We’re excited to present the new NorShor Concert Series! First up is Rodgers and Hammerstein’s A Grand Night For Singing, performing for three nights only.
Many of the most beloved, uplifting, and romantic songs in musical theatre history have one thing in common: The incomparable writing team of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. A Grand Night For Singing collects over 30 treasured hits from Rodgers and Hammerstein shows such as Oklahoma!, South Pacific, The Sound of Music, Carousel, The King and I, and Cinderella; and invites audiences to experience these classics anew through artful arrangements and clever interpretations. It’s “something wonderful” for any lover of classic musical theatre.
Featuring vocal talents of the stars of Mamma Mia! Jen Burleigh-Bentz, Shad Olsen, and Vicki Fingalson, and the vocal talents of the star of Mary Poppins, Ali Littrell Finstrom, and introducing for the first time to the NorShor stage, Andrew Hey.
Over three decades after the duo’s final collaboration, The Sound Of Music, took the world by storm, it was this new R&H musical that opened the 1994 Broadway season, gaining wildly enthusiastic reviews. Rodgers & Hammerstein probably never imagined Shall We Dance? as a comic pas de deux for a towering beauty and her diminutive admirer, nor did they suspect that one day a lovelorn young lad might pose the musical question, How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? but with innovative musical arrangements including a sultry Andrew Sisters-esque I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Out-a My Hair, a swingin’ Honeybun and a jazzy Kansas City this exhilarating revue leaves no question about how terrifically up-to-date the remarkable songs of R&H remain.
Directed by MELISSA HART
Music by RICHARD RODGERS • Lyrics by OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II • Musical Arrangements by FRED WELLS
Orchestration by MICHAEL GIBSON and JONATHON TUNICK • Conceived by WALTER BOBBIE
Musical Numbers featured in this theatrical concert:
- Carousel Waltz (from Carousel)/ So Far (from Allegro)/ It’s a Grand Night For Singing (from State Fair film)
- The Surrey with the Fringe on the Top (from Oklahoma!)
- Stepsisters’ Lament (from Cinderella)
- We Kiss in a Shadow (from The King and I)
- Hello, Young Lovers (from The King and I)
- A Wonderful Guy (from South Pacific)
- I Cain’t Say No (from Oklahoma!)
- Maria (from The Sound of Music)
- Do I Love You Because You’re Beautiful? (from Cinderella)
- Honey Bun (from South Pacific)
- The Gentleman Is a Dope (from Allegro)
- Don’t Marry Me (from Flower Drum Song)
- I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair (from South Pacific)
- If I Loved You (from Carousel)
- Shall We Dance? (from The King and I)
- That’s the Way It Happens (from Me and Juliet)
- All at Once You Love Her (from Pipe Dream)
- Some Enchanted Evening (from South Pacific)
- Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin‘ (from Oklahoma!)
- Wish Them Well (from Allegro)
- The Man I Used To Be (from Pipe Dream)
- It Might As Well Be Spring (from State Fair)
- Kansas City (from Oklahoma!)
- When the Children Are Asleep (from Carousel)
- I Know It Can Happen Again (from Allegro)
- My Little Girl (excerpt from Soliloquy, from Carousel)
- It’s Me (from Me and Juliet)
- Love, Look Away (from Flower Drum Song)
- When You’re Driving Through the Moonlight (from Cinderella)
- A Lovely Night (from Cinderella)
- Something Wonderful (from The King and I)
- This Nearly Was Mine (from South Pacific)
- Impossible (from Cinderella)
- I Have Dreamed (from The King and I)
This musical revue was originally produced Off-Broadway as a nightclub revue from March 2-April 10, 1993 at Rainbow and Stars and ran for 60 performances.
It was also originally produced by Roundabout Theatre Company at the Criterion Center Stage Right in New York, running through November 17, 1993, for 52 performances.