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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Fri, Feb 2, 2018
Doors open at 7:30pm
Sat, Feb 3, 2018
Doors open at 2:30pm
Sun, Feb 4, 2018
Doors open at 2:30pm

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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David Charles Abell, conductor


Conductor David Charles Abell was born in North Carolina, went to nursery school in New York and came to Philadelphia, his mother’s hometown, at the age of five. He attended Germantown Friends School for seven years, then moved to the Chicago area with his family. Having lived and worked in several different countries since that time, he now resides in London. Following three years of conducting Christmas Spectacular, he is thrilled be returning to the Philly POPS to perform some of the Broadway music that started his career back in the 1980s.

At the age of 12, David joined the Berkshire Boy Choir, which was chosen to participate in the world premiere of Leonard Bernstein’s Mass at Washington’s Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. David met Bernstein again while attending Yale University and assisted him on various projects during the last years of his life. After completing his studies at the Conservatoire Américain in France and the Juilliard School, he made his professional conducting debut in Berlin with Bernstein’s Mass. His association with Bernstein’s music continues: he recently served as Musical Supervisor for Candide in London and has been asked by Bernstein’s children to serve on the committee marking the centennial of the composer’s birth.

David is most widely known for the two Les Misérables Anniversary Concerts (10th and 25th), both of which have become PBS fund-raising perennials. He regularly appears on radio and television in the UK, most notably at the BBC Proms, London’s annual music festival at the Royal Albert Hall. These appearances have included the Richard Rodgers Centenary celebration (2002), a world premiere opera (2007), Stephen Sondheim’s 80th birthday (2010) and the War Horse Prom (2014).

Classical music, opera and musical theater all contribute to a diverse career, unified by a serious yet theatrical approach. Recent projects include his Boston Pops debut with an all-Gershwin program, two European productions of Kiss Me, Kate (in his own critical edition), live accompaniment to the film Brief Encounter with the London Philharmonic, Carmen in Kansas City, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning opera Silent Night in Detroit.

Lisa Vroman, vocalist


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. She’s appeared on PBS as Johanna in Sweeney Todd and Hey! Mr. Producer. She has also 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.

Lisa is a frequent guest with symphonies including San Francisco, Nashville, Philadelphia, Dallas, Utah, St. Louis, Houston, Pacific, Atlanta, Hong Kong, Cleveland, National, Florida, Cleveland, BBC Concert Orchestra, Boston Pops, Philly POPS, New York Pops as well as with the New York Festival of Song and Organist David Higgs.

She is a graduate of the Crane School of Music, State University at Potsdam (BM, Hon. Dr. of Music, Minerva Award), Carnegie-Mellon University (MFA), and is a George London Competition winner.

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.

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Alli Mauzey, vocalist


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 recently received critical acclaim for his starring role in the Broadway production of Sideshow. He received Drama Desk and Drama League nominations for his role as Giorgio in Classic Stage Company’s production of Passion. Ryan’s additional Broadway credits include Billy Flynn in Chicago and Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera. Ryan starred as Lancelot in Camelot and as Terry Connor in Sideshow at The Kennedy Center. He has also been featured in Music in the Air, Cry-Baby on Broadway and The Most Happy Fella. His portrayal of Tony in the Olivier-nominated 2008 West End production of West Side Story received universal raves.

Ryan has been a guest soloist with several symphony orchestras including the New York Pops, Seattle Symphony with Marvin Hamlisch, Philly POPS, Philadelphia Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony, the Cincinnati Pops, Utah Symphony, Houston Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Edmonton Symphony, among others.

His cabaret appearances include Feinstein’s and the Café Carlyle. Regional and touring credits include: Phantom of the Opera (Raoul)-Las Vegas, Mamma Mia (Sky) 1st National Tour, Wicked (Fiero u/s) Chicago, Thoroughly Modern Mille (Jimmy), Cinderella (Prince), Grease! (Danny), Hello Dolly! (Cornelius), Assassins (John Wilkes Booth), Sweeney Todd (Anthony), Forever Plaid (Smudge), and Blood Brothers (Eddie Lyons).  He is featured in the film Five Minarets of New York with Danny Glover and Gina Gershon.  His other film and TV credits include Gossip Girl, Sex and the City 2, and True Blood.  Ryan originally hails from Alberta, Canada.

The Philly POPS Festival Chorus


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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