It’s not a stage anywhere near as big as the ones she works on in Manhattan, but to Leah Zepel, the third annual Broadway Voices on the Hudson show at Congregation Emanuel is a delight nevertheless.
“It’s a lot of hard work but it’s also one of the most rewarding days of our year,” she said this week. Zepel is director/choreographer of the show; her husband Rob Preuss is musical director.
A total of five performers will be singing and playing a selection of songs from past and current Broadway shows this Sunday, June 3 at 3 p.m. at the 243 Albany Ave. synagogue.
Appearing will be Laird Macintosh, currently in Phantom of the Opera in the role of Monsieur Andre and previously in a number of Broadway shows including Mary Poppins, Hello Dolly and My Fair Lady. Zepel herself is from the cast of Mamma Mia! Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and The Unsinkable Molly Brown. Also appearing will be Michael Buchanan from the cast of Book of Mormon, The Addams Family and Cry Baby and Joi Danielle Price from the cast of Mamma Mia!, Ragtime and Raisin in the Sun. Preuss is currently performing in Phantom of the Opera (Piano 1) and was previously musical director for Mamma Mia! and musical supervisor for Once, the Musical.
Zepel said the group will be singing songs and telling stories from Broadway hits like Man of La Mancha, South Pacific, Jersey Boys, Cats, Phantom of the Opera and Evita. Zepel said there will be a medley of Gershwin hits too.
“One of the things that makes this concert so special is the casual feel of the day,” Zepel said. “It’s truly intimate afternoon full of wonderful songs from Broadway shows past and present and stories about our experiences in show business.”
Following the performance, audience members can meet and mingle with the cast and enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and wine.
The afternoon of music will benefit the congregation’s many community events, including speaker programs, political debates and the Interfaith Thanksgiving Program.
Tickets are $50 for general admission, $37.50 for adults over 65, students, $25 and children under 13 are free. To reserve tickets contact the synagogue office at (845) 338-4271, or order on the web page www.cehv.org.