Broadway singers Stephen Bogardus and Patty Goble will headline the Orlando Philharmonic’s annual Springs concert May 7 in Longwood.
Bogardus is known for performances in lots of high-profile Broadway shows — especially for playing Whizzer in the original Broadway production of Falsettos (a role he created off-Broadway) and choreographer Gregory Mitchell in Terrence McNally’s Love! Valour! Compassion! Goble has appeared in the original casts of Curtains and Ragtime, among others, and has played Christine and Carlotta in The Phantom of the Opera.
Here’s the official word on the Springs concert, including bios of Bogardus and Gable.
Romance is in the air! The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra proudly announces the 2011 Concert at The Springs, the orchestra’s popular annual outdoor concert featuring the Orlando Philharmonic performing on a stage built right on the beautiful body of water known as Sanlando Springs. This season’s concert, Broadway Romance at The Springs, is held on Saturday, May 7, 2011, at The Springs Community, 400 Woodbridge Road, Longwood. Gates open at 5 PM. The concert begins at 8 PM. The Orlando Philharmonic is pleased to continue this concert tradition, which has become the orchestra’s most popular concert of the year and a social event not to be missed. Last year, this event sold out!
Grab a blanket, pack a picnic, gather some friends and enjoy this delightful concert in the lush surroundings of The Springs (Alcoholic beverages are permitted for patrons 21 and older. Lawn seating is on a first come first served basis.). Make a date with your special someone and romance is sure to blossom under the musical spell of time-honored Broadway classics at Broadway Romance at The Springs. The concert, conducted by Maestro Christopher Wilkins and featuring Broadway stars Stephen Bogardus and Patty Goble, is more than just a lot of Broadway tunes; it’s more like a Broadway show unto itself, chock-full of your favorite romantic songs with just the right blend of solos and duets from the opening number to the final song. From Cole Porter to Andrew Lloyd Webber, the program offers all the best of Broadway’s romantic show tunes from the past century. You’ll find that love is definitely in the air!
Stephen Bogardus made his Broadway debut in the 1980 revival of West Side Story as Mouthpiece and later starred as Tony in Paris and at the Hamburg Stattsoper. He sings the role of Baby John on Leonard Bernstein’s Deutsche Grammonphon recording of the show. Stephen originated the role of Bob Wallace in the Broadway production of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, and is an original cast member of the Broadway production of Falsettos. He was featured in the Broadway revivals of Old Acquaintance and Man of La Mancha. Prior to these engagements he starred on Broadway as Gabriel Conroy in James Joyce’s The Dead and subsequently played the role at the Ahmanson Theater (Los Angeles) and the Kennedy Center (Washington D.C.). He has also appeared on Broadway as reporter Mike Connors in High Society and choreographer Gregory Mitchell in Terrance McNally’s Love! Valour! Compassion!, for which he received a Tony Award nomination and an Obie Award. He was featured in the Alan Menken/Tim Rice opus King David, which opened Disney’s newly restored New Amsterdam Theatre, and the Tony-winning productions of Les Miserables and The Grapes of Wrath. For television, Mr. Bogardus has guest starred on Monk (he was the Leper on ‘Mr. Monk and the Leper’), the trilogy of Law and Order shows, Ed, Without A Trace, Life and Eleventh Hour. His films include Julie and Julia, Second Best, States of Control and Love! Valour! Compassion!
Patty Goble’s credits on the Broadway stage include the original casts of the recent revival of Bye, Bye Birdie starring John Stamos and Gina Gershon, Curtains starring David Hyde Pierce, The Woman in White, the Tony Award-winning musical revivals of La Cage aux Folles and Kiss Me, Kate and the critically acclaimed Ragtime with Brian Stokes Mitchell and Audra McDonald. She has performed the role of Carlotta in The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway, Toronto, and the Music Box Tour. Carnegie Hall appearances have included the NY premiere of the controversial hit opera Jerry Springer, the Opera starring Harvey Keitel, South Pacific (PBS) with Alec Baldwin, and Show Boat. Patty has sung with the New York Philharmonic in Candide (PBS), and the Symphony Orchestras of Akron, Alabama, Annapolis, Edmonton, Louisville, North Carolina, Oregon and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Regional credits have earned her rave reviews as Anna in The King and I (opposite Lou Diamond Phillips), Meg in Damn Yankees and Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music. Her soprano voice can be heard on the original cast recordings of Kiss Me, Kate, Ragtime, Curtains and South Pacific (at Carnegie Hall).
Tickets to Broadway Romance at The Springs are presently on sale. Advance tickets are $30 and can be purchased by phone at the Philharmonic’s Box Office at 407-770-0071; on the Philharmonic’s web site at www.OrlandoPhil.org; at the Philharmonic’s Box Office, 812 E. Rollins Street, Suite 300, Orlando (in the Lowndes Shakespeare Center); at the Springs Business Office, at 400 Woodbridge Road, Longwood (by phone, 407-862-3881); or at Petty’s Meats and Specialty Foods, 2141 W. SR 434, Longwood.
Grab another couple and go on a double date with our DOUBLE DATE SPECIAL: 4 general admission tickets for $100 – that’s a savings of $5 per ticket! This offer expires on April 15 at 5 p.m.
Tickets can also be purchased at the door beginning at 5 PM the day of the performance. There are no senior, children or student discounts. All tickets purchased on the day of the performance are $35.
The Friends of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra sponsor a VIP Clubhouse, complete with complimentary food, beer and wine provided by Meiner’s Catering and Joyce and John McLeod. A dinner buffet will be served from 6 to 8 PM inside the clubhouse, with dinner seating available at tables under the trees. VIP concert seating is located on the lawn in front of the Spring. Chairs are provided for VIP patrons. VIP patrons also receive preferred parking. VIP tickets are $125, and can be purchased by phone at 407-770-0071 or on-line at www.OrlandoPhil.org.
Corporate and patron tables are available in the VIP area for $1,500 for a table of ten. Event sponsorships begin at $5,000. Phone Susan Bright, Director of Development, at 407-896-6700 x 225 for details on patron tables and sponsorships.
Broadway Romance at The Springs is sponsored in part by Robert B. Fisher, P.A.; the Friends of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra; Harriett Lake, Joyce and John McLeod; Meiner’s Catering and Bubbalou’s Bodacious Bar-B-Que; Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Winter Park; Orkin Pest Control; Margery Pabst and Bryce West; and Wayne Densch Inc.
For further information on Broadway Romance at The Springs, phone the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra at 407-770-0071, or visit www.orlandophil.org.
The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra is proud to partner with The Springs Community to bring this concert tradition to Seminole County. So grab a blanket, a picnic basket and good friends for an evening of romance, fun and great music at Broadway Romance at The Springs!
A rain date is scheduled for Sunday, May 8, 2011 at 8 PM. If the weather is inclement on May 7, phone the Orlando Philharmonic at 407-770-0071 after 3 PM for updates.