SONGS OF STAR-CROSSED LOVERS SEPTEMBER 11

SONGS OF STAR-CROSSED LOVERS SEPTEMBER 11

Posted: Tuesday, September 7, 2010 8:01 pm

Two of America’s finest young singers, Nicole Begue and Nathaniel Hackmann, sing a musical theater concert, “Songs of Star-Crossed Lovers”, at Cumberland County Playhouse (CCP) at 8PM on Saturday, September 11.  Hackmann currently stars as Gaston in the National Tour of Disney’s BEAUTY & THE BEAST, following recent CCP gigs as DeBecque in SOUTH PACIFIC and Lancelot in CAMELOT opposite Ms. Begue as Guinevere.  Nicole is preparing for her lead role of Amalia in the holiday musical SHE LOVES ME, at CCP this fall.
 
The concert is sponsored in part by CCP  volunteer and supporter Ms. Sara Senft,  who makes  it possible for students in the Playhouse education programs (Sponsored by Spirit Broadband) to attend at only $4 each,  half the $8 student/under 18 price.  Adult Tickets are $18, and are available online at www.ccplayhouse.com or by calling the box office at 931.484.5000.
 
“Songs of Star-Crossed Lovers” features selections from classic musicals including WEST SIDE STORY, Webber’s PHANTOM OF THE OPERA,  JECKYLL & HYDE, Kopit and Yeston’s PHANTOM, and many other outstanding works.
 
Baritone Hackmann and Soprano Begue are “crossover” artists who appear in both musical theater and opera.  Miss Begue has played the leading role of Yum Yum in THE MIKADO for both Knoxville Opera and CCP, where she has been featured in CAROUSEL, PHANTOM, and THE MUSIC MAN, during her seven CCP seasons.  Mr. Hackmann came to CCP in 2008 from the prestigious San Francisco Opera, and has since sung The Pirate King in PIRATES OF PENZANCE ,  the Beast in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (opposite Ms. Begue), plus the title role of Figaro in THE BARBER OF SEVILLE with Virginia Opera.  
 
“We’re pleased Nate and Nicole have prepared this concert for an engagement in Shreveport, Louisiana, and have kindly offered it to our audience,” notes CCP producer Jim Crabtree.  “I’m also delighted that my wife Ann Crabtree will serve as accompanist, supported by Nashville’s Anthony Greco on bass and Crossville’s Chet Hayes on percussion.”
 
Currently at the Playhouse is the romantic, risque’ musical comedy, A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, rated PG-13 for mature themes, situations and language, thru October 1; the poignant, witty, late-in-life love story, SOUTHERN COMFORTS, rated PG and sponsored by Mariner’s Pointe and Tennessee Heart, thru November 11, and the gospel/bluegrass classic SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN, rated G and sponsored by Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, thru October 27.   Tickets for all shows range from $13 to $26.  For more information, visit us at www.ccplayhouse.com or call 931.484.5000
Posted 9.7.10

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