Local Broadway Veterans to Battle It Out in Devou Park
Wed, 09/02/2015 - 18:21 RCN Newsdesk
Kentucky Symphony ends its free Devou Park concert series on Sept. 5 with a Battle of Broadway, and the contenders are the songs of Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber.
In the center ring: local Broadway veterans Jessica Hendy and Pam Myers (Tony nominee for Company)!
The leading ladies will tell Great White Way anecdotes and offer selections from Sondheim’s Company, Sweeney Todd, A Little Night Music, Follies and more, and Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Cats, Phantom of the Opera and more.
KSO music director J.R. Cassidy previews one story: “Pam was fresh out of CCM (College-Conservatory of Music at University of Cincinnati) landed in New York and in the cast of Sondheim’s Company. Mesmerized by the pace of the big city, Pam’s description of her encounters on the subway was immortalized in the song written for her by Stephen -- “Another Hundred People.”
“I’m not singing any Webber!” the ever-effervescent Myers kind of complains. You couldn’t ask for a better representative for Sondheim. Myers starred in Gypsy and Sweeny Todd at Playhouse in the Park and on Broadway in the original cast of Company (1970) and the revival of Into the Woods.
Myers will reprise showstoppers “Another Hundred People,” and “Everything’s Coming up Roses” from Gypsy, and several more, including “Send in the Clowns” from A Little Night Music.
She’ll share a duet with Hendy, orchestrated by Terry LaBolt, longtime on faculty at College-Conservatory of Music and now at Indiana University.
The thing is, Myers explains, “The concert was getting really long. There are so many 11 o’clock numbers.” (That’s roof-raising hits, in showbiz speak).
Hendy, whose performance as Grizabella in the national tour of Cats led to a Broadway run, will sing it to the stars with favorites, including “Memory,” from long-running Webber hits including Cats, Evita, and Phantom of the Opera.
Myers and Hendy both maintain busy concert schedules across the U.S. Myers will begin autumn teaching at Xavier University then goes into rehearsal for a holiday tour of White Christmas (playing the Aronoff Center Nov., 24-Dec. 6.)
Hendy just starred in a concert production of Wendy's Shadow, a musical based on J.M Barrie’s Peter and Wendy (told from Wendy’s modern-day perspective) in the 2015 New York Musical Theatre Festival.
Battle of Broadway: Sondheim vs Webber, Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 5, Devou Park Amphitheatre, Covington. (The Western Avenue entrance to Devou Park is now open.) Free admission and parking. Donation ($5) suggested. (A challenge grant will match all donations received.) Picnics are welcome and concessions are available. Information: 859-431-6216 and www.kyso.org.The TANK Shuttle from Covington Catholic High School to the band shell runs from 6-7:30 p.m. for $1 each way. Locator map. See Pam Myers’ original performance of “Another Hundred People”.
Written by Jackie Demaline, RCN Arts