Broadway's Linda Eder performs in Sarasota

The Broadway star offers a concert marking milestones in her career

January 30, 2014 


She's calling it her "Memory Lane Show."

Linda Eder has had a long and varied career, from playing in Atlantic City casinos to her undefeated run on "Star Search" to becoming one of the biggest stars on Broadway.

"I've been singing for a long time," Eder said in a phone interview from her home north of Manhattan. "So, in concert I always do a lot of the classic songs that everyone wants to hear, but I always try to add in some new things, too."

For her concert tonight in Sarasota, Eder has put together a show that touches on all phases of her career by including the songs that she sees as milestones. She'll go back to the first song she ever sang in public, the first song she ever sang professionally, the first song she ever sang on "Star Search," the first song she ever sang on Broadway and other landmark songs from her career.

So among the songs the audience at van Wezel Performing Arts Hall will hear are "Climb Evr'y Mountain," "Don't Cry for Me Argentina," "I'm Not Lisa" and "The Theme From Ice Castles."

Eder's best-known Broadway work has come in shows written by her ex-husband Frank Wildhorn.

"Of course, I'll be doing some Frank Wildhorn songs," she said. "I'll do songs from 'Jekyll & Hyde' and a couple of other things."

Details: 8 p.m. Jan. 30, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Tickets: $15-$50. Information: 941-953-3368,

-- Marty Clear

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