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Make Believe: A Jerome Kern Tribute
February 4 | 7 pm
Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall at FSW
Gulf Coast Symphony presents Make Believe – Jerome Kern Tribute. Immerse yourself
in the glorious world of musical theater as we pay homage to the brilliant Jerome Kern.
From “Ol’ Man River” to “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes,” experience the magic of Kern’s
timeless masterpieces, brought to life by our exceptionally talented performers. Get
ready for an evening of pure theatrical delight!

Featuring Special Guests…

Erika Henningsen is a Bay Area native most known for originating
the starring role of Cady Heron in the Tony-nominated hit musical,
Mean Girls. Prior to Mean Girls, she played Fantine opposite Ramin
Karimloo in the recent Broadway revival of Les Miserables. She made
her New York stage debut in the New York Philharmonic production
of Show Boat, conducted by Ted Sperling at Alice Tully Hall, which
was subsequently released on PBS as part of the Live From Lincoln
Center concert series. Other theater credits include Beth in the ac-
claimed musical adaptation of Barry Levinson’s hit movie, Diner,
helmed by Kathleen Marshall for Signature Theater in D.C., Nellie
Forbush in South Pacific and Sophie in Mamma Mia! at the Pittsburgh
Civic Light Opera, as well as Nina in Dear World opposite Tyne Daly.

Jason Forbach, whose “Commanding tenor”- Kansas City Star
“has charisma in spades” – Washington Post, has a career ranging
across the opera, symphony and Broadway stage. Recently, Jason
famously stepped into the lead role of The Baker last minute on
opening night in the acclaimed 2022 Broadway revival of Into the
Woods alongside Sara Barielles and is currently playing Rapunzel’s
Prince in the National Tour of the same show. The Daily News
described his star turn as “excellent.” He also starred as Raoul,
Vicomte de Changy in The Phantom of the Opera at the Majestic
Theater and Enjolras in the 2014 Tony nominated Broadway revival
of Les Miserables, where he reprised the role he played on the 25th
Anniversary National Tour.

Nicholas Ward was recently featured in the hit Broadway revival
of The Music Man starring Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster, play-
ing Oliver Hix (the baritone in the quartet). His past Broadway
credits include playing the role of Mufasa in The Lion King, King
Agnarr in Disney’s Frozen, Chris in In Transit, and Miss Turnstile’s
Announcer in On the Town. Ward has also had the great pleasure of
performing in eight New York City Center Encores! Productions in-
cluding: Brigadoon, Cabin in the Sky, Pipe Dream, The Golden Apple,
1776, Zorba, Paint Your Wagon, and Annie Get Your Gun. Lincoln
Center Productions include Camelot, and Andrew Lippa’s I am
Harvey Milk. On film and television, he has appeared in Shmigadoon,
Frozen 2, Ricky and the Flash, The Tony Awards, The Tonight Show
with Jimmy Fallon, Good Morning America, One Night Only: The
Best of Broadway, The Disney Holiday Sing Along, and Rockefeller
Center’s Tree Lighting.

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