Composer-lyricist Richard Rodgers was one of the most prolific musical theater writers, so it's only fitting that Richey Community Orchestra would invite four of the area's most popular and active musical theater performers to sing in its March 15 concert, "The Songs of Richard Rodgers."
Who better than Jim Demetrius, Nancy Scott, Jason Yungmann and Randi Hoidalen-Olsen to sing songs from Carousel, The King and I, Oklahoma!, The Sound of Music and South Pacific?
Over the past decade, one or the other of these award-winning performers has performed in most of these shows, as well as many others by other composers.
"It should be quite a special event," said Denise Isaacson, publicist for the orchestra.
Demetrius recently played the king in The King and I at Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center and won a Lary Award for his performance in South Pacific at Richey Suncoast Theatre two decades ago. He played King Arthur in Camelot and has won numerous Lary Awards for his set designs for several area theaters.
Nancy Scott played Anna in the Richey Suncoast production of The King and I in 2003 and won a Tommy Award there for her role in Annie that same year. She played Marion the Librarian in the Clearwater City Players' production of The Music Man.
Yungmann and Ms. Hoidalen-Olsen recently performed solos and duets with the Hernando Symphony Orchestra. Both are veterans of productions at the Show Palace Dinner Theatre and many other area theaters.
Ms. Hoidalen-Olsen played Nellie Forbush in the 1998 production of South Pacific at the Show Palace and Tzeitel in Fiddler on the Roof that same year there. She played Maria in The Sound of Music in 2005 at Saint Francis Cabrini Catholic Church in Spring Hill.
Yungmann played Lt. Joe Cable in that same South Pacific production, was Billy in Richey Suncoast's 2007 production of Anything Goes, and played Lancelot in the Gulfcoast Entertainment Group's Camelot.
Richard Rodgers was one of only two people to win an Oscar, Grammy, Emmy, Tony and the Pulitzer Prize (Marvin Hamlisch is the other).