A host of Broadway performers will take part in this year's Carolina Arts Festival on Wednesday, July 3.
Terrence Mann, Alice Ripley, Anthony Rapp, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Lauren Kennedy and Deborah Gibson are among the Broadway talents who will sing tunes from Rent, The Rocky Horror Show, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Beauty and the Beast and several other musicals at the 8:30 PM presentation Broadway Rocks for the Arts. The evening begins at 6 PM with the band The Connells, which comprises David and Mike Connell, George Huntley, Doug MacMillan, Steve Potak and Steve Ritter.
Terrence Mann received Tony nominations for his work in Les Misérables and Beauty and the Beast and has also appeared on Broadway in Barnum, Rags, Cats, Jerome Robbins' Broadway, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Getting Away with Murder and The Rocky Horror Show. Alice Ripley, who is currently starring in the Kennedy Center's production of Company, received a Tony nomination for her performance as Violet Hilton in Side Show and also starred in Sunset Boulevard, Les Misérables, King David and The Rocky Horror Show. Anthony Rapp played Mark in Broadway's Rent and was last on the Main Stem in the revival of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Broadway audience have also seen the actor in Precious Sons and Six Degrees of Separation. Rubin-Vega received a Tony nomination for her performance as Mimi in the original cast of Rent and was last on The Great White Way in the revival of The Rocky Horror Show. Lauren Kennedy starred on Broadway in Sunset Boulevard and Side Show and recently made her West End debut in the acclaimed revival of South Pacific. Pop star Deborah Gibson made her Broadway debut in Les Misérables and later appeared in Beauty and the Beast and Grease. She will also star in the North Shore Music Theatre's upcoming presentation of Kander and Ebb's Chicago.
Actor-singer Terrence Mann is the artistic director of the Carolina Arts Festival, and Lou Anne Crumpler the executive director. Tickets for the Festival range from $7.50 to $25 and may be purchased by calling (919) 834-4000. The Festival will be presented at the Amphitheatre at Regency Park in Cary, North Carolina; go to www.carolinaartsfestival.com for more information.
—By Andrew Gans