Showstoppers! Hello, Dolly!, La Cage & Mame | The Philly Pops
 

Showstoppers! Hello, Dolly!, La Cage & Mame

David Charles Abell, 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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Fri, Apr 16, 2021
8PM
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8PM
Sat, Apr 17, 2021
3PM
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3PM
Sun, Apr 18, 2021
3PM
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3PM
Featuring

Louise Pitre, vocalist

Ben Davis, vocalist

Ryan Silverman, vocalist

Dee Roscioli, vocalist

Leo Manzari, tap

Broadway’s beloved Jerry Herman represented everything that was lavish, catchy, optimistic, and lighthearted about the Great White Way. Herman’s tunes never fail to leave audiences inspired and humming as they exit the theater.

To celebrate his legacy, during what would have been his 90th year, the POPS bring you his greatest showstopping numbers under the baton of Maestro David Charles Abell. Musical selections will include memorable moments from Hello, Dolly!, Mame, La Cage aux Folles, and more!

Guest Artists

David Charles Abell, Music Director & Principal Conductor

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Born in North Carolina, Music Director & Principal 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.

Louise Pitre

Louise Pitre, Vocalist

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Receiving a Tony nomination for her Broadway debut in the smash hit Mamma Mia! was a highlight for Louise Pitre, Canada’s first lady of musical theatre, in a career that spans theatre, television and concert stages across North America and Europe. 

In addition to headlining the Toronto, Broadway and US touring company casts of Mamma Mia!, Louise is known for her signature performances as Fantine in Les Misérables (Toronto, Montreal and Paris), the title character in Edith Piaf, Mama Rose in Gypsy (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Gary Griffin director) and Joanne in Company, again with director Gary Griffin. She also earned raves for leading roles in Annie Get Your Gun, Song & Dance, Jacques Brel Is Alive And Well And Living In Paris, The World Goes ‘Round, Blood Brothers, Tartuffe, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf?, The Roar of the Greasepaint - The Smell of the Crowd, Applause, The Toxic Avenger, A Year With Frog and Toad; and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. In 2014 she premiered in the new Asolo Rep Theatre production of Luck Be A Lady created and directed by Gordon Greenberg and in 2015 she originated the role of the Snake in the world premiere of The Little Prince by James D. Reid and Nicholas Lloyd Webber at Theatre Calgary for which she won a Critter Award. For her role as Edith Piaf in the North American premiere of The Angel & the Sparrow at the Segal Centre in Montreal in 2018, Louise received a METAs nomination (Montreal English Theatre Awards) for Outstanding Lead Performance - Actress. The show’s director Gordon Greenberg stated: “Louise is probably the foremost interpreter of Edith Piaf in the world”. In 2019, The Angel & The Sparrow was brought to Toronto by Mirvish Productions and retitled Piaf/Dietrich, A Legendary Affair at which time Louise reprised her role as Piaf to enthusiastic reviews. Also in 2019, Louise played Adult Marie van Goethem in the new musical Marie, Dancing Still presented at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle. The musical is largely the result of collaboration by five-time Tony Award-winning director-choreographer Susan Stroman and the Tony Award-winning team of writer Lynn Ahrens and composer Stephen Flaherty. In the 2019 Musical Stage Company production of Next To Normal in Toronto, Louise broke through gender boundaries by playing the role of Doctor Madden (Doctor Fine) previously portrayed as male. 

In September, 2009, Louise made her Carnegie Hall debut singing the role of Ulrika in the concert version of the musical Kristina by ABBA’s Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus which she reprised at Royal Albert Hall in April 2010. 

In 2013 Louise premiered her self-penned one-woman show On The Rocks at Theatre Passe Muraille in Toronto with original songs by Louise Pitre, W. Joseph Matheson and Diane Leah. 

Louise has guested with orchestras across Canada and the U.S. and appears in concert regularly throughout North America with accompaniment ranging from big band to solo piano. 

Her small screen appearances include Lifetime’s A Christmas Wedding, Recipe for a Perfect Christmas, Merry Matrimony, MVP, Flashpoint and the CBC biopic Celine in which she played Celine Dion’s mother, Therese. Louise was the host of Star Portraits on Bravo for its two seasons. She was chosen to be one of the three judges for Andrew Lloyd Webber's CBC series Over The Rainbow. 

Louise is the winner of a National Broadway Touring Award, a New York Theatre World Award, a San Francisco Theatre Critics’ Award, a Betty Mitchell Award and four Dora Mavor Moore Awards, all for best performance by a leading actress in a musical. 

Since earning her Honours BA in Music Education (piano) from the University of Western Ontario, Louise has become the proud recipient of honorary degrees from the Royal Conservatory of Music and Humber College along with a Doctorate of Music from the University of Western Ontario. 

Louise has released five solo CD’s: Shattered, All of My Life Has Led To This, Songs My Mother Taught Me, On The Rocks and an all French CD, La Vie En Rouge. She is heard as Fantine in the Paris cast recording of Les Misérables, and as Ulrika in the Benny Andersson/Bjorn Ulvaeus musical Kristina cast recording live at Carnegie Hall. She, together with W. Joseph Matheson and Diane Leah recorded their original wartime musical Could You Wait? which premiered at Theatre Orangeville. 

Louise holds the position of Honorary Co-chair with the Hélène Tremblay Lavoie Foundation created to help address a critical lack of long-term care for Francophones in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). The foundation leads the way on behalf of Francophones, especially those in the later stages of their lives, to have the opportunity to live in French and enjoy a quality of life that they deserve. 

Ben Davis, vocalist

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A versatile singing actor, Ben Davis was most recently seen in the City Center Encores! production of Irving Berlin’s, Call Me Madam. His extensive Broadway career includes the Tony Award winning musical, Dear Evan Hansen, Mr. Lindquist in A Little Night Music with Elaine Stritch and Bernadette Peters, Javert and Enjolras in Les Miserables, as Trevor Graydon in Thoroughly Modern Millie and “The Preacher” in Violet. He received a Tony Honor and Ovation Award for his work as Marcello in Baz Luhrmann’s production of La Bohème. This fall, he starred in the off-Broadway production of On A Clear Day You Can See Forever at the Irish Repertory Theatre. Ben recently toured the country as Captain Von Trapp in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music.  He starred as Fred/Petruchio in Kiss Me Kate at London's Royal Albert Hall as part of the BBC Proms and performed opposite Kelli O'Hara and Victor Garber in Kurt Weill's, Knickerbocker Holiday at Lincoln Center.

An active concert artist, Ben performed as a guest soloist at Tanglewood with the Boston Pops, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Caramoor Festival, the RTE Orchestra in Dublin, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Phoenix Symphony, Westchester Philharmonic w/Kelli O’Hara, and West Virginia Symphony. He also performed at The Hollywood Bowl as Patrick in Mame and again with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Bernstein’s Mass.

His TV and Film credits include a film version of  Samuel Barber’s A Hand of Bridge, Papageno in ​​The Magic Flute directed by Kenneth Branagh, Blue Bloods, 30 Rock,  and Numb3rs.

Ryan Silverman

Ryan Silverman, Vocalist

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Noted for his performances which “stand in memory” (​The New York Times​), multipleDrama Desk nominee ​RYAN SILVERMAN​ has been praised as the “smoothest, mostassured bari-tenor, leading-man theatre voice at the moment” (​Playbill.com​). Silvermanreceived a Drama Desk nomination for Best Actor for the role of Terry Connor in ​SideShow​ on Broadway, and has starred as Raoul in ​The Phantom of the Opera​ and as BillyFlynn in ​CHICAGO​.

Silverman has also received Drama Desk and Drama League nominations for hisperformance as Giorgio in CSC’s 2013 production of ​Passion​, which the ​New YorkTimes​ praised for its “risk-taking, unconditional emotional commitment.” Additionally, hehas appeared as Sir Lancelot in ​Camelot​ at the Kennedy Center, in the Théâtre duChâtelet’s acclaimed production of ​Passion​ opposite Natalie Dessay, as Tony in theOlivier-nominated 2008 West End production of ​West Side Story​, and in the premiere ofDelaware Theater Company’s new musical, ​A Sign of The Times​.

Silverman recently starred in concert with ​West Side Story​ with the PhiladelphiaOrchestra and in ​The Golden Apple​ at City Center Encores! He has made soloistappearances with the New York Pops, Seattle Symphony, Philly Pops, Cincinnati Pops,Houston Symphony, the NHK Symphony in Tokyo, the Cleveland Orchestra, DetroitSymphony, Vancouver Symphony, the Kaohsiung Symphony in Taiwan, and Edmonton Symphony, among others.

Other credits include ​Cry-Baby​​on Broadway, ​Finian’s Rainbow​ (Irish RepertoryTheater), and New York City Opera’s ​The Most Happy Fella​.​ He recently made his debutat Papermill, starring in Ken Ludwig’s ​A Comedy of Tenors​.

Regional credits include ​Thoroughly Modern Millie​ (Jimmy​), Cinderella​ (the Prince),Grease!​ (Danny), ​Hello Dolly!​ (Cornelius), ​Assassins ​(John Wilkes Booth), ​SweeneyTodd​ (Anthony​), Forever Plaid​ (Smudge), and ​Blood Brothers​ (Eddie Lyons). Silvermanhas performed his club act the Café Carlyle (month long residency) and Feinstein’s at the Regency, as well as 54Below with Melissa Errico. His television and film credits include​ Suits, Good Fight, Gossip Girl​, ​The 5 Minarets Of New York, Sex and the City 2​, and ​True Blood​. www.ryansilverman.com

Instagram: @ryansilverman

Dee Roscioli

Dee Roscioli, vocalist

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Dee Roscioli’shome base is NYC but she has travelled the world singing and acting. Deeis best known for her record-breaking portrayal of Elphaba in the smash Broadway hitWicked.Most recently, Dee was seen on Broadway in The Cher Show as the standby with numerous performances for Star and Lady. Dee was also seen in the 2015 Broadway revival of The Fiddler On The Roof, in the National Tour of Cats as Grizabella, and John Kander’s newest musical Kid Victory.

In addition to her theatre credits, she has performed twice as a headlining artist with the prestigious Philly Pops and has also performed as a headlining artistwith Boulder Philharmonic, Brazos Valley Symphony, Pennsylvania Philharmonic, South Bend Symphony, Corpus Christi Symphony, Missouri Symphony, Desert Symphony, as well as the International Music Festival in Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republicand return concert engagementsin Taipei, Taiwan.

She recently sang her solo show for a sold out audience at Birdland in NYC, in Chicago, as wellas her hometown of Easton, PA. Ms. Roscioliwas a special guest of Anthony Rapp and Adam Pascal at their concertand appeared opposite Anthony Rapp in a critically acclaimed performance in a new play entitled Dedalus Lounge. She can be heard on the original cast recording of Kid Victory, where she created the role of Emily. Ms. Roscioli has also been invited to sing at the prestigious Broadway on Broadway, accompanied by a 30-piece orchestra. Instagram: @deeroscioli

LEO MANZARI

Leo Manzari, tap

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Originally from Washington D.C., Leo Manzari is a Lucille Lortel-award nominated tap dancer. As part of the duo act The Manzari Brothers, Leo has headlined in the touring and off-broadway productions of Maurice Hines Tappin' Thru Life. He was a featured guest artist on Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance, BET’s The Mo'nique ShowPBS News HourJerry Lewis Telethon, and ABC's The View. Manzari had a recurring role in Showtime's wildly popular and award-winning television show Homeland. He is the lead writer and vocalist for a musical genre he created called “TAP RAP”. His most recent album, CLOCKWORK, can be found on all major streaming platforms. 

“I’m trying to bring a new generation into the musical theater and to create a new audience.”
– Jerry Herman