The New York Pops opens its 35th season October 27 at Carnegie Hall with That’s Entertainment: From Skitch to Steven, a musical salute to its founder, Skitch Henderson, featuring Broadway guest artists Ali Ewoldt and Matt Doyle.
Conducted by music director Steven Reineke, the 8 PM concert on the Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage will feature the full 78-piece company performing orchestral arrangement of popular songs from throughout the sweep of Henderson’s life (1918–2005).
Ewoldt, the first Asian-American Christine in the long-running Broadway production of The Phantom of the Opera, appeared in Lincoln Center's Broadway revival of The King and I, the first Broadway revival and national tour of Les Misérables (Cosette), the Off-Broadway revival of The Fantasticks (Luisa), and numerous other credits in road companies and regional productions.
Doyle, who is co-starring in the current Off-Broadway adaptation of A Clockwork Orange after appearing Off-Broadway in Sweeney Todd, appeared on Broadway in The Book of Mormon (Elder Price), War Horse (Billy Narracott), Spring Awakening (Hanschen), and Bye Bye Birdie (Hugo Peabody). Film and TV credits include a recurring role on Gossip Girl (Jonathan) and Private Romeo (Glenn).
Reineke said, “I am really excited to work with Matt Doyle and Ali Ewoldt on this brand new program. They have both shown themselves to be talents to watch in the past few years, and I know our fans will see that their stars really are on the rise! With this program, we look back at the history of the orchestra and American music, and as we celebrate our 35th anniversary, it is my great honor to pay tribute to my predecessor Skitch Henderson in celebration of his 100th birthday.”
Here is the rest of the New York Pops’ 2017–18 season:
November 17, 8 PM
Women of Notes: In Dedication to Female Songwriters
Steven Reineke, Music Director and Conductor
Adam Kantor, Guest Artist
Betsy Wolfe, Guest Artist
The orchestra pays tribute to female composers and lyricists of the stage and screen.
December 15 and 16, 8 PM
The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Megan Hilty, Guest Artist
Essential Voices USA
March 9, 8 PM, Stern/Perelman
The Best of Hollywood: Blockbuster Film Scores
The New York Pops takes on the role of the Hollywood studio orchestra, performing iconic themes from some of filmdom’s biggest box office successes.
Subscriptions to the 2017–18 Carnegie Hall series are available, from $190 to $680. Single tickets are priced from $42 to $140, and can be purchased at the Carnegie Hall Box Office (57th Street and Seventh Avenue) or by calling Carnegie Charge at (212) 247-7800. Visit carnegiehall.org for more information.
Megan Hilty has been a special guest performer Playbill’s Broadway on the High Seas cruises. Cabins are available for Broadway on the Danube River with Michael Feinstein for November 3–13, also featuring Rachel Bay Jones, Julia Murney, Christopher Fitzgerald, Laura Osnes, Marc Kudisch, Brandon Uranowitz, and Seth Rudetsky.
Tickets are also now on sale for Playbill’s Broadway on the High Seas July 2018 cruise to Iceland, accompanied by Judy Kuhn, Christine Ebersole, Rob McClure, Jarrod Spector, Carmen Cusack, and Sierra Boggess.
Visit PlaybillTravel.com for booking and information.