News Release: Springfield Symphony performs Broadway favorite Brigadoon with MSU theatre and dance programs

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October 27, 2021

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Date:  October 27, 2021                                                                                                        Contact:  Lexi Locke

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Springfield Symphony performs Broadway favorite Brigadoon with MSU theatre and dance programs

The Springfield Symphony hosts its first pops concert of its “Dance Mix” season, Highland – Broadway in Concert on Saturday, November 6th at 7:30 p.m. The program will include Lerner and Loewe’s Brigadoon featuring Missouri State University’s BFA Musical Theatre and Dance programs under the direction of Broadway legend Robert Westenberg. The performance will take place at Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts.

Brigadoon is one of my favorite musicals, and for some reason it isn’t performed very often,” said Music Director and Conductor Kyle Wiley Pickett. “I’m so thrilled that we get to bring it to life with the talented students of the MSU BFA Musical Theatre and Dance programs.” Director of the Missouri State University BFA Musical Theatre program is Robert Westenberg. After a lengthy performing career that included work on Broadway and Off-Broadway, in regional theatres, national tours, television and film, Mr. Westenberg is now concentrating on teaching, directing and playwriting. He is perhaps best remembered for his roles in the original Broadway casts of Into the Woods as the Wolf and Prince, for which he received a Tony nomination and Drama Desk Award, Secret Garden as Neville Craven, and Sunday in the Park with George, where he replaced Mandy Patinkin in the title role. 

After serving as chair of the theatre department at Drury University for several years, he is now the coordinator of the BFA Musical Theatre program at Missouri State University. “Our first collaboration with them on Oklahoma! two years ago was a roaring success,” continued Pickett. “We’re going to follow it up with another fantastic show that the audiences are just going to love. I love the Scottish dancing and music, and it’s such a charming story. Since it’s a show that really features dance, it’s a perfect fit for our ‘Dance Mix’ season. I have a feeling everyone’s going to want to be jumping and doing a highland jig at this performance.”

Single Tickets are $15 - $50 with discounts available for students and seniors. Single Tickets will be available at the Hammons Hall box office by calling (417) 836-7678 or visiting www.hammonshall.com. Per Springfield Symphony Board of Directors, masks will be mandatory for Springfield Symphony staff, patrons, and musicians in Hammons Hall for concerts and events through December 2021. Livestream access is not available for this Springfield Symphony concert.

Pickett is available for any interviews or questions. Please feel free to email him at [email protected] or call at (417) 837-9422.  The concert is being sponsored by Presenting Season Sponsor Reliable Superstore, Presenting Media Sponsor Mediacom/MC22, Positronic Industries, Independent Printing, 417 Magazine, Mid-West Family Marketing, and Guest Artist Sponsor U.S. Bank. For information on upcoming Springfield Symphony concert and events, visit www.springfieldmosymphony.org/.

The Springfield Symphony Orchestra is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation and an Equal Opportunity Employer. Additional funding for all Springfield Symphony Orchestra programming is provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.  For more information, visit www.springfieldmosymphony.org or www.facebook.com/springfieldsymphony.