The Pops snap and crackle through a star-studded gala evening of orchestral delight in a tribute to the collaborations between actor Kelli O'Hara and director Bartlett Sher, including South Pacific and The King and I. Featured performers include Paulo Szot, Matthew Broderick, Danny Burstein, Judy Kuhn, Rebecca Luker, Marin Mazzie, Steven Pasquale, Ruthie Ann Miles, Laura Osnes, Adam Kantor and Chris Sullivan. Steven Reineke wields the baton.
For the 15th installment of this deservedly popular event, impresario Scott Siegel gathers a new group of belters to prove that real theater singers don’t need body mics. Singing au naturel, these pros cut loose and let their glorious voices carry the day. This year's edition features Emily Skinner, Stephanie J. Block, Max Von Essen, Ben Davis, Lesli Margherita, Kyle Scatliffe, Maxine Linehan, William Michals, Jeremy Kushnier and Klea Blackhurst.
Back around 2004, pop songstress Jojo penned a megahit that charted No.1 on Billboard‘s mainstream Top 40, signed a a seven-album deal with Blackground Records and released a platinum-selling debut album. Most impressive about those stats? She was 12. After a decade-long struggle with label woes and legal snafus, the star recently returned to the spotlight with a hook-heavy third studio album, Mad Love—and it sounds like the time away has only matured her R&B pipes.
You already know Carter is an iconic bassist. And, well, even if you don't, chances are you own a record that features his playing—the guy continues to hold the title of "most recorded jazz bassist" (Miles Davis! A Tribe Called Quest!). The vet's been leading several sparkling ensembles the past few years, but no word yet as to who's on hand here at his 80th birthday celebrations. Regardless, you can rest assured the talent will be world-class.
Since emerging in 1998 to link up with Mos Def and form Black Star, socially conscious MC Talib Kweli has made a name for himself as a solo artist of true integrity. Even Jay Z referenced his verbal dexterity: “If skills sold/Truth be told/I'd probably be/Lyrically/Talib Kweli.” The underground hero takes the stage here with a live band.
Hale guides audiences through a spoken tour of NYC's jazz legacy, musical illustrated by pianist-singer Raleigh and his trio. Natalie Douglas directs.
Broadway stars flip through the songbook of composer Flinn, whose shows (written with husband Douglas Carter Beane) include Lysistrata Jones and the upcoming Hood. Scheduled performers include Andrew Rannells, Santino Fontana, Alysha Umphress, Ashley Park, Nick Bailey and Susanna Philipps, along with Lysystrata alumna Patti Murin, Katie Boren, Kat Nejat and Biti Strauchn.