Broadway Veterans Come to Toledo, One Night Only, this Saturday, May 4 to the Stranahan

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Broadway veterans come to Toledo this weekend for a special performance with the Toledo Symphony.

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From the Rock Operas you know and love (Jesus Christ Superstar, the Wiz & the Who’s Tommy) to the latest generation of Broadway showstoppers (Jersey Boys, Rent & Mamma Mia!), Broadway Rocks brings together the best torch songs and anthems from two rockin’ generations on the Great White Way. This is the best of Broadway with the full symphonic backing of the Toledo Symphony.

Christiane Noll, Capathia Jenkins, Rob Evan, and Doug LaBrecque are the featured soloists in this performance, which will feature selections from Hairspray, The Lion King, Jesus Christ Superstar, Wicked, Dreamgirls and Phantom of the Opera, alongside popular hits like "Proud Mary" and "Come Sail Away." Tickets start at $21.

Christiane Noll starred on Broadway in the Kennedy Center Revival of "Ragtime," receiving Tony and Drama Desk award nominations and winning a Helen Hayes award for her portrayal of Mother. She has also made Broadway and National Tour appearances in Jekyll & Hyde, Grease, Miss Saigon, and South Pacific. She is a frequent guest soloist with symphony orchestras around the world, including National Symphony with the late Marvin Hamlisch, Cincinnati Pops and Eric Kunzel, Jerusalem Symphony and Don Pippin, Philadelphia Pops and Peter Nero, Boston Pops and Keith Lockhart, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra with Jeff Tyzik, as well as international appearances with Sinfonica Brasileira in Rio, China Philharmonic with concert pianist, Lang Lang and orchestras in Hong Kong, Czech Republic and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Brooklyn-born and raised actress, Capathia Jenkins most recently starred as Medda in the hit Disney production of Newsies’ on Broadway. She made her Broadway debut in The Civil War, where she created the role of Harriet Jackson. She then starred in the Off-Broadway 2000 revival of Godspell, where she wowed audiences with her stirring rendition of ‘Turn Back, O Man’ which can still be heard on the original cast recording. She returned to Broadway in The Look of Love and was critically acclaimed for her performances of the Bacharach/David hits. Ms. Jenkins then created the roles of The Washing Machine in Caroline, Or Change and Frieda May in Martin Short-Fame becomes me where she sang ‘Stop the Show’ and brought the house down every night. In 2007 she went back to Off-Broadway and starred in (mis) Understanding Mammy-The Hattie McDaniel Story for which she was nominated for a Drama Desk Award. Most recently she was seen in Nora Ephron’s Love, Loss, and What I Wore. An active concert artist, Ms. Jenkins has appeared with orchestras around the world.

Rob Evan starred in the original Broadway cast of Jekyll & Hyde, playing the title roles for three years and over 600 performances. His rendition of This Is the Moment has been performed at numerous prestigious events including the 2001 Inaugural Gala for President George W. Bush, the Millennium Independence Day US Naval Revue aboard the USS JFK for President Clinton, the Today Show, and Monday Night Football. Rob has starred around the world in the all-new Jekyll & Hyde: The Concert, including a 16 show run in Seoul, South Korea's Olympic Hall.

Rob also appeared on Broadway as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables, and was chosen to lead the critically acclaimed National Touring Company to its history-making stop on Broadway. Most recently, he played the role of Kerchak in Disney’s Tarzan at the Richard Rodgers Theater. As a vocalist and recording artist, Rob is a member of the platinum selling rock band, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. He has played in arenas across the country for up to 20,000 people. In concert, Rob has been a featured soloist for many leading symphonies across the nation. He also regularly stars in the current touring production of The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Doug LaBrecque thrilled theater audiences as The Phantom and Raoul in the Harold Prince production of The Phantom of the Opera. In addition, Mr. LaBrecque has starred on Broadway as Ravenal in the Hal Prince revival of Showboat, a role he also performed in Canada and Chicago. He was featured in Oscar Hammerstein’s 100th Birthday Celebration on Broadway at The Gershwin Theatre, and toured nationally with Les Miserables. Regionally, Mr. LaBrecque has performed leading roles in Candide, A Chorus Line, Man of LaMancha among many others. A graduate of University of Michigan he was also featured in the world premiere of A Wonderful Life, written by Sheldon Harnick and Joe Raposo, and starred in the premiere revival of Kurt Weill and Alan Jay Lerner’s Love Life.

One of the most prolific concert performers of his generation Mr. LaBrecque has been a soloist with some of the world’s finest symphony orchestras. In a tribute to Richard Rodgers, Mr. LaBrecque recently made his Carnegie Hall debut as a soloist with the New York Pops, the same season he debuted with The Boston Pops.

Broadways Rocks is this Saturday, May 4 at 8PM at the Stranahan. Tickets are available at http://www.toledosymphony.com or by calling 419-246-8000.

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