Broadway comes to Cullowhee for one night only when composer and lyricist Neil Berg’s “100 Years of Broadway” hits the stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, at Western Carolina University’s Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center.
The performance, part of WCU’s Galaxy of Stars Series, features five stars of Broadway, backed by a live band, re-creating the finest moments from the greatest musicals of the century, from arrangements of Broadway classics as well as numbers from Broadway’s newest hit shows. In the lineup are treasures from Jerome Kern, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Cole Porter, Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber from shows including “Phantom of the Opera,” “Les Misérables,” “Jersey Boys,” “Chicago,” “Mamma Mia!” and “Jekyll & Hyde.” Taking the stage at WCU will be Rita Harvey (“Phantom of the Opera,” “Fiddler on the Roof”), Bob DuSold (“The Producers, Les Misérables”), Lawrence Clayton (“Dreamgirls,” “The Civil War,” “Les Misérables”) and Andrea Rivette (“Jekyll & Hyde,” “Les Misérables”).
WCU debuted the Galaxy of Stars Series in 2005 with the opening of its Fine and Performing Arts Center. Renamed for former WCU chancellor John W. Bardo in 2011, the center has marked more than 100,000 visitors and has earned a position as a premier arts and entertainment venue in Western North Carolina. Next up in the Galaxy of Stars Series is the Vienna Boys Choir at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 6. Founded in 1498, the Vienna Boys Choir is one of the oldest, most famous boys choir in the world, with a repertoire that includes medieval, contemporary and experimental music. “That Mancini Magic,” at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 29, will conclude this year’s series.
Ticket prices for Neil Berg’s “100 Years of Broadway” are $20 for adults and seniors; $15 for faculty and staff; $10 for groups of 20 or more; and $5 for children and students. To purchase tickets, or for more information, contact the Bardo Arts Center box office by phone at 828-227-2479 or online at bardoartscenter.wcu.edu.