Richard Rodgers Tribute
Sunday, April 24
Barbara B. Mann P.A.H.
Sponsored in part by Chuck Bergstrom, John Naumann & Associates
Broadway stars Christiane Noll, Hugh Panaro and Ben Davis take the stage at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall for a magnificent program with music from Carousel, Oklahoma!, South Pacific, the Sound of Music and more as we celebrate on of Broadway’s most heralded composers, Richard Rodgers.
With 43 Broadway musicals and over 900 songs to his credit, Rodgers is considered one of the most significant composers of the 20th Century. He Rodgers was the first person to win all of what are considered the top American entertainment awards in theater, film, recording, and television – a Tony, an Oscar, a Grammy, and an Emmy – now known collectively as an EGOT. In addition, he was awarded a Pulitzer Prize, making him one of only two people to receive all five awards (Marvin Hamlisch is the other). In 1978, Rodgers was in the inaugural group of those awarded a The Kennedy Center Honors for his lifetime achievement in the arts.
Christiane Noll received Tony, Drama Desk award nominations and won a Helen Hayes award for her portrayal of Mother in the Kennedy Center Revival of Ragtime. She is currently starring in Dear Evan Hansen on Broadway. Other Broadway credits include Elf, Chaplin, Urinetown (Ovation Award), Jekyll & Hyde (FANY award), Grease, Miss Saigon, and South Pacific.
Hugh Panaro is best known for having played the coveted title role in Broadway’s Phantom of the Opera over 2,000 times, including the 25th Anniversary production, and he recently appeared in the title role in Sweeney Todd. His Broadway debut in the original production of Les Misérables as Marius. He played the title role of Elton John’s Lestat, based on Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles.
Ben Davis was most recently seen on Broadway in the Tony Award Winning musical Dear Evan Hansen. His extensive Broadway career includes Mr. Lindquist in A Little Night Music with Elaine Stritch and Bernadette Peters, Javert in Les Miserables, as Trevor Graydon in Thoroughly Modern Millie and “The Preacher” in Violet. He toured as Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music.
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