Anita Gillette and Jim Dale Join Cast of Song of Norway Carnegie Hall Concert
By Andrew Gans
Additional casting has been announced for The Collegiate Chorale's upcoming concert staging of Robert Wright and George Forrest's Song of Norway, which will be presented April 30 at Carnegie Hall.
Anita Gillette, Jim Dale and Joe Mohan (featured pianist) have joined the lineup for the evening. Gillette replaces Marni Nixon, who has withdrawn due to illness, in the role of Mother Grieg. Dale will serve as the Narrator.
Directed by Ted Sperling, who will also conduct, the 6:30 PM performance will feature the talents of the previously reported Jason Danieley, Alexandra Silber, Santino Fontana, Walter Charles, David Garrison and Judy Kaye with Tom Gold Dance and American Symphony Orchestra.
"Set in 1860," press notes state, the musical "tells the story of composer Edvard Grieg as a young man, dreaming of international fame and fortune, but after achieving it under the patronage of a famous Italian prima donna, he comes to realize where his heart and true creativity lie, and returns to his two loves: childhood sweetheart Nina and his home in Troldhaugen, Norway."
The mission of The Collegiate Chorale, which was founded in 1941, is to "enrich its audiences through innovative programming and exceptional performances of a broad range of vocal music featuring a premier choral ensemble."
Carnegie Hall is located at 881 7th Avenue. Tickets are on sale at www.carnegiehall.org. Single tickets for this concert start at $25.
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