“A Night on Broadway at the Edge” is a staged concert in Bigfork at The Edge Center featuring decades of Broadway tunes. This early spring collection of music from 1926 to contemporary Broadway productions will include three performances and feature the talents of local singers and instrumentalists. Put on by the EdgeWild players, the program is a concert under the musical direction of piano and voice teacher Cris
Brown. Friday and Saturday April 4 and 5 at 7PM and Sunday April 6 at 2PM. $12 adults. $5 children.
The show’s Music Director Chris Brown studied piano, voice, and flute at Bemidji State University. She started accompanying at 15, is a member of the Itasca Music Club, the National & Minnesota Federation of Music Clubs, and has been in the Itasca Community Chorus. She worked in the Aztec District Music Department in New Mexico, has worked with the Grand Rapids Players as a rehearsal pianist, and currently works as the music director at her church. She gives private piano lessons in the area, some in conjunction with the school district.
“I come with years of experience directing music, spent too many hours to count accompanying vocalists and instrumentalists, as well as coaching, teaching, and preparing them for performances, contests, and judging. This is something that I absolutely love. It gives me great pleasure to be able to work with the wonderful talented people that we have in our communities.”
The oldest music hails from the 1920s with each decade following represented. With all of these years of music available, choosing a good fit for each performer certainly was a challenge. Performers have a wide range of ages with the youngest eight years old, and are from Bigfork, Bovey, Effie, Grand Rapids, Greenway School district, Lawrence Lake, Northome, Marcell, Sand Lake, and Talmoon. The music will range from funny and heart-warming to serious and thoughtful. Audiences will be treated to the wonderful sounds of the Northern Lights Trio before, during intermission and after the show.
Brown adds, “I wanted a variety of music from several Broadway shows. I want to present new, old, familiar, not so familiar, fun, sentimental, jazz, standards, etc. There was so much great music to choose from, it was hard to decide. The musical goal of the show was to provide a performance that would be fun for the audience as well as the performers. We also wanted some music that might not be familiar to all who hear it, but is special and worth hearing. Two of our newest songs are from Disney Broadway musicals, ‘Wicked,’ ‘Suessical’ and ‘Aladdin’ opening this year.”
Cris says, “I love the age spread the most because Broadway involves all ages of people and in order to be true to that format, we needed all ages. It has been amazing working with the young people and their enthusiasm and energy and equally amazing working with the whole group. The joy they give while singing leaves everyone feeling touched/blessed.”
The “Night of Broadway at the Edge”show tentative musical lineup. Changes may occur before show time.
1926 Oh, Kay Someone To Watch Over Me
1927 Ziegfeld Follies Shaking The Blues Away
1927 Showboat Ole Man River
1932 Face The Music Let’s Have Another Cup of Coffee
1935 Porgy And Bess Summertime
1937 Babes In Arms The Lady Is A Tramp
1938 Knickerbocker Holiday September Song
1945 Carousel If I Loved You
1946 Annie Get Your Gun There’s No Business Like Show Business
Annie Get Your Gun Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better
1947 Finian’s Rainbow Look To The Rainbow
1959 The Sound of Music My Favorite Things
The Sound of Music Edelweiss
1964 Fiddler On The Roof Far From The Home I Love
1970 Company Being Alive
1976 Phantom Of the Opera The Place Is Mine
Phantom Of The Opera Music Of The Night
1985 Les Miserables Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again
Les Miserables Castle On A Cloud
Les Miserables I Dreamed A Dream
Les Miserables Bring Him Home
1997 Jekyll & Hyde Once Upon A Dream
1997 Lion King Be Prepared
2000 Suessical Notice Me, Mr. Horton
2008 The Little Mermaid Part Of Your World
The Little Mermaid Poor Unfortunate Souls
2003 Wicked Popular
2014 Aladdin One Jump Ahead
Les Miserables Can You Hear The People Sing?