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Three Broadway Divas Belt Out Showstoppers From The Great White Way

July 08, 2009

Rochester, NY –  The Three Broadway Divas conclude the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra’s summer season by  dazzling audiences with some of the most memorable words and music from the last 60 years of shows from the Great White Way.  On Friday, July 31, and Saturday August 1 at 7:30 pm at the First Niagara Center City Pavilion, conductor Jeff Tyzik and vocalists Debbie Gravitte, Jan Horvath, and Anne Runolfsson bring to life showstoppers from Gypsy, Mamma Mia, Wicked, West Side Story, Evita, Mame, Candide, A Chorus Line, and more. 

All three “Divas” have had major careers as Broadway stars, performing in touring companies, nightclubs, cabarets, and on recordings, in addition to appearances with symphony orchestras.  Ms. Horvath was a member of the original Broadway company of Phantom of the Opera, performing roles of Christine and Carlotta.  Other Broadway credits include Threepenny Opera starring Sting, Sweet Charity starring Debbie Allen, Stardust, and Oliver! as well as singing the lead role in the National Touring Company of Cats. She made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2002 singing in Bernstein’s Mass, and has appeared as a guest soloist with more than 100 orchestras.  For the past 10 years, Ms. Horvath has been the soprano soloist with “Bravo Broadway” and is featured on the CDs of the same name.  She just released her debut album as a singer/songwriter, Never Too Late, an eclectic mix of musical styles and sentiments.

Ms. Gravitte’s career also has taken her from the Broadway stage to the symphony hall and everywhere in between.  She won the prestigious Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, along with a Drama Desk Award nomination and a New York Showstopper Award.  Ms. Gravitte debuted on Broadway in the original cast of They’re Playing Our Song, going on to appear in a half dozen other musicals.  Debbie has appeared in the ENCORE series productions of The Boys from Syracuse, Tenderloin, and Carnival at New York’s City Center. She has performed her nightclub act worldwide, has sung with numerous symphony orchestras in the United States and overseas, co-starred on the CBS series Trial and Error, was seen on NBC’s Pursuit of Happiness, and starred in several PBS specials.  She can be heard on many recordings include her latest, Defying Gravity.

The New York Times proclaimed Ms. Runolfsson as having “a flexible virtuosity, between ethereal melodiousness and piercing big-moment resonance.”  She recently completed a two-year run on Broadway as Carlotta in Phantom of the Opera, prior to which she made a splash in Victor/Victoria as standby to Julie Andrews and Liza Minnelli, performing the title role more than 120 times before recreating it on the National Tour.  Other Broadway and National Tour credits include Les Misérables, Cyrano, The Secret Garden, and Aspects of Love.  She has appeared as a soloist at Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall (with tenor José Carreras), the Kennedy Center, Town Hall, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and with numerous symphony orchestras worldwide.  Recently, Ms. Runolfsson was the featured soloist for the Lord of the Rings Symphonic Suite (singing in Elfin). This season, she debuted with Peter Nero and the Philly Pops, the Atlanta Symphony, and at the Hollywood Bowl. She was awarded the MAC award (Manhattan Association of Cabaret) for Best Female Vocalist, and was a Drama League Honoree for her work in Cyrano-The Musical.  Her debut album, At Sea, was critically acclaimed nationwide.

Tickets for these performances are $20-$50, available online 24/7 at www.rpo.org; by phone (454-2100); in-person from the main RPO Box Office (108 East Avenue) 10:00 am-5:00 pm Monday-Friday, and on the following Saturdays: July 11, 18, 25, and August 1. Summer series subscriptions also are available.

On concert nights, the Box Office will be open one hour prior to concert start.  For convenience, an additional Box Office – located at the Pavilion site – also will be open one hour prior to performance for Will Call or to purchase tickets for that evening’s performance.  Tickets also can be purchased seven days a week at area Wegmans.  A convenience fee may apply. 

This series is presented by First Niagara; the City of Rochester, and Senator Jim Alesi; and by the Elaine P. and Richard U. Wilson Foundation.  For more information on the First Niagara Center City Pavilion, visit www.rpo.org/pavilion.


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