‘Broadway Today’ features Cleveland native
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Broadway Today
John Boswel
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The Cleveland–Bradley Concert Association opens the 2012-13 concert series with “Broadway Today” on Oct. 4. The concert is at 7 p.m. at the Conn Center on the campus of Lee University.

The only thing better than spending an evening at a current Broadway show is spending an evening with all of them. The Broadway Musical is alive and well on the Great White Way. The past few years have seen New York City flush with hit shows such as “Wicked,” “The Lion King,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Jersey Boys” and “Mamma Mia.” You can relive all of them with a cast of current Broadway stars. Not only will you hear songs from the new shows and the revivals, but also the classics like “West Side Story,” “South Pacific,” “Mary Poppins,” “A Little Night Music” and “Chicago.”

One of the four performers in the show is Brian Lane Green, who grew up in Cleveland and graduated from Cleveland High School. Since leaving Cleveland in the 1980s, he has made an impressive name for himself in the entertainment world. His Broadway debut was as Huck Finn in “Big River.” He has appeared in productions of “West Side Story,” “1776” and “The Pirates of Penzance” just to name a few, and was a Tony Award nominee. For daytime TV viewers you may recognize him as Alan Baird in “Days of Our Lives,” Sam Fowler in “Another World” and Brian Bodine on “All My Children.”

David Burnham recently played Fiyero in “Wicked.” He was a recipient in 2007 of the Helen Hays Award for best actor. He gained critical acclaim when he was chosen to replace Donny Osmond in the national tour of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”

Jessica Hendy’s Broadway credits include “Cats” in the role of Grizabella, “Aida” in the role of Amneris and she toured the U.S. and Canada as the narrator in “Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” She has also played Ellen in “Miss Saigon.” She is a graduate of the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music.

The fourth member of the group is John Boswell who not only sings and plays the piano for the group, but is also the director. In fact he has been the musical director for Judy Collins, Andy Williams and Bob Newhart. He played the role of Moose in “Crazy for You.” He has also appeared in “The Secret Garden” and “Back to Bacharach.”

Admission to the concert is by season membership. This membership cost only $50 per adult and will admit you to “Broadway Today” and the three other shows for the season.

However, because of the local connection of Brian Green the Concert Association will offer tickets for “Broadway Today” for $25 for those who will not be able to attend the other concerts.

The other three concerts included in your season ticket include Jim Witter on Nov. 5, with his tribute to Simon and Garfunkel. For those who remember the days of the 1960s “Feelin Groovy” times, this will be a very enjoyable evening.

There will be two concerts in the spring of 2013. One will feature, on Feb. 26, the Side Street Strutters. The seven-piece ensemble plays the great jazz tunes from all the masters of jazz and features the powerful voice of Melony Collins. It will be a real toe-tapping evening.

And the season closes with Jason Coleman in “The Legacy of Floyd Cramer.” Coleman plays the music of his famous grandfather. Nancy Cassson, president of the Cleveland–Bradley Concert Association, said “Jason was in Cleveland two years ago. Our association had so many requests to get him back, and we are glad to do that. His great personality makes the audience fall in love with him.”

For more information, call 473-1114 or 715-5662.