HOLLIDAYSBURG - The bright lights of the Great White Way will shine for one evening on a local stage.
The concert "Broadway in the Park," starring Greggory Brandt, his son, Eddie Brandt, Patricia Phillips and Lizzie Klemperer, will take place at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 25 at Canal Basin Park.
Broadway Bound Kids, an Altoona-based song-and-dance performing group Greggory Brandt started about four years ago, will also perform in the show.
Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec
“Broadway in the Park”?organizer Greggory Brandt of Altoona leads a rehearsal by performers (from left) Brendan Trybus, 17, of Hollidaysburg, Olivia Kline, 12, of Altoona, Malia Danish, 10, of Tyrone, and Samantha Brandt, 6, of Altoona, at Canal Basin Park in Hollidaysburg.
A portion of the proceeds benefit the Mirror's Season of Sharing, an annual fundraising drive for a different charity each year.
Greggory Brandt, an Altoona native, is an actor, singer, director and instructor. Among a list of acting credentials, he has performed on Broadway in "A Tale of Two Cities" and "Les Miserables." He was also in national touring productions of the latter musical.
Eddie Brandt, a theater and popular music culture major at Rider University, Lawrenceville, N.J., who graduated from Altoona Area High School in 2011, performed as a child in "Annie Get Your Gun" on Broadway and in a national tour of "Les Miserables."
If you go
What: Broadway in the Park
Where: Canal Basin Park, Hollidaysburg
When: 6:30 p.m. Aug. 25
Tickets: $20, adults; $10, 12 and under. Available at Thompson Pharmacy, Chestnut Avenue and Hollidaysburg locations, or at the park an hour before the concert. Bring your own lawn chair. All tickets are general admission. In case of inclement weather, the show will take place at the Hollidaysburg Area Junior High School
Phillips, who lives outside Princeton, N.J., has performed in several Broadway productions, including playing the role of Carlotta in "Phantom of the Opera," and Ayah in "The Secret Garden."
Among other New York theater and regional roles, Klemperer, who lives in New York City, has played Wednesday Addams in a national tour of "The Addams Family" and Laura in a national tour of "Little House on the Prairie, The Musical."
Greggory Brandt wanted to bring some Broadway performers back to the area to perform an end-of-summer concert, he said.
The show will feature old standards and contemporary tunes, he said.
The opening number is from "Annie Get Your Gun," and they close the curtain with the final scene of "Les Miserables," he said.
The show will have "really beautiful music from every era of the musical theater canon and it's just happy, up-tempo music that will leave people humming and tapping their toes and smiling," Phillips said.
The concert, which will have a small band, will have the four performers doing what they love to do the most, "just to sing this really good music," Klemperer said.
The show offers up "a lot of nice music and Broadway material that a lot of people in this area like to hear, but just don't really get to travel to the bigger cities to hear it," Brandt said. "I really worked hard to try to get a nice different array of musical styles, musical selections from older shows as well as newer ones and people, of course, love 'Phantom' music and 'Les Mis' music and so they won't be disappointed. Anyone who loves musical theater or Broadway will really be impressed or hopefully just be very happy with coming out to the park to see this show and concert."
In case of inclement weather, the show will move to the Hollidaysburg Area Junior High School.
Mirror Staff Writer Amanda Gabeletto is at 949-7030.