Broadway is not just a street of New York, nowadays it is theatre centre, and musicals staged at Broadway theatres made this genre popular all over the world. Best actors of America played in Broadway performances – famous Liza Minnelli, Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Barton and many other movie stars participated in musicals. Real musicals’ cult reigns at Broadway during several decades. Composers and directors are competing in their skills, and theatre owners – in the number of shows and how long one or another performance is on the repertoire.
Extracts from world-famous musicals such as The Phantom of the Opera; Westside Story; Cats; Chicago; Mamma Mia; Kiss Me, Kate; Girl Crazy performed by Broadway soloists and conductor.
One of Broadway’s biggest personalities, Debbie Gravitte received the Tony Award for her critically acclaimed performance in Jerome Robbins Broadway, along with the New York Showstopper Award and a Drama Desk Award nomination. She made her Broadway debut in the original cast of They’re Playing Our Song, and went on to appear in: Blues In The Night, Perfectly Frank (Drama Desk Award Nomination), Zorba, Ain’t Broadway Grand?, Chicago and Les Miserables. Debbie appeared in London in Jerry Herman’s Mack and Mabel at the Drury Lane Theatre. She’s also been seen in the New York City Encores! productions of The Boys From Syracuse, Tenderloin, and Carnival at New York’s City Center. Debbie has sung with over 100 orchestras worldwide, including National Symphony with Marvin Hamlisch, Cleveland Orchestra, Boston Pops, Cleveland Pops, Peter Nero and the Philly Pops, Pittsburgh Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, San Diego Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, and Houston Symphony. Overseas, she’s appeared with the London Symphony, Aalborg Symphony, Birmingham Symphony, Stockholm Philharmonic, Gotesborg Symphony, Jerusalem Symphony, The Royal Scottish National Orchestra, National Syphonica of Brazil, Munich Philharmonic, along with a special performance in Beijing with Lang Lang and the Chinese Philharmonic.
Doug LaBrecque thrilled theatre audiences as The Phantom and Raoul in the Harold Prince production of The Phantom of the Opera. In addition, Mr. LaBrecque has starred on Broadway as Ravenal in the Hal Prince revival of Showboat, a role he also performed in Canada and Chicago. He was featured in Oscar Hammerstein’s 100th Birthday Celebration on Broadway at The Gershwin Theatre, and toured nationally with Les Miserables. Regionally, Mr. LaBrecque has performed leading roles in Candide, A Chorus Line, Man of LaMancha among many others. One of the most prolific concert performers of his generation, Mr. LaBrecque has been a soloist with some of the world’s finest symphony orchestras including The National Symphony, The Israel Philharmonic (Tel Aviv), The Chicago Symphony, The Cleveland Orchestra, The Atlanta Symphony, The San Francisco Symphony, among many others. In the last few years, Mr. LaBrecque’s U.S. appearances have included Minnesota Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Houston Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Dallas Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, etc. In a tribute to Richard Rodgers, Mr. LaBrecque recently made his Carnegie Hall debut as a soloist with the New York Pops, the same season he debuted with The Boston Pops. International engagements have included The Korean National Symphony in Seoul, Korea, The Shanghai Radio Orchestra in China, The Hong Kong Philharmonic, The Vancouver and Calgary Symphonies in Canada, The Brazilian Symphony Orchestra in Rio De Janeiro, The Jerusalem Symphony, and numerous return engagements with the Israel Philharmonic. Mr. LaBrecque recently appeared in Alba Italy as the guest soloist in an all Bernstein concert and returned to the International Music Festival in The Czech Republic.
Now in his 16th season as Music Director and Conductor of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, Maestro Stuart Malina has built a reputation for orchestra building and multi-faceted versatility. In a wide variety of concerts, from masterworks and grand opera to pops, Maestro Malina’s ease on the podium, engaging personality, and insightful interpretations have thrilled audiences and helped to break down the barriers between performer and listener wherever he has worked. In 2013, Maestro Malina was appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the Florida Orchestra, leading nine concerts each season, including the orchestra’s highly acclaimed Coffee series. He returned for the third time this past winter to the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University for a two-week residency. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in February of 2007, conducting the New York Pops in an all-Gershwin tribute including Rhapsody in Blue, which he conducted from the keyboard, and returned to Carnegie and the Pops in October of 2007. He has recently performed with the symphony orchestras of Hong Kong, Naples, New Mexico, Tampa/St. Petersburg, Fresno, Charleston, Greensboro, the Chautauqua Institution and the Sarasota Music Festival. On the opera podium Maestro Malina’s recent production engagements include Opera Delaware (two runs of Porgy and Bess), Piedmont Opera (Massenet’s Manon) and Greensboro Opera (Il barbiere di Siviglia). He has also conducted many operas in concert, including La Bohème, Tosca and many Gilbert and Sullivan operettas. He has conducted several ballets as well, with the Charleston Ballet and with Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. Maestro Malina holds degrees from Harvard University, the Yale School of Music, and the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied conducting with Otto-Werner Mueller. He studied piano with Drora and Baruch Arnon and with Keiko Sato.