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Friday, February 15, 2013


Media Contact:
Hilarie Ashton | Public Relations Manager
hashton@usuo.org | (801)869-9027


SALT LAKE CITY— Musical selections from “Les Miserables” and “Miss Saigon” will come to life in a musical exposition with the Utah Symphony, the Utah Symphony Chorus, and several Broadway stars including Terrence Mann, who performed the role of Inspector Javert in Broadway’s original cast of “Les Miserables.”

The Utah Symphony and Utah Symphony Chorus, led by Principal Pops Conductor Jerry Steichen, will present this program, titled “Do You Hear the People Sing,” featuring symphonic renditions of “Stars”, “I Dreamed a Dream”, “Bring Him Home,” “The American Dream,” and other selections by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg March 1-2 at 8 p.m. in Abravanel Hall.

These performances will also bring to light several original songs from some of Boublil and Schönberg’s shows that were cut from the stage productions, as well as new arrangements of some well-known tunes.

Boublil and Schönberg will be in attendance, fresh off the heels of their run at the Oscars for the recently released film version of “Les Miserables.”

“Les Miserables” is the world’s longest running musical, with some of the most beloved music in the musical theater repertory.  It has been known to move audiences through the written word, on the stage and most recently with its premiere on the silver screen. The story follows the interrelated lives of several characters living in post-revolutionary France, and the music displays their stories with an exquisite array of emotions.

The story and music of “Miss Saigon” is based on Puccini’s popular opera “Madame Butterfly.”  The story follows a young American soldier in Vietnam who meets the young and beautiful Kim, a Vietnamese woman who falls madly in love with him.  The story and music convey the tragic love story as Kim, in the end, makes the ultimate sacrifice to ensure her son has a good future in America.  

The concert will feature other musical selections from “Miss Saigon” (based on Puccini’s popular opera “Madame Butterfly”),   “Martin Guerre”, “La Revolution Francaise” and “The Pirate Queen.”

Single tickets for the performances range from $29 to $85 and can be purchased by calling (801) 355-ARTS (2787), in person at the Abravanel hall ticket office (123 W. South temple) or by visiting www.utahsymphony.org.  $15 rush tickets for anyone 30 or younger will be available on the date of the performance if the performance does not sell out in advance.  Season ticket holders and those desiring group discounts should call (801) 533- NOTE (6683).  All ticket prices are subject to change and availability.  Ticket prices will increase $5 when purchased on the day of the performance.

Press photos for this performance are available by contacting Hilarie Ashton (hashton@usuo.org; (801) 869-9027).  

Eric Kunze has had the rare pleasure of starring on Broadway in leading roles for the better part of his professional career. Mr. Kunze recently received an IRNE Award for his performance as The Man in the national tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber'sWhistle Down the Wind.  Prior to that he starred in the title role of the national tour of Jesus Christ Superstar (with Carl Anderson). Broadway credits: Marius in Les Misérables (opposite Lea Salonga), Chris in Miss Saigon and Joe Hardy in Damn Yankees (with Jerry Lewis).  He was recently Prince Eric in the West Coast premiere of Disney's The Little Mermaid. He has received rave reviews for the title role in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Los Angeles, KC Starlight, Sacramento Music Circus and Boston, earning him an IRNE award for best actor).  Other regional (selected): the title role in Jesus Christ Superstar (Los Angeles Ovation nomination), Evita (Los Angeles Ovation nomination), West Side StoryInto the Woods, the title role in Pippin (Los Angeles Robbie award), South Pacific and the title role in The Who’s Tommy (Los Angeles). Eric has recently performed with The Vancouver Symphony, The Cincinnati Pops, The Detroit Symphony, and The Kennedy Center with The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber.  For more info: www.erickunze.com.

Credits include work on the Broadway stage, in film and television, as a director, composer and artistic director.  On Broadway, he originated the roles of the Beast in Beauty and the Beast (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle nominations), Inspector Javert in Les Misérables (Tony nomination), Rum Tum Tugger in Cats and Chauvelin in The Scarlet Pimpernel.  Other Broadway credits include Lennon (Ensemble), The Rocky Horror Show (Frank 'N' Furter), Getting Away With Murder(Greg), A Christmas Carol (Scrooge), Rags (Saul), Barnum (Ringmaster), Jerome Robbin's Broadway, and Jekyll and Hyde. Film and TV: A Chorus LineBig Top Pee WeeLaw and OrderOne Life to Live and As the World Turns (Emmy Nomination). He is founding Artistic Director of the Carolina Arts Festival. He also served as Artistic Director of the North Carolina Theatre for 10 years and is now the Endowed Chair for the Musical Theatre Program at Western Carolina University.

Favorite credits: Miss Saigon (Kim, original first national Broadway tour, Carbonnell Award winner, Helen Hayes Award nomination), and has since reprised Miss Saigon with several regional companies, most recently with Maine’s Ogunquit Playhouse, Les Misérables (Broadway Company), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Narrator, Broadway Asia Tokyo, Ordway, NSMT, SMC, 5th Ave), Buddy (Maria Elena Holly), and Cinderella (Cinderella). Other regional credits include David Henry Hwang's newly adapted Flower Drum Song (Mei-Li, Mark Taper Forum), and The Last 5 Years (Cathy Hiatt with Jason Robert Brown at the piano, 2009 LA Ovation Award nomination, EWP). A Seattle native, Jennifer’s favorite credits with Seattle area’s Village Theatre under the direction of Pulitzer Prize and Tony winner Brian Yorkey (Next to Normal) include: Jesus Christ Superstar (Mary), Evita (Eva), The Who's Tommy (Sally Simpson). Recent concerts: soloist in Suites by Sondheim (Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center), Original Cast 2 (Luckman Fine Arts Complex, LA). www.jennifer-paz.com

Sarah Uriarte Berry performed on Broadway as Diana in Next to Normal,  Franca in The Light in the Piazza, (recording, Drama Desk, Outer Critics nominations), Nicola in Taboo, (recording), Belle in Beauty and the Beast, Éponine in Les Misérables, Cinderella in NYC Opera’s Cinderella and City Center Encores! The Boys from Syracuse (recording) and Tenderloin (recording). National Tours include: Carousel (Julie, Dramalogue Award Best Actress, Ovation nomination); Sunset Boulevard (Betty); Les Misérables.  Regionally, she appeared as: Magnolia in Goodspeed’s Show Boat; Sharon in Master Class-Papermill; Petra in A Little Night Music-Baltimore’s CenterStage; Anne in A Little Night Music-Kennedy Center; Guys and Dolls and Sound of Music-San Jose; Violet-Laguna; West Side Story and White Christmas-MUNY; Jekyll and Hyde-Casa Manana; Thoroughly Modern Millie-La Jolla. Also performed with the Florida Orchestra, the Colorado, New Haven, Baltimore, Santa Rosa, Oregon, Spokane, Silicon Valley and Pacific Symphonies. Sarah is a graduate of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.

Marie began her career as a classical trained soprano and dancer in France.  As a singer and actress, Marie has performed principal roles across the globe, including Cosette in Les Misérables (Mogador Theatre, Paris), Kate in Kiss Me, Kate(Geneva Opera House and Mogador Theatre, Paris), Sina Marnis in Pirandello’s Les Nouvelles de Sicile (Sylvia Montfort Theatre, Paris), Chairy Barnum in Barnum (Celestins Theatre, Lyon), Cornelia in La Comtesse Dracula (Mouffetard Theatre, Paris), and Eugénie in Le Voyage de Mozart à Prague (Potinière Theatre, Paris).  Marie travelled internationally as a soloist with composer Michel LeGrand. She has done extensive concert work including Hey Mr. Producer at the Lyceum Theatre in London, celebrating 25 years of Cameron Mackintosh’s career.  In collaboration with Michel Legrand and Alain Boublil, Marie is the co-book writer of Marguerite (2010 version) and directed the show at the National Moravian-Silesian Theatre in Ostrava.  www.mariezamora.info.

Selections from Miss Saigon
Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg
Lyrics by Alain Boublil and Richard Maltby, Jr.
Original Orchestrations by Bill Brohn

“Bui Doi”
“The Heat is on in Saigon”
“I’d Give My Life for You”
“Last Night of the World”
“The American Dream”

Selections from La Révolution Française
Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Raymond Jeannot
Lyrics byAlain Boublil and Jean-Max Rivière
Additional Orchestration for Au Petit Matin by Adrian Jackson
 “Au Petit Matin”
Selections from Martin Guerre
Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg
Lyrics by Alain Boublil, Edward Hardy, and Stephen Clark
Original Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick, Bill Brohn
“I’m Martin Guerre”
“Live with Somebody You Love”
“In the Lands of the Fathers”

“I Saw Him Once” from Les Misérables

“Too Much For One Heart” from Miss Saigon
Original Orchestration by Gerard Salonga

“I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Misérables


Selections from The Pirate Queen
Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg
Lyrics by Alain Boublil, John Dempsey, and Richard Maltby, Jr.
Original Orchestrations by Julian Kelly
“If I Said I Loved You”

Selections from Les Misérables
Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg
Original French lyrics by Alain Boublil and/et Jean-Marc Natel
English lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer
Original Orchestrations by John Cameron
New Orchestrations and Revised Orchestrations by Bill Brohn, Chris Jahnke and Stephen Metcalfe (25th Anniversary Orchestrations)
“Mon Histoire”
“At the End of the Day”
“Master of the House”
“In My Life – A Heart Full of Love”
“Bring Him Home”
“One Day More”

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