Broadway stars take the stage in Colonial Williamsburg

No need to head north to the Great White Way: Four of Broadway's top talents take the stage in Colonial Williamsburg for two days of awesome American music.

WASHINGTON, July 13, 2011 — It’s not often that the terms “Broadway” and “Colonial Williamsburg” are used in the same sentence. 

Emmy-winner William Schermerhorn wrote the lyrics for this program of American music. Photo by Carol Seitz

Emmy-winner William Schermerhorn wrote the lyrics for this program of American music. (Image: Carol Seitz.)

But for two nights in July, Broadway stars hailing from hit shows including “Wicked” and “Hairspray” will take the stage at Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre for a concert benefiting Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

Performing are Darlene Love, a sensation in “Hairspray” and “Grease” (and a recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee); Julia Murney, the voice of the evil Elphaba in “Wicked”; Anthony Rapp, of the original “Rent”; and Matt Dengler from “A Little Night Music.”

But this all-star cast won’t be reprising songs from those musicals; instead the program, “Free to Dream: New Songs for the American Journey,” showcases original tunes by Grammy-winning composer Doug Katsaros and Emmy-winning lyricist William Schermerhorn

Julia Murney

Julia Murney

The show pays honor to all styles of American music, including country, rock, pop, swing, and the blues.

A nine-piece band will accompany the singers, and the “Today” show’s Willard Scott lends his recorded voice to the program.




Performances are Friday, July 22 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, July 23 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., at Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre.

Tickets are $39 for adults, $35 for seniors and military, and $19 for students and children.

Tickets can be purchased by calling 1-800-447-8679, or online at

The program is part of the collaboration between the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and Virginia Arts Festival and proceeds support the educational mission of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.


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