Blockbuster Broadway

David Charles Abell, Conductor

Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center for Performing Arts

300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
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Feb 24-26, 2017
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Featuring

Alli Mauzey, vocalist

Rachel York, vocalist

Hugh Panaro, vocalist

The Philly POPS Festival Chorus

David Charles Abell — the internationally celebrated conductor who has wowed POPS audiences during Christmas Spectacular for the past three seasons — brings the best of modern Broadway to Philadelphia’s Avenue of the Arts! Join us as we perform the showstoppers we all know and love from Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom, as well as Hairspray, Les Misérables, Miss Saigon, and Wicked.

Helpful Information

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

Discounted parking passes are available from select garages. For more information, please call 215.893.1999 or add a parking pass during checkout when purchasing your tickets.

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Enjoy the show!

Guest Artists

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.

Rachel York

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Rachel York is a dynamic and versatile actress, singer, dancer and comedienne. She is best known for her critically acclaimed Broadway performances in City of Angels, Les Misérables, Victor/Victoria (Drama Desk Award) with Dame Julie Andrews, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Sly Foxwith Richard Dreyfuss, and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels co-starring Jonathan Pryce. Additionally, Ms. York has starred in the national tour of Camelotopposite Michael York, Putting It Together (Drama Desk Nomination) also with Julie Andrews, the national and London tours of the Tony Award-winning Broadway revival of Kiss Me, Kate (Helen Hayes Nomination), Dessa Rose at the Lincoln Center Theater (Drama Desk Nomination), Anything Goes (Ovation Nomination) and My One And Onlyfor Reprise!, Ragtime, Evita, Summer of ’42, Summer and Smoke, Crucifer of Blood with Billy Crudup. and The Odd Couple with Jason Alexander and Martin Short.
 
     In concert, Ms. York’s recent appearances include Broadway Showstoppers with Peter Nero and the Philly Pops, The Sound of Musicat the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under the direction of John Mauceri, and the National Symphony and the Pittsburgh Pops under the direction of conductor Marvin Hamlisch. She has recently performed her celebrated cabaret, For the Love of It, at Feinstein’s at Loews Regency in New York City and Sterling’s Upstairs at Vitello’s in Los Angeles. Ms. York has also been a featured guest soloist in numerous tribute programs performing the works of Sondheim, Porter, Coleman, Gershwin, Wildhorn, Kander and Ebb, Ahrens and Flaherty, Boublil and Schönberg, and many others.

     Her film credits include One Fine Day, Billy Bathgate, Killer Instinct, Second Honeymoon, Au Pair II, and her courageous portrayal of Lucille Ball in the CBS made for television movie, Lucy. Her performances inKiss Me, Kate (filmed for PBS’s Great Performances series) andVictor/Victoria are available on video/DVD. Ms. York has also appeared on several popular TV series including Hannah Montana, Frasier, Reba, Numb3rs, Close to Home, Arli$$, Spin City, The Naked Truth andDiagnosis Murder. In addition, she is the voice of Bitty in Higglytown Heroes and Circe on The Justice League.

     Ms. York’s debut solo album, Let’s Fall in Love, has been an enormous success since its release in January 2005. She can also be heard on the soundtrack of Billy Bathgate and the original cast recordings of City of Angels, Putting It Together, Victor/Victoria, The Scarlet Pimpernel Encore, Dessa Rose, and  Summer of ’42.

Hugh Panaro, vocalist

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Guest vocalist Hugh Panaro spent many of his formative years living in Philadelphia. An East Oak Lane resident, he began performing at the age of 13 and studied voice with Robert Grooters at Temple University's Boyer College of Music and Dance. He was quickly drawn to Broadway, where he made his debut in Les Miserables as Marius, a role he originated in the first U.S. national touring company. He has performed in many theatrical performances on Broadway and throughout the country, performed with various symphonies, and toured with Barbra Streisand, but he might be best known for his performances in Phantom of the Opera. He is one of the few actors to play both the roles of Raoul (1991) and the Phantom (1999) in the Broadway production.

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