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Irvine Barclay Theatre

Celebrating Broadway Legend Jerry Herman

Irvine Barclay Theatre

4242 Campus Drive, Irvine CA

www.thebarclay.org | 949.854.4646


Jerry Herman: The Broadway Legacy Concert

Saturday, January 12, 2018 at 8pm

Tickets: $40, $55, $65, $100

 


Jerry Herman is a legendary composer/lyricist of the American musical theater and one of Broadway’s most beloved icons. From Hello, Dolly! and Mame to Mack and Mabel and La Cage aux Folles, Jerry Herman’s songs have lit up Broadway for decades with toe-tapping, soul-stirring musical showstoppers. Now he’s sharing his great musical legacy with a new generation of music lovers. 


Jerry Herman: The Broadway Legacy Concert stars a cast of New York’s top Broadway and concert stars celebrating the songs and the stories of one of the true giants of the theater.

 

Artists: Klea Blackhurst | Scott Coulter | Jason Graae | Debbie Gravitte | Ron Raines | John Boswell

 

ARTSREACH@THEBARCLAY

The day before the concert, these Broadway veterans will conduct a masterclass with students from the highly regarded musical theater program at UCI’s Drama Department. Each student is being asked to prepare a song from a Jerry Herman musical. After the masterclass, two of the students will be chosen to perform their selections for us as part of the Broadway Legacy Concert

 

This concert is produced by The ASCAP Foundation and Spot-On Entertainment.  


Part of 2018-2019 Broadway Cabaret@theBarclay Series

 

 

ArtsReach@theBarclay

The day before the concert, these Broadway veterans will conduct a masterclass with students from the highly regarded musical theater program at UCI’s Drama Department. Each student is being asked to prepare a song from a Jerry Herman musical. After the masterclass, two of the students will be chosen to perform their selections for us as part of the Broadway Legacy Concert.  


LETTERS FROM THE ARTISTIC TEAM


Letter from Jerry Herman

 

I have been so blessed to be able to spend my creative life in the theatre and to give musical voice to such wonderful characters as Dolly Levi (Hello, Dolly!); Georges and Albin (La Cage aux Folles); and Mame Dennis (Mame). I always wrote for specific characters and specific situations. To know that my songs could also have a life outside of their respective shows was always a welcoming surprise to me.


When The ASCAP Foundation approached me about presenting a new program consisting of nationwide concerts featuring my songs with symphony orchestras and a series of master classes targeting university/college students in writing and performing for the musical theatre, I was thrilled. And I couldn't have asked for a more sterling cast to sing my songs. They are some of Broadway's most acclaimed talents: Debbie Gravitte, Ron Raines, Jason Graae, Klea Blackhurst and Scott Coulter.


I am delighted to have them representing my musical legacy and bringing my songs to you this evening. Clearly, for me, the "Best of Times is Now."

 


Letter from Associate Producer Michael A. Kerker


Jerry Herman's love affair with musical theatre began as a very young child when his parents took him to see Irving Berlin's Annie Get Your Gun. Jerry was so engaged by the musical's score that when he returned home from the theatre, he went straight to the piano and was able to play some of the songs from the show.

 

Knowing that he wanted to be a songwriter, Jerry Herman could not have asked for a better master teacher than Irving Berlin. Mr. Berlin's influence is clearly evident when you listen to the songs of Jerry Herman. Like Mr. Berlin, Jerry's songs couple deeply heartfelt lyrics with gorgeous strong melodies. They go straight to the listener's ear with a heft of emotion and sincerity. This accounts for the love affair that audiences have with the music and lyrics of Jerry Herman.

 

This evening's concert features many of those Jerry Herman classics that are certain to have you beaming with the recognition of meeting an old friend. These will be the songs from his biggest hit musicals: Hello, Dolly!; Mame; and La Cage aux Folles. We also wanted to possibly introduce you to a few songs from musicals you may not have seen: Dear World; Milk and Honey; Mack and Mabel; and The Grand Tour.

 

All these shows represent the golden legacy that accounts for the durability and timeless quality of Jerry's enormous catalogue of songs. These shows and songs have earned Jerry virtually every award imaginable: Tonys; Grammys; the Richard Rodgers Award; the Johnny Mercer Award; the Oscar Hammerstein Award; and the richly deserved Kennedy Center Honors.

 

I have known Jerry Herman for over 30 years. I can tell you for a fact that the joy and love that is in his musical legacy is also in the man himself. His musical genius and his stature as one of the most beloved Broadway icons is what we are celebrating this evening!

 


ABOUT THE ARTISTS


Klea Blackhurst (Vocalist) is an actress, singer and comedienne known for her award-winning tribute to Ethel Merman, Everything the Traffic Will Allow. She starred in the highly acclaimed production of Hello, Dolly! at The Goodspeed Opera House in 2013 and The Nutty Professor in 2012, which premiered in Nashville, directed by legendary comedian Jerry Lewis and featuring a score by Marvin Hamlisch and Rupert Holmes. Klea also played Rose in Gypsy at the Drury Lane Theatre in Chicago, garnering rave reviews in 2012. She has performed with symphony orchestras and in theatrical productions across the country and abroad, including the London Palladium presentation of Jerry Herman’s Broadway with Angela Lansbury. Klea’s albums are on the Ghostlight Records label and are available at www.ghostlightrecords.com.


Scott Coulter (Director/Vocalist) is one of New York's most honored male vocalists. For his work in cabaret, Scott has received five MAC Awards (Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs), five Bistro Awards and two Nightlife Awards for Outstanding Vocalist and has performed at most of New York City’s top rooms, including Birdland, 54 Below, The Oak Room at the Algonquin, and Feinstein's at The Regency, where he spent a record-setting eight months performing the revue 11 O’clock Numbers At 11 O’clock, which he also co-created, directed and musically arranged. His self-titled debut CD won the 2003 MAC Award for Outstanding Recording and was chosen as the best recording of the year by TheatreMania and Cabaret Scenes magazine. Scott is the founder/owner of Spot-On Entertainment (www.Spot-OnEntertainmnet.com).

 

Jason Graae (Vocalist) has starred on Broadway in A Grand Night For Singing; Falsettos; Stardust; Snoopy!; Do Black Patent Leather Shows Really Reflect Up?. Off-Broadway shows include Forever Plaid; Olympus on My Mind; All in the Timing; Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh (Drama Desk NominationBest Actor in a Musical) and many more. Jason has performed his one man show all over the country, from Rainbow and Stars and Birdland in New York City to Feinstein’s and the Plush Room in Los Angeles and San Francisco, winning four Bistro Awards and a New York Nightlife Award.  His current critically acclaimed show with Faith Prince, The Prince and the Showboy, was seen at Feinstein’s/54 Below, and the pair won a second Nightlife Award for Best Duo. Jason won the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awardthe 2007 Joel Hirschhorn Award for outstanding achievement in musical theatre. He has recorded over 45 CDs, including original cast albums, concerts, compilations, and his three solo CDs.


Debbie Gravitte (Vocalist). One of Broadway's biggest personalities, Debbie Gravitte has found herself in demand from the Broadway stage to the concert stage and beyond. She won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance in Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, along with a Drama Desk Award nomination and New York Showstopper Award. After making her Broadway debut in the original cast of They’re Playing Our Song, she went on to appear in: Perfectly Frank (Drama Desk Award Nomination); Blues In The Night; Ain’t Broadway Grand; Zorba; Chicago; and Les Miserables. Debbie has appeared in the ENCORE’S series productions of The Boys From Syracuse, Tenderloin, and Carnival at New York’s City Center. Her latest album, Big Band Broadway, was released in 2017.

 

Ron Raines (Vocalist). A Tony Award nominee for the acclaimed production of Follies, Ron has had an illustrious international career spanning musical theater, opera, concert and television. He was a three-time Emmy and Soap Opera Digest Award nominee for his role as villain Alan Spaulding on CBS’s longest running daytime drama Guiding Light. He starred on Broadway in Annie, Newsies, Chicago and Show Boat and has delighted audiences around the world with his memorable starring roles in virtually every major American musical and operetta, including A Little Night Music; The Unsinkable Molly Brown; South Pacific; Annie; Kismet; Sayonara; Kiss Me, Kate; The King and I; Naughty Marietta; The Merry Widow; Brigadoon; Rose Marie; Oklahoma!; Carousel; Side by Side by Sondheim; Guys and Dolls; and Man of La Mancha at the Covent Garden Festival.


John Boswell (Piano) has served as musical director for Judy Collins, Andy Williams and Bob Newhart as well as the concert tours of Cinema Toast; That's Life: A Toast to Sinatra; Blockbuster Today; Three Men and a Baby Grand; Blockbuster Broadway!; and The Spy Who Loved Me starring Sheena Easton. John played the role of Moose in the national tour of Crazy For You and most recently composed music for the HBO special Kathy And Mo: The Dark Side.    

About Irvine Barclay Theatre

Since opening its doors in 1990, Irvine Barclay Theatre has emerged as one of California's most imaginative performing arts showcases. A unique collaborative venture among the City of Irvine, the University of California, Irvine, and the private sector, the theatre has a reputation for wide-ranging programming in the fields of contemporary dance, music, and theater arts. Performances take place in the 750-seat "jewel box" theatre which is renowned for its intimate atmosphere and superb acoustics. Visit www.thebarclay.org to learn about our exciting new season!