The concerts will be held in the Kennedy Center's Concert Hall and will feature the vocal talents of Rebecca Luker and J. Mark McVey as well as Clare Gormley, Gregg Baker and the Choral Arts Society of Washington. Show times are 1:30 and 8 PM Nov. 23 and 8 PM Nov. 24. The first half of the concert will feature a selection of Jerome Kern tunes, including "Look for the Silver Lining," "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" and "The Last Time I Saw Paris." The second half will boast a narrated concert version of the classic musical Show Boat, including "Ol' Man River" and "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man."
Rebecca Luker is currently on Broadway in Mary Poppins, playing Mrs. Banks, a role for which she was Tony-nominated. She starred opposite Craig Bierko in the acclaimed revival of The Music Man, garnering Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations for her role as Marian. Luker also appeared with Michael Cerveris and Judy Kuhn in the Kennedy Center production of Stephen Sondheim's Passion, and her other theatrical credits include roles in Nine, The Sound of Music, Show Boat, The Secret Garden and The Phantom of the Opera. Luker was also seen Off-Broadway in the Primary Stages world premiere of A.R. Gurney's Indian Blood.
J. Mark McVey has been seen on Broadway in Les Misérables (Jean Valjean), The Who's Tommy (Captain Walker) and The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public (Sam Dallas).
Tickets for the concerts are priced $20-$85. For more information visit www.kennedy-center.org.