The Philly POPS: Lenny's Revolution
 

Lenny's Revolution

David Charles Abell, Conductor

Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center for Performing Arts

300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
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Feb 2-4, 2018
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Featuring

Lisa Vroman, vocalist
Alli Mauzey, vocalist
Ryan Silverman, vocalist
The Philly POPS Festival Chorus

The POPS joins in a citywide tribute to Leonard Bernstein in his 100th anniversary year. Bernstein revolutionized music by forever blurring the lines between classical and popular, most famously with his iconic hits West Side Story, Candide, and On the Town. David Charles Abell, Bernstein’s protégé and a Philly favorite and native son, conducts the popular Bernstein repertoire in anticipation of the soon-to-premiere exhibition at the National Museum of American Jewish History. The show features Broadway vocalists Lisa Vroman, Alli Mauzey, and Ryan Silverman — plus the 180-voice Philly POPS Festival Chorus!

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This program, including intermission, is approximately two hours in length. Artists and program are subject to change without notice.

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Fly, Eagles, Fly Conga!
During the Lenny’s Revolution concert weekend (February 2-4, 2018), The Philly POPS pay tribute to the Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl appearance during the Leonard Bernstein song “Conga" by turning the concert hall into a mini Eagles pep rally.

David Charles Abell's Conducting Debut: Bernstein's Mass

David Charles Abell Meets Leonard Bernstein

David Charles Abell's Experience Working with Bernstein



Guest Artists

David Charles Abell, Music Director & Principal Conductor

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Throughout his distinguished career, conductor David Charles Abell has excelled in a wide range of musical genres, from contemporary opera to worldwide TV broadcasts of Les Misérables. He has appeared four times at the BBC Proms and has worked with such distinguished artists as Judi Dench, Emma Thompson, Lea Salonga, Idina Menzel, Heather Headley, Petula Clark, Bryn Terfel, Josh Groban, Matthew Morrison, Michael Ball, Michael Feinstein and Stephen Hough.

David was appointed Music Director of the Philly POPS a few weeks before the COVID-19 pandemic began. He helped the organization pivot by planning and conducting one of the first US orchestral streaming events in July, 2020. The subsequent Christmas celebration he conducted was broadcast to half a million US servicemen and women by the American Forces Network.

Born in North Carolina, David earned degrees from Yale University and the Juilliard School after intensive viola, piano and composition studies. Turning his attention to conducting at the age of fourteen, he went on to study with Leonard Bernstein and Nadia Boulanger.

Recent projects have included a new production of La bohème at Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Francesca Zambello’s Porgy and Bess at Atlanta Opera, Barrie Kosky’s Die Zauberflöte at Opera Philadelphia, and Tomer Zvulun’s Eugene Onegin at Hawaii Opera Theatre. He is a regular guest conductor at Cincinnati Opera, where he has led Die Fledermaus and Kevin Puts’ Silent Night among others. In the UK, David made his debut with English National Opera in Sweeney Todd (starring Bryn Terfel and Emma Thompson). subsequently returning for an equally-acclaimed Carousel. He recently conducted his own new critical edition of Kiss Me, Kate for Opera North and the Théâtre du Châtelet.
 

Lisa Vroman, vocalist

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From Broadway to classics, on stage and in concert, Lisa Vroman has established herself as one of America's most versatile voices. She starred on Broadway, Los Angeles and San Francisco as Christine Daaé in The Phantom of the Opera and garnered theater critics’ awards for her portrayal. Her Broadway debut was in Aspects of Love and she was the first to play both Fantine and Cosette in Les Misérables.

Off Broadway and regionally, she has starred as Marian Paroo in The Music Man, Lili Vanessi in Kiss Me Kate, Birdie in Regina, Josephine in HMS Pinafore, Anna 1 in The Seven Deadly Sins, Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus, and Rosabella in The Most Happy Fella with the New York City Opera. Lisa appeared on PBS as Johanna in Sweeney Todd and Hey! Mr. Producer. She has played Laurey in Oklahoma at the BBC PROMS festival, Anna Leonowens in The King and I, Mary Turner in Of Thee I Sing, and sang and danced opposite Dick Van Dyke as Mary Poppins at the Hollywood Bowl Disney’s 75th.

Recent performances have included a multi-city tour of China, An Evening of Rodgers & Hammerstein with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, a concert series with L’Opera de Rennes in France, and playing the role of Maria Callas in Terence McNally’s award winning play, Master Class. This season, Lisa made her debut with the Gewandhaus Orchester in Leipzig and joined award winning American composer Tom Cipullo for the premiere of his new opera, Mayo. Ongoing performances include a series of events with Music Unwound and the Kurt Weill Foundation of a Weill/Brecht/Blitzstein Cabaret with Baritone William Sharp, and symphonic performances of Weill on and off Broadway, featuring The Seven Deadly Sins

Please visit www.lisavroman.com

Alli Mauzey, vocalist

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Alli Mauzey last appeared on Broadway as Glinda in the 10th Anniversary company of Wicked, a role she also performed to critical acclaim on the First National Tour and the San Francisco company. Other Broadway credits include Lenora in the musical Cry-Baby, for which she won a Theatre World Award and was nominated for a Drama League Award, and Brenda in Hairspray (both on Broadway and in the original company of the First National Tour). Alli also originated the role of Lenora in the Pre-Broadway production of Cry-Baby at the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego (Theatre Critics Circle Award). Alli made her New York City Center Encores! debut in the role of Sydney in It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman and recently starred in the Off-Broadway production of Red Eye of Love. Regionally, she has appeared as Mallory in City of Angels for Reprise!, Snookie in 110 in the Shade at the Pasadena Playhouse, and Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors at The Muny for which she was nominated for a Kevin Kline Award.

Among many voiceover credits, her voice can be heard as a series regular on the animated television series Alpha Teens on Machines. She has a BFA from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in drama and a minor in music.

Ryan Silverman

Ryan Silverman, Vocalist

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Noted for his performances which “stand in memory” (​The New York Times​), multipleDrama Desk nominee ​RYAN SILVERMAN​ has been praised as the “smoothest, mostassured bari-tenor, leading-man theatre voice at the moment” (​Playbill.com​). Silvermanreceived a Drama Desk nomination for Best Actor for the role of Terry Connor in ​SideShow​ on Broadway, and has starred as Raoul in ​The Phantom of the Opera​ and as BillyFlynn in ​CHICAGO​.

Silverman has also received Drama Desk and Drama League nominations for hisperformance as Giorgio in CSC’s 2013 production of ​Passion​, which the ​New YorkTimes​ praised for its “risk-taking, unconditional emotional commitment.” Additionally, hehas appeared as Sir Lancelot in ​Camelot​ at the Kennedy Center, in the Théâtre duChâtelet’s acclaimed production of ​Passion​ opposite Natalie Dessay, as Tony in theOlivier-nominated 2008 West End production of ​West Side Story​, and in the premiere ofDelaware Theater Company’s new musical, ​A Sign of The Times​.

Silverman recently starred in concert with ​West Side Story​ with the PhiladelphiaOrchestra and in ​The Golden Apple​ at City Center Encores! He has made soloistappearances with the New York Pops, Seattle Symphony, Philly Pops, Cincinnati Pops,Houston Symphony, the NHK Symphony in Tokyo, the Cleveland Orchestra, DetroitSymphony, Vancouver Symphony, the Kaohsiung Symphony in Taiwan, and Edmonton Symphony, among others.

Other credits include ​Cry-Baby​​on Broadway, ​Finian’s Rainbow​ (Irish RepertoryTheater), and New York City Opera’s ​The Most Happy Fella​.​ He recently made his debutat Papermill, starring in Ken Ludwig’s ​A Comedy of Tenors​.

Regional credits include ​Thoroughly Modern Millie​ (Jimmy​), Cinderella​ (the Prince),Grease!​ (Danny), ​Hello Dolly!​ (Cornelius), ​Assassins ​(John Wilkes Booth), ​SweeneyTodd​ (Anthony​), Forever Plaid​ (Smudge), and ​Blood Brothers​ (Eddie Lyons). Silvermanhas performed his club act the Café Carlyle (month long residency) and Feinstein’s at the Regency, as well as 54Below with Melissa Errico. His television and film credits include​ Suits, Good Fight, Gossip Girl​, ​The 5 Minarets Of New York, Sex and the City 2​, and ​True Blood​. www.ryansilverman.com

Instagram: @ryansilverman

The Philly POPS Festival Chorus

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The Philly POPS Festival Chorus is a 180-voice ensemble that performs with the Philly POPS under the direction of Jeff Kern, Head of the Vocal Division for University of the Arts.

The Philly POPS Festival Chorus began performing in 2002 and performs with the POPS orchestra during the annual Christmas concert series and Broadway series. The chorus has performed with many professional artists including Faith Prince, Capathia Jenkins, Ashley Brown, Lisa Howard, Lauren Kennedy, Rachel York, Alice Ripley, Ann Hampton Callaway, and The von Trapp Family Children.

The Festival Chorus is an auditioned, volunteer organization composed of singers ranging from high school students to retired professionals.

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