ELGIN – Broadway stars Hugh Panaro and Scarlett Strallen will perform top hits with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Prairie Center for the Arts in Schaumburg and at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 5 at The Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin, with Stephen Squires as conductor.
"Bravo Broadway!" features Tony-winning favorites performed by stars from the Broadway stage along with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, a news release stated. Featured will be familiar songs from such shows as "Mamma Mia," "West Side Story" and "The Phantom of the Opera."
Panaro is perhaps best known for having played the title role in Broadway's "The Phantom of the Opera" over 2,000 times, including the 25th anniversary production. He is one of the few actors to be cast by Harold Prince as both The Phantom and Raoul in the show's Broadway production, and recently has been starring in the title role of "Sweeney Todd" in New York.
Strallen has starred in productions on Broadway and London’s West End, and is a frequent soloist on the concert stage. She currently stars on Broadway as Gwendolyn in "Travesties" and has appeared in the title role of "Mary Poppins," a role she also played in the West End, and as Sibella Hallward in "A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder." She had the title role in the BBC production of "Mary Poppins," celebrating Queen Elizabeth’s 80th birthday."
Now in its 70th anniversary season, the Elgin Symphony Orchestra offers programming unmatched for an entertaining, informative and relaxing cultural experience, concert organizers stated.The ESO has won Illinois Professional Orchestra of the Year honors an unprecedented four times – in 1988, 1999, 2005 and 2016.
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If you go
WHAT: Elgin Symphony Orchestra's "Bravo Broadway!"
WHERE: Prairie Center for the Arts, 201 Schaumburg Court, Schaumburg, and Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4 in Schaumburg and 2:30 p.m. Oct. 5 in Elgin
COST: $35 to $85
INFO: elginsymphony.org, 847-888-4000