From left: Devan Coward, Derek Kemle and Brittney Boehmer rehearsing the opening number from A Taste of Broadway. (Photo credit Brian Lawrence)

Broadway music takes centre stage

A fundraising concert to support the Monte Anderson Scholarship Fund will feature Broadway show music.

Presented by Bright Lights and Billboards, A Taste of Broadway will run on May 31 and June 1 at Prince Charles Theatre.

“The show will open and close with the evening’s eight performers doing group numbers,” said organizer Brian Lawrence. “The opener is a medley of pieces from musicals.”

“About a quarter of the 22 numbers include dance as well,” dance teacher Kate Webb, who also will sing in addition to choreographing the show, said last week.

Simone Wiebe, who acts in Creston Footlighters’ Modern Dysfunction, will be featured in a couple of sets, singing numbers from Kiss Me Kate and Phantom of the Opera with Modern Dysfunction co-star Devan Coward, and a jazz medley with singer/pianist Dan Caverly.

“Our medley from the last A Taste of Broadway was a real fan favourite,” she said.

Performances will be enhanced by “lots of video and multi-media aspects,” Lawrence said.

This will be the third Bright Lights and Billboards presentation in the past five years, and all have been fundraisers.

“It’s awesome to be part of such a fun and talented group,” Wiebe said.

“We all like listening to theatre music, so it’s a real challenge to narrow down our favourites for these shows,” Lawrence added.

Musical selections come from old favourites like Oklahoma, Anne Get Your Gun and Kiss Me Kate, as well as newer ones such as The Greatest Showman and La La Land. Favourites from Les Misérables, Chicago, Dear Evan Hansen, Into the Woods, City of Angels, Babes in Arms, Wicked, Aladdin and others will be included.

In addition to Lawrence, Wiebe, Webb, Coward and Caverly, Brittney Boehmer, Derek Kemle and Anna Payne will also perform.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors/students and $8 for children under 12. They are available at Black Bear Books, Kingfisher Quality Used Books and Fly in the Fibre.

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