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“Oh What a Night! II” Features Songs from Shows Too Big for Hot Summer Nights | Theatre Raleigh

Hot Summer Nights | Theatre Raleigh will end its sizzling Summer of Hits with Oh What a Night! II on Aug. 31-Sept. 2 in the A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater in the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh, NC.

HSN | TR artistic director Lauren Kennedy will direct and choreograph the company’s second annual summer-ending musical celebration of Broadway musical spectaculars too big for Hot Summer Nights | Theatre Raleigh to tackle.

“When we produced this concert event last year,” says Broadway star and Raleigh native Lauren Kennedy, “we put it on our schedule as a two-night event in the Kennedy Theatre; and it sold so well that we moved it up to the Fletcher Opera Theater and sold out that venue as well! So, we brought it back [in 2012] with a new set of songs and a new crop of talent [of all ages]!

She adds, “[Oh What a Night!] is just an absolute celebration of Broadway! There is no plot … just one awesome song after the other!”

Kennedy says the set is “sparse”; but the lighting and costumes are “lush, beautiful, and traditional.”

According to the show’s news release:

“The cast of 16 will perform songs from the hottest shows on Broadway that are too big to produce at Hot Summer Nights | Theatre Raleigh. Theatergoers can expect to hear selections from some such popular musicals from yesterday and today like Les Misérables, Big River, and Little Shop of Horrors to The Book of Mormon, Wicked, and even 13.

Oh What a Night! II includes performances by Katie Bottomley, Curtis Brown, Riley Campbell, Patrick Clanton, Mary Kate Englehardt, Carly Grissom, Adam Kaplan, Heather Patterson King, Nicholas Kraft, Lydia Leggett, Kate McMillan, Kaitlin Mercurio, Morgan Parpan, Amad Ratliff-Brown, Zach Teague, Jeffrey Vizcaino, and Felicia Wright.

 “McCrae Hardy (musical director/keyboard 1) has put together an amazing group of musicians for the concert, including some from the Triangle Youth Symphony. Under Hardy’s direction are Stephen Cox (violin 2), John Hanks (drums), Hailey Kim (viola), Drew Lile (guitar), Myriah Luke (cello), Jonathan Ng (violin 1), Michael Santangelo (keyboard 2), John Simonetti (bass), and John Skinner (woodwinds).

“The extraordinary creative team includes Chris Bernier (set and lighting design), Eric Collins (sound design), Christine Rapp (stage manager), and Will Mikes (projection design). In addition to [director and choreographer Lauren] Kennedy, the executive team includes Alan Campbell (executive director), Hilary Russo (publicity and media relations director), Adam Twiss (associate artistic director) and Michele Weathers (General Manager). Additional crew includes Liz Ray (assistant stage manager) and Cameron Wade (assistant choreographer/kid wrangler).”

After the musical revue Oh What a Night! II (Aug. 31-Sept. 2 in the A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater), Hot Summer Nights and Theatre Raleigh’s sizzling 2012 season will continue this fall with Stephen Temperley’s biographical drama Souvenir, starring Lisa Jolley as wealthy socialite and would-be opera singer Florence Foster Jenkins (Oct. 3-7 and 10-14 in the Kennedy Theatre); and Tracy Letts’ dark comedy August Osage County (Nov. 29-Dec. 2 and Dec. 6-9 in the A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater).

SECOND OPINION: Aug. 27th Raleigh, NC BroadwayWorld.com Raleigh preview by BWW News Desk: http://raleigh.broadwayworld.com/article/Hot-Summer-Nights-Theatre-Raleigh-Present-OH-WHAT-A-NIGHT-II-831-92-20120827.

Hot Summer Nights and Theatre Raleigh present OH WHAT A NIGHT! II at 8 p.m. Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 and 3 p.m. Sept. 2 in the A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater in the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh, North Carolina 27601.

TICKETS: $24-$35 (with student, senior, and military discounts available).

BOX OFFICE: 866-811-4111 or https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/cal/27655/1343865600000.

INFORMATION: 919-480-5166 or info@hotsummernightsatthekennedy.org.

SHOW/PRESENTER/SEASON: http://www.hotsummernightsatthekennedy.org/.

VENUE: http://www.progressenergycenter.com/venue/fletcher-opera-theater.

DIRECTIONS: http://www.progressenergycenter.com/directions.

PARKING: http://www.progressenergycenter.com/parking.

NOTE: As a Back-to-School special, Hot Summer Nights and Theatre Raleigh is offering balcony seats for Oh What a Night! II for just $10. Just click https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/cal/27655, pick a performance, and type in the promo code: back2school.

OTHER LINKS:

Lauren Kennedy: http://laurenkennedy.com/ (official website) and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lauren_Kennedy (Wikipedia).

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