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Hoppin' Hamlisch

You know it's really spring when Pops maestro Marvin Hamlisch comes hippity-hopping into town with a program of sparkling songs from the Great American Songbook. Hamlisch will join the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra next weekend for two concerts of Broadway hits.

Lending their voices will be two award-winning Broadway singers. One is Debbie Gravitte, who won a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her work in "Jerome Robbins' Broadway." The other is Hugh Panaro, who played the Phantom more than 1,000 times in "The Phantom of the Opera" and also recently performed at Birdland.

The program includes "Bring Him Home" from "Les Miserables"; "Anything You Can Do" from "Annie Get Your Gun"; "Adelaide's Lament" from "Guys and Dolls"; "Maria" from "West Side Story"; "Don't Rain on My Parade" from "Funny Girl"; "Bill" from "Show Boat"; "Joey, Joey, Joey" from "Pal Joey"; as well as music from "Gypsy" and "A Chorus Line."

The concert takes place at 8 p.m. next Friday and April 21. Admission is $18 to $70. For information, call 885-5000.

-- Mary Kunz Goldman

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