The Philly POPS: Lenny's Revolution

Lenny's Revolution

David Charles Abell, Conductor

Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center for Performing Arts

300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
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Feb 2-4, 2018
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Fri, Feb 2, 2018
Doors open at 7:30pm
Sat, Feb 3, 2018
Doors open at 2:30pm
Sun, Feb 4, 2018
Doors open at 2:30pm

Lisa Vroman, vocalist
Alli Mauzey, vocalist
Ryan Silverman, vocalist
The Philly POPS Festival Chorus

The POPS joins in a citywide tribute to Leonard Bernstein in his 100th anniversary year. Bernstein revolutionized music by forever blurring the lines between classical and popular, most famously with his iconic hits West Side Story, Candide, and On the Town. David Charles Abell, Bernstein’s protégé and a Philly favorite and native son, conducts the popular Bernstein repertoire in anticipation of the soon-to-premiere exhibition at the National Museum of American Jewish History. The show features Broadway vocalists Lisa Vroman, Alli Mauzey, and Ryan Silverman — plus the 180-voice Philly POPS Festival Chorus!

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This program, including intermission, is approximately two hours in length. Artists and program are subject to change without notice.

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Guest Artists

David Charles Abell, Principal Guest Conductor


David Charles Abell is Principal Guest Conductor of The Philly POPS.

Classical music, opera, film music and musical theater all contribute to his diverse career, unified by a serious yet theatrical approach. He is widely known for conducting the two Les Misérables Anniversary Concerts (10th and 25th), both of which have become PBS fund-raising perennials. Now living in London, he regularly appears on radio and television in the UK, most notably at the BBC Proms, London’s annual music festival at the Royal Albert Hall.

No stranger to Philadelphia, David Charles Abell made his Philly POPS debut in 2013 and has conducted three Christmas concert series and 2017’s Blockbuster Broadway concert series. In 2018, he will conduct Lenny’s Revolution: A Centennial Bernstein Celebration as part of a citywide tribute to Leonard Bernstein planned to mark the centennial of his birth. A protégé of the composer, David made his professional conducting debut conducting Bernstein's Mass in Berlin, having previously sung in the original Kennedy Center premiere of that work as a member of the Berkshire Boy Choir.

David recently made his Opera Philadelphia debut conducting the Barrie Kosky production of The Magic Flute. He has conducted Kevin Puts’ Pulitzer Prize-winning Silent Night to great acclaim at three U.S. companies, as well as two recent European productions of Cole Porter’s Kiss Me, Kate in his own critical edition. Following his successful English National Opera debut with Sweeney Todd in 2015, he returned with Carousel to rave reviews. David conducted the French premieres of four Sondheim musicals: Sweeney Todd, Sunday in the Park With George, Into the Woods and Follies. In concert, he has worked with several French regional orchestras and will be making his debut with the Orchestra National de Lyon in December 2017.

His ever-increasing catalogue of recordings includes Something’s Gotta Give with baritone Simon Keenlyside, excerpts from La bohème and Madama Butterfly with the Royal Philharmonic, Jonathan Dove’s community operaTobias and the Angel on Chandos and complete recordings of the musicals Miss Saigon and Man of La ManchaForever, his 2013 EMI Classics recording with soprano Diana Damrau, was chosen as CD of the week by Norman Lebrecht.

David attended Yale University and studied at Conservatoire Américain in France and the Juilliard School. David has fond memories of growing up in Philadelphia: His mother came from a Chestnut Hill family, and he attended Germantown Friends School while living in Mt. Airy from age five to age 12. 

Lisa Vroman, vocalist


From Broadway to classics, on stage and in concert, Lisa Vroman has established herself as one of America's most versatile voices. She starred on Broadway, Los Angeles and San Francisco as Christine Daaé in The Phantom of the Opera and garnered theater critics’ awards for her portrayal. Her Broadway debut was in Aspects of Love and she was the first to play both Fantine and Cosette in Les Misérables.

Off Broadway and regionally, she has starred as Marian Paroo in The Music Man, Lili Vanessi in Kiss Me Kate, Birdie in Regina, Josephine in HMS Pinafore, Anna 1 in The Seven Deadly Sins, Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus, and Rosabella in The Most Happy Fella. She’s appeared on PBS as Johanna in Sweeney Todd and Hey! Mr. Producer. She has also played Laurey in Oklahoma at the BBC PROMS festival), Anna Leonowens in The King and I, Mary Turner in Of Thee I Sing, and sang and danced opposite Dick Van Dyke as Mary Poppins at the Hollywood Bowl.

Lisa is a frequent guest with symphonies including San Francisco, Nashville, Philadelphia, Dallas, Utah, St. Louis, Houston, Pacific, Atlanta, Hong Kong, Cleveland, National, Florida, Cleveland, BBC Concert Orchestra, Boston Pops, Philly POPS, New York Pops as well as with the New York Festival of Song and Organist David Higgs.

She is a graduate of the Crane School of Music, State University at Potsdam (BM, Hon. Dr. of Music, Minerva Award), Carnegie-Mellon University (MFA), and is a George London Competition winner.

Recent performances have included a multi-city tour of China, An Evening of Rodgers & Hammerstein with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, a concert series with L’Opera de Rennes in France, and playing the role of Maria Callas in Terence McNally’s award winning play, Master Class.

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Alli Mauzey, vocalist


Alli Mauzey last appeared on Broadway as Glinda in the 10th Anniversary company of Wicked, a role she also performed to critical acclaim on the First National Tour and the San Francisco company. Other Broadway credits include Lenora in the musical Cry-Baby, for which she won a Theatre World Award and was nominated for a Drama League Award, and Brenda in Hairspray (both on Broadway and in the original company of the First National Tour). Alli also originated the role of Lenora in the Pre-Broadway production of Cry-Baby at the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego (Theatre Critics Circle Award). Alli made her New York City Center Encores! debut in the role of Sydney in It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman and recently starred in the Off-Broadway production of Red Eye of Love. Regionally, she has appeared as Mallory in City of Angels for Reprise!, Snookie in 110 in the Shade at the Pasadena Playhouse, and Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors at The Muny for which she was nominated for a Kevin Kline Award.

Among many voiceover credits, her voice can be heard as a series regular on the animated television series Alpha Teens on Machines. She has a BFA from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in drama and a minor in music.

Ryan Silverman


Ryan Silverman recently received critical acclaim for his starring role in the Broadway production of Sideshow. He received Drama Desk and Drama League nominations for his role as Giorgio in Classic Stage Company’s production of Passion. Ryan’s additional Broadway credits include Billy Flynn in Chicago and Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera. Ryan starred as Lancelot in Camelot and as Terry Connor in Sideshow at The Kennedy Center. He has also been featured in Music in the Air, Cry-Baby on Broadway and The Most Happy Fella. His portrayal of Tony in the Olivier-nominated 2008 West End production of West Side Story received universal raves.

Ryan has been a guest soloist with several symphony orchestras including the New York Pops, Seattle Symphony with Marvin Hamlisch, Philly POPS, Philadelphia Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony, the Cincinnati Pops, Utah Symphony, Houston Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Edmonton Symphony, among others.

His cabaret appearances include Feinstein’s and the Café Carlyle. Regional and touring credits include: Phantom of the Opera (Raoul)-Las Vegas, Mamma Mia (Sky) 1st National Tour, Wicked (Fiero u/s) Chicago, Thoroughly Modern Mille (Jimmy), Cinderella (Prince), Grease! (Danny), Hello Dolly! (Cornelius), Assassins (John Wilkes Booth), Sweeney Todd (Anthony), Forever Plaid (Smudge), and Blood Brothers (Eddie Lyons).  He is featured in the film Five Minarets of New York with Danny Glover and Gina Gershon.  His other film and TV credits include Gossip Girl, Sex and the City 2, and True Blood.  Ryan originally hails from Alberta, Canada.

The Philly POPS Festival Chorus


The Philly POPS Festival Chorus is a 180-voice ensemble that performs with the Philly POPS under the direction of Jeff Kern, Head of the Vocal Division for University of the Arts.

The Philly POPS Festival Chorus began performing in 2002 and performs with the POPS orchestra during the annual Christmas concert series and Broadway series. The chorus has performed with many professional artists including Faith Prince, Capathia Jenkins, Ashley Brown, Lisa Howard, Lauren Kennedy, Rachel York, Alice Ripley, Ann Hampton Callaway, and The von Trapp Family Children.

The Festival Chorus is an auditioned, volunteer organization composed of singers ranging from high school students to retired professionals.

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