FROM BROADWAY TO HOLLYWOOD (23/24 POPS FINALE)

Experience music from a star-studded lineup of Broadway favorites as the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra and guest conductor Lucas Waldin bring our 23/24 Pops season to a high-spirited close.

Step into the historic hall of the Michigan Theater for a celebration of light, color, and action, as the sonic power of a full-size symphony orchestra is unleashed on a series of classic hits from Leonard Bernstein (West Side Story), John Kander (Chicago), Justin Hurwitz (La La Land), and more! Broadway fans of all ages will enjoy this program as familiar tunes are transformed into orchestral showstoppers on stage — join us!

Saturday, March 23, 2024 | 8 PM | The Michigan Theater
Pre-concert talk at 7 PM with Broadway stars Joan Morris and Judy Dow Rumelhart in conversation with Russ Collins, CEO and Executive Director of the Michigan Theater Foundation.

Chelsea Packard, vocalist
Matt Bogart, vocalist
Lucas Waldin, conductor
Voices from the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance Musical Theater Department

John Kander/Fred Ebb (Arr. Ted Ricketts): Selections from Chicago
Cole Porter: Another Openin’, Another Show (from Kiss Me Kate)
Rodgers/Hammerstein: People Will Say We’re in Love (from Oklahoma!)
Justin Hurwitz: La La Land Epilogue
Leonard Bernstein: Selections from West Side Story
Boublil/Schönberg/Natel/Kretzmer: I Dreamed a Dream (from Les Misérables)
Andersson/Ulvaeus/Anderson: ABBA Medley
Jonathan Larson (Arr. Lucas Waldin): Season of Love (from RENT)
Stephen Schwartz (Arr. Lucas Waldin): Defying Gravity (from Wicked)
and much more!

Chelsea Packard, vocalist

BIOGRAPHY

Chelsea Packard is an assistant professor of musical theatre at the University of Michigan, specializing in private voice instruction. Packard appeared in Kristin Chenoweth’s PBS Live recording of her concert Home, in which she and Chenoweth duetted on the song “Enough Is Enough.” She sings with the GRAMMY-nominated gospel choir Broadway Inspirational Voices. She was heard on the NBC series Smash any time there was an ensemble of singers. Packard was the original “Woman 2” in Pasek and Paul’s Edges, and can be heard on that cast recording as well.

As a teacher and clinician, Packard has worked with the following organizations: Joffrey Ballet, Broadway Classroom, Broadway Workshop, A Class Act NY, Brave Arts, Broadway for All, Broadway Teaching Group, and Broadway In South Africa. Her private voice studio in New York is an offshoot of her mentor’s, the Tony Award-winning Joan Lader.

Packard received her BFA in musical theatre from the University of Michigan. She is a proud member of AEA, SAG-AFTRA, and AGVA.

Her Broadway/New York performing credits include: Wicked (Elphaba understudy), Beautiful (Cynthia understudy), Hands on a Hardbody (Original Broadway Cast), Promises, Promises (Original Revival Cast), and New York Spectacular @ Radio City (Jenna). Packard has toured nationally with Kristin Chenoweth’s Some Lessons Learned album tour (Featured Cast Member), and Wicked (Nessarose Understudy), as well as made regional appearances in Marriott Lincolnshire: Legally Blonde (Elle Woods), Kansas City Starlight: Aida (Amneris), Buck’s County Playhouse: Meet Me In St. Louis (Esther), Summer of ’42 (Dorothy), Paper Mill Playhouse: A Funny Thing… (Philia), and Public Theatre NYC: Rock Bottom.

Matt Bogart, vocalist

BIOGRAPHY

Matt Bogart is thrilled to debut with the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Bogart is an interdisciplinary artist, working as a producer, director, writer, actor, singer, entertainer and educator, presently serving as a Professor in Musical Theatre at the University of Michigan. Mr. Bogart is an Ohio native and graduate of University of Cincinnati’s Conservatory of Music, with appearances singing at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and The Kennedy Center for Stephen Sondheim, and soloing with orchestras spanning the United States.

Broadway productions include principal roles in Jersey Boys, Paradise Square, Aida, Miss Saigon, Smokey Joe’s Café, The Civil War, Camelot (National Tour) and innumerable world premieres such as James Joyce in Himself and Nora (Off-Broadway).

TV/Film credits include Jersey Boys (starring Nick Jonas as Frankie Valli, live-capture for streaming), Robert Goulet on HBO’s Vinyl, Smokey Joe’s Café (live-capture for streaming), The Good Fight (CBS), Stargazer (indie feature with film festival awards including Best Actor, producer), Mistake (indie feature), Smash, Law & Order and L&O: SVU, Livin’ On A Prairie (Tribeca FFest) and an upcoming production and live-capture as Edward Rochester in the musical, Jane Eyre.

Mr. Bogart is featured on several solo records and cast recordings on iTunes.

Matt sends his love and thanks to friends, family, Jessica and their two boys.

www.MattBogart.com, @themattbogart

Lucas Waldin, guest conductor 

BIOGRAPHY

Lucas Waldin is a dynamic and versatile conductor whose performances have delighted audiences across North America. He has collaborated with some of today’s most exciting artists including Carly Rae Jepsen, Ben Folds, The Canadian Brass and Buffy Sainte-Marie, in addition to conducting presentations such as Disney in Concert, Blue Planet Live, Cirque de la Symphony, and the groundbreaking symphonic debut of R&B duo Dvsn as part of the global Red Bull Music Festival.

Waldin has been a guest conductor for numerous orchestras in the U.S. and Canada, including the Cleveland Orchestra, the Houston Symphony, the Dallas Symphony, the Grant Park Festival Orchestra, the St. Louis Symphony, the Louisiana Philharmonic, the Vancouver Symphony, the Calgary Philharmonic and the Toronto Symphony.

Having joined the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra as Resident Conductor in 2009, Waldin was subsequently appointed Artist-in-Residence and Community Ambassador – the first position of its kind in North America. He appeared with the ESO over 150 times and conducted in Carnegie Hall during the orchestra’s participation in the 2012 Spring for Music festival. In recognition of his accomplishments he was awarded the Jean-Marie Beaudet Award in Orchestral Conducting and received a Citation Award from the City of Edmonton for outstanding achievements in arts and culture.

A native of Toronto, Canada, Waldin holds degrees in flute and conducting from The Cleveland Institute of Music.

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