Broadway to Buffalo
This performance replaces A Lyrical Legacy: Hart & Hammerstein, originally scheduled for Friday, October 2, and Saturday, October 3.
The Pops season opens with the new generation of Broadway stars along with Buffalo’s own Arin Lee Dandes and Brian Brown from the Second Generation Theatre Company, as Guest Conductor Bradley Thachuk conducts beloved musical theatre favorites including classics from Rogers and Hammerstein, Kander and Ebb, George Gershwin, Stephen Schwartz, and more. An evening of song and celebration!
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Bradley Thachuk, conductor
Blaine Krauss, vocalist
Carole Bufford, vocalist
Arin Lee Dandes, vocalist
Brian Brown, vocalist
John Fischer, piano
ROMBERG / Paul The New Moon-Selection for Orchestra
KANDER & EBB / Shirar Cabaret from Cabaret
LEIGH / Shirar The Impossible Dream from Man of La Mancha
RODGERS / Ryan I Have Dreamed from The King and I
GERSHWIN / Riddle Embraceable You from Girl Crazy
RODGERS / McKenzie Edelweiss from The Sound of Music
KANDER & EBB / Ricketts Chicago
LANE What I Did That I Don’t Have from On A Clear Day You Can See Forever
RODGERS / McKenzie Climb Ev’ry Mountain from The Sound of Music
STYNE / Shirar Don’t Rain on My Parade from Funny Girl
STEPHEN SCHWARTZ / Ryan Defying Gravity from Wicked
RODGERS / Amy You’ll Never Walk Alone from Carousel
About Blaine Krauss
Blaine Alden Krauss is currently appearing in the National Tour of Hamilton as the standby for both Hamilton and Burr. He was thrilled to be part of the second season of Pose which he filmed while appearing in The Cher Show on Broadway. He starred as ‘Lola’ in Kinky Boots shortly after making his Broadway debut in the smash hit Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812. Blaine traveled the world as ‘Simba’ in The Lion King and starred in the Radio City Summer Spectacular. Blaine regularly performs with symphonies around the globe and is a regular performer at Feinstein’s/54 Below. His talents led him in 2011 to be a feature performer for the largest Commemoration of 9/11 outside of the U.S at the Trocadero in Paris, France. In 2010 he was selected to be 1 of 20 Presidential Scholars in the Arts by the White House and Presidential Scholar Commission. This venture led to having met President Obama and concluded with a performance at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. He was selected to be the Feature Vocalist at the 2010 July 4th Celebration at the US National Archives; was a selected participant at the International Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. His theatrical credits include Godspell and Spelling Bee at the West Virginia Public Theatre, Evita, Into the Woods, Civil War, Make Me A Song, Chess, and Jean Valjean in CCM’s Les Miserables. Blaine is a mentor on the faculty of Spot-On Arts Academy (www.spot-onartsacademy) and a proud graduate of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
About Carole Bufford
Carole J. Bufford has become one of the most sought after young performers in the New York cabaret & jazz scene, and in 2020 was awarded the prestigious American Traditions Vocal Competition Gold Medal. Her recent shows, Speak Easy, (featuring the Grammy Award-winning Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks) and Body & Soul earned her rave reviews across the board, including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Carole is the recipient of a Nightlife, Bistro and Broadway World Award for Outstanding Vocalist. She has traveled all over the US and recently made her London Debut to great critical acclaim. She was featured in Michael Feinstein’s Great American Songbook series at Jazz @ Lincoln Center and has been spotlighted in numerous Broadway By The Year concerts at NY’s The Town Hall and in California. Carole starred in Scott Siegel’s 11 O’Clock Numbers at 11 O’Clock at Feinstein’s at The Loew’s Regency along with Christina Bianco and Scott Coulter for an incredible eight-month run, one of the longest in Feinstein’s history. Carole originally hails from Lincolnton, GA where she grew up on healthy doses of Liza Minnelli, Judy Garland, Patsy Cline, Dinah Washington and Bessie Smith. She attended Ithaca College where she majored in Musical Theater. She is a firm believer in honoring, celebrating and teaching the Great American Songbook, both material written yesterday and today. She’d also like someone playing a nasty slide trombone to follow her around punctuating her daily activities.
About Arin Lee Dandes
Arin Lee Dandes is thrilled to be performing with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra! She previously sang as a holiday soloist with the BPO under the direction of Maestro Paul Ferington. Arin is a co-founder of Second Generation Theatre and received an Artie Award for Supporting Actress in their inaugural musical, INTO THE WOODS (Little Red Riding Hood). Credits include roles with SGT, the Kavinoky Theatre, Theatre of Youth, MusicalFare, Irish Classical Theatre Company, Jewish Repertory Theatre, Shakespeare in Delaware Park, and more. Loving gratitude to Dad. Much love to Adam. For Mom and Grandma, always.
About Brian Brown
Brian Brown is a graduate of SUNY Fredonia with a BA in Business Administration with a concentration in Music Business. After finding his passion for music and later theatre in middle/high school (Buffalo Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts), Brian has cultivated and grown with various theatres in his native Buffalo community. His past credits include, Hairspray (Seaweed) – Kavinoky Theatre, The Trial of Trayvon Martin (Trayvon)- Subversive Theatre, Smokey Joe’s Cafe (Ensemble)- MusicalFare, and Passing Strange (The Youth) – Ujima Theatre Co (2020 Artie Award Nomination for Best Actor in a Musical). He is currently a company member of Ujima and an original member of national recording gospel choir, God’s Purchase.
About John Fischer
John has been a music director and pianist in NYC for the past 19 years. Most recently, he music directed the sold out run at Feinstein’s/54 Below for Tony Award winner Alice Ripley and Tony nominee Emily Skinner’s cabaret show, UNATTACHED, in addition to the live CD recording of the show. This summer marked his sixth season as the music director for the highly-acclaimed musical theatre program at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in the Berkshires. For the past eight years, John has served as music director for the BROADWAY’S RISING STARS and BROADWAY ORIGINALS concerts at Town Hall. He is also a regular fixture at Feinstein’s/54 Below, music directing everything from Sondheim to Schwartz, in addition to the award-winning 54 SINGS series (APPLAUSE, MACK 7 MABEL, KISS OF THE SPIDERWOMAN). Other NY credits include pianist for the recent Broadway revival of WEST SIDE STORY, pianist/conductor for TALK OF THE TOWN Bank Street Theatre, TAKE ME ALONG Irish Rep, NAKED BOYS SINGING New World Stages. Associate MD: AFRICA AND PLUMBRIDGE and ESPRESSO TRASHO NY Fringe Festival, BROADWAY BACKWARDS II & III American Airlines Theatre. Regional Music Director credits include HELLO DOLLY, FUNNY GIRL, THE KING AND I, GYPSY, NO NO NANETTE, THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, PETER PAN, OLIVER, among others. He has been on staff as a music director or accompanist for Applause NY, AMDA, HB Studios, The New School, The Growing Studio, and the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute.