WHAT: A Century of Broadway, with Buffalo Opera Unlimited
WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday
WHERE: The Pfeifer Theatre
TICKETS: $20 general, $15 seniors, $10 extra for reception following performance
The big attraction here is the fact that director Tim Kennedy and his Buffalo Opera Unlimited folks have stepped into a breach where few dare to tread, and have actually programmed a concert not just on New Year's Eve, but Millennium Eve. While most folks will be out seeking entertainment of a once-in-a-lifetime nature for the advent of 2000 A.D., Kennedy & Co. are offering a prelude to that countdown to the new age by presenting a musical retrospective of the music of Broadway. It will be in 10 segments, one each for the 10 decades of the 20th century, starting with the operettas of Lehar, Strauss, Romberg, Herbert and Friml so popular in the early years. Then on to the early musicals by such giants as Kern, Gershwin, Porter and Berlin. Some of those names carry over into the '40s and '50s, joined by Rodgers, Loewe and Bock, then into the century's later decades and the dominant names of Sondheim and Webber. Singing the hit songs of these composers along with director/pianist Kennedy and an ensemble of strings and percussion will be leading area singers such as Barbara Cooper, Jerry Wydro, Theresa Jordan, Jean Evans Brown, John Giardina, Deborah Kibby, Danielle DeFrancis, Ernest Griffin and Susan DeFrancis. So if you'd like to hear "Vilia," "Begin the Beguine," "Summertime," "Edelweiss," "Send in the Clowns" and "Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again" as your prelude to Y2K and all the hoopla of the Millennium Eve, Pfeifer Theatre is the place and Buffalo Opera Unlimited are the purveyors.
-- Herman Trotter