By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal
It’ll feel a lot more like New York in Tupelo on Tuesday. The Tupelo Concert Association will present “Broadway Today!” a program full of Broadway hits sung by Broadway stars.
The singers are David Burnham, of “Wicked,” and an original cast member of the six-time Tony Award-winning “The Light in the Piazza,” Tony Award-nominee Brian Lane Green of “Starmites” and “Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” and Jessica Hendy, who has starred in “Cats” and “Aida.” Music director John Boswell, who has worked with Andy Williams, Judy Collins and Bob Newhart, joins them.
“You can expect to hear a lot of Broadway music from over the past few years,” Burnham said of the show in a phone interview with the Journal. “We include long-running shows like ‘Mamma Mia’ and ‘Chicago,’ and newer ones like ‘Billy Elliott.’”
Burnham, who originated the role of Fiyero in “Wicked,” enjoys singing a mix of new and classic Broadway songs.
“I get to do the ‘Jersey Boys’ song, ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You.’ I get to go out into the audience and flirt with the ladies,” he said, laughing. “I like the fact I get to do a lot of different things. I sing ‘Music of the Night’ from ‘The Phantom of the Opera,’ which is very different from ‘Jersey Boys.’”
He said he enjoys sharing the stage with Hendy and Green.
“It’s a great group of people,” he said. “We all have a great time hanging out together.”
Not only do they have a good time on stage, but off, too. The guys in the show have CDs for sale, and they’re happy to meet with fans after the show to sign programs and CDs.
“We love to meet the audience and we love to say hi to the people at each show,” Burnham said. “And I’m excited to come to Tupelo; we haven’t been there before.”
WHAT: Tupelo Concert Association presents “Broadway Today!”
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday
WHERE: Tupelo Civic Auditorium
COST: $25, or season tickets for all four shows will be available for $50. The three other shows are countertenor Terry Barber on Jan. 22, ‘60s pop band Papa Doo Run Run on March 7 and pianist Jason
Coleman’s tribute to his famous grandfather, Floyd Cramer, on April 23.
INFO: (662) 842-3173, (662) 840-2658