By Matthew Blank
04 Dec 2012
The 9:30 PM Beyoncé concert was the third in the Broadway Sings… series; Broadway Sings Adele was held in April, and Broadway Sings Michael Jackson was offered in September.
Performers included Cooper (Spring Awakening), Brian Justin Crum (Next to Normal, Grease), Russell Fischer (Jersey Boys), Gotay (Bring It On), Alexa Green (Wicked), Hunton (Spring Awakening, Next to Normal), Marcus Paul James (Rent, In the Heights), Adam Kantor (Rent, Next to Normal), Krop (Godspell), Corey Mach (Wicked, Godspell), Mientus ("Smash," Carrie), Ryah Nixon (9 to 5), Kristine Reese (Les Misérables, Wicked), Rockwell (Bring It On, Legally Blonde), Sheri Sanders (Urinetown, Fame), Saycon Sengbloh (Hair, Fela!), Mariand Torres (Wicked), Alysha Umphress (American Idiot, Priscilla Queen of the Desert), Shaleah Adkisson (Hair, Rent), Margot Bingham (Rent), Lulu Fall (Hair, Rent) and Amber Iman (Rent), among others.
Broadway Sings Beyoncé promised "new arrangements of songs from Beyoncé's four hit albums, including a few selections from her previous group, Destiny's Child." Mach, who was last seen on Broadway in Godspell, produced the event.
Audiences heard over 15 cover songs celebrating the pop icon's greatest hits, including "Why Don't You Love Me," "Irreplaceable," "Naughty Girl," "Halo," "Bills, Bills, Bills," "Say My Name" "I Care," "Best Thing I Never Had," "Single Ladies," "I Was Here," "Love on Top," "Videophone," "Broken-Hearted Girl," "Smash Into You," "Emotion" and "If I Were a Boy."
The performers were accompanied by a full band, which was orchestrated, arranged and directed by Joshua Stephen Kartes.