The PBS concert which will begin on March 6 will celebrate the icons of American musical theater Lerner and Loewe

A new series, Broadway in Concert, which pays homage to the iconic musicals that have shaped the landscape of American musical theater, will debut at 6:30 p.m. ET tomorrow night on PBS with “An Evening with Lerner and Loewe.”

The program will celebrate the extraordinary contributions of the team of composers and lyricists Alan J. Lerner and Frederick Loewe with selections from gigi, my lovely lady, Camelot, The eve of spring, Brigadoon and Paint your wagon. The interpretation of these Lerner and Loewe classics will be Tony Award nominated Jenn Colella (Come from afar); Aaron Lazar (The Phantom of the Opera); Jose Llana (The king and me, To rent, the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee); Michael Maliakel (Aladdin); Aisha Jackson (Frozen); Sean Thompson (sunset boulevard); and Bayla Whitten (West End’s Wretched).

Musical numbers will include “I Could Have Danced All Night”, “Get Me to the Church On Time”, “On the Street Where You Live” and “Almost Like Being in Love”.

The concert features the musical direction of Luke Frazier; its orchestral arrangements were revamped by Frazier with members of the American Pops Orchestra and filmed in multiple locations in Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles.

In a recent interview, Llana said he never sang the three songs he performs at the concert – “I Talk to the Trees” and “Wand’rin’ Star” from Paint your wagon and “I remember it well” from gigi– before he was filmed, however, like many other young baritones, he sang “On the Street Where You Live”, from my lovely lady, as a high school freshman. Llana’s performance was filmed in a historic building in Washington’s Kalorama neighborhood; he was born in the Philippines but grew up in suburban Washington.

He called Lerner and Loewe’s music “timeless”, adding that “every generation finds something new in it – it’s the gift that keeps on giving”.

The American Pops Orchestra was founded in 2015 by Frazier, its musical director, to breathe new life into orchestral pop programming and inspire diverse audiences to experience the rich material of The Great American Songbook in dynamic new ways.


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