Broadway veterans return to Vail and Summit
BRECKENRIDGE – “So we’ve left Broadway behind as leads from ‘Les Miserables,’ ‘The Full Monty’ and ‘Rent,’ and here we are, singing songs in a tent,” joked Douglas Webster at last year’s Broadway Baritones show at Park Lane Pavilion in Keystone.This year, the Baritones forego the tent experience for the Gerald Ford Amphitheatre in Vail, where they’ll perform at 6 p.m. Sunday with the Dallas Symphony.
But they’re not moving to Vail because they don’t like tents – in fact, the Broadway veterans are friendly, down-to-earth people. Sal Viviano is well-known to locals from his three appearances in Summit, and his behind is well-known to Broadway audiences from his bare booty shakin’ in “The Full Monty.” Doug LaBrecque joins Viviano and Webster; he played the phantom in “Phantom of the Opera” on Broadway and has sung with more than 100 orchestras worldwide.It just so happens that this year, the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival invited the Dallas Symphony and the baritone trio, and the contract didn’t allow for a Summit County show.If audiences don’t make the trip to Vail, they’ll still have a chance to see the baritones’ talent shine through seven young performers who Webster believes will be the next Broadway sensations. The American Singer Showcase takes place Friday, July 15 at the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge.
Since 1999, musical theater and opera singers have come to Breckenridge to work with Webster and some of the best performers and teachers from New York City. They teach everything from song interpretation to preparation for professional work.”The main thing is keeping it real and keeping it simple,” Webster said about what he wants to impart to the singers. “(We want) to see who they are and not see all the trappings of the character they’re supposed to be.”The American Singer Showcase will highlight fully polished material as well as new material the performers will work to master during the seminar, which started Thursday in Breckenridge.
Webster guarantees at least a couple of thrilling performances at the showcase, pointing out that the singers are fresh talent just on the verge of making it big. In fact, the four singers who performed in Summit County last year are all touring with productions, including “Les Miserables,” “Mama Mia,” “Titanic” and “West Side Story.”Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 245, or at email@example.com.
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