Maestro Luke Frazier and The American Pops Orchestra's 2016-17 season kicks off Veterans Day, November 11 at 8 PM in Washington, DC, with I'll Be Seeing You: A World War II Love Story.
The evening features the talents of Ron Raines and Florence Lacey, who starred in the most recent Broadway revival of Follies, as well as Claybourne Elder and Rachel Eskenazi-Gold. This original show, according to press notes, tells the “love story of 'Spark' and Charley Frazier (Luke Frazier’s own grandparents) through actual letters written between the couple during World War II with supplementary narrative. This work pays tribute to a fantastic era in popular music and gives a heartwarming glimpse into the experience of a real-life Navy family during the Second World War.”
I'll Be Seeing You is written by Kelley Lund, directed by Nathan Brewer, choreographed by Kelly Crandall d’Amboise, and features dancers Ronald Brady, Jr. and Hannah Jennens.
Other season offerings follow:
“Legendary artist and ten-time Grammy winner Barbra Streisand marks her 75th birthday in 2017. Celebrating this iconic star and songs from Broadway to Pop and everything in between, this program demonstrates why the music of Streisand remains a centerpiece of the American Songbook. And why, much like a milestone birthday and the artist herself, her music deserves great celebration.”
featuring Austin Colby, MaryJoanna Grisso, Hilary Morrow, and Dale Sampson
March 11, 2017, 2 PM
“This is Cinderella as you have never heard her before! This touching and comedic retelling of the fairy tale classic is one part storybook and four parts Great American Songbook. Four lovable and dynamic singer-actors bring a huge cast of characters to life with the use of colorful costumes and playful props, as they introduce the next generation of music lovers to some of the best-loved American songs of the Twentieth Century. This show is interactive and includes plenty of audience participation. Great fun for all ages.”
You Spin Me ‘Round: An 80’s Dance Party
featuring Warren Freeman, Bayla Whitten and DJ Shea Van Horn
April 7, 2017, 9 PM
”Put on your dancing shoes and travel back in time to the era of neon, teased hair, sit-coms, and shoulder pads as The American Pops interpret the popular music of the 1980s. This 'rad’ original program combines DJ mixing, live orchestra, dancers, and hot vocalists to bring back favorite music of the 1980s in a whole new way. A limited amount of VIP stage seats are available and 80s-inspired attire is encouraged; our talented performers lead the party and will have you hitting the dance floor like it’s 1989. Totally.”
Tickets are available at The George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st Street, NW, Washington, DC, by calling (202) 994-6800 or by visiting TheAmericanPops.org.
(Updated November 11, 2016)