Everybody can hum at least one song by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. These two pretty much wrote the book on American musical theater and created some of the best musicals ever written, including “The Sound of Music,” “Oklahoma!”, “South Pacific” and “The King and I.” Every show of theirs is full of songs that stay in your head. While some of their shows get revived on Broadway from time to time, wouldn't it be great to sample a bunch of favorites in one place? One person thought the same thing and decided to put all his favorite songs together in one show. That’s how “A Grand Night for Singing” was born. As conceived by Walter Bobbie in 1993, this review-style show brings together the best-loved music of all the musicals named above plus a few more.
It’s a show about love and the perfect thing to do to celebrate Valentine’s Day. The Annapolis Chorale - the group you love to hear sing Christmas carols – is also good at Broadway music, especially when conducted by J. Ernest Green. They, plus members of the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra and some amazing soloists will be on display Friday and Saturday, Feb. 15 and 16, at Maryland Hall in “A Grand Night for Singing.”
Ernie Green loves to stir things up, which is one reason he jumped at the chance to bring “A Grand Night for Singing” to Annapolis. This show includes 30 songs from 11 of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s best shows. What Ernie likes is the way the songs are set and presented. “This show takes the songs that you love and reshapes them in modern settings. You’ll still recognize the song, but you’ll hear it in a new way,” he says. The show took Broadway by storm, was nominated for a Tony Award and became a favorite among performers as well as audiences.
The cast joining the Chorale for this production have been on our stage before and usually get standing ovations! Kimberly Christie, Tom Magette and Caitlin Vincent were all in our first Broadway show of the season,“Guys & Dolls.” Catrin Davies starred as Maria in LAM’s production of “The Sound of Music” two seasons ago and has been a featured soloist twice this season. They are joined by newcomer, baritone Nathan Wyatt, who just two weeks ago sang at Live Arts Maryland’s gala. These talented singers know how to handle a song and bring energy and a modern take to the music. The show is being staged by Eloise Ullman, a familiar face on local stages including several productions with Live Arts Maryland.
I said that "A Grand Night for Singing" is about love. To celebrate that, Live Arts Maryland has a very special Valentines Day-only ticket offer guaranteed to make any Valentine smile. On Thursday, February 14, our two-tickets-for-the-price-of-one offer will be available at www.liveartsmaryland.org as a downloadable certificate that can be redeemed in person at the Maryland Hall Box Office on the night of either performance. The offer is limited and will only be available on Valentines Day. Don't let Cupid fly by this deal!
There are two opportunities to see “A Grand Night for Singing.” Friday’s Casual Friday event at 7:30 p.m. includes Q&A with the cast after the show. Saturday's more traditional performance is at 8 p.m. performance.
Are you a student? See our show free with our Student Rush ticket program! Just go to the MD Hall box office a half hour before the shows to get your ticket. If you're over 18, bring a valid ID! Tickets range from $34-$37 for adults, $12 for pre-paid students and they are on sale now at the Maryland Hall Box Office at 410-280-5640 or www.liveartsmaryland.org. There is a $3 per-ticket service charge for individual tickets.
Don't know Live Arts Maryland? It is home to the Annapolis Chorale and has been gracing the local music scene for nearly 40 years. It's also home to the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra, the Annapolis Youth Chorus and the St. Anne’s Concert Series. Our home is Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. Check us out!