Strike Up the Band: Kennedy Center Celebrates the Gershwins Nov. 24

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Jekyll & Hyde's Christiane Noll is the featured vocalist in Strike Up the Band: A Gershwin Brothers Celebration, which is being offered at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts' Concert Hall Nov. 24-25.
George and Ira Gershwin
George and Ira Gershwin

The Nov. 24 (at 1:30 and 7 PM) and 25 (at 8 PM) concerts are part of the National Symphony Orchestra Pops Series featuring conductor Marvin Hamlisch. The evenings will also boast Kevin Cole on piano and Robert Bonfiglio on the harmonica. Concertgoers can expect to hear selections from Porgy and Bess as well as "The Man I Love," "Someone to Watch Over Me" and "My Ship." Other works on the bill include "Rhapsody in Blue" and "An American in Paris."

Christiane Noll, who was part of the out-of-town tryout of The Mambo Kings, made her Broadway debut as Emma Carew in Frank Wildhorn's Jekyll & Hyde. She later joined the Broadway company of It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues and starred in the City Center Encores! production of Out of This World. Noll appeared in the national tours of Grease!, Miss Saigon and City of Angels, and she has recorded three solo albums: "Christiane Noll — A Broadway Love Story" (Varese Sarabande Records), "Live at the Westbank Café," (Car-Jam Records) and "The Ira Gershwin Album" (Fynsworth Alley).

George and Ira Gershwin's Broadway credits include Lady Be Good!, Tip-Toes, Oh Kay!, Strike Up the Band, Funny Face, Girl Crazy and Of Thee I Sing. Their songbook boasts such tunes as "Fascinating Rhythm," "The Man I Love," "Someone to Watch Over Me," "But Not for Me" and "They Can't Take That Away from Me."

Tickets, priced $20-$80, are available by visiting www.kennedy-center.org.

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