Errico, Gravitte, Panaro and Raines Sing Herman Tunes at the Kennedy Center

News   Errico, Gravitte, Panaro and Raines Sing Herman Tunes at the Kennedy Center Jerry Herman's Broadway, featuring the National Symphony Orchestra, will be presented March 12-14 in the Concert Hall of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Melissa Errico
Melissa Errico

The three concerts boast the vocal talents of Tony Award winner Debbie Gravitte, Melissa Errico, Hugh Panaro and Ron Raines. Show times are March 12 at 7 PM and March 13-14 at 8 PM.

Donald Pippin conducts the famed orchestra. Concertgoers can expect to hear tunes from Herman's Hello, Dolly!; La Cage aux Folles; Mame; Mack and Mabel; and Milk and Honey, among others.

Song titles include "It's Today," "Movies Were Movies," "Time Heals Everything," "Put On Your Sunday Clothes," "Wherever He Ain't," "Song on the Sand," "I Don't Want to Know," "The Best Christmas of All," "If He Walked Into My Life," "Mame," "It Only Takes a Moment," "Shalom," "Wedding Scene," "I Am What I Am," "I Won't Send Roses," "Mabel's Roses," "Where in the World Is My Prince?," "Miss Spectacular" and "The Best of Times."

One of the theatre's most celebrated composers, Jerry Herman has written the scores for such Broadway musicals as Milk and Honey; Hello, Dolly!; Mame; Dear World; Mack & Mabel; The Grand Tour and La Cage aux Folles. He also contributed songs to A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine, and revues of his work include Jerry's Girls and An Evening with Jerry Herman. The songwriter won Tony Awards for his scores for Hello, Dolly! and La Cage aux Folles.

Debbie Gravitte was most recently on Broadway playing Matron "Mama" Morton in the hit revival of Kander and Ebb's Chicago at the Ambassador Theatre. The singer/actress received a Tony Award for her performance in Jerome Robbins' Broadway, and her other Broadway credits include They're Playing Our Song, Perfectly Frank, Blues in the Night, Zorba, Les Misérables and Ain’t Broadway Grand. Gravitte's solo recordings include "Defying Gravity," "The MGM Album" and "The Alan Menken Album." Melissa Errico began her professional career portraying Cosette in Les Misérables, and she followed with leading Broadway roles in Anna Karenina, My Fair Lady, High Society, Amour (Tony nomination) and Dracula, plus roles in the City Center Encores! productions of Call Me Madam and One Touch of Venus. She appeared in a production of Threepenny Opera at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, and her recent Off-Broadway credits include Finian's Rainbow and Aunt Dan and Lemon. She also starred in the Hollywood Bowl presentations of Camelot and The Sound of Music. Errico's debut solo recording was titled "Blue Like That"; her new recording is titled "Lullabies and Wildflowers."

In 1988 Panaro originated the role of Marius in the first national touring production of Les Misérables, moving up to the Broadway company several months later. He then played Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera, also on Broadway. Subsequent roles include Gaylord Ravenal in Show Boat (Broadway, Toronto, and London) and Buddy Foster in the original production of Side Show. Panaro returned to Broadway to play the Phantom in 2003, remaining with the show until October 2005. He created the role of the vampire Lestat in the Elton John musical of the same name.

Ron Raines has appeared on Broadway in Show Boat, Teddy & Alice and Chicago. He may be best known for his Emmy-nominated work as Alan Spaulding on TV's "Guiding Light."

For tickets, priced $20-$85, visit www.kennedy-center.org.

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