Friday, February 12, 2016

PREVIEW: Bernstein on Broadway, The Musical Theater Project

“There’s a place for us.” And for those of us who love the musicals of Leonard Bernstein, that place will be Mixon Hall at the Cleveland Institute of Music. That’s where The Musical Theater Project is staging its next concert, titled Bernstein on Broadway, March 5 and 6, 2016.

Co-hosted by Bill Rudman and Nancy Maier, the concert will feature songs from composer and conductor Bernstein’s small but powerful, and at times revolutionary, repertoire of musicals. These include West Side Story, Candide, On The Town, and Wonderful Town. (So far, no word on any songs from Bernstein’s unproduced musical, The Race to Urga.)

This is part of TMTP’s ongoing “The Song Is You!” Concert and Cabaret Series. These are fascinating presentations that combine great music with historical details and anecdotes provided by Rudman, our walking repository of all knowledge about American musicals and their creators.

In this concert, Bernstein’s thrilling songs will be sung by three experienced vocal artists: Benjamin Czarnota, Sheri Gross and Sara Masterson. All the arrangements by Cleveland composer Ty Emerson will be played by a small chamber ensemble.

Bernstein on Broadway
Saturday, March 5 at 7 PM and Sunday, March 6 at 2 PM, Mixon Hall, Cleveland Institute of Music, 11021 East Blvd., 216-245-8687,

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