Lauren Kennedy, who is currently starring as Fantine in the Broadway production of Les Misérables, will go it solo on Monday, Jan. 13, 2003, at the Ars Nova Theatre. Former Cyrano star Anne Runolfsson will also offer a one-woman concert at the Ars Nova, on Feb. 3.
Kennedy and Runolfsson are the latest offerings in the Broadway Spotlight Series, which presents concert evenings with stars of the Broadway stage. Others who have taken part in the series include Hairspray's Shoshana Bean, Into the Woods' Chad Kimball, Aida's Felicia Finley and former Renters Anthony Rapp and Idina Menzel. Show time for both the Jan. 13 and Feb. 3 concerts is 8 PM.
Gordon Greenberg, artistic director of the Spotlight Series, recently explained, "This is an incredible opportunity to see some of Broadway's most exciting young talent as individual performers in an up-close and personal environment. For about the cost of a movie, audiences get a completely original evening with a major talent. We are committed to offering this sort of an intimate platform to performers, composers and lyricists who wish to explore new material in a comfortable setting."
Lauren Kennedy covered the role of Daisy Hilton in the Broadway production of Side Show and also appeared in the New York company of Sunset Boulevard. She starred in the still-Broadway-bound The Rhythm Club and was also a part of the early incarnations of Jason Robert Brown's The Last Five Years, playing the role that would be played Off-Broadway by Sherie Rene Scott, when Kennedy crossed the Atlantic to star as Nellie Forbush in the National Theatre's revival of South Pacific. Kennedy's all Jason Robert Brown solo CD is due in stores in March on the PS Classics label.
Anne Runolfsson, who recently starred in a concert version of Rags, has appeared on Broadway in Victor/Victoria, Cyrano, Aspects of Love and Les Misérables. She was seen in the national tours of The Secret Garden and Les Miz, and her Off-Broadway credits include Jack's Holiday and Cather County. Runolfsson has appeared with symphony orchestras throughout the country, and her debut solo recording is entitled "At Sea." The Ars Nova Theater is located at 511 W. 54th Street in New York City. Tickets are priced at $12 and may be purchased through SmartTix (www.smarttix.com) and by phone at (212) 206-1515.
—By Andrew Gans