Programme to include songs from

  • Styne, Gypsy: Overture  (6mins)
  • Coleman, The Rhythm of Life from Sweet Charity  (4mins)
  • Arlen, Over the Rainbow from The Wizard of Oz  (5mins)
  • Reilly, Mister Cellophane from Chicago  (4mins)
  • Kander/Ebb, Maybe This Time from Cabaret  (4mins)
  • Loesser, Luck Be A Lady from Guys & Dolls  (4mins)
  • Menken, Whole New World from Aladdin  (3mins)
  • Lopez, Let It Go from Frozen  (4mins)
  • Menken, If I can't Love Her from Beauty & the Beast  (5mins)
  • Jacobs/Casey, Grease: Medley  (10mins)
  • Willson, The Music Man: Overture  (5mins)
  • Bernstein, Something’s Coming from West Side Story  (4mins)
  • Rodgers, The Sound of Music from The Sound of Music  (5mins)
  • Berlin, Anything You Do  (4mins)
  • Parker/Lopez/Stone, I Believe from The Book of Mormon  (4mins)
  • Schwartz, Popular from Wicked  (3mins)
  • Schwartz, Defying Gravity from Wicked  (4mins)
  • Herman, I Am What I Am from La Cage aux Folles  (4mins)
  • Hamlisch, One from A Chorus Line  (4mins)

Performers

  • Headshot of composer Michael England

    Michael England

    Conductor
  • Headshot of vocalist Sophie Evans

    Sophie Evans

    Singer
  • Louise Dearman

    Singer
  • Headshot of singer Oliver Tompsett

    Oliver Tompsett

    Singer
  • Headshot of vocalist Scott Davies

    Scott Davies

    Singer

Introduction

I am thrilled to be joining the CBSO for this ‘Best of Broadway’ concert. The Birmingham Symphony Hall is truly one of my favourite places to perform, so to be back again is a real treat, especially performing alongside Louise Dearman, Scott Davies and Oliver Tompsett.

The repertoire for the concert is fantastic, showing so many sides of musical theatre. From classic Rodgers and Hammerstein to the more modern sounding works of Stephen Schwartz, and with the CBSO bringing it all to life, everyone is in for an evening of brilliant musical theatre.

It’s hard to pick a favourite song from the list, but some stand out moments for me would be performing ‘Over the Rainbow’ as this is the song that started my career and I never tire of singing it, along with the 'Wicked' section as I am a massive fan of the show, even more so since taking on the role of Glinda in Wicked.

The group numbers are also so much fun to perform, ‘The Rhythm of Life’ is a wonderful way to start off the show with the intricate solo lines weaving together creating a unique musical theatre sound and ending the first half with one of my childhood favourites ‘Grease’.

‘Grease’ allows us to let our hair down, go back to high school and revel in that 50s sound, whilst finishing on songs like ‘One’ from ‘A Chorus Line’ and ‘La Cage Aux Folles’ really hits you with that classic Broadway sound.

It’s going to be a glorious evening.

Sophie Evans, Singer


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