SALT LAKE CITY — Principal Pops Conductor Jerry Steichen and the Utah Symphony will present an evening of Broadway song and dance, featuring the iconic music of Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern and George Gershwin.
"Bravo Broadway: Dancing and Romancing," a program inspired by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, will be performed on Friday, Jan. 13, and Saturday, Jan. 14, at 8 p.m. in Abravanel Hall. Broadway performers Joan Hess and Kirby Ward will sing and dance to hits from "Shall We Dance," "Singin' in the Rain," "West Side Story," "Crazy for You" and "Chicago."
Hess most recently completed her fifth Broadway show, playing the role of Tanya in "Mamma Mia." She was also seen as Jessica (the "Leggy Blonde") in HBO's Grammy-award-winning comedy series, "Flight of the Conchords," and as Billie Dawn in "Born Yesterday." She has also appeared as Betty in the national tour of "Sunset Boulevard" and Polly in "Crazy for You."
Ward has worked in the arts on five continents and in film, television and stage for almost 30 years.
He has been cast as Bobby Child in the London production of "Crazy For You" and has played playing every "Billy" or "Bobby" from "My One and Only" to "42nd Street." He has also planed King Herod in "Jesus Christ Superstar," Arnolph in "School For Wives," Vernon in "They're Playin' Our Song" and Che in "Evita."
Tickets for the evening performances range from $27 to $58 and can be purchased by calling 801-355-2787, in person at the Abravanel Hall ticket office or by visiting www.usuo.org. Students can purchase discounted tickets with a student ID. Season ticket holders and those desiring group discounts should call 801-533-6683. Ticket prices will increase $5 when purchased on the day of the performance.