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Singers bring lullabies of Broadway

(ran PW, PS editions)

Earlier this month, patrons of the Pasco-Hernando Community College Foundation's performing arts series got a glimpse of New York's 42nd Street in a shortened version of that Broadway musical.

On Sunday, they can have a listen to a wide range of songs that made the Great White Way famous, when singers Joanne O'Brien and Lee Lessack present An Enchanted Evening: The Music of Broadway, a tribute to six decades of musicals.

Among the show's offerings are medleys of the tunes of Rodgers and Hammerstein and of Andrew Lloyd Webber, some songs from Broadway shows that were made into movies, and some full-length renditions of favorites from Call Me Madam; Kiss Me, Kate; Damsel in Distress; She Loves Me; Annie; Les Miserables and others.

Ms. O'Brien, a graduate of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, had leads in productions of Oklahoma!, The Boyfriend, Sugar Babies, Carnival and South Pacfic. Trained in opera, she has also had leading parts in The Marriage of Figaro, Cosi Fan Tutte and The Old Maid and the Thief.

She has been a soloist with Chamber Opera Philadelphia and The Villa Lobos Society. She has been featured on the recordings Finest Wheat and Isn't It Always Love.

Lessack trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City and had leads in regional productions of Grease, Fiddler on the Roof, Godspell, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Sweeney Todd, Oklahoma! and The King and I. He recently release his second CD, I Know You By Heart.

The Webber songs include Love Changes Everything (Aspects of Love); Unexpected Song (Song & Dance); Memory (Cats); Don't Cry for Me, Argentina (Evita); the title song from Sunset Boulevard; With One Look (Sunset Boulevard); and Music of the Night and All I Ask of You from Phantom of the Opera.