Led by music director Steven Reineke, the 7 PM Carnegie Hall concert on May 2 promises a lineup of stars from stage and screen. In addition to Les Miz and Saigon, lyricist Boublil and composer Schönberg have collaborated on the musicals Martin Guerre and The Pirate Queen.
Announced to perform are Stephanie J. Block, Marcus D’Angelo, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Montego Glover, Jeremy Jordan, Norm Lewis, Patti LuPone, Robert Marien, Eva Noblezada, Laura Osnes, John Owen-Jones, Hugh Panaro, Lea Salonga, Kyle Scatliffe, and Marie Zamora. The concert will also feature Judith Clurman’s Essential Voices USA, as well as students from The New York Pops’ Kids on Stage music education program and Camp Broadway Kids.
The stars will also be joined by students from the orchestra's Kids on Stage program, including Ande-Marie Balla, Eve Budd, Quentin Chen, Lukas Chin, Philip Fletcher, Pasquale Giusto, Jeshua Kim, William Lach, Yong Ho Lee, John Liu, Victoria Lu, Jessica Mandel, Olivia Mangum-Lehmann, Simone Martel, Jordyn Pierre-Raphael, Abigail Rodriguez, Meghan Stackhouse, Adam Vidal, Anna Wielgat and Shuran Xie.
Martin Guerre, which has been revamped since its London premiere, is aiming for another theatrical run with producer Cameron Mackintosh attached. Miss Saigon will return to Broadway in spring 2017. A Broadway revival of Les Miz is currently running at the Imperial Theatre.
“The New York Pops is so thrilled to honor the legendary lyricist and composer Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg,” Reineke said in a statement. “Their masterpieces Les Misérables and Miss Saigon are truly revolutionary pieces of musical theatre. They are both born storytellers – all of their songs are deeply imbued with emotion and intent, through both words and music. There is a good reason that their shows are produced time and time again, around the world, in theatres large and small. I am beyond excited to work with Alain and Claude-Michel to produce another spectacular New York Pops gala.”
Advance benefit tickets to the concert-only range from $65 to $160 and can be purchased at newyorkpops.org.