First published in the Aug. 25 print issue of the Pasadena Outlook.
Principal Pops Conductor Michael Feinstein and the Pasadena POPS will close the 2022 Rusnak Summer Concert Series at the Los Angeles County Arboretum on Saturday, Sept. 10, with “Broadway on Film,” honoring the best of hit shows that traveled from 42nd Street to Hollywood.
The multiple Grammy- and Emmy-nominated entertainer has put together a program spanning the Broadway canon from “Funny Girl,” “Showboat” and “The Music Man” to “Chicago” and “The Wiz,” with “Home,” “Don’t Rain on My Parade” and “Old Devil Moon.”
“Here in Southern California we have incredible access to arrangements that were created for Hollywood films (with very creative writing for orchestra), so we are able to interpret these Broadway standards using a larger palette, giving them a sort of majesty that one cannot experience on Broadway,” Feinstein said.
Three Broadway superstars will be featured.
The stage will light up with the powerhouse vocals of Tony-Award winners Lillias White (Best Actress for Cy Coleman’s “The Life”) and LaChanze (Best Actress, “The Color Purple”). Plus, Tony-nominated song and dance man Tony Yazbeck (“On the Town”) will channel Fred Astaire with his fancy footwork to bring these blockbusters to life.
All concerts are held at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Gardens. Grounds open for picnicking and dining at 5:30 p.m. and performances begin at 7:30 p.m.
The arboretum is located at 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. Subscribers may purchase pre-paid onsite parking at the arboretum, and all concertgoers can purchase guaranteed and convenient parking at Santa Anita Park, with nonstop shuttle service to the Arboretum’s main entrance.
Tickets start at $25 and are available by calling the box office at (626) 793-7172, online at PasadenaSymphony-Pops.org. or at the Arboretum on concert days.