Two Broadway stars will add some sparkle to the Maui Pops Orchestra's "Broadway Pops" at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 20, at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center's (MACC) Castle Theater. Gary Mauer and Elizabeth Southard will sing memorable show tunes from a variety of Broadway productions.
Mauer and Southard have worked extensively in musical theater, on Broadway and in national tours. The two, who are married and have two children, sang the lead roles of Christine and the Phantom in the Broadway production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's international sensation, "The Phantom of the Opera." They also starred in the first national tour of the Harold Prince revival of "Show Boat."
The Maui audience will hear Mauer and Southard in duets and solos, as they sing such stage classics as "Begin the Beguine," "I Could Have Danced All Night," "I Got Rhythm," "Till There Was You," "Anything You Can Do," "All That Jazz" and a "Show Boat" medley. Drawing on their "Phantom" experience, the pair will sing a duet of "Phantom of the Opera," and Mauer will sing "Music of the Night."
Broadway stars Gary Mauer and Elizabeth Southard will sing memorable show tunes from a variety of Broadway productions at the Maui Pops Orchestra’s “Broadway Pops” at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 20, at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Castle Theater
In addition to accompanying the guest artists, the Maui Pops Orchestra, under the direction of Conductor and Music Director James Durham, will perform "76 Trombones" and the overtures to "Gypsy" and to "West Side Story."
Along with their work together, Mauer and Southard have performed as individual artists in a number of productions.
For Mauer, these include national tours of "Les Miserables" and "The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber." He has played Jesus in "Jesus Christ Superstar," Anthony in "Sweeney Todd" and Frederick in "Pirates of Penzance." As part of the popular "Bravo Broadway!" concert series, he has sung with numerous symphonies across the country, including Cleveland, Utah, and Peter Nero and the Philly Pops, and has traveled extensively with Marvin Hamlisch, also joining him with the Chicago and Pittsburgh Symphonies. His solo CD project, "This is the Moment," was released in fall 2007, and he is featured on the CDs "Bravo Broadway!" and "Broadway's Fabulous Phantoms."
As well as starring as "Phantom's" Christine on Broadway, Southard also performed the role in the Vancouver, B.C., production and the national tour. She was seen off-Broadway in Jack Eric William's "Swamp Gas and Shallow Feelings" and toured as Christine in the Yeston/Kopit "Phantom" and in "The Sound of Music" with Marie Osmond. She has been guest soloist with orchestras including the Pittsburgh Symphony with Hamlisch, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Anchorage Symphony and the Flagstaff Symphony. She also toured throughout Germany and performed at the Opera Comique in Paris.
Tickets for Broadway Pops are $10 to $45 plus MACC fees. Call the MACC Box Office at 242-SHOW (7469) or purchase tickets online at www.mauiarts.org.