Il Divo, Lee Salonga share Tampa stage

The crossover quartet and the Tony-winner sing Broadway show tunes

May 8, 2014 

We've seen a wave of successful classical-crossover artists in recent years, but almost none have achieved more popularity than Il Divo.

The quartet, which comprises singers from France, Spain, Switzerland and the United States, has sold more than 26 million albums.

Their sixth and latest album is called "A Musical Affair," and it's a compilation of songs from Broadway shows.

On Friday, Il Divo will stop at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts for a concert titled bring "A Musical Affair: The Greatest Songs of Broadway Live."

You can expect to hear songs from such diverse shows as "The Phantom of the Opera," "Carousel" and "West Side Story."

Joining Il Divo for the concert will be Lee Salonga, who won a Tony Award for creating the lead role of Kim in "Miss Saigon." She has also appeared on Broadway as both Eponine and Fantine. She was also the singing voice of the title character in the Disney film "Mulan."

She's perform solo and with the members of Il Divo during Friday's concert.

Details: 8 p.m. May 9, Morsani Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N. MacInnes Place, Tampa. Tickets: $53-$128.50 plus service charge. Information: 813-229-7827, www.strazcenter.org.

-- Marty Clear

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