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. (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.
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.
NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO:
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 www.kimballtheatre.com.
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