On March 13, 2015, The New York Pops continues its 31st season with two-time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster in her solo debut at Carnegie Hall. Among other musical standards, Foster will reprise her unforgettable performances of “Anything Goes” and “I Get a Kick Out of You” from her Tony Award-winning turn as Reno Sweeney in the Cole Porter classic. She will also offer her own take on “Down with Love,” made famous by Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand. Foster will be joined by special guest artists Joshua Henry and Megan McGinnis, who will sing the showstopper “Let It Sing” from Violet, and the touching “Neverland” from Peter Pan.
“I am so thrilled to work with an actress who truly defines the meaning of triple threat – not only is Sutton an incredible singer; she’s also an incredible actress, and one heck of a dancer,” said Music Director Steven Reineke. “She is so exciting to watch and listen to, and I know that she and the great New York Pops will blow us all away.”
The New York Pops’ 2014-2015 season continues on Friday, April 10, 2015, 8:00PM in Frank Sinatra’s centennial year, four of today’s finest entertainers pay tribute to America’s original idol with Let’s Be Frank, featuring guest artists Tony DeSare, Storm Large, Frankie Moreno, and Ryan Silverman.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Sutton Foster is an award-winning actor, singer and dancer who has performed in 11 Broadway shows – most recently the revival of Violet – and originated roles in the Broadway productions of The Drowsy Chaperone, Little Women, Young Frankenstein, Shrek The Musical, and her Tony Award-winning performances in Anything Goes and Thoroughly Modern Millie. She was first seen on television on “Star Search” at age 15, and has more recently starred in Amy Sherman-Palladino’s “Bunheads” and appeared in “Johnny and the Sprites,” “Flight of the Conchords,” “Sesame Street,” “Law and Order: SVU,” and “Royal Pains.” As a solo artist, Sutton has performed all over the country as well as internationally with her musical director Michael Rafter, featuring songs from her debut solo CD, Wish, as well as her follow up CD, An Evening with Sutton Foster: Live at the Café Carlyle. She has graced the stages of Carnegie Hall, Feinstein's, Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series, Joe’s Pub and many others. In 2011 she received an Honorary Doctorate degree from Ball State University where she also is on faculty as a teacher and advisor to the Department of Theatre and Dance.
Joshua Henry is excited to be returning to perform with the New York Pops. Last season marked his second Tony nomination for the role of 'Flick' in Roundabout Theatre Company's Violet. A University of Miami (FL) graduate, his first nomination was for his performance of Haywood Patterson in The Scottsboro Boys. His other Broadway shows include the Tony Award-winning revival of The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, Grammy Award-winning American Idiot, Grammy and Tony Award-winning In the Heights, and Bring It On: The Musical. Regional credits include Godspell, The Wiz, The Cotton Club Parade, and Being Alive. TV and film credits include Army Wives, Kings, and Sex and the City: The Movie.
Megan McGinnis most recently created the role of Jerusha Abbott in the John Caird/Paul Gordon musical Daddy Long Legs in London and around the United States, garnering a Los Angeles Ovation Award, a Boston IRNE Award, an Elliot Norton Award, as well as a Chicago Jeff Award nomination. Megan was last seen on Broadway as Eponine in the revival of Les Misérables. She also originated the role of Beth March in Little Women, and played a year-long run as Belle in Beauty and the Beast. Other Broadway credits include Thoroughly Modern Millie, Parade, and The Diary of Anne Frank. National tours include Fiddler on the Roof (Hodel), The Sound of Music with Richard Chamberlain (Liesl) and James Joyce's The Dead (Lily). Megan’s television and film credits include Dear John; Sister, Sister; Wings; Blossom (recurring); Anywhere But Here; and A Goofy Movie. She can be heard on the original cast recordings of Daddy Long Legs, Little Women, Parade, and—most recently—on Sutton Foster's album Wish, singing the duet "Flight." She holds a BA in English from Columbia University.
ABOUT 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 specializing in popular music. Under the leadership of dynamic Music Director and Conductor Steven Reineke, The New York Pops continues to re-imagine orchestral pops music. The orchestra performs an annual subscription series and birthday gala at Carnegie Hall. 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. Visit www.newyorkpops.org for more information. Follow The New York Pops on Facebook (facebook.com/newyorkpops), Twitter (@newyorkpops), and Instagram (@thenewyorkpops).
Steven Reineke is the Music Director of The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, Principal Pops Conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Principal Pops Conductor of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and the Principal Pops Conductor Designate for the Houston Symphony, beginning in the 2017-2018 season. Mr. Reineke is a frequent guest conductor with The Philadelphia Orchestra and has been on the podium with the Boston Pops, The Cleveland Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia. His extensive North American conducting appearances include San Francisco, Houston, Seattle, Edmonton and Pittsburgh. As the creator of more than one hundred orchestral arrangements for the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, 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. 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 husband Eric Gabbard.