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Broadway Downtown with the Greenwich Village Orchestra
May 7, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm$10 – $20
The Greenwich Village Orchestra brings its 30th anniversary season to a festive close with a program featuring selections from classic Broadway shows of the 1930s to the 1990s. Guest artists and Broadway stars Grasan Kingsberry and Betsy Struxness will perform songs by Gershwin, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Cole Porter, Bernstein, Sondheim, and Styne. Enjoy fully-orchestrated renditions of some of America’s most popular Broadway tunes, from Old Man River to Rose’s Turn to Wheels of a Dream from Ragtime. A gala reception follows the performance.
Music Director Barbara Yahr says “I love the idea of celebrating the golden age of musical theater with artists like Grasan and Betsy, who are fabulous performers. It’s going to be a blast!”
Most recently, Grasan Kingsberry performed the role he originated in The Color Purple revival. Other Broadway credits: Motown, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Leap Of Faith, On A Clear Day You Can See Forever, Catch Me If You Can, Finian’s Rainbow, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, & Aida; Tours: Motown, Dreamgirls; Grasan has worked with choreographers Paul Taylor, Jiri Kylian, Robert Battle, Desmond Richardson and Ohad Naharin and with recording artists Jennifer Hudson, Heather Headley, Jennifer Holliday, Beyonce, Deborah Cox, Toni Braxton, and Michelle Williams. He has had the privilege of performing for President and First Lady Obama, twice.
Betsy Struxness has spent many of her last years on Broadway originating such works as Hamilton and Matilda. Other Broadway credits include Scandalous, Leap of Faith, Memphis, and Wicked. She can be seen in an episode of the Emmy award winning series Louie, as well as Broad City and The Onion News Network. Betsy has appeared on the TONY awards numerous times as well as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Grammy Awards.