Broadway in Annapolis: “A Grand Night for Singing"

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Saturday, February 16, 2013 | Start Time: 08:00 PM

Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts | Annapolis, MD

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Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Conceived by Walter Bobbie

If you can’t resist a Rodgers & Hammerstein song, this is the production for you!  This Tony-nominated review of the Broadway kings’ greatest hits includes 34 of their best-loved songs.  Are you a “The Sound of Music” fan?  Just can’t stop singing “Oklahoma!”?  Love the tunes from “South Pacific”?   You can hear them all!

Created in 1994 to celebrate Rodgers & Hammerstein’s masterpieces, this revue was conceived by Tony Award-winner Walter Bobbie.  It opened on Broadway to enthusiastic reviews and earned two Tony Award nominations, one for Best Musical.

Bobbie and his co-creators took the music they loved and shook it up so that it was still the music they loved but presented with innovation to give each song a  fresh approach.  For example, imagine ‘Shall We Dance?’ as a comic pas de deux for a tall beauty and her much shorter admirer.  Or a sultry Andrews Sisters-style ‘I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Out-a My Hair.”  The list of hum-able songs goes on.

“A Grand Night for Singing” fits right in with J. Ernest Green’s commitment to presenting Broadway gems as they were intended to be heard when created by their composers.  With the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra, Annapolis Chorale and guest artists, “A Grand Night for Singing” gets the royal treatment from someone who knows and appreciates the power of music.

 

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