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Broadway comes to Breckenridge

LESLIE BREFELDsummit daily news

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BRECKENRIDGE – New York culture converges in Breckenridge Saturday at the Beaver Run Resort with the Broadway Baritones’ Holiday Harmony show.Veteran Broadway performers Doug LaBrecque of “Phantom of the Opera,” Sal Viviano, six-time Broadway veteran and most recently “City of Angels” and Breck native Douglas Webster of “Les Miserables” make up the trio with musical director “Tex” Arnold.Producer and Baritone Webster said he created the Broadway Baritones about eight years ago as an excuse to work with these singers.

“One of the great things about this is that we are each artists who travel all over the country to sing. This is our one chance to sing together,” he said.The show is a scholarship fundraiser for American Singer, a musical theater intensive program Webster created as part of the Breckenridge Music Festival in 1998. Webster draws faculty from all around the country for the summer camps, with a production at the conclusion of the course.He said that before American Singer he was doing a lot of performing but didn’t have time to teach. So he created a program to teach and bring young people interested in musical theater together.”It’s really about creating a life out of the music business, not just having a job,” Webster said. “It gives the kids resources and contacts as their careers develop.”

Webster said one former participant of American Singer is starring on Broadway in “Mamma Mia,” and three others are starring in national and international tours.Baritones LaBrecque and Viviano both have taught at American Singer seminars, as well as Evergreen resident Elizabeth Charney.Charney, who was a Radio City Rockette for 10 years, is expected to make an appearance Saturday.”She”ll jump on stage at some point … to balance the testosterone in the show,” Webster said.

“It will be my first time back on the stage in a couple years,” Charney said. “I was excited to be asked by them to sing.”Webster said half the show is holiday music, mixed in with traditional Broadway favorites and favorites of the singers. The atmosphere is relaxed, with a cash bar, and the first drink is on the Baritones, he said. Tickets are $37.50 at the door or $32.50 in advance; student rate is $22.50 at the door. Get reservations by calling the Breckenridge Music Festival at (970) 453-9142.Leslie Brefeld can be reached at (970) 669-3998 ext. 13622 or lbrefeld@summitdaily.com.