Tony Award-winner Judy Kaye has been added to the roster of performers who will pay tribute to the City of New York at the Hollywood Bowl.
Judy Kaye, a Tony nominee this past season for her performance in Mamma Mia!, will join Davis Gaines, Rebecca Luker and singing policeman Daniel Rodriguez for three concerts at the famed theatre in Hollywood, CA. Entitled New York, New York and scheduled for Aug. 31 (8:30 PM) and Sept. 1 (7:30 PM), the salute to New York will also feature the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra under the direction of John Mauceri. The program will conclude with a show-stopping fireworks display.
Judy Kaye currently plays the role of Rosie in the Broadway company of Mamma Mia!, a part for which she received a 2002 Tony Award nomination. Kaye won the Tony for her performance as Carlotta in the New York production of The Phantom of the Opera and also received a Theatre World Award for her work in On the Twentieth Century. Kaye also starred on Broadway in Ragtime, and her two solo recordings are titled "Diva by Diva" and "Songs from the Silver Screen."
Davis Gaines received the Bay Area Critics' Award for Best Actor for his work as the Phantom in the West Coast production of The Phantom of the Opera, a role he repeated on Broadway. His other theatrical credits include the world premiere of Whistle Down the Wind as well as Encores! The Boys From Syracuse; Hello, Dolly!; Forbidden Broadway and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Gaines has sung with virtually every major symphony orchestra in North America, and his two solo recordings, "Against the Tide" and "All My Tomorrows: Songs of Sammy Cahn," are available on LAP Records.
Rebecca Luker was most recently on The Great White Way in the acclaimed revival of Meredith Willson's The Music Man. She received Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations for her role as Marian, the librarian. This summer she will co-star with Judy Kuhn in the Kennedy Center production of Stephen Sondheim's Passion. Luker's other Broadway credits include roles in The Sound of Music, Show Boat, The Secret Garden and The Phantom of the Opera. Daniel Rodriguez first captured the public's attention with his stirring rendition of "God Bless America" shortly after the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center. A seven year veteran of the New York Police Department, Rodriguez's debut album is currently available on Manhattan Records. Entitled "Daniel Rodriguez: The Spirit of America," the 12-track recording features such classic tunes as the aforementioned "God Bless America," "Danny Boy," "Ave Maria" and "America, the Beautiful" as well as Broadway's "Shenandoah," "Bring Him Home" and "Into the Fire."
The Hollywood Bowl is located at 2301 Highland Avenue in Hollywood, CA. Tickets for the Bowl's tribute to New York are now on sale at the theatre's box office or through Ticketmaster at (213) 480-3232.
—By Robert Simonson
and Andrew Gans