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Opera Guild to present Broadway revue

April 21, 2011
From staff reports , The Herald-Star

STEUBENVILLE - The Upper Ohio Valley Opera Guild will present an evening of Broadway featuring music from Gershwin to Sondheim set for 7 p.m. May 1 at Froehlich's Classic Corner.

"Love, Loss and New York City" is being coordinated by Jessica George, Toronto native and musical theater veteran and current new York City resident. The revue also will star George's musical partner Phillip Carroll and Rick Hip-Flores, a pianist, arranger and composer, also from New York.

A "cocktail" supper will be served and include hors d'oeuvres and pastries.

George currently performs in New York, where she is pursuing a career in musical theater. George just closed a show in the Big Apple where she originated the role of Sally Lincoln in "Honest Abe." She also originated the role of Leslie in "'S' Wonderful - the New Gershwin Musical" at the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera's Cabaret last summer. George has worked for Disney Cruise Lines as well as Disney Hong Kong as a singer. She has a master's degree in opera from Carnegie Melon University and a bachelor's degree from Baldwin Wallace College. She is the daughter of Sally and Kirk George of Toronto.

Hip-Flores recently performed in the orchestras of "Billy Elliot," The Radio City Christmas Spectacular and "Spelling Bee." He is the arranger and musical supervisor of "'S Wonderful," a new Gershwin musical revue that premiered in Pittsburgh. He's also acted as musical director and conductor in theater productions of "High School Musical," "Singin' in the Rain," "Jacques Brel," "Breaking Up is Hard to Do," "Shakespeare on Broadway," "8 by Tenn," "Henry and Mudge," "A Christmas Carol" and numerous productions for Musicals Tonight. He's also written songs for "Neon Mirage," "A Tooth Fairy Tale," "My New York," "Dido and Aeneas" and composed music for "Abraham Lincoln's Big Gay Dance Party," "Tartuffe," "As You Like It" and the Columbia University Varsity Show.

Carroll also attended Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music as a music theater major and has performed with George in the past. His roles have included the Phantom in "Phantom of the Opera." Carroll also performed with the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Great Lake Theatre Festival and the Columbia University Varsity Show.

The cost is $30 for adults and $25 for students. Tickets can be purchased by calling Kathy Antinone at (740) 264-9012; Liz Morrelli at (740) 264-1299; or e-mail mikestrean@uovog.org. Tickets also may purchased at the Center of Music and Art in Wintersville at (740) 264-3331; or Bookmarx at 151 N. Fourth St. in Steubenville, (740) 282-8100.

 
 

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