The Boston Pops will celebrate the centennial of composer Leonard Bernstein with a concert presentation of West Side Story and a semi-staged production of On the Town as part of its upcoming spring season at Symphony Hall, which will also include appearances by Tony Award winners Sutton Foster and Leslie Odom, Jr.
The Pops, under the direction of Keith Lockhart, will honor Bernstein’s legacy with five concert performances May 11, 12, 17, 29, and 30 at Symphony Hall. The evening will include selections from West Side Story, Candide, On the Waterfront, Wonderful Town, as well has his dance piece Fancy Free.
On May 12–13, the Pops will celebrate Disney’s Broadway Hits, featuring original stage stars Ashley Brown (Mary Poppins), Josh Strickland (Tarzan), Alton Fitzgerald White (The Lion King), and Merle Dandridge (Tarzan).
Les Misérables star Alfie Boe will join the Pops to perform orchestral rock classics by Pink Floyd, Queen, The Who, The Rolling Stones, and Led Zepplin for Rock the Pops with Alfie Boe May 15 and 16.
Tony Award winner Kathleen Marshall will direct and choreograph two semi-staged presentations of Bernstein’s On the Town May 31 and June 1, featuring a cast of Broadway performers to be announced.
Tony Award-winning Thoroughly Modern Millie star Sutton Foster will join the Pops June 6–7 to perform highlights from her celebrated Broadway appearances in such shows as Anything Goes, Little Women, The Drowsy Chaperone, Violet, Shrek, and more.
On June 9, the Pops will celebrate dance in cinema featuring new interpretations of memorable sequences from Grease, Chicago, Singin’ In the Rain, Moulin Rouge, and West Side Story. Lesley Ann Warren (Cinderella, Victor/Victoria) will be joined by performers from Dancing with the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance, American Idol and The Voice.
Hamilton Tony Award winner Leslie Odom, Jr. will join the Pops for three concerts June 12–14.
The season will conclude with three concert performances of West Side Story June 15–16, which will feature Ali Ewoldt as Maria, Matthew Hydzik as Tony, and Natalie Cortez as Anita. This production is directed and produced by Chad Hilligus.
For tickets and complete season details, visit bostonpops.org.