From Hollywood to Broadway, Broadway Songbook® Explores the Dance Between Two Giants of Entertainment

Sam Wisneski, Ordway 5/4/17

Broadway Songbook®: Hollywood & Broadway 

The critically-acclaimed Broadway Songbook® series, now in its sixth season, will take to the Ordway Concert Hall stage once again May 14, and 18–21 with Broadway Songbook®: Hollywood & Broadway. Filled with extraordinary performances, inside stories, and amusing quips about some of Broadway’s most beloved hits, Broadway Songbook® provides an up-close and personal perspective on American popular music and some of the performers who know and love it.

In its earliest days, Hollywood relied on Broadway talent to bring musical movies to life. In recent years, however, Broadway has turned to Hollywood for source material. The Hollywood & Broadway edition of Broadway Songbook® considers the relationship between both these giants of entertainment, featuring a dynamic mix of songs from An American in Paris, La La Land, The Color Purple, Legally Blonde, 42nd Street, The Jazz Singer, Grease, The Wizard of Oz, and more. 

Intimate, unpretentious, and overflowing with humor,  Broadway Songbook®, explores the social and political effects of musical theater on American culture. Studded with hit musical theater songs throughout, these 90-minute shows explore the history, meaning, and influence of Broadway on American life. Hosted by Broadway veteran and Ordway Vice President of Programming and Producing Artistic Director, James A. Rocco, the Hollywood & Broadway edition will feature a cast of talented performers including Dieter Bierbrauer, Yolande Bruce, Kersten Rodau, and Erin Schwab, with musical direction by Raymond Berg.

Creative Team & Performers

James A. Rocco headshot
James A. Rocco
Writer, Host, and Performer
Raymond Berg headshot
Raymond Berg
Musical Director
Jeffrey P. Scott
Writer
Dieter Bierbrauer headshot
Dieter Bierbrauer
Performer 
Yolande Bruce headshot
Yolande Bruce
Performer 
Kersten Rodau headshot
Kersten Rodau
Performer
Erin Schwab headshot
Erin Schwab
Performer

Musicians

Joey Van Phillips – Drums/Percussion
Clay Pufahl – Woodwinds
Eric Solberg – Bass
Christian Wheeler – Guitar


Broadway Songbook®: Hollywood & Broadway will be on the Ordway Concert Hall stage May 14, and 18–21. Broadway Songbook® is a part of the Musical Theater series, sponsored by Bremer Bank. Don’t miss the latest edition of Broadway Songbook®, get your tickets now!

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