAME' portions of the show.
Brian Haggerty and Justin Atkins, who also star in the summer production of Steve Martin's "Picasso at the Lapin Agile," will add their voices to the ensemble.
Megan Walters, who wowed audiences in "The Producers" and "Company," will show her vocal dexterity in songs from "Mack and Mabel."
Dona Lackey, who has been in the chorus of many shows, will be a featured soloist this time.
Khlo Brateng, who never fails to bring down the house, will do so again with the humorous number, "Tap Your Troubles Away."
Sara Greene provides the all-important harmonic support, while Sara Coxen will tug at your heartstrings with her rendition of "If He Walked Into My Life."
Putting it all together is director/performer Stephan, last seen as Nazi playwright Franz Liebkind in “The Producers,” and who will direct the Steve Martin play opening in July.
Ramona Martin and Milo Graamans will be the piano accompanists while Mary Lee Scoville plays on the electronic keyboard.
Rick LeDoux, of the Lincoln City Pops Orchestra, keeps time on percussion and Ron Green, who has played in the pit for many musical productions, will play bass.
Long time Las Vegas musical conductor Howard Lackey will lead the performers through their tempos and harmonies to bring it all to fruition.
“The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts appreciates the talents of these local entertainers to help fundraise for the PAC’s acoustical system in the Alice Silverman Theater,” say Mark McConnell, capital campaign chair and Catherine Rickbone, OCCA Executive Director.
The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts, a nonprofit arts organization, promotes and provides high-caliber arts experiences on the Oregon coast. Located in Newport, OCCA manages the Newport Performing Arts Center and the Newport Visual Arts Center. For more information call 541-265-ARTS (2787), look around the site, or email OCCA Executive Director, Catherine Rickbone, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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