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Modern Broadway: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber Kander & Ebb and More!

Postponed: Modern Broadway: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Kander & Ebb and More!

Michael Krajewski, Conductor

Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center for Performing Arts

300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
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Apr 16-18, 2021
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Hugh Panaro, vocalist

Caroline Bowman, vocalist

Josh Young, vocalist

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s storied career is well-represented in this magical visit to Broadway.  Philly native Hugh Panaro, the original Phantom, comes home with “Music of the Night” and “Phantom of the Opera.”

The advent of the mega-musical brings us some of the greatest composers and lyricists to ever bless Broadway! Unforgettable productions of Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, Jesus Christ Superstar, and more stand the test of time.  

Stephen Schwartz brings us “Magic to Do!” Kander and Ebb spice it up with “All That Jazz,” and the musical powerhouse of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber breaks our hearts with “Memory” from the beloved Cats.

Guest Artists

Michael Krajewski, Guest Conductor


Known for his entertaining programs and engaging personality, Michael Krajewski is a much sought-after pops conductor in the U.S.A., Canada and abroad. 

His twenty-year relationship with the Houston Symphony included seventeen years as Principal Pops Conductor. He also served as Principal Pops Conductor of the Long Beach Symphony for eleven years, Principal Pops Conductor of Atlanta Symphony for eight years, and Music Director of the Philly Pops for six years. He is currently Principal Pops Conductor of the Jacksonville Symphony, a post he has held for twenty-four years. 

Michael’s busy schedule as a guest conductor includes concerts with major and regional orchestras across the United States. In Canada he has appeared with the orchestras of Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Regina and Kitchener-Waterloo. Overseas he has performed in Ireland, Spain, the Czech Republic, Iceland, Malaysia and China. 

Michael has conducted concerts featuring noteable musicians and entertainers from many diverse styles of music. He has worked with classical luminaries such as vocalist Marilyn Horne, flutist James Galway, pianist Alicia de Larrocha and guitarists Pepe and Angel Romero. 

In the field of popular music he has performed with Roberta Flack, Judy Collins, Art Garfunkel, Kenny Loggins, Ben Folds, Rufus Wainright, Jason Alexander, Patti Austin, Sandi Patty, Megan Hilty, Matthew Morrison, Doc Severinsen, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, The Chieftains, Chicago, Pink Martini, and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. 

Born in Detroit, Michael studied music education at Wayne State University and conducting at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of music. He was an Antal Dorati Fellowship Conductor with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and subsequently served as the DSO’s assistant conductor for four years. Michael now lives in Florida with his wife Darcy. In his spare time he enjoys travel, photography and solving crossword puzzles. 

Hugh Panaro

Hugh Panaro, vocalist


Hugh Panaro is perhaps best known for having played the coveted role of the Phantom in Broadway's The Phantom of the Operaover 2,000 times, including the 25th Anniversary production. In fact, Hugh is one of the few actors to be cast by Harold Prince as both The Phantom and Raoul in the show's Broadway production and is currently starring as the titular role in the immersive Off-Broadway production of Sweeney Todd.Hugh made his Broadway debut in the original production of Les Misérablesas Marius, the role he originated in the First National Company. He also created the roles of Buddy in the original Side Show (Sony cast recording); Julian Craster in Jule Styne's last musical, The Red Shoes;and the title role in the American premiere of Cameron Mackintosh's Martin Guerre. Hugh was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award for his performance in the title role of Elton John's Lestat, based on Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles. He made his West End debut in the original London company of Harold Prince's Show Boat as Gaylord Ravenal, the role he previously played in the Broadway and Toronto productions.At the prestigious 5thAvenue Theater in Seattle, Hugh played George Seurat in Sam Buntrock's Tony Award-winning production of Sunday in the Park with George, and Robert in Stephen Sondheim's Company.Hugh's performance as Jean Valjean in the Walnut Street Theater's production of Les Misérables earned him the prestigious Barrymore Award, for which he was again nominated after a turn as Fagin in Oliver! In 2012,Hugh was honored with the Edwin Forrest Award for his long-term contribution to the theater. An active concert artist, Panaro has performed with numerous symphony orchestras including Dallas, Detroit, San Francisco, SeattleUtah Symphonies, and the London Sinfonietta, among many others. He had the privilege of performing in the world premiere of Penderecki’s Te Deumat Carnegie Hall and was a guest soloist with the Buffalo Philharmonic, conducted by Marvin Hamlisch. His recordings include Jerome Kern Treasury, the original cast recording of Side Show, Tap Your Troubles Away(Herman), The Centennial(Weil), and Life On The Wicked Stage(Kern). His first solo CD, recorded with Sony/BMG, was released in the summer of 2007. In addition, he toured throughout Europe with the legendary Barbra Streisand. A native of Philadelphia, Panaro graduated from Temple University and was awarded the Boyer College of Music Certificate of Honor.

Caroline Bowman

Caroline Bowman, Vocalist


Caroline Bowman is originally from the Baltimore/ Washington area and is currently starring in Disney’s Frozen North American Tour as Elsa. Her Broadway credits include Elphaba in Wicked and Nicola in Kinky Boots (Opening and Closing cast). She has been seen on tour around the world in Evita (Eva Perón, Helen Hayes Award Nominee), Spamalot (Lady of the Lake), Grease (Rizzo), and Fame (Carmen). Favorite regional credits include Louise in Gypsy (Cape Playhouse), Eva Perón in Evita (Vancouver Opera), Natalie/Ed in All Shook Up (Muny) and Narrator in Joseph...(Toby’s Dinner Theatre, Helen Hayes Award Nominee). She has performed with the North Carolina Philharmonic, the Dayton Philharmonic and has performed in numerous cabarets in New York City. She holds a BFA in musical theatre from Penn State University and was one of 10 people to receive the 2014 Penn State Alumni Achievement Award for achievement under 35. Follow her @carolinebowman5

Josh Young

Josh Young, Vocalist


Josh Young is a Tony Award Nominated actor, who received a Tony nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical in his Broadway debut as ‘Judas’ in Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar. He also starred on Broadway as ‘John Newton’ in Amazing Grace and, most recently, starred in the North American Tour of Evita. He appeared intwo seasons at The Stratford Shakespeare Festival where his credits include ‘Judas’ in Jesus Christ Superstar, ‘Connie Rivers’ in Grapes Of Wrath, and ‘Che’ in Evita. Mr. Young appeared as ‘Marius’ in the Broadway National Tour of Les Misérables and as ‘Tony’ in the International Tour of West Side Story,directed by Joey McNeely. His albums, Eponymous and Still Dreaming of Paradise, are available on iTunes and Amazon. @joshyoung