Jūrmala festival. Broadway night

Pk. 15. Jūlijs 2016 20:00

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Soloists
DEBORAH MYERS
DAMIAN HUMBLEY
ADRIAN DER GREGORIAN
Jurmala Festival Orchestra
Conductor ROBERT PURVIS

I

Leonard BERNSTEIN (1918–1990)
Ouverture from the musical On the Town

Leonard BERNSTEIN
New York, New York from the musical On the Town
Soloists – Deborah Myers, Adrian der Gregorian, and Damian Humbley

Leonard BERNSTEIN
A Little Bit in Love from the musical Wonderful Town
Soloist – Deborah Myers

Richard Charles RODGERS (1902–1979) and Oscar HAMMERSTEIN II (1895–1960)
If I Loved You from the musical Carousel
Soloists – Deborah Myers and Damian Humbley

Frederick LOEWE (1904–1988) and Alan Jay LERNER (1918–1986)
Gigi from the musical Gigi
Soloist – Adrian der Gregorian

George GERSHWIN (1898–1937)
Summertime from the opera Porgy & Bess
Soloist – Deborah Myers

Leonard BERNSTEIN
Maria from the musical West Side Story
Soloist – Damian Humbley

Frederick LOEWE and Alan Jay LERNER
On the Street Where You Live from the musical My Fair Lady
Soloist – Adrian der Gregorian
Frederick LOEWE and Alan Jay LERNER
The Rain in Spain from the musical My Fair Lady
Soloists – Deborah Myers, Adrian der Gregorian, and Damian Humbley

II

Richard Charles RODGERS and Oscar HAMMERSTEIN II
March of the Siamese Children from the musical The King and I

Irving BERLIN (1888–1989)
There’s No business Like Show Business from the musical Annie Get Your Gun
Soloists – Deborah Myers, Adrian der Gregorian, and Damian Humbley

Richard Charles RODGERS and Oscar HAMMERSTEIN II
People Will Say We’re in Love from the musical Oklahoma!
Soloists – Deborah Myers and Adrian der Gregorian

Stephen SONDHEIM (1930)
Being Alive from the musical Company
Soloist – Damian Humbley

Cole PORTER (1891–1964)
Who wants to be a Millionaire from the musical High Society
Soloists – Deborah Myers, Adrian der Gregorian, and Damian Humbley

Cole PORTER
Well Did You Evah! from the musical High Society
Soloists – Adrian der Gregorian and Damian Humbley

Frederic LOEWE and Alan LERNER
I Could Have Danced All Night from the musical My Fair Lady
Soloist – Deborah Myers

Jerry HERMAN (1931)
It Only Takes a Moment from the musical Hello, Dolly!
Soloist – Adrian der Gregorian

Stephen SONDHEIM
Side by Side from the musical Company
Soloists – Deborah Myers, Adrian der Gregorian, and Damian Humbley

ABOUT BROADWAY

Broadway - the longest street in New York City - runs through the city's most famous parts, including Manhattan and the Bronx. Since the end of the 19th Century, the world's most famous theater stages are located in this district.
Every year over a billion US dollars worth of tickets are sold to Broadway shows, but the very first theater Broadway can thank for its popularity is the Empire Theatre, which moved from the former theater district in Heralds treet to Times Square in 1893. Gradually, it was followed by other theaters, which settled in one of the buildings of the Broadway Street area, and currently there are about forty of them on Broadway already; moreover, the majority is located near the brightly sparkling Times Square.
The largest theater on Broadway with 1933 seats is the Gershwin Theatre. It opened on November 28, 1972.
All Broadway theaters offer musicals and plays, which are considered to be the most commercially successful stage productions and which appeal to the taste of the widest possible audience. Furthermore, it is notable that the choice of Broadway theaters remains a key resource for the Hollywood film industry – countless Hollywood scenarios are adaptations of the most successful plays staged on Broadway. In addition, many movie stars have started their careers on the Broadway stage: Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Julia Roberts, Scarlett Johansson, Liza Minnelli, Robert Redford, Denzel Washington, and Daniel Radcliffe are just a few examples.
Along with London’s West End theatres, Broadway is widely considered to represent the highest level of commercial theatre in the English-speaking world and is an integral part of New York's cultural life, which has affected the entire American drama, offering performances of different genres, surpassing even London in terms of repertoire.
The Broadway theaters reached the zenith at the beginning of the last century (1910-1920) to eventually be reborn in the 30s following the Great Depression. The greatest artistic transformations at the Broadway theaters took place in the 50s, when modern productions addressed to the new generation of spectators were emphasized.
It is worth noting that the most remarkable Broadway production of all time is Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical "The Phantom of the Opera", with more than 7,500 performances under its belt.

 

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

DEBORAH MYERS - one of the most versatile singers in Great Britain with a wonderfully warm, crystal-clear soprano. Deborah Myers studied singing at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, eventually becoming a singer, who is not limited to only one kind of repertoire: Deborah's bright voice masterfully maneuvers with ease from academic opera repertoire to musicals.
She made her professional stage debut in the Covent Garden Festival production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical "The King and I". She made her operatic debut as Nannetta in the production of Juzepe Verdi’s opera "Falstaff" at the Birmingham Opera. Myers was invited to BBC to sing the leading role of Julie in the BBC Radio 2 production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical "Carousel". She made her West End debut in the musical "Something Wonderful" at the Savoy Theatre and recently performed the role of Mabel in Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic opera "The Pirates of Penzance" at the Gielgud Theatre.
Deborah played the main role in Frederick Loewe's musical "My Fair Lady" in the Larnaca International Theater Festival in Cyprus and at the Esplanade Theatre on the Bay in Singapore.
She has performed as a solo singer with some of the world’s leading symphony orchestras, including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, and the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. She has also performed in numerous international festivals with such opera stars as José Carreras, Bryn Terfel, Barbara Hendricks, and many, many others.
Deborah Myers has repeatedly performed on the biggest stages in Greece and Cyprus, winning the audience's love and appreciation - she is an especially awaited guest in these countries.
The singer records regularly for BBC Radio 2 and is a regular guest on the company's broadcast "Friday Night is Music Night".

ADRIAN DER GREGORIAN has studied at the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. He made his professional debut in the production of the popular musical "Bombay Dreams" at the Apollo Theatre in West End, understudying the role of JK. Later he appeared in the production of the same musical at the Broadway theater workshop (both of which were directed by Stephen Pimlott). Adrian appeared in the world premiere of Andrew Lloyd-Webber's musical "Woman in White" at the Palace Theatre (directed by Sir Trevor Nunn), understudying the role of Walter Hartwright. The singer has also participated in the European premiere of director Robert Icke's play "Mr. Burns" at the Almeida Theatre. Adrian has also played the role of Sydney in the musical "Sweet Smell of Success" at the Arcola Theatre, Neal in the play "Love and Understanding" (Trident Theatre Company), Kurt in director Jeremy Sams's musical "The Sound of Music", Castogan in the play "The Infant" at the Terribles Theater, Ugly Sister in the production "Cinderella" (Pantoni Productions), James Morrell in the play "Only the Brave" at the London Theater Workshop, Francis and alternate Albin in the musical "La Cage aux Folles" at the Playhouse Theatre, which won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Musical, Ferguson in the musical "Ghost" at the West End Theater Workshop (directed by Matthew Warchus), and Mayor of Munchkin City in the musical "The Wizard of Oz" at the West End Theater Workshop (directed by Jeremy Sams). Adrian was also involved in the Off-Broadway production of the play "Maxie" and in West End's phenomenon "Lord of the Rings" in the UK (directed by Matthew Warchus). Adrian's latest role is Eddie O'Grady in the world premiere of West End's musical "Made in Dagenham".
Adrian der Gregorian is well known also by film fans and television viewers: he participated in the show RI:SE (Channel 4), in the show "The Gallahagn Directories" (ADMB Productions), as well as in the show W1A (BBC).
He has also worked together with the authors of "Twilight Zone", creating the stage version of the legendary television broadcast.
As a soloist, Adrian der Gregorian has performed together with the Symphony Orchestra of Lille and the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, as well as has participated in American composer Marvin Hamlisch's concert at the Hudson Theatre on Broadway.

DAMIAN HUMBLEY has gained special success in the productions of Stephen Sondheim's musicals; he has also participated in the critically praised musical "Company", where he played the main role of Harry. After graduating from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, he has collaborated with numerous Australian theater companies - the Melbourne Theatre Company, IMG, and The Really Useful Group.
Since his arrival in London in 2005, he has participated in Andrew Lloyd-Webber's musical "The Woman in White" as Walter Hartwright (directed by Sir Trevor Nunn) and as Jamie Wellerstein in Jason Robert Brown's musical "The Last Five Years" at the Menier Chocolate Factory (directed by Matthew White).
In cooperation with British director Lindsay Posner, he has played in the musical "Fiddler on the Roof" as the revolutionary student Perchik at the Sheffield Crucible Theatre; a London revival opened at the Savoy Theatre in 2008. Damian is also known as Seymour in the musical "Little Shop of Horrors" (Menier Chocolate Factory) and has starred in the musical "Shoes" (Saddler's Wells).
In 2011, Damian played the role of Max in the musical "Lend Me a Tenor" at the London Gielgud Theatre, which received critical acclaim. He has also performed at the London Vaudeville Theater and elsewhere.
His voice is heard on a number of records ("Lend Me a Tenor" (Original Cast Recording), "Fiddler on the Roof" (2009 London Cast Recording), "Australian Symphony" (Sydney Symphony Orchestra), and "Merrily We Roll Along" (DigitalTheatre.com)).

ROBERT PURVIS is one of the leading maestros of the West End Musical Theaters, who has conducted many popular musicals loved by the audience both in London and beyond the UK borders. Examples include "Chicago" at the Adelphi Theatre, "The Phantom of the Opera" at the Her Majesty's Theatre, and critically highly acclaimed musical "Kiss me, Kate" at the Royal Shakespeare Company. He served as conductor of the production of the musical "Annie Get Your Gun!" at the Aldwych Theatre and at the Chichester Festival Theatre.
In addition to conducting, Robert Purvis has also studied composition with Sir John Tavener at the Trinity College of Music in London; he has also served as concert master at the London Contemporary Dance Company. He has collaborated with many leading choreographers, including the talented British choreographer, dancer, actress, and director Gillian Lynn, Bob Cohen, Ron Field, Anthony van Laast, Wayne Sleep, and others.
The musical "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat", staged by Andrew Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Group, is currently on tour, performing in the major theaters of Hong Kong, Australia, Singapore, and New Zealand. Outside the UK, he has conducted also many other musicals (including, "Chess", "The Phantom of the Opera", "Chicago" at the Baalbek International Festival in Lebanon).
He has conducted the newest productions of the musicals "My Fair Lady" and "The Sound of Music" in Europe and Asia.
Robert Purvis has performed together with the leading European orchestras and opera companies, including the Orchestra of the Teatro Massimo Palermo, Teatro Verdi di Trieste, Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, National Orchestra of Lille, and the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra. The cooperation with the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra is very timely this season.
In addition to the active concert life, Robert Purvis works as teacher at The Arden School of Theatre in Manchester, where he teaches the young artists of the theater.

The Latvian leading professional symphony orchestras, including the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra and the artists of the Latvian National Opera Orchestra, enthusiastically perform in the JURMALA FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA created especially for the Jurmala Festival. To them, the participation at the Jurmala Festival concerts means expansion of horizons of professional experience and submergence into acquisition of less-played scores.

Text prepared by Ievina ANCENA