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Show Time! Three of Broadway's Leading Vocalists join Hong Kong Philharmonic and Conductor Carl Topilow in "Best of Broadway" on 7&8 December

21-11-2011

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Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) brings an eclectic mix of Broadway classic hits. On 7&8 December 2011 (Wed & Thu), 8pm, SoundFest: "The Best of Broadway" features a line-up of favourite hits from Broadway musicals such as Funny Girl, My Fair Lady, Mamma Mia, Cats, Phantom of the Opera and many more. Conductor Carl Topilow will be joined by vocalists Christiane Noll, Debbie Gravitte and Doug LaBrecque in a night of dazzling showstoppers!

Carl Topilow, conductor
Founder of the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, Carl Topilow is renowned worldwide for his versatility, whether wielding a conductor's baton or playing his trademark red clarinet. He is a multi-talented virtuoso equally at home in classical and popular music. Carl's pops performances blend light classical, swing, jazz, Broadway, Dixieland and Klezmer music, usually with at least one number on his array of brightly coloured clarinets. His unique approach to pops programming includes extensive audience involvement and true showmanship.

Christiane Noll, vocalist
Born in New York, Christiane was hailed as "one of the most versatile actresses in the American Musical Theatre". She made her opera debut with Placido Domingo and the Washington National Opera in The Merry Widow as Valencienne at The Kennedy Centre. She has been a member of the national tours of Grease!, Miss Saigon, City of Angels and an tour of Australia and Thailand in South Pacific. She is also a frequent guest soloist as part of Bravo Broadway with many symphony orchestras around the world, including the National Symphony, Cincinnati Pops and Philadelphia Pops.

Debbie Gravitte, vocalist

"You had better believe she's on Broadway to stay!

---"New York Times

Debbie Gravitte has had a varied career taking her from the Broadway Stage to the Concert Hall and points between. She won the prestigious Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in A Musical for Jerome Robbin's Broadway along with a Drama Desk Award Nomination, as well as the New York Showstopper Award. Since making her Broadway debut in the original cast of They're Playing Our Song, Ms Gravitte has become a frequent guest of numerous symphony orchestras including the National Symphony, The Boston Pops, Houston Symphony, London Symphony and Birmingham Symphony.

Doug LaBrecque, vocalist
Doug Labrecque was featured in Oscar Hammerstein's 100th Birthday Celebration on Broadway at

The Gershwin Theatre, and toured nationally with Les Miserables. He has collaborated with many world-class orchestras including the Israel Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, San Francisco Symphony and New Jersey Symphony. He has also appeared in Broadway musicals including Phantom of the Opera, Showboat and Man of La Manncha.

Programme
Get ready for an evening of classic entertainment with the Best of Broadway. Three wonderful Broadway stars, Christiane Noll, Debbie Gravitte and Doug LaBrecque will take us on a journey with a line-up of golden hits from Broadway musicals such as Cats: Memory, Phantom of the Opera: Phantom of the Operaand Music of the Night etc . With conductor Carl Topilow at the helm, this will be a night to remember. We guarantee you'll leave the hall singing!

SoundFest: The Best of Broadway
7&8 | 12| 2011
WED & THU 8PM
HK Cultural Centre Concert Hall
HK$380 $280 $200 $140
Available at URBTIX now

Artists
Carl Topilow conductor
Christiane Noll vocalist
Debbie Gravitte vocalist
Doug LaBrecque vocalist

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Programme
JULE STYNE
Funny Girl: Overture
Gypsy: All I Need is the Girl / Together Wherever We Go
Funny Girl
: Don’t Rain on My Parade
COLE PORTER
Jubilee: Begin the Beguine
LERNER/LOEWE
My Fair Lady: I Could Have Danced All Night
TESORI
Thoroughly Modern Millie
WARREN
42nd Street
BERNSTEIN
Candide: Glitter and be Gay
ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER
Cats: Memory
SHAIMAN
Hairspray: You Can't Stop the Beat
KANDER/EBB
Chicago: All that Jazz / All I Care About is Love
Cabaret
SCHONBERG
Les Miserables: On My Own
ANDERSSON/ULVAEUS
Mamma Mia!: Medley
BERNSTEIN
West Side Story: Overture
SCHWARTZ
Wicked: Defying Gravity
ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER
Phantom of the Opera: Phantom of the Opera
Phantom of the Opera: Music of the Night



HONG KONG PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
Edo de Waart
Artistic Director and Chief Conductor

The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) is one of Asia's leading orchestras. Enriching Hong Kong's cultural life for over a century, the Orchestra has grown into a formidable ensemble of Chinese and international talents, attracting world-class artists to collaborate on its stage. HKPO annually touches the lives of over 200,000 music lovers through more than 150 performances including its extensive education programme HSBC Insurance Creative Notes and free concerts such as the popular Swire Symphony under the Stars, and regular broadcasts and telecasts. Outside of Hong Kong, the HKPO has made a number of critically acclaimed tours in Asia and Europe.

The 2011/12 season will mark Maestro Edo de Waart's eighth and final season with the HKPO. Apart from his own series of five special programmes which are summaries of his achievements with the Orchestra over the last seven years, ending with Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, the new season will also attract a stellar cast of great artists and guest conductors.

The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra is financially supported by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
SWIRE is the Principal Patron of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra
The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra is the Venue Partner of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre

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