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Sweet Charity in Concert to be presented with Lansing Concert Band

Broadway actress Kristen Martin, an Owosso native, will reprise her 2005 role as Charity in the Lebowsky Center for Performing Arts production of “Sweet Charity in Concert” on November 9 and 10.  This production replaces the originally scheduled “South Pacific in Concert,” which had to be canceled when the rights were no longer available.

The full script of “Sweet Charity” will be staged with all songs and dialogue, but will be performed in concert in front of the Lansing Concert Band, under the direction of Dr. Samuel Mcllhagga.    Some choreography will be included as well, since “the iconic Fosse choreography is an essential aspect of this show,” said director Garrett Bradley.   Choreography will be staged by Erica Duffield.

Martin most recently appeared on Broadway in Wicked, as Nessarose.  She was an original member of Broadway’s “Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark” cast, serving as the understudy for Mary Jane Watson. She toured nationally with “A Chorus Line” and “Cats,” and starred as Peggy Sawyer in “42nd Street” at the Goodspeed Opera House, a role she also did on the Asian tour.   In her youth, she appeared in a number of productions on the Lebowsky Center stage.

Joining Kristen will be Patrick Newton, who also hails from Owosso and earned a BFA in Musical Theater at Western Michigan University before heading to Las Vegas to join the Blue Man Group.  Currently living in NYC, Patrick performs as a swing in both the Off-Broadway production and the national tour. Patrick will again perform the role of the neurotic Oscar.

Bradley, who also served as director of the 2005 production of “Sweet Charity” at the Lebowsky Center, is thrilled to welcome back a third professional actress and stuntwoman, Kara Kimmer, who will reprise the role of Helene.  “These three talented artists from our community are excited to come back and give something back to the Lebowsky, “ Bradley said.  “We are so proud of all of their professional careers.”

Kimmer, a Durand native, studied musical theater at Oakland University and worked as an NBA Pistons Cheerleader as well as a singer in Detroit Opera’s “Pirates of Penzance.”  Kara appeared in “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” and “Carnival” at the Goodspeed Opera House in Connecticut.  She later earned her SAG membership in the film “2 Guns” as a stuntwoman, and continued her work as a stuntwoman on “The Walking Dead.”

They will be joined by 2005 cast member Alissa Britten in the role of Nickie and additional cast members Stephanie Banghart, Nichole Brooks, Zach Crawford, Erica Duffield, Taylor Engel, Ava Fett, Kayla Harwood, Kyle Harwood, Miles Hayes, Josh Holliday, Taylor Jeffers, Claire Ladaga, Vinnie Lindquist, Mary Maurer, Frankie Nevin, Grace Rosen, Emma Smith and Mike Windnagle.

The Lansing Concert Band, a community group of adult volunteers, has been active for over 50 years in the mid-Michigan area, performing children’s concerts at Wharton Center, pops concerts, and outdoor concerts, including being featured at Lansing’s Independence Day celebration at Riverfront Park.  Conductor Mcllhagga is a professor and director of bands at Albion College. “Sweet Charity in Concert” will be the group’s first time to perform an iconic Broadway show in concert form.

All tickets already purchased for “South Pacific in Concert” may be used for “Sweet Charity in Concert.”  Any patrons who want a refund due to the change may contact the Box Office.

Performances are November 9 at 8 p.m. and November 10 at 3 p.m. Tickets are available online starting Monday, October 14 at 10 a.m. at lebowskycenter.com or at the Box Office.  989-723-4003.  Prices are $23 for adults, $20 for seniors/students, and $14 for children 12 and under.  There is an additional $2 service charge on every ticket.

SWEET CHARITY in Concert 
presented with the Lansing Concert Band

Inspired by Federico Fellini’s Nights of Cabiria, SWEET CHARITY explores the turbulent love life of Charity Hope Valentine, a hopelessly romantic but comically unfortunate dance hall hostess in New York City. With a tuneful, groovy, mid-1960s score by Cy Coleman, sparkling lyrics by Dorothy Fields, and a hilarious book by Neil Simon, SWEET CHARITY captures all the energy, humor, and heartbreak of Life in the Big City for an unfortunate but irrepressible optimist.

Musical numbers include: “Big Spender,” “If My Friends Could See Me Now,” “There’s Gotta Be Something Better Than This,” “I’m a Brass Band” and “Baby, Dream Your Dream.”

 Sponsored by: Thomas Cook & Anna Owens and Drs. Thomas Teal and Jeannine Hopfensperger

 

KRISTEN MARTIN most recently appeared on Broadway in Wicked, as Nessarose.  She was an original member of Broadway’s “Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark” cast, serving as the understudy for Mary Jane Watson. She toured nationally with “A Chorus Line” and “Cats,” and starred as Peggy Sawyer in “42nd Street” at the Goodspeed Opera House, a role she also did on the Asian tour.   In her youth, she appeared in a number of productions on the Lebowsky Center stage.

PATRICK NEWTON, hails from Owosso and earned a BFA in Musical Theater at Western Michigan University before heading to Las Vegas to join the Blue Man Group.  Currently living in NYC, Patrick performs as a swing in both the Off-Broadway production and the national tour. Patrick will again perform the role of the neurotic Oscar.

KARA KIMMER is a Durand native whoe studied musical theater at Oakland University and worked as an NBA Pistons Cheerleader as well as a singer in Detroit Opera’s “Pirates of Penzance.”  Kara appeared in “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” and “Carnival” at the Goodspeed Opera House in Connecticut.  She later earned her SAG membership in the film “2 Guns” as a stuntwoman, and continued her work as a stuntwoman on “The Walking Dead.”

The Lansing Concert Band, a community group of adult volunteers, has been active for over 50 years in the mid-Michigan area, performing children’s concerts at Wharton Center, pops concerts, and outdoor concerts, including being featured at Lansing’s Independence Day celebration at Riverfront Park.  Conductor Mcllhagga is a professor and director of bands at Albion College. “Sweet Charity in Concert” will be the group’s first time to perform an iconic Broadway show in concert form.