Broadway voices light up the stage at Strathmore

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Entertainment,Music,Marie Gullard

Craig Schulman is one of five musical theater luminaries to perform on the Strathmore stage Sunday evening in "Neil Berg's 101 Years of Broadway."

"This revue has been very well received," said the baritone-tenor, who has portrayed "Les Miserables" lead character Jean Valjean in four companies in three countries for a total of nearly 2,000 performances. "It's not only [a show of] great hits, but we are all actors that actually played these parts on Broadway."

The revue, produced by composer and lyricist Berg, pays homage to years of hit musicals by such iconic composers as Jerome Kern, Stephen Sondheim, Cole Porter, Rodgers and Hammerstein, and Kander and Ebb to name a few.

Onstage
'Neil Berg's 101 Years of Broadway'
» Where: The Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda
» When: 7 p.m. Sunday
» Info: $25 to $65; 301-581-5200; strathmore.org

Schulman, who, in addition to Valjean, has also been cast as Che in "Evita," Tevye in "Fiddler on the Roof," Archibald in "The Secret Garden" and Father in "Children of Eden," says he is always happy to get steady work in a Broadway musical. But revues in a concert hall have an appeal all their own. Here he can perform a variety of songs that, unless cast as the character in a particular production, he would never have the opportunity to sing in public.

"I may never get cast as Curly in 'Oklahoma,' but I can sure sing some of that music in concert," he quipped. "Most of my career in the last 20 years has been concert work."

Schulman and his cast mates, Ron Bohmer, Carter Calvert, Robert DuSold and Sandra Joseph will present showstopping hits from such classics as "The Phantom of the Opera," "Evita," "Cats," "Wonderful Town," "Fiddler on the Roof" and more. They will be accompanied in these refreshingly new Berg arrangements by piano, drums, electric bass and synthesizer.

"These great arrangements cover a lot of what's missing orchestra-wise," Schulman explained. "My hallmark is that when I sing a song, I do things with my voice and body so that, if you were sitting in the audience and you closed your eyes, you would think you were back in the theater seeing the show somewhere. Each of my songs has its own context. It's about the storytelling."

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