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PATRICIA C. SYAK | Symphony notes Broadway series: Come for songs



Published: Sun, August 4, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



Subscription tickets to the 2002-03 Broadway Series, sponsored by the Youngstown Symphony Society in conjunction with First Place Bank Community Foundation, are on sale now at the Symphony Center box office.

The series kicks off at 8 p.m. Nov. 4 at Powers Auditorium with "Fosse." "Fosse" will also be stagedNov. 5. The Tony Award-winning smash hit direct from Broadway highlights the work of legendary dancer, choreographer and director Bob Fosse.

An extraordinarily talented cast brings Broadway's all-time best choreography to life with such popular numbers as "Sing, Sing, Sing," "Bye Bye Blackbird," "Dancin' Man" and "Big Spender."

"Fosse" will dance and sing its way into your heart "with an energy that threatens to raise the roof," said the New York Times.

Fosse's unique vision and tantalizing dance sequences revolutionized the musical theater with such hits as "Sweet Charity," "Dancin'" and "Chicago" and moved movie magic up a notch with the films "Cabaret" and "All That Jazz."

In 1973, Bob Fosse became the first director in history to win Oscar, Tony and Emmy awards in a single year for the film version of "Cabaret," the stage musical "Pippin" and the television special "Liza with a Z." His work on Broadway, including "The Pajama Game," "Damn Yankees," "Sweet Charity" and "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" garnered him nine Tony Awards.

'The Music Man'

Revivals are the backbone of Broadway today, and that is not surprising with such works as Meredith Willson's "The Music Man." Based on Susan Stroman's current Broadway sensation, "The Music Man," the all-American salute to music, romance and fast talking flimflam, comes to Powers Auditorium on March 17 and 18, 2003.

"The Music Man" is more than the story of a lovable con man; it's about an entire town's discovering the joy of life and caring for one another. It's the story of Harold Hill, the traveling salesman who sets a small Iowa town to music, as if the ladies' auxiliary were born harmonizing, the school board woke up with perfect pitch and every one of River City's teenagers were a budding Baryshnikov in disguise.

With a parade of hit tunes such as "76 Trombones," "Gary, Indiana" and "Till There Was You," "The Music Man" presents a joyous ride you won't want to miss.

The Broadway Series concludes April 28 and April 29 with a modern-day phenomenon.

'Saturday Night Fever'

In 1977, a movie changed a generation. In a decade in which America was learning its limitations, "Saturday Night Fever" taught us to dance. The story of a young man's yearning to escape his narrow world, coming to life only on the dance floor, struck a nerve.

"Saturday Night Fever"'s combination of human characters, compelling music and unforgettable dancing made it a phenomenon.

The smash hit musical "Saturday Night Fever" features the memorable hits of the Bee Gees: "Stayin' Alive," "If I Can't Have You," "More Than a Woman," "What Kind of Fool," "Night Fever," "How Deep Is Your Love," "Jive Talkin'" and "You Should Be Dancing." This musical will have you dancing in the aisles.

Call (330) 744-0264 to subscribe to the Broadway Series.

XPatricia C. Syak is executive director of the Youngstown Symphony Society.




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