The Music Man in Concert
Richard Kaufman, conductor
WILLSON: The Music Man
Professor Harold Hill - Erich Bergen
Marian Paroo - Elena Shaddow
Marcellus Washburn - Jacob Keith Watson
By turns wicked, funny, warm, romantic and touching, The Music Man is a story to be shared with every generation! In association with Chaplin Entertainment, UIA Presents you with the charm and whimsicality of this timeless story performed live with a one-of-a-kind, nostalgic score of rousing marches, barbershop quartets, celebrity talent and all the best heart-warming moments from the classic Broadway production. The Music Man in Concert premieres this season with Pacific Symphony and a cast of Broadway and television stars!
“Ya got trouble” in River City, when a fast-talking con man has his heart stolen by the town librarian. The Music Man became an instant hit on Broadway, winning five Tony Awards beating out “West Side Story” for “Best Musical.” The cast album went on to win the Grammy Award (the first ever) while the film score won an Academy Award. This romantic comedy is an energetic slice of Americana filled with romantic ballads, rousing marches and lively barbershop quartets. Selections such as “Seventy-Six Trombones,” “Til There Was You,” “Marian the Librarian” and “Goodnight my Someone” have become perennial favorites.
Trivia note: The 1962 film’s final parade scene used the USC marching band and featured a young Richard Kaufman on trombone.
Erich Bergen currently stars as Blake Moran on the hit CBS television drama, Madam Secretary. Currently in it’s third season, the show airs in primetime on Sundays at 9/8c. Madam Secretary is broadcast all over the world with past seasons available for streaming on Netflix.
Recently, Erich starred as Bob Gaudio in the Clint Eastwood-directed musical film, Jersey Boys, reprising his critically acclaimed performance from the TONY winning stage production in the United States. Other television credits include Gossip Girl, Desperate Housewives and Person of Interest.
As a singer and musician, Erich enjoys a successful career performing everything from the Great American Songbook to contemporary hits. These performances vary from a three-piece jazz combo to a 40-piece symphony. His albums are available on Amazon, Spotify and all other digital music/streaming outlets.
Elena Shaddow was last seen on Broadway in The Visit playing Ottile Schell, director by John Doyle and starring Chita Rivera. On television she was featured as Sister Sophia in NBC’s The Sound of Music Live! starring Carrie Underwood, along with appearances on CBS’ Person of Interest and Conviction. She also appeared in the feature film The Intern, starring Anne Hathaway and Robert Deniro. She originated the role of Francesca Johnson to critical acclaim in the pre-Broadway production of The Bridges of Madison County at Williamstown Theater Festival, directed by Bartlett Sher. On Broadway she starred as Anne Dindon in the Tony Award-winning Broadway revival of La Cage aux Folles at the Longacre Theater. Her past Broadway productions include The Woman in White (Trevor Nunn dir.), Fiddler on the Roof and Nine (David Leveaux, dir.), Sweet Smell of Success (Nicholas Hytner dir.), and Les Misérables.
Off Broadway, Elena starred as Fanny in Fanny at City Center Encores! She was also a member of the Greek Chorus in The Bacchae directed by Joanne Akalitis at The Delacorte Theater. In London, Elena had the honor of playing Magnolia Hawkes in Show Boat at the Royal Albert Hall, the first musical of its size to be staged in said venue, opposite John Owen Jones. (Francesca Zambello, dir.) National Tours: Clara Johnson in the First National Tour of The Light in the Piazza (2007 Helen Hayes Best Actress Nomination) opposite Christine Andreas (Bartlett Sher, dir). Some of her favorite regional credits include Mary in Mary Poppins and Lili in Carnival! at Papermill Playhouse, Olivia in Twelfth Night and Cecily in The Importance of Being Earnest at Shakespeare Theatre of NJ, and Marian Paroo in The Music Man at The MUNY in Saint Louis. Elena also starred as Eliza Doolittle in UIA Presents’ first two presentations of My Fair Lady: In Concert with Milwaukee Symphony and North Carolina Symphony.
Jacob Keith Watson
Witty actor and singer Jacob Keith Watson is making waves on the Broadway stages. Last season, he appeared as Enoch Snow in the Tony-nominated Broadway revival of Carousel. Jacob has also been seen on Broadway in Hello, Dolly! starring Bette Midler, Jeanine Tesori and Brian Crawley’s Violet starring Sutton Foster, Craig Lucas’ Amélie, as Joseph Buquet/Monsieur Reyer in The Phantom of the Opera, Robert Livingston in the acclaimed Encores! revival of 1776, as well as Amos Hart in the National/International tour of Chicago the Musical. Regional and Opera credits include Rodolfo in La Bohème, Beppe in Pagliacci, Frederic in Pirates of Penzance, Borsa in Rigoletto, as well as productions of HMS Pinafore, Chicago, Bye Bye Birdie, Seussical, Six Characters in Search of an Author, As You Like It, Twelfth Night, Othello and The Doctor in Spite of Himself.
Symphony engagements includes Kurt Weill on Broadway and New York, New York, both with Maestro James Holmes and the Kurt Weill foundation, and the tenor soloist in Elijah, Messiah and Carmina Burana. Jacob is an Arkansas native and proud past winner of the prestigious Lotte Lenya Competition, the NATS National Music Theatre Competition and a regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.