FEATURING THE FLORIDA DEBUT OF TONY/DRAMA DESK AWARD WINNER LEA SALONGA OF DISNEY FAME AND BROADWAY STAR DAVID BURNHAM OF WICKED
LOCAL YOUTH SINGING SENSATION OLIVIA SCHIAPPA TO OPEN EACH CONCERT WITH THE NATIONAL ANTHEM
(March 6, 2012 – West Palm Beach, FL) A Palm Beach Pops tradition and always a night to remember, audiences will delight in the wondrous songs of musical theatre as our orchestra brings the magic of Broadway’s greatest hits to the South Florida stage. The sixth and final concert series in The Palm Beach Pops’ 20th Anniversary Season, The Magic of Broadway and Disney Favorites will feature Broadway stars Lea Salonga, Tony and Drama Desk Winner, best known as the singing voice in Disney movies and for her leading roles in Miss Saigon and Les Misérables, and 2007 Helen Hayes Award winner David Burnham of Wicked. Six concerts are scheduled beginning March 29, 30 & 31 at The Carole and Barry Kaye Performing Arts Auditorium at FAU, Boca Raton, April 1 at the Eissey Campus Theatre at Palm Beach State College in Palm Beach Gardens and April 2 & 3 at the Kravis Center, West Palm Beach.
Lea Salonga is a Filipina singer and actress best known for her musical role in Miss Saigon and winning the Olivier, Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics and Theatre World Awards for that role. Lea has also provided the singing voice of two Disney princesses; Jasmine in Aladdin (1992), and Fa Mulan in Mulan (1998) and Mulan II (2004).
As a child star in the Philippines, Lea made her professional debut at the age of seven in the musical The King and I and began her recording career at the age of ten with her first album, Small Voice, which received a gold certification.
Lea was the first Asian to play Eponine in the Broadway production of Les Misérables. She performed the song “A Whole New World” at the 65th Annual Academy Awards, where the song won an Oscar. That same year, she released her international debut album; it went platinum in the Philippines and sold three million copies worldwide.
Lea has performed for five Philippine presidents, (Ferdinand Marcos to Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo), three American presidents (George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush), and for Diana, Princess of Wales and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Lea was recently appointed to serve as Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. She will also serve as an Advocate for the FAO-led Youth and UN Global Alliance Initiative. This past August, she was named a Disney Legend in 2011 for her work with Walt Disney World brand.
David Burnham recently played Fiyero in the Broadway production of Wicked. David was a member of the original Broadway cast of the six-time Tony Award winning musical The Light In The Piazza, performing on both the Tony Awards and the PBS telecast Live From Lincoln Center. David was the 2007 recipient of the prestigious Helen Hayes Award for best actor as well as the 2007 best actor Garland Award for his portrayal of Fabrizio Nacarelli in the national tour of The Light in the Piazza.
On film, David was the voice of the Prince in the Warner Brothers animated feature The King & I and can also be heard as “Willy” in Disney’s Home On The Range. Recordings include the soundtracks to Ghepetto, The King & I, and Home on the Range. Also the recordings “Strouse, Schwartz, & Schwartz,” “Lerner, Loewe, and Lane” and “Lee Lessack’s – In Good Company.”
David is very proud to announce the release of his second solo CD One Day for LML Music, available online at Amazon.com, itunes, Barnes and Noble Bookstores.
Olivia "Livie" Schiappa
Olivia Schiappa performed the national anthem at the 2012 opening day of Spring training for the Miami Marlins and World Champion St. Louis Cardinals, as well as at many other venues including New York Mets games, minor league games, the Palm Beach International Raceway, the Florida Baseball State Championships and various other functions. A well rounded talent, she co-wrote, produced and released her first pop single “Everywhere” and has appeared in many theatrical performances at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre including performing the roles of Mayzie in Seussical the Musical, Judah in Joseph and His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat & Snoopy in You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown.
March 29-31 at 8:00p.m. – Kaye Performing Arts Auditorium at FAU, Boca Raton
April 1 at 8:00 p.m. – Eissey Campus Theatre, Palm Beach Gardens
April 2 & 3 at 8:00p.m. – Kravis Center, West Palm Beach
Tickets $29-$89; Call 561-832-7677 or visit www.palmbeachpops.org/broadway
Group discounts are available, call 561-832-7677.
Contact Denise Grunder, Director of Marketing and Public Relations at 561-832-7677 ext. 2070 / Creative@palmbeachpops.org
For more information about Bob Lappin and The Palm Beach Pops, call 561-832-7677 or visit www.PalmBeachPops.org.
VISUALS: Photos of Lea Salonga, David Burnham, Bob Lappin, and The Palm Beach Pops orchestra are available. Send your request to Creative@PalmBeachPops.org
INTERVIEWS: Available with Lea Salonga, David Burnham, Bob Lappin and David Quilleon, Executive Director. Send your request to Creative@PalmBeachPops.org or call 561-890-2070.
About Bob Lappin and The Palm Beach Pops
Founded in 1991 by Music Director and Conductor, Bob Lappin, The Palm Beach Pops quickly distinguished itself as a world-class pops orchestra with a debut concert in 1992. In collaboration with the best musicians and guest artists on the international music scene, The Palm Beach Pops performs over 36 subscription concerts a year in South Florida at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach, the Carole and Barry Kaye Performing Arts Auditorium at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Eissey Campus Theatre at Palm Beach Community College in Palm Beach Gardens as well as other national venues. The Palm Beach Pops’ comprehensive education and community outreach program has engaged over 85,000 students since its inception in 1998. Their dedication to the preservation of the American Songbook continues to allow the orchestra to garner national and international acclaim as a premier pops orchestra.
Bob Lappin and the Palm Beach Pops is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. For information about the Palm Beach Pops In-School Youth Music Education Program, Tickets for Children & Families Program, volunteer opportunities and tax-deductible donations, call 561-832-POPS or go to www.palmbeachpops.org.
Dates, prices, artists and programs are subject to change. The Palm Beach Pops is a not-for-profit corporation supported solely through the generosity of individual donations, institutional grants, and concert income.
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