Postponed: Showstoppers! Hello, Dolly!, La Cage & Mame | The Philly Pops

Postponed: Showstoppers! Hello, Dolly!, La Cage & Mame

David Charles Abell, Conductor

Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center for Performing Arts

300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
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Apr 16-18, 2021
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Louise Pitre, vocalist

Ben Davis, vocalist

Dee Roscioli, vocalist

Leo Manzari, tap

Broadway’s beloved Jerry Herman represented everything that was lavish, catchy, optimistic, and lighthearted about the Great White Way. Herman’s tunes never fail to leave audiences inspired and humming as they exit the theater.

To celebrate his legacy, during what would have been his 90th year, the POPS bring you his greatest showstopping numbers under the baton of Maestro David Charles Abell. Musical selections will include memorable moments from Hello, Dolly!, Mame, La Cage aux Folles, and more!

Guest Artists

David Charles Abell, Music Director & Principal Conductor


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.

Louise Pitre

Louise Pitre, Vocalist


Receiving a Tony nomination for her Broadway debut in the smash hit Mamma Mia! was a highlight for Louise Pitre, Canada’s first lady of musical theatre, in a career that spans theatre, television and concert stages across North America and Europe. 

In addition to headlining the Toronto, Broadway and US touring company casts of Mamma Mia!, Louise is known for her signature performances as Fantine in Les Misérables (Toronto, Montreal and Paris), the title character in Edith Piaf, Mama Rose in Gypsy (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Gary Griffin director) and Joanne in Company, again with director Gary Griffin. She also earned raves for leading roles in Annie Get Your Gun, Song & Dance, Jacques Brel Is Alive And Well And Living In Paris, The World Goes ‘Round, Blood Brothers, Tartuffe, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf?, The Roar of the Greasepaint - The Smell of the Crowd, Applause, The Toxic Avenger, A Year With Frog and Toad; and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. In 2014 she premiered in the new Asolo Rep Theatre production of Luck Be A Lady created and directed by Gordon Greenberg and in 2015 she originated the role of the Snake in the world premiere of The Little Prince by James D. Reid and Nicholas Lloyd Webber at Theatre Calgary for which she won a Critter Award. For her role as Edith Piaf in the North American premiere of The Angel & the Sparrow at the Segal Centre in Montreal in 2018, Louise received a METAs nomination (Montreal English Theatre Awards) for Outstanding Lead Performance - Actress. The show’s director Gordon Greenberg stated: “Louise is probably the foremost interpreter of Edith Piaf in the world”. In 2019, The Angel & The Sparrow was brought to Toronto by Mirvish Productions and retitled Piaf/Dietrich, A Legendary Affair at which time Louise reprised her role as Piaf to enthusiastic reviews. Also in 2019, Louise played Adult Marie van Goethem in the new musical Marie, Dancing Still presented at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle. The musical is largely the result of collaboration by five-time Tony Award-winning director-choreographer Susan Stroman and the Tony Award-winning team of writer Lynn Ahrens and composer Stephen Flaherty. In the 2019 Musical Stage Company production of Next To Normal in Toronto, Louise broke through gender boundaries by playing the role of Doctor Madden (Doctor Fine) previously portrayed as male. 

In September, 2009, Louise made her Carnegie Hall debut singing the role of Ulrika in the concert version of the musical Kristina by ABBA’s Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus which she reprised at Royal Albert Hall in April 2010. 

In 2013 Louise premiered her self-penned one-woman show On The Rocks at Theatre Passe Muraille in Toronto with original songs by Louise Pitre, W. Joseph Matheson and Diane Leah. 

Louise has guested with orchestras across Canada and the U.S. and appears in concert regularly throughout North America with accompaniment ranging from big band to solo piano. 

Her small screen appearances include Lifetime’s A Christmas Wedding, Recipe for a Perfect Christmas, Merry Matrimony, MVP, Flashpoint and the CBC biopic Celine in which she played Celine Dion’s mother, Therese. Louise was the host of Star Portraits on Bravo for its two seasons. She was chosen to be one of the three judges for Andrew Lloyd Webber's CBC series Over The Rainbow. 

Louise is the winner of a National Broadway Touring Award, a New York Theatre World Award, a San Francisco Theatre Critics’ Award, a Betty Mitchell Award and four Dora Mavor Moore Awards, all for best performance by a leading actress in a musical. 

Since earning her Honours BA in Music Education (piano) from the University of Western Ontario, Louise has become the proud recipient of honorary degrees from the Royal Conservatory of Music and Humber College along with a Doctorate of Music from the University of Western Ontario. 

Louise has released five solo CD’s: Shattered, All of My Life Has Led To This, Songs My Mother Taught Me, On The Rocks and an all French CD, La Vie En Rouge. She is heard as Fantine in the Paris cast recording of Les Misérables, and as Ulrika in the Benny Andersson/Bjorn Ulvaeus musical Kristina cast recording live at Carnegie Hall. She, together with W. Joseph Matheson and Diane Leah recorded their original wartime musical Could You Wait? which premiered at Theatre Orangeville. 

Louise holds the position of Honorary Co-chair with the Hélène Tremblay Lavoie Foundation created to help address a critical lack of long-term care for Francophones in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). The foundation leads the way on behalf of Francophones, especially those in the later stages of their lives, to have the opportunity to live in French and enjoy a quality of life that they deserve. 

Ben Davis, vocalist


A versatile singing actor, Ben Davis was most recently seen in the City Center Encores! production of Irving Berlin’s, Call Me Madam. His extensive Broadway career includes the Tony Award winning musical, Dear Evan Hansen, Mr. Lindquist in A Little Night Music with Elaine Stritch and Bernadette Peters, Javert and Enjolras in Les Miserables, as Trevor Graydon in Thoroughly Modern Millie and “The Preacher” in Violet. He received a Tony Honor and Ovation Award for his work as Marcello in Baz Luhrmann’s production of La Bohème. This fall, he starred in the off-Broadway production of On A Clear Day You Can See Forever at the Irish Repertory Theatre. Ben recently toured the country as Captain Von Trapp in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music.  He starred as Fred/Petruchio in Kiss Me Kate at London's Royal Albert Hall as part of the BBC Proms and performed opposite Kelli O'Hara and Victor Garber in Kurt Weill's, Knickerbocker Holiday at Lincoln Center.

An active concert artist, Ben performed as a guest soloist at Tanglewood with the Boston Pops, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Caramoor Festival, the RTE Orchestra in Dublin, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Phoenix Symphony, Westchester Philharmonic w/Kelli O’Hara, and West Virginia Symphony. He also performed at The Hollywood Bowl as Patrick in Mame and again with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Bernstein’s Mass.

His TV and Film credits include a film version of  Samuel Barber’s A Hand of Bridge, Papageno in ​​The Magic Flute directed by Kenneth Branagh, Blue Bloods, 30 Rock,  and Numb3rs.

Dee Roscioli

Dee Roscioli, vocalist


Dee Roscioli’shome base is NYC but she has travelled the world singing and acting. Deeis best known for her record-breaking portrayal of Elphaba in the smash Broadway hitWicked.Most recently, Dee was seen on Broadway in The Cher Show as the standby with numerous performances for Star and Lady. Dee was also seen in the 2015 Broadway revival of The Fiddler On The Roof, in the National Tour of Cats as Grizabella, and John Kander’s newest musical Kid Victory.

In addition to her theatre credits, she has performed twice as a headlining artist with the prestigious Philly Pops and has also performed as a headlining artistwith Boulder Philharmonic, Brazos Valley Symphony, Pennsylvania Philharmonic, South Bend Symphony, Corpus Christi Symphony, Missouri Symphony, Desert Symphony, as well as the International Music Festival in Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republicand return concert engagementsin Taipei, Taiwan.

She recently sang her solo show for a sold out audience at Birdland in NYC, in Chicago, as wellas her hometown of Easton, PA. Ms. Roscioliwas a special guest of Anthony Rapp and Adam Pascal at their concertand appeared opposite Anthony Rapp in a critically acclaimed performance in a new play entitled Dedalus Lounge. She can be heard on the original cast recording of Kid Victory, where she created the role of Emily. Ms. Roscioli has also been invited to sing at the prestigious Broadway on Broadway, accompanied by a 30-piece orchestra. Instagram: @deeroscioli


Leo Manzari, tap


Originally from Washington D.C., Leo Manzari is a Lucille Lortel-award nominated tap dancer. As part of the duo act The Manzari Brothers, Leo has headlined in the touring and off-broadway productions of Maurice Hines Tappin' Thru Life. He was a featured guest artist on Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance, BET’s The Mo'nique ShowPBS News HourJerry Lewis Telethon, and ABC's The View. Manzari had a recurring role in Showtime's wildly popular and award-winning television show Homeland. He is the lead writer and vocalist for a musical genre he created called “TAP RAP”. His most recent album, CLOCKWORK, can be found on all major streaming platforms. 

“I’m trying to bring a new generation into the musical theater and to create a new audience.”
– Jerry Herman