Nouveau Productions and PBS are presenting Broadway in Concert, a new series that pays tribute to the iconic musicals that have shaped the landscape of American musical theater. The series kicks off with An Evening With Lerner and Loewe – Broadway in Concert, premiering Sunday, March 6 at 6:30 pm ET (check local listings) on PBS, or click here to stream. Additional episodes of the series will be announced at a later date.
An Evening With Lerner and Loewe – Broadway in Concert celebrates the extraordinary contributions of composer and lyricist team Alan J. Lerner and Frederick Loewe with selections from Gigi, My Fair Lady, Camelot, The Day Before Spring, Brigadoon and Paint Your Wagon. Performing these Lerner and Loewe classics are Tony Award nominee Jenn Colella (Come From Away); Aaron Lazar (The Phantom of the Opera); Jose Llana (The King and I, Rent, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee); Michael Maliakel (Aladdin); Aisha Jackson (Frozen); Sean Thompson (Sunset Boulevard); and Bayla Whitten (West End’s Les Misérables).
“I can think of no better way of kicking off Broadway in Concert on PBS than with a musical celebration of the extraordinary songs of Lerner and Loewe,” said Robert Pullen, executive producer of Nouveau Productions. “Their work is simply timeless and has shaped musical theater as we know it.”
Musical numbers featured in this episode include “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “Get Me to the Church On Time,” “On the Street Where You Live,” “Almost Like Being in Love,” and more.
An Evening With Lerner and Loewe – Broadway in Concert is directed by Tara Young and associate directed by Leah Hoffman. The concert features lighting design by Chris Montrie, with musical direction by Luke Frazier. The orchestra arrangements have been reimagined by Luke Frazier with members of the American Pops Orchestra and filmed in multiple locations including DC and Los Angeles. This concert was made possible through a special arrangement between Nouveau Productions and the Alan Jay Lerner Testamentary Trust and the Frederick Loewe Foundation.
Lia Chang loves to tell stories that are diverse and inclusive – as an actor, a multi-media content producer, award-winning filmmaker, and a performing arts photographer and documentarian. Photo archives: Lia Chang Theater Portfolio collection,1989-2011, housed in the AAPI collection in the Library of Congress’ Asian Reading Room; Lia Chang Photography Collection in The Billy Rose Theatre Division of the New York Public Library. Awards: 2000 OCA Chinese American Journalist Award, the 2001 AAJA National Award for New Media. Lia is an AAJA Executive Leadership Graduate (2000), a Western Knight Fellow at USC’s Annenberg College of Communications for Specialized Journalism on Entertainment Journalism in the Digital Age (2000), a National Press Photographers Association Visual Edge/Visual Journalism Fellow at the Poynter Institute for New Media (2001), a Scripps Howard New Media Fellow at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism (2002), and a National Tropical Garden Environmental Journalism Fellow (2003). A co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, Lia makes films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. She stars in and is the Executive Producer for the indie films Hide and Seek (AA Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Best Actress Nomination), Rom-Com Gone Wrong, and When the World Was Young (2021 DisOrient Film Audience Choice Award for Best Short Narrative). Lia has also appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, and The Last Dragon. Along with an extensive career in Off-Broadway productions, favorite stage credits include her debut as Liat in a national tour of South Pacific with Barbara Eden and Robert Goulet and playing Joy in Signature Theatre’s revival of Sam Shepard’s Chicago. www.liachang.com, www.liachangphotography.com