McVey and Bell Will Join Esparza, Chenoweth, Hamlisch for Showstoppers; Program Announced

News   McVey and Bell Will Join Esparza, Chenoweth, Hamlisch for Showstoppers; Program Announced Tony Award-winning A Chorus Line composer Marvin Hamlisch will make his debut with the New York Philharmonic May 20.

J. Mark McVey
J. Mark McVey

Hamlisch will be the conductor and host of an evening at Avery Fisher Hall entitled Broadway's Greatest Showstoppers. The 7:30 PM concert will boast the talents of the previously announced Tony Award winner Kristin Chenoweth and Raúl Esparza.

Newcomers to the evening include bass-baritone Michel Bell, nominated for his performance in the most recent Broadway revival of Show Boat; and longtime Les Misérables singer-actor J. Mark McVey.

The evening will include such theatre tunes as "There's No Business Like Show Business" from Annie Get Your Gun, "Ol' Man River" from Show Boat, "Bring Him Home" from Les Misérables, "Oh What a Circus" from Evita, "Soliloquy" from Carousel and "Being Alive" from Company as well as selections from A Chorus Line.

The complete program for the evening follows:
"There's No Business Like Show Business"
Music from My Fair Lady
"Ol' Man River" (Michel Bell)
"Bring Him Home" (J. Mark McVey)
"Oh What a Circus" (Raul Esparza)
"Soliloquy" (Raul Esparza)
"Being Alive" (Raul Esparza)
"Ice Cream" (Kristin Chenoweth)
"If You Hadn't But You Did" (Kristin Chenoweth)
"Glitter and Be Gay" (Kristin Chenoweth)
"Tonight" (Chenoweth and Esparza)
Music from A Chorus Line

Marvin Hamlisch won the 1976 Tony Award for Best Score of a Musical for his work on A Chorus Line (lyrics by Edward Kleban) and received a Tony nomination for his score for the short-lived musical Sweet Smell of Success. The composer also contributed songs (lyrics by Craig Carnelia) to the Broadway play-with-music Imaginary Friends, and his other Broadway credits include They're Playing Our Song, Smile and The Goodbye Girl. Hamlisch has scored more than 40 motion pictures, and his numerous pop hits include "The Way We Were" and "Nobody Does It Better." Single tickets, priced $29-$99, are available by calling (212) 875-5656 or by visiting the Avery Fisher Hall box office (Broadway at 65th Street).

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