CARNEGIE HALL PRESENTS

Performance Friday, March 21, 2014 | 7:30 PM

The New York Pops

On Broadway

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Tony Award nominees Stephanie J. Block (Wicked) and Andrew Rannells (The Book of Mormon) take the stage to present some of Broadway’s most unforgettable hits from the past and present.

Performers

  • The New York Pops
    Steven Reineke, Music Director and Conductor
  • Stephanie J. Block, Guest Artist
    Andrew Rannells, Guest Artist

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately two hours, including one 20-minute intermission.

Bios

  • The New York Pops


    The New York Pops is the largest independent pops orchestra in the United States and the only professional symphonic orchestra in New York City that specializes in popular music. Led by Music Director Steven Reineke, the orchestra performs an annual subscription series at Carnegie Hall, enjoying one of its highest subscription renewal rates. The New York Pops' annual birthday gala is celebrated each spring, raising funds for the orchestra and its education programs.

    Now in its 31st season, The New York Pops celebrates the diversity of popular music's evolving songbook. Every concert is a unique experience, with influences that range from Broadway melodies to film scores, jazz, rock, pop, and everything in between. The orchestra collaborates with stars from the stage and screen, such as Tony Bennett, Michael Feinstein, Megan Hilty, Idina Menzel, Kelli O'Hara, Miss Piggy, Pink Martini, John Pizzarelli, and many more. Under the leadership of Steven Reineke, The New York Pops continues to reimagine orchestral pops music.

    The New York Pops is dedicated to lifelong learning, and collaborates with public schools, community organizations, children's hospitals, and senior centers throughout the five boroughs of New York City. PopsEd allows thousands of New Yorkers of all ages and backgrounds to participate in fully customizable music programs that blend traditional education with pure fun. We make music open to all, and use tools like composition, lyric writing, performance, and mentorship to foster learning and unbridled creativity. In doing so, we excite students and give them skills they can apply to all areas of their lives.

    The New York Pops is committed to creating access for all members of the community. Thousands of children and their parents have the opportunity to see The New York Pops during interactive and educational family concerts in partnership with Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute. The orchestra has toured throughout the world. Past media projects include the Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular on NBC, a nationally syndicated radio series, and performances on PBS. The orchestra's discography includes recordings of popular standards, theater and film scores, and music for the holidays.

    The New York Pops was founded by Skitch Henderson in 1983 with a mission to create greater public awareness and appreciation of America's rich musical heritage through presentation of concerts and education programs of the highest quality. The New York Pops is a non-profit organization supported solely through the generosity of individual donations, institutional grants, corporate sponsorships, and concert income.


    Steven Reineke


    Steven Reineke's boundless enthusiasm and exceptional artistry have made him one of the nation's most sought-after pops conductors, composers, and arrangers. Mr. Reineke is the music director and conductor of The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, principal pops conductor of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and principal pops conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.

    Mr. Reineke is a frequent guest conductor with The Philadelphia Orchestra, and has also conducted the Boston Pops, The Cleveland Orchestra, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the Ravinia Festival. His extensive North American conducting appearances include performances with the orchestras of San Francisco, Houston, Seattle, Edmonton, Pittsburgh, Vancouver, Ottawa (National Arts Centre), Detroit, Milwaukee, and Calgary.

    As the creator of more than 100 orchestral arrangements for the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, where he served as associate conductor, Mr. Reineke's work has been performed worldwide, and can be heard on numerous Cincinnati Pops Orchestra recordings on the Telarc label. His symphonic works Celebration Fanfare, Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and Casey at the Bat are performed frequently in North America, including performances by the New York Philharmonic and Los Angeles Philharmonic. His Sun Valley Festival Fanfare was used to commemorate the Sun Valley Summer Symphony's pavilion, and his Festival Te Deum and Swan's Island Sojourn were debuted by the Cincinnati Symphony and Cincinnati Pops orchestras. His numerous wind ensemble compositions are published by the C. L. Barnhouse Company, and are performed by concert bands around the world.

    A native of Ohio, Mr. Reineke is a graduate of Miami University of Ohio, where he earned bachelor of music degrees with honors in both trumpet performance and music composition. He currently resides in New York City with his partner Eric Gabbard. Mr. Reineke is represented by Peter Throm Management, LLC.

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  • Stephanie J. Block


    Stephanie J. Block has established herself as one of the most relevant and versatile voices in contemporary musical theater. She most recently starred as Sheryl Hoover in the Off-Broadway production of Little Miss Sunshine, written by James Lapine and William Finn. She received Drama Desk and Tony award nominations for Best Leading Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Alice Nutting / Edwin Drood in the Roundabout Theatre Company's production of The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Other Broadway credits include Reno Sweeney in the 2011 Tony Award-winning revival of Anything Goes and Judy Bernly in 9 to 5: The Musical, for which she earned a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Musical. She created the roles of Grace O'Malley in The Pirate Queen and Liza Minnelli in The Boy from Oz (opposite Hugh Jackman). Ms. Block is best known for her portrayal of Elphaba in the Broadway company of Wicked; she also originated the role in the first national tour, for which she won numerous awards, including the prestigious Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical.

    Ms. Block has sung with symphony orchestras that include The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall; Boston and Cleveland Pops; National Symphony Orchestra (under the baton of Marvin Hamlisch); Utah and Columbus symphonies; and the Dallas, Indianapolis, and Charlotte symphony orchestras, among many others. Her solo concert has been critically acclaimed and continues to sell out throughout the US and in London.

    Off-Broadway and regional theatrical credits include By the Way, Meet Vera Stark (Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play); They're Playing Our Song (opposite Jason Alexander); Cats (St. Louis's Kevin Kline Award nominee for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical); Funny Girl; Crazy for You (LA Stage Alliance Ovation Award nominee); Oliver (Austin Critics Table Award for Best Actress); James Joyce's The Dead; Triumph of Love; The Grass Harp; South Pacific; The Will Rogers Follies; and the world premiere of Wicked.

    An array of award-winning songwriters-including Stephen Schwartz, Marvin Hamlisch, and Dolly Parton-assembled to help interpret their music on Ms. Block's solo album, This Place I Know. Her voice can be heard on multiple cast recordings, including The Boy from Oz, The Pirate Queen, Wicked: 5th Anniversary Special Edition, and 9 to 5: The Musical (Grammy Award nomination). Visit stephaniejblock.com for more information, and follow her on Twitter @stephaniejblock.


    Andrew Rannells


    Andrew Rannells is best known for his breakout role as Elder Price in Broadway's smash-hit musical The Book of Mormon, which was created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone of South Park fame, along with Robert Lopez of Avenue Q. The Book of Mormon received nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and Mr. Rannells brought down the house on the 2011 Tony Awards telecast with his performance of "I Believe." For his work in The Book of Mormon, Mr. Rannells received Tony, Drama Desk, and Drama League award nominations. He also won a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album for the cast recording of The Book of Mormon.

    Mr. Rannells can currently be seen in the third season of HBO's Golden Globe Award-winning comedy series Girls, from producers Lena Dunham and Judd Apatow. Last year, Mr. Rannells starred as Bryan Collins in Ryan Murphy's groundbreaking series The New Normal for NBC. Mr. Rannells is a native of Omaha, Nebraska.

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The Program

Good evening, and welcome to The New York Pops' first concert of 2014 here at glorious Carnegie Hall. To our loyal patrons and subscribers, it's great to see you again. If this is your first time joining us, I hope you have a wonderful time tonight!

Every season, we dedicate one of our concerts to the music of the Great White Way. This year, we wanted to pay tribute to the Golden Age of Broadway, but we also wanted to celebrate some of the incredible scores from the decades that followed. As any fan of this fantastic orchestra will tell you, the Broadway songbook didn't stop halfway through the last century. It continues to evolve as the theater produces new composers, lyricists, arrangers, and performers.

When it came time to cast this concert, I immediately thought of two dear friends, who in my opinion represent the next generation of musical theater: Stephanie J. Block, who is beloved by audiences for her powerhouse performance as Elphaba in Wicked, and Andrew Rannells, who received raves for his role as Elder Price in The Book of Mormon.

It's also a reunion of sorts: In the past few years, Stephanie and Andrew made their Carnegie Hall debuts with The New York Pops. I'm thrilled to share the stage with them once again for a night of unforgettable theater tunes. Some of them will be familiar, and hopefully all of them will become your favorites, too.

So sit back and enjoy a night "On Broadway"!

—Steven Reineke
Please note that this concert begins at 7:30 PM.
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Sponsored by KPMG LLP
The Trustees of Carnegie Hall gratefully acknowledge the generosity of Linda and Earle S. Altman in support of the 2013-2014 season.
This performance is part of The New York Pops, and The New York Pops Sampler.

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