14 Sep 2018

A Tribute to Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber

In April the HSO salutes the two most successful Broadway composers of the past 50 years; Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Broadway stars Debbie Gravitte, Anne Runolfsson and Hugh Panaro  join the HSO to sing favorite songs from megahit shows like Sweeney Todd, A Little Night Music, Jesus Christ Superstar and Phantom of the Opera! Walk the red carpet and come in your Broadway Best!

Friday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m.

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Debbie Gravitte

Tony Award Winner Debbie Gravitte (JEROME ROBBIN’S BROADWAY), one of Broadway’s biggest personalities, has found herself in demand from the Broadway Stage to the concert stage and beyond. After making her Broadway debut in the original cast of THEY’RE PLAYING OUR SONG, she went on to appear in: PERFECTLY FRANK (DRAMA DESK AWARD NOMINATION), BLUES IN THE NIGHT, AIN’T BROADWAY GRAND, ZORBA, CHICAGO, and LES MISERABLES. Debbie has been seen in the ENCORE’S series productions of THE BOYS FROM SYRACUSE, TENDERLOIN, and CARNIVAL at New York’s CITY CENTER.

She has appeared as Reno Sweeney in ANYTHING GOES, LOVE LIFE at the Walnut St. Theatre, RED, HOT AND BLUE at the Papermill Playhouse and the West Coast Premiere of THE GOODBYE GIRL.

Debbie has performed her nightclub act worldwide, from New York’s RAINBOW AND STARS, 54 BELOW, and BIRDLAND to London’s PIZZA ON THE PARK, and back home again to Atlantic City, where she’s had the honor of performing with JAY LENO, HARRY ANDERSON, and the legendary GEORGE BURNS.

A favorite with Symphony audiences, she has sung with over 175 Orchestras around the world. She has toured with KEITH LOCKHART AND THE BOSTON POPS, appeared with LANG LANG and the CHINESE PHILHARMONIC in Beijing, along with PETER NERO AND THE PHILLY POPS, THE NATIONAL SYMPHONY (WITH MARVIN HAMLISCH), THE NY POPS WITH THE LEGENDARY SKITCH HENDERSON, ATLANTA SYMPHONY, CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA, PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY, UTAH SYMPHONY, ST. LOUIS, HOUSTON, DALLAS and SAN DIEGO SYMPHONIES.

Overseas, Debbie has sung with the MOSCOW, LONDON, AALBORG and BIRMINGHAM SYMPHONY ORCHESTRAS, STOCKHOLM PHILHARMONIC, the GOTESBORG and JERUSALEM SYMPHONIES, MUNICH PHILHARMONIC, the ROYAL SCOTTISH NATIONAL ORCHESTRA, ORCHESTRA MASSIMO DEL PALERMO and SYMPHONICA OF BRAZIL, BILBAO PHIL, along with THE MALAYSIAN PHILHARMONIC.

On television, Debbie co-starred on the CBS series TRIAL AND ERROR, was seen on NBC’S PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS, and has starred in several specials for PBS, including LIVE FROM THE KENNEDY CENTER, THE BOSTON POPS CELEBRATE BERNSTEIN, RODGERS AND HART for GREAT PERFORMANCES, and IRA GERSHWIN’S 100th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION.

Debbie has 4 solo CD’s to her credit, including her latest release: BIG BAND BROADWAY, along with DEFYING GRAVITY, THE MGM ALBUM, and PART OF YOUR WORLD: THE MUSIC OF ALAN MENKEN. Her other recordings include: CALAMITY JANE, UNSUNG SONDHEIM, LUCKY STIFF, MISS SPECTACULAR., LOUISIANA PURCHASE, A BROADWAY CHRISTMAS, as well as MACK AND MABEL IN CONCERT: live from the DRURY LANE THEATRE among others. Debbie has sung with the NEW YORK CITY BALLET in PETER MARTIN’S “THOU SWELL” at LINCOLN CENTER, appeared with BETTE MIDLER in the Universal Feature, ISN’T SHE GREAT?, and can be heard as one of the voices in DISNEY’S THE LITTLE MERMAID. Debbie is the proud mother of three beautiful children.

Anne Runolfsson

“I am first, foremost, & forever a singer & storyteller. I am humbled & grateful to share an evening with my audiences, my co-conspirators. So many songs, so many stories, so many wonderful people to meet & escort on this journey.” Those words come from the remarkably gifted ANNE RUNOLFSSON, whose Broadway credits include The Phantom of the Opera (Carlotta), Les Miserables (Fantine), Victor/Victoria(Victoria, where she stood by for both Dame Julie Andrews & Liza Minnelli, performing the role to great acclaim over 120 times), Cyrano The Musical (Roxanne), Aspects of Love, & James Joyce’s The Dead. Having appeared with Marvin Hamlisch at both Carnegie Hall & The Kennedy Center, Anne has also performed as a soloist at The Hollywood Bowl. Her other prolific symphony appearances include stints with The National Symphony, The Boston Pops, The Philly Pops, The Jerusalem Symphony, The Orchestra of St. Lukes, The National Symphony of Canada, The Hong Kong Philharmonic, The Cincinnati Pops, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, The Buffalo Philharmonic, & the Symphony orchestras of San Francisco, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Seattle, Atlanta, Indianapolis, Toronto, Milwaukee, Utah, Detroit, Dallas, Houston, Columbus, San Diego, Colorado, Minnesota, Phoenix, & St. Louis among many others. Her gorgeous CD, At Sea, is currently available on iTunes. In her concert appearances, listen to Anne wrap her luscious vocal gifts around popular tunes like I Dreamed a Dream, Let it Go, Defying Gravity, Send in the Clowns, The Sound of Music & The Way You Look Tonight!

Hugh Panaro

Hugh Panaro has been described as “the leader of Broadway’s dwindling supply of great leading men.” Critically lauded and adored by fans, he demonstrates versatility, charisma, tremendous vocal talent, and, in the words of one former costar, movie star good looks.

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on February 19, 1964, Hugh’s love of animals interested him in a career in veterinary medicine. However, after seeing his first Broadway show, Hugh immediately fell in love with theatre. His first role, Friedrich, in a regional production of The Sound of Music, came when he was twelve.

Hugh, who was a church organist at Saint Helena’s Roman Catholic Church during high school and accompanied his mother on the organ or piano at weddings, studied music at Temple University (BA in voice, class of ’85)

Moving to New York City immediately after graduation, Hugh quickly found a role in I Have Found Home. He played a German immigrant in the show which took place on a ferry to the Statue of Liberty. He later obtained his Equity card with the role of Mary Sunshine in regional production of Chicago.  In 1988, Hugh originated the role of Marius Pontmercy in the first national touring production of Les Misérables, moving up to the Broadway company several months later. He was then cast by Hal Prince as Raoul de Chagny, the romantic young hero in Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit musical The Phantom of the Opera. His next role was as Julian Craster in Jules Styne’s final musical, the ill-fated The Red Shoes in 1993.  Subsequent roles included Gaylord Ravenal in Show Boat (Broadway, Toronto, and London), Buddy Foster in the original production of Side Showand David in the independent film, Broadway Damage.

In 1999, Hugh returned to the Majestic Theatre, this time to don the iconic mask in The Phantom of the Opera. Six months later, he originated the title role in the U.S. tour of Martin Guerre. Following the tour, Hugh drew praise for performances in Gentleman Prefer Blondes and Merrily We Roll Along in Los Angeles and as Anthony Hope in the Kennedy Center’s 2002 production of Sweeney Todd.

After an off-Broadway run in LaChiusa’s Little Fish, Hugh returned to play The Phantom in 2003. One of the most popular actors to fill the role, he remained with the show until October 2005, leaving to play the seductive, conflicted vampire Lestat in the Elton John musical based on Anne Rice’s successful novels.

In autumn 2006, Hugh was invited to play Bobby in the 5th Avenue Theater (Seattle) production of Sondheim’s pivotal musical, Company. His performance was praised as “exquisitely accomplished.” Following Company, Hugh has appeared in a number of concerts, including benefit shows at Joe’s Pub, Birdland Jazz Club, and City Center.

In 2008, he starred as Jean Valjean in the Walnut Street Theatre’s outstanding production of Les Misérables, a role which earned him praise from audiences and reviewers alike, as well as the Barrymore award.  The following spring, he played the title role in the 5th Avenue Theatre’s production of Sunday In The Park With George.  He then starred in Oliver!, again at The Walnut in his native Philly, and also maintained an active concert schedule performing with symphonies around the world.

On September 7, 2010, Hugh returned to Broadway’s Majestic Theatre to again play the iconic Phantom and led the show’s historic 25th anniversary performance.

 In 2012, he was the recipient of the prestigious Edwin Forrest Award.

During an extended break from Phantom in 2013,  he was again seen as Jean Valjean in The Muny’s summer production of Les Misérables (opposite friend and Side Show costar Norm Lewis).  He left the role of The Phantom in May of 2014.  His debut album is in the works at last.

His genuine charm and humility, matched with a gorgeous smile, have made him a true fan favorite at many stage doors. While Hugh embraced a career in the theatre over one as a veterinarian, he remains a self-described animal freak with a particular fondness for dogs.

 

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