ZS Ondreja Nepelu
The Czech Philharmonic
will play the best of
New York stars will
In February 2016, The Czech Philharmonic Orchestra will present four extraordinary BEST OF BROADWAY concerts under the baton of American conductor Keith Lockhart. Prague, Brno, Ostrava and Bratislava sports halls will resound with the most renowned melodies of international composers in spectacular shows. Compositions that have been awarded numerous prizes will be sung by top soloists from Broadway and West End theatres: Louise Dearman (soprano), Marin Mazzie (mezzo-soprano), Jason Danieley (tenor) and Rodney Earl Clarke (bass).
The programme includes the most famous and outstanding compositions of the world treasury of musicals – from West Side Story through Les Misérables, Cats and Phantom of the Opera to Hello Dolly!, Evita, A Chorus Line and Mamma Mia! “We are bringing truly the best from both the famous history and the present of Broadway to the Czech Republic,” said Keith Lockhart, conductor of the renowned Boston Pops Orchestra since 1995. This series of concerts, which will not be repeated, will be played by the Czech Philharmonic on a multiple-function stage with visual effects and a large-screen projection.
Our most prestigious music ensemble, the Czech Philharmonic, offers musical melodies interpreted by Broadway stars for the first time ever. The repertoire of the two-hour show will introduce original renditions of compositions, such as Maria, Phantom of the Opera, I Dreamed a Dream, Dancing Queen and Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina, also known to the domestic audience from the Czech theatre stages.
The conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra and the principal conductor of the BBC Concert Orchestra. He was the music director of the Utah Symphony from 1998 – 2009. He has also held honorary titles in many other orchestras.
Keith Lockhart became the third conductor of the Boston Pops in 1995. Lockhart has also introduced concert performances of full-length Broadway shows.
She has been nominated for a Tony award three times and she last performed in Bullets Over Broadway, a musical adaptation of Woody Allen’s film. In New York and London she also played in Next to Normal, Kiss Me, Kate, Monty Python’s Spamalot, Ragtime, Passion and Man of La Mancha. She has participated in concert performances in Carnegie Hall, appeared as guest at the New York Philharmonic and at the New York Lincoln Center she sang at the tribute Sondheim: The Birthday Concert.
He currently performs in The Visit, the Broadway musical based on Friedrich Dürrenmatt’ play. With his wife, Marin Mazzie, they played a central couple in the Next to Normal musical and he belongs to the original Broadway cast of The Full Monty musical comedy. He is a frequent guest at concerts of prominent symphonic ensembles, he sang with the New York Philharmonic and the BBC Pops Orchestra.
Louise Dearman is a British actress and singer, who played the role of Glinda and Elphaba in the West End production of Wicked. She is the first and only actress ever to have played both witches in the musical. She has a number of other professional stage and television credits, such as Eva Perón in Evita, and released her solo albums, You and I, Here Comes the Sun and It’s Time, in 2005, 2012 and 2013 respectively.
RODNEY EARL CLARKE
He performed in the new version of Leonard Bernstein’s Broadway musical On the Town and the director Kenneth Branagh cast him in the film version of Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute. In London’s Royal Albert Hall he sang at The Broadway Sound Prom event and at the Berlin Philharmonic he made his debut in the concert version of George Gershwin’s opera Porgy & Bess.