Broadway and more with Kevin Kiley & Friends
“Being able to get together for one night of sharing songs around the piano for the very special Opera House audience is a treat beyond measure,” remarked staff member and musical theater veteran Kevin Kiley regarding his upcoming concert at the historic Opera House. On Saturday, Aug. 11, Kiley and vocalists Philip Bryan, Michelle Bruckner, Elizabeth Farnum and Jeff Funaro will bring the best of the New York stage to Boothbay Harbor.
Philip Bryan has performed at the Carousel and Kiley says that since those days, “He has become the king of touring and regional theater. His boundless energy electrifies big roles like the Grinch, the Beast from Beauty and the Beast, Lancelot or King Herod. For our Opera House show I suggested that he wear his leotard from “Cats,” but I am not sure that will happen!”
Michelle Bruckner has also played roles at the Carousel Theatre in Boothbay Harbor and has appeared on Broadway and is now back in Maine helping young performers. Bruckner last appeared as a member of the cast in Kiley’s Holiday show this past December.
Kiley shared, “Elizabeth Farnum has made a career of singing modern music in New York City. She tells me that she is excited to relax and have fun singing the old tunes we grew to love when we worked together in the 1980s.”
Jeff Funaro’s multiple talents scored him a job covering many roles, and playing multiple instruments in the national touring company of Sweeney Todd. He now sings in the A capella group Men Singing Carols – New York City’s contemporary jazz carolers.
While Kevin Kiley is typically tucked behind the scenes at the Opera House in his role as lighting and set director, when he emerges and sits down at the piano everyone listens. His music always delights.
The community is invited to join in this special summer tradition. Advance discounted tickets are $20, and available directly from the box office at 86 Townsend Avenue or by calling 633-5159. Regular tickets are $25 and available online at boothbayoperahouse.com. Doors open at 7 p.m. Music begins at 7:30.