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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Featuring

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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Fly, Eagles, Fly Conga!
During the Lenny’s Revolution concert weekend (February 2-4, 2018), The Philly POPS pay tribute to the Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl appearance during the Leonard Bernstein song “Conga" by turning the concert hall into a mini Eagles pep rally.

David Charles Abell's Conducting Debut: Bernstein's Mass

David Charles Abell Meets Leonard Bernstein

David Charles Abell's Experience Working with Bernstein



Guest Artists

David Charles Abell, Principal Guest Conductor

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Born in North Carolina, Principal Guest Conductor David Charles Abell grew up in the Mt. Airy neighborhood of Philadelphia, attending Germantown Friends School through the sixth grade. A gifted musician from a young age, his study of trumpet, viola, piano, and composition eventually led to a concentration on conducting. He attended Yale University, the Juilliard School, and the Conservatoire Américain in France, where he studied under Nadia Boulanger. At age 13, David met Leonard Bernstein while singing in the world premiere of Bernstein’s Mass in Washington, D.C. Ten years later, David assisted his teacher John Mauceri in the tenth anniversary production of Mass, leading to a close association with Bernstein—as both a conducting student and as an editor of Bernstein’s music.   

David made his debut with The Philly POPS in 2013’s Christmas Spectacular, returning again in 2014 and 2015. He has since conducted Blockbuster Broadway in 2017, Lenny’s Revolution in 2018, and will lead 2019’s A Philly POPS Christmas and 2020’s Sondheim: A 90th Birthday Celebration. In addition to his work with The Philly POPS, David conducts concerts, opera, and theatre performances around the world. He has performed with such distinguished artists as Dame Judi Dench ,Dame Emma Thompson, Heather Headley, Idina Menzel, Petula Clark, Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, and Matthew Morrison. He has conducted many prominent orchestras, including the London Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Atlanta and Cincinnati Symphonies, and Boston Pops.

David is widely known to TV audiences for the 10thand 25th anniversary Les Misérables concerts, both of which have become PBS fund-raising perennials. In the UK, he has performed many times on television, most notably as conductor of the immensely successful Sondheim 80th birthday Prom and as the conductor for four years of the Olivier Awards, the UK’s equivalent to the Tony Awards. Recently, he made his Zurich Opera debut with Sweeney Todd, starring Sir Bryn Terfel.

David currently lives in London.

Lisa Vroman, vocalist

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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 with the New York City Opera. Lisa appeared on PBS as Johanna in Sweeney Todd and Hey! Mr. Producer. She has 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 Disney’s 75th.

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. This season, Lisa made her debut with the Gewandhaus Orchester in Leipzig and joined award winning American composer Tom Cipullo for the premiere of his new opera, Mayo. Ongoing performances include a series of events with Music Unwound and the Kurt Weill Foundation of a Weill/Brecht/Blitzstein Cabaret with Baritone William Sharp, and symphonic performances of Weill on and off Broadway, featuring The Seven Deadly Sins

Please visit www.lisavroman.com

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.

Ryan Silverman

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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

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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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