CAMBRIDGE – After his unforgettable performance as Jean Valjean in Les Misérables, Canadian theatre star David Rogers returns to the Dunfield Theatre Cambridge with a tour de force performance that pays tribute to Broadway’s best leading men. Featuring a hit parade of famous show tunes, plenty of clever comedy and a dash of romance, Broadway Heroes entertains audiences for three weeks only now through October 18th.
“David Rogers is one of the most gifted performers in Canada,” says Alex Mustakas, Artistic Director of Drayton Entertainment. “He can capture your heart in one moment and leave you laughing hysterically in the next. Audiences who loved him in Les Misérables won’t want to miss him light up the stage again in Broadway Heroes.”
Broadway Heroes is a fast-paced musical variety show packed with showstoppers made famous by legendary performers from Al Jolson to Colm Wilkinson. Rogers never misses a beat as he portrays the most revered and loveable characters in theatre history from Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof and Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha to Curly in Oklahoma! and Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, among others. His talents appear boundless as he delivers a gregarious version of “Surrey with a Fringe on Top,” and then pours his heart out in tender renditions of “The Impossible Dream”, “Music of the Night” and, of course, a memorable tune from Les Misérables.
This production debuted at the Drayton Festival Theatre in 2002 and has since played sold-out engagements at theatres across the country. The concert version has been performed with major symphonies and the show recently played to packed houses at the Victoria Playhouse Petrolia where Rogers is currently the Co-Artistic Director with David Hogan.
Throughout his illustrious career Rogers has played many of these iconic roles. Discovered by distinguished Director Alan Lund, he made his professional debut at the Charlottetown Festival in Swing!. He went on to become one of the original stars of The Phantom of the Opera in Toronto, playing both Raoul and later the title role. His phenomenal voice and undeniable charisma have garnered him starring roles in many other major productions including Captain Walker in The Who’s Tommy (Elgin Theatre), Cinderella’s Prince in Into the Woods (Winter Garden Theatre), Bobby in Company (St. Lawrence Centre), Gus the Theatre Cat in CATS (Massey Hall), Tony in West Side Story and many others. Rogers has appeared in numerous Drayton Entertainment productions since his debut with the company in 1996, most recently receiving acclaim from both audiences and critics alike for his spellbinding performance as Valjean in the summer blockbuster Les Misérables.
Throughout the two-hour performance, Rogers is backed by a superb 7-piece orchestra lead by Music Director Mark Payne on piano. Payne is joined by Daniel Baerg on drums, Tony De Luca on woodwinds, Jesse Grandmont on violin, Paul Otway on trumpet, Mike Polci on trombone, and Randy Rektor on bass. The result is a rich musical tapestry which perfectly supports Rogers’ dynamic voice and palpable stage presence.
A colourful Broadway-themed set and dazzling costumes by D2 Entertainment enhance the fun-filled spirit of the show, while an emotive lighting design by Catherine Soulliere completes the theatrical mood.
Broadway Heroes is proudly sponsored by Commercial Print-Craft Ltd. The Orchestra Sponsor is Music Plus Corporation. Media Sponsors are Magic 106.1, 1460 CJOY and the Guelph Mercury. The Design Sponsors are Holiday Inn Cambridge and Big Footprints Inc. The 2014 Season Media Sponsor is CTV.
Broadway Heroes plays seven shows a week until October 18th. Regular performance tickets are $42.00 for adults; $25.00 for youth under 20 years of age. Tickets for groups of 20 or more are $34.00. HST is applicable to all ticket prices.
Tickets may be purchased online at www.dunfieldtheatrecambridge.com, in person at the Dunfield Theatre Cambridge Box Office or by calling (519) 621-8000 or toll free 1-855-DRAYTON (372-9866).Tags: Alex Mustakas, Broadway Heroes, Catherine Soulliere, CJOY, CTV, D2 Entertainment, David Rogers, Director Alan Lund, Drayton Entertainment, Drayton Festival Theatre, Dunfield Theatre Cambridge Box Office, Guelph Mercury, HST, Jesse Grandmont, Les Mis, Mike Polci, Paul Otway, Randy Rektor, Season Media Sponsor, voice