From Broadway hits to rock n’ roll licks, Saturday night’s Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp show at The Egg Performing Arts Center had something for everyone. The twosome most recognized from their days in the musical theater smash hit turned blockbuster movie “Rent,” each brought their own respective bands and styles to the stage.
The folks at The Egg have announced seven new fall concerts in their ongoing American Roots & Branches series. Tickets are currently available to members of The Egg and will go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, June 7:
Friday, September 9: Roger McGuinn @ the Swyer Theatre, $28.
The legendary voice of the Byrds returns with his solo show that demonstrates his rightful place as a true pioneer of the folk-rock revolution.
Thursday, September 22: James Farm @ the Swyer Theatre, $34.50.
A new collaborative, genre-smashing band featuring saxophonist Joshua Redman, pianist Aaron Parks, bassist Matt Penman and drummer Eric Harland, uses traditional acoustic instrumentation as it blends jazz with rock, soul, folk, classical and electronica.
Saturday, September 24: Anthony Rapp & Adam Pascal @ the Hart Theatre, $29.50, $34.50.
Two of the original cast members of the Broadway smash “Rent” reunite to perform songs from that musical, as well as a variety of pop and rock tunes.
Well, the show just completed its NYC premiere with a run of 11 sold-out shows as part of the annual New York Musical Theater Festival. And it had reviewers raving.
In The New York Times, theater critic David Rooney hailed the show as “poignant,” “tender” and “heartfelt.”
Rooney also wrote, “Memorable musical theater is about those transporting moments when a song reaches out and communicates that ineffable something to the audience, connecting with our feelings and deepening our insights in ways that dialogue-based scenes rarely can.
“I had my first such moment a few days into my festival rounds, when melody, meaning and a surge of genuine emotion made me sit up and pay attention.”
The song? R.E.M.’s hit “Losing My Religion,” which is included in the show because that’s the song that Rapp sang when he auditioned for the part in “Rent.” Yeah, the role that made him a star.
Up next, Rapp, Malachowski and the rest of the crew take “Without You” to Japan for a two-week stand in December.
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