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Cast is selected for ‘Rocktopia’

Friday, February 3, 2017

Staff report

CLEVELAND

The cast has been selected for the inaugural tour of “Rocktopia,” the new concert show created by Randall Craig Fleischer, music director of the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra, which fuses classic rock and classical music.

The tour, dubbed “Rocktopia: A Classical (R)evolution,” co-created by vocalist Rob Evan of Trans-Siberian Orchestra, will debut April 13 at the State Theatre in Cleveland.

The cast of vocalists includes Evan, Chloe Lowery, Kimberly Nichole, Tony Vincent and Ximena Borges. The musicians are Tony Bruno, Alex Alexander, Mat Fieldes and Henry Aronson.

Cleveland’s Contemporary Youth Orchestra will be among the musicians.

Fleischer will conduct the performance.

Tickets are available by phone at 216-241-6000 and online at playhousesquare.org. For group rates, call 216-640-8600.

“Rocktopia” delivers one-of-a-kind musical arrangements that blend Beethoven with Journey, Strauss with The Who, and other musical mash-ups designed to surprise and delight.

Arranged by Fleischer, it also showcases the works of classical composers, including Mozart, Handel, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff and Copland.

Evan’s performance credits include seven leading roles on Broadway. He will be joined on stage with his TSO colleague Lowery.

As for the other vocalists, Vincent starred in the Broadway production of “Rent” and later originated the role of St. Jimmy in Green Day’s “American Idiot.”

Nichole, like Vincent, appeared on NBC’s “The Voice.”

Borges is a classically trained opera star who has performed across the globe.

Among the musicians, guitarist Bruno has performed with Enrique Iglesias, Rihanna, Karmin, Delta Goodrem and many others.

For other tour dates, go to rocktopia.com.