This weekend's concert from the Sarasota Orchestra features some of the best music from the history of musical theater, and some of the best of the current crop of Broadway singers.
"Broadway Bound" offers favorites from the great shows and songwriters of the '40s and '50s - Cole Porter ("Kiss Me, Kate'), Rodgers and Hammerstein ("The Sound of Music") and George Gershwin ("Girl Crazy"), among others -- up through classics from the popular European musicals of the 1980s, such as "The Phantom of the Opera" and "Les Miserables," and into the 1990s with Alan Mencken song's from "Beauty and the Beast."
Choral Ensemble Gloria Musicae will join the orchestra on "Everything's Coming Up Roses" from "Gypsy," along with other selections.
The concert also features three guest vocalists, Christian Noll, Susan Egan and Gary Mauer, all of whom have impressive Broadway credentials.
Noll was nominated for a Tony Award for her starring role in "Ragtime."
Egan starred in "Thoroughly Modern Millie" and "Cabaret," and earned a Tony nomination for playing Belle in "Beauty and the Beast."
Mauer played the title role in "The Phantom of the Opera"
Egan will re-create songs from "Thoroughly Modern Millie" and "Cabaret" that she sang on Broadway, and Mauer will conclude the concert with "Music of the Night," the best-known song from "The Phantom of the Opera."
Details: 8 p.m. Jan. 24-25, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Tickets: SOLD OUT. Information: (941) 953-3434, www.sarasotaorchestra.org.
-- Marty Clear