By Riverview Observer Staff
New York’s Broadway Theater District is home to the most beautiful theaters in the world where audiences pay big bucks to see professional actors sing and dance in big, splashy Broadway musicals. As iconic as the Rockettes, the Broadway musical is a big money-maker and star-maker, too. Stars like Hugh Jackman, Barbra Streisand, Jason Alexander — and so many more — got their first big break singing to the balcony in a great big Broadway show.
Here in Hudson, many of us have a strong fondness for Broadway musicals. Some of Hudson’s residents attend shows regularly and lots of Broadway actors settle here and commute to and from New York for their 8 shows a week. So, it seems perfect sense that Chase Leyner, artistic director of Hoboken Children’s Theater, which puts on musicals in Hoboken, would invite friends from the Broadway musical community to put on a show in Hoboken for Hurricane Sandy relief.
On Sun, Jan 20 at 7 pm at the Monroe Theatrespace in Hoboken, Leyner hosts “Broadway in Hoboken,” an evening of musical performances by Broadway singers who have been featured in musicals on Broadway including Wicked, Les Miz, Mamma Mia, Phantom of the Opera, Jersey Boys, The Wedding Singer, Sunset Boulevard, Miss Saigon, Alter Boyz, All Shook Up, Brooklyn, and Jekyll and Hyde.
Performers scheduled to appear include Don Brewer (Mamma Mia!), Anne Brummel (Wicked), Lisa Capps (Miss Saigon), Cara Cooper (All Shook Up), Julie Hanson (Phantom of the Opera), Jesse Johnson (Altar Boyz), David Josefsberg (Wedding Singer), Kevin Kern (Les Miz), John Leone (Jersey Boys), Mayumi Miguel (South Pacific), Brian Noonan (Jekyll and Hyde), Katie O’Toole (Jersey Boys), Sara Schmidt (Brooklyn) and Catherine Vaughn (Sunset Boulevard).
Tickets are $100 and all proceeds go to “Rebuild Hoboken” to aid Hoboken residents affected by Hurricane Sandy. Your ticket is also tax deductible.
Monroe Theatrespace is located at 720 Monroe Street, Hoboken, at the 9th Street Hudson-Bergen Light Rail stop. There’s lots of parking behind the building, too. For tickets, go to www.brownpapertickets.com. For more info, call 646-339-8485.