The Ellen Eccles Theatre will present THE BEST OF BROADWAY featuring the songs of ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER featuring Broadway stars Diane Ketchie, Raymond Saar, Joan Ryan and Scott Harlan at the Ellen Eccles Theatre in Logan, February 21 at 7:30 PM. This exciting show includes selections from EVITA, CATS, STARLIGHT EXPRESS, SUNSET BLVD., SONG & DANCE and PHANTOM OF THE OPERA tickets on sale now starting at $30 available at www.CacheArts.org, (435) 752-0026 or 43 S Main in Logan.
Andrew Lloyd Webber is one of the most prolific composers in Broadway history. The Best of Broadway performance will present some of the extraordinary work of the musical giant. The greatest challenge The Best of Broadway had in creating a show based on the works of Andrew Lloyd Webber was selecting which songs to perform out of a wealth of music. The group decided to combine some of the most famous and beloved songs with lesser known gems. The evening will be filled with memories and discoveries for the audience.
The Best of Broadway strives to maintain the dramatic and musical integrity of each selection so that each song has the potential of recapturing that initial thrill of experiencing the original Broadway show. Audiences can expect to find themselves on an unforgettable journey through Andrew Lloyd Webber’s greatest musical hits. The show will revisit the powerful rock musical, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, the thrilling strains of EVITA, the fun of CATS and the heart-pounding rhythms of STARLIGHT EXPRESS. Then expect to be treated to a Webber spoof a la Victor Borge, selections from SONG AND DANCE, ASPECTS OF LOVE and the soaring passion of PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. Raymond Saar’s superb direction, staging and musical arrangements combined with four dynamic Broadway stars and a script of great wit and variety promise an unforgettable evening of entertainment!
RAYMOND SAAR has performed on concert stages and in theaters throughout the world. He starred as Raoul in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom Of The Opera in San Francisco. He toured with Sammy Cahn in his original musical, Words And Music. Mr. Saar played Marius and Enjolras in Les Miserables on Broadway, in the Los Angeles production and was one of the featured soloists on the international cast album. He played Lun Thau in the National Tour of The King And I, starring Yul Brynner. Mr. Saar toured with Peter Marshall and his singing group, Chapter Five. This included appearances with such notables as Bob Hope, Bob Newhart, Joan Rivers, and a command performance at the White House. His television credits include General Hospital, Good Morning America, Jerry Lewis Telethon, and The Tonight Show, starring Johnny Carson. As the founder of The Best of Broadway, Mr. Saar has produced numerous shows ranging from The Songs of Andrew Lloyd Webber and A Gershwin Celebration to Broadway Showstoppers and Holiday on Broadway for theaters as well as corporate clients in over forty states. For more information, please visit www.thebestofbroadway.com.
DIANE KETCHIE made her Broadway debut in Phantom Of The Opera and also performed the role of Carlotta, the opera diva, in the San Francisco production of Phantom for two years. She made her New York recital debut at Carnegie Hall as a result of winning the Artists International annual competition. She has appeared as a guest artist with the Houston Symphony, the Jacksonville Symphony, the Milwaukee Symphony, and the Long Beach Symphony. Operatic credits include leading roles with Lyric Opera Cleveland, Opera Delaware, Opera Carolina, Skylight Opera Theatre and Treasure Coast Opera. Ms. Ketchie is also an accomplished concert pianist who often performs with orchestras as a solo artist. She first performed as both singer and pianist in the premiere of Orpheus In Love at the Circle Repertory Theater Off-Broadway. Of her performance, Bernard Holland of THE NEW YORK TIMES stated, "I can think of no one in the Broadway, popular or classical world who could do all the things she does and do them so well."
JOAN RYAN starred in the hit musical Ruthless on Broadway. She was recently awarded Broadway World’s Top Female Cabaret Artist of 2013. Joan’s four-octave range has led to numerous leading roles in Little Shop of Horrors, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Footloose, Nunsense, and the West Coast premier of Anyone Can Whistle. Television audiences know her from her role as Tina Pallodrino, on the long running series Saved by the Bell. In addition to numerous commercials, pilots and television roles Joan spent two years on The Young And The Restless and was featured on The Today Show and the Tonight Show. Joan can currently be seen in the film Hot Guys with Guns. Variety shows include Forever Young with Jason Alexander and One Night Only with Eric McCormack, Forest Whitaker and Steve Carell. She made her Hollywood Bowl solo debut in Leonard Bernstein’s Mass. Joan was honored to sing the National Anthem for the LA Lakers and The Harlem Globetrotters at the Staples Center.
SCOTT HARLAN has been seen in LA with Carol Burnett in the world premiere of the new musical, From the Top and in the new musical Radio Gals. Prior to that, Scott appeared in the national companies of Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up? and The Rocky Horror Show. Regionally, Scott created the leading role of Ignatious J. Reilly in Frank Galati’s adaptation of A Confederacy of Dunces, was seen in Des McAnuff’s production of 80 Days at the La Jolla Playhouse, appeared as Sancho in Man of La Mancha with Jon Cypher, (and John McCook), as Mr. Bumble in Oliver with Arte Johnson, Beadle Bamford in Sweeney Todd with Amanda McBroom, Marcellus in The Music Man, and Tootsie in I Can Get It For You Wholesale. Movie roles have included Stan Licata in Risky Business opposite Tom Cruise, Ralph Andropwicz in Power opposite Richard Gere, and a leading role in the recently released Creampuff (best actor nomination-Methodfest). Scott is married to actress Winifred Freedman, and is still her biggest fan.