Liberace Museum to Close; Theatre Actors Pay Tribute

News   Liberace Museum to Close; Theatre Actors Pay Tribute
After 31 years of operation, the Liberace Museum in Las Vegas, NV, will close its doors Oct. 17.


To say farewell, a concert, entitled I'll Be Seeing You: An All-Star Tribute to The Liberace Museum, will be presented Oct. 13 at 3 PM in the Museum's Cabaret Showroom featuring actors from the Vegas productions of Phantom, Jersey Boys and The Lion King.

Andrew Wright will emcee the event, and accompanists will include Angela Chan, Keith Thompson, Spencer Baker and Jason Manlapaz.

The repertoire and the performers for the tribute follow:

Act I

"Sarah Lee" from The World Goes 'Round - Michael Strelo-Smith ("America's Got Talent")
"Too Much in Love To Care" from Sunset Boulevard - Sarah Combs and Andrew Ragone (Phantom)
"Barcarolle, Op 60" by Frederick Chopin - Spencer Baker
"Empty Chairs at Empty Tables" from Les Miserables - Andrew Ragone (Phantom)
"I'm Beginning to See the Light" by Duke Ellington - Travis Cloer (Jersey Boys)
"This is the Moment" from Jekyll & Hyde - David Andino (Jekyll & Hyde)
Rodgers and Hammerstein Medley, arranged by Philip Fortenberry - Philip Fortenberry

Act  II "Come un bel di di Maggio" from Andre Chenier - Alejandro Mendoza
"Memory" from Cats - Sandra Huntsman (Godspell)
"Bring Him Home" - from Les Miserables - Randal Keith (Phantom)
"Eat, Drink, and be Mary" by Keith Thompson - Keith Thompson
"Perfect Season" by Niles Rivers - Niles Rivers (The Lion King)
"Once Before I Go" by Peter Allen - Peter Saide (Jersey Boys)
"Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen - Giulio Scatola (Cirque du Soleil), Silje-Marie Norderhaug (Mystere), Paul Sperazza and Joey Ridell

About the closing of the museum, Jeff Koep, chair of the Liberace Foundation, said in a recent statement, "On behalf of the Board of Directors, we feel it is important to close the Museum to ensure the future of the Liberace Foundation and to keep the legacy of Liberace alive through its continued scholarship program. Since the inception of the foundation 34 years ago, more than $6 million in scholarships have been awarded to 2,700 students, and we will continue to award scholarships to deserving individuals."

The memorabilia at the Liberace Museum will be maintained. A national touring exhibit is planned, and details will be announced at a later time.

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