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Pacific Symphony Brings The Beloved Musical Favorites From The Enchanting Land Of Oz To 2018-19 Pops Season With Broadway Stars As Guest Artis
Orange County, CA — October 22, 2018
“Toto, I've got a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore,” Dorothy said upon stepping into the color-filled landscape of Oz bringing the magic of Technicolor pictures to moviegoers in the 1930s. Since then “The Wizard of Oz” has become a beloved classic with numerous adaptations including two re-interpretations of the Broadway stage, “Wicked” and “The Wiz.” Pacific Symphony will bring the “Music of Oz” to life with vocalists Kelli Rabke, Law Dunford, Scott Coulter and pianist John Boswell on Nov. 9-10, led by Principal Pops conductor Richard Kaufman. The orchestra will play selected songs from each of the productions, including some of the beloved classics such as “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and “Defying Gravity.”
Both performances start at 8 p.m. in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, with doors opening at 6:45 p.m. There will be one 20-minute intermission scheduled for each performance. This concert is a part of the Pacific Symphony’s 2018-19 Pops series that celebrates “popular music’s most enduring favorites,” sponsored by The Westin, PBS SoCal, and K-Earth 101. Single tickets for the “The Wonderful Music of Oz” concert start at $45. For more information on the concert or to purchase tickets call (714) 755-5799 or visit the website, www.PacificSymphony.org.
Born in New Jersey, Kelli Rabke landed her breakout role as Dorothy in the Paper Mill Playhouse’s musical rendition of “The Wizard of Oz” in 1987. She later returned to Paper Mill for the role of Yonah in the “Children of Eden,” by Steven Schwartz, which would become another milestone of her career. She is probably best known for her Broadway debut as the Narrator in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” by Andrew Lloyd Webber. She was also seen on Broadway as Eponine in “Les Misérables.”
Law Dunford burst upon the New York scene as one of Broadway’s Rising Stars of 2016. His performance of “I’m Here” from “The Color Purple” at BRS earned him raves from critics and audiences alike. He is currently starring on Broadway in the hit Sara Bereilles musical “Waitress.” Prior to his Broadway debut he appeared in a number of roles with Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and other Midwest regional theaters. He is a regular performer at NYC’s The Town Hall, Feinstein’s/ 54 Below and The Green Room. Dunford is a Tom Hanks Scholar and proud alumnus of the BFA acting program at Wright State University.
For his work in cabaret, Scott Coulter has received five MAC Awards (Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs), five Bistro Awards and two Nightlife Awards for Outstanding Vocalist and has performed at most of New York’s top rooms including Birdland, 54 Below, The Oak Room at the Algonquin and Feinstein’s at The Regency where he spent a record-setting eight months performing the revue “11 O’Clock Numbers at 11 O’Clock,” which he also co-created, directed and musically arranged. His self-titled debut CD won the 2003 MAC Award for Outstanding Recording and was chosen as the best recording of the year by TheatreMania and Cabaret Scenes magazines. Coulter was director and star of “A Christmas Carol: The Symphonic Concert” in its world premiere with the Baltimore Symphony and reprised his performance in the Emmy-nominated PBS production which premiered in December 2013. He was an Emmy nominee himself for his performance in American Song at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Coulter regularly performs in concert both as a solo artist and with a variety of legendary performers including Stephen Schwartz, Tony-winner Ben Vereen and Grammy-winner Sheena Easton and has performed with symphonies all over the world including San Francisco, Baltimore, Seattle, Phoenix, Winnipeg, St. Louis and Calgary.
Pianist John Boswell has served as musical director for artists such as Judy Collins, Andy Williams, Bob Newhart, Scott Coulter, Maude Maggart, Faith Prince, Carmen Cusack, Babbie Green and Jason Graae. He has appeared on “The Tonight Show,” “Today Show,” “CBS This Morning” and “Live with Regis and Kathie Lee.” Recent concerts with symphonies have included “Jerry Herman: The Broadway Legacy Concert,” “Blockbuster Broadway!,” “Sheena Easton and Scott Coulter: The Spy Who Loved Me” and “Music of the Knights.” Boswell holds both Broadway and Off-Broadway credits with “Crazy for You,” “The Secret Garden,” “LIZA! Steppin' Out at Radio City Music Hall,” “Back to Bacharach and David” and “The Kathy and Mo Show: Parallel Lives.”
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