SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Broadway Boys are coming to Slippery Rock University and they are bringing their "Holiday Show" with them.
The 4 p.m., Dec. 8, performance in the University Union is part of the SRU Performing Arts Series.
"This is a show that has unparalleled vocals and explosive energy," said Deborah Baker, director of special events. "The event will offer classic songs that have been reinvented. It will have showtunes with a contemporary flare and holiday selections, and I think our audience will truly enjoy The Broadway Boys sound."
The Broadway Boys were created in 2005 to play a single night at a New York City club. The response caused the club to repeatedly bring the group back, and promoters soon realized that the group had growth potential. Work was undertaken to focus and develop their performance into a "symphony of sound."
The Broadway Boys is a collection of male voices from singers who are working on the New York stage. Event performers are selected from a group of about 20 singers, depending on who is available in juggling Broadway performances or rehearsals.
The Boys represent such shows as "The Book of Mormon," "Wicked," "Kinky Boots," "Motown," "Rent," "Jersey Boys," "Mamma Mia," "Mary Poppins," "Hair," "Alter Boyz," "Rock of Ages," "Hairspray," "Spiderman" and others.
The selected singers add elements of pop, funk, gospel, jazz and folk to show tunes and classic pop songs.
Their holiday show will offer new arrangements of traditional Christmas and inspirational selections along with a Hanukkah song. Also planned are: "Lullaby of Broadway" from "42nd Street"; "Corner of the Sky" from "Pippin"; "December, 1963" from "Jersey Boys": and "Where is Love" from "Oliver.
The group has toured the country and has performed at corporate events and on numerous radio shows. They have also performed on NBC's "America's Got Talent" and "The Today Show."
Their first album, "Lullaby of Broadway," debuted at No. 6 on the iTunes singer/-songwriter chart. The Boys have also recorded a soon-to-be-released holiday-themed follow up album titled "Hark!"
Jesse Nager is the group's creator and artistic director, with Billy Porter as director, Justin Paul as music director, and Rachel Bress as chorographer.
AVI, SRU's contract food vendor, will offer a pre-concert dinner featuring salad, pan-seared pork loin or parmesan-crusted zucchini, tri-pepper penne, sautÃ©ed asparagus and dessert at 1:30 p.m. in the University Union. The dinner is $20.95 per person, with reservations due Dec. 2 to 724.738.4644.
Show tickets are $22 for adults; $20 for seniors; $18 for youth; and $8 for SRU students.
Tickets may be ordered by calling 724.738.2018, by visiting the Russell Wright Alumni House and Conference Center or online at: http://www.rockalumnicafe.com/performingarts.
Other upcoming shows in the SRU Performing Arts Series are: "Rocky Mountain High," a John Denver tribute by Ted Vigil, at 7:30 p.m., April 3, and "Jammin' Divas," at 4 p.m., May 4.
"Jammin' Divas," Replaces "Dala" which had been originally scheduled for May 4.
Tickets are available from locations listed above.
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