- 2018 Season
Pocono Mountains Music Festival is proud to be one of four organizations in the United States to receive the prestigious ASCAP Foundation Jerry Herman Broadway Legacy Prize, allowing us to present this performance. Two students from the Festival’s Performing Arts Camp, who have been selected for the Herman Legacy Prize honor will perform at this blockbuster event.
Jerry Herman is a legendary composer/lyricist of the American Musical Theater and one of Broadway’s most beloved icons. From Hello, Dolly! and Mame to Mack and Mabel and La Cage aux Folles, Jerry Herman’s songs have lit up Broadway for decades with toe-tapping, soul-stirring musical showstoppers. Now he’s sharing his great musical legacy with a new generation of music lovers. A cast of top Broadway and concert stars, together with students from the Festival’s Performing Arts Camp will celebrate the songs and stories of one of the true giants of the theatre. This concert marks the debut of our own orchestra, the POCONO POPS! and is sure to be a blockbuster way to close our 2018 season!
*Premium tickets guarantee seats in the front or center of the performance venue. Valid student ID required for student tickets.
Debbie Gravitte: One of Broadway’s biggest personalities, Debbie Gravitte has found herself in demand from the Broadway stage to the concert stage and beyond. She won the prestigious Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance in JEROME ROBBINS’ BROADWAY, along with a Drama Desk Award Nomination and New York Showstopper Award. After making her Broadway debut in the original cast of THEY’RE PLAYING OUR SONG, she went on to appear in: PERFECTLY FRANK (DRAMA DESK AWARD NOMINATION), BLUES IN THE NIGHT, AIN’T BROADWAY GRAND, ZORBA, CHICAGO, and LES MISERABLES. A favorite with Symphony audiences, she has sung with over 100 Orchestras around the world. On television, Debbie co-starred on the CBS series TRIAL AND ERROR, was seen on NBC’S PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS, and has starred in several specials for PBS, including LIVE FROM THE KENNEDY CENTER, THE BOSTON POPS CELEBRATE BERNSTEIN, RODGERS AND HART for GREAT PERFORMANCES, and IRA GERSHWIN’S 100th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION.
Ron Raines: A Tony Award nominee for the acclaimed production of Follies, Ron has had an illustrious international career spanning musical theater, opera, concert, and television. He was a three-time Emmy and Soap Opera Digest Award nominee for his role as villain Alan Spaulding on CBS’s longest running daytime drama Guiding Light. He starred on Broadway in Annie, Newsies, Chicago and Show Boat, and originated the role of Nick Longworth in Teddy and Alice with Len Cariou. He has soloed with over 50 major American and international orchestras, including the Boston Pops, the Philly Pops, the BBC Concert Orchestra, the Jerusalem Symphony, and the Israel Philharmonic. He has appeared on four PBS “Great Performances,” and has made two solo recordings on Jay Records and numerous cast albums.
Jason Graae: Jason Graae has starred on Broadway in “A Grand Night For Singing”, “Falsettos”, “Stardust”, “Snoopy!”, “Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?”. Off-Broadway shows include “Forever Plaid”, “Olympus on My Mind”, “All in the Timing”, “Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh (Drama Desk Nomination – Best Actor in a Musical)” and many more. Jason made his Metropolitan Opera House debut as the male vocalist in Twyla Tharp’s “Everlast” with American Ballet Theatre. Jason has performed his one man show all over the country, winning 4 Bistro Awards and a N.Y Nightlife Award, also making TimeOut NY’s Top Cabaret shows of the year. His current critically acclaimed show with Faith Prince, “The Prince and the Showboy” won a 2nd Nightlife Award for Best Duo. On television, Jason has appeared on many shows including “Six Feet Under”, Rude Awakening”, “Friends”, etc. On PBS, he was a guest soloist twice with the Boston Pops and once with Marvin Hamlisch and the National Symphony on “Holiday for the Troops at The Kennedy Center” and in “Words and Music by Jerry Herman”.
Klea Blackhurst: Klea Blackhurst is an actress, singer and comedienne known for her award-winning tribute to Ethel Merman, Everything the Traffic Will Allow. Most recently she starred in the celebrated production of Hello, Dolly! at The Goodspeed Opera House and The Nutty Professor, which premiered in Nashville, directed by legendary comedian, Jerry Lewis and featuring a score by Marvin Hamlisch and Rupert Holmes.
John Boswell: Highly acclaimed pianist John Boswell has served as musical director for Judy Collins, Andy Williams, Bob Newhart, Faith Prince and many others. He has appeared on Broadway and television.