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Tony Award® Nominee Alan Campbell Stars in Hot Summer Nights’ Season Finale “Oh, What a Night!”

Hot Summer Nights at the Kennedy’s rollicking musical revue “Oh, What a Night!” features songs from Broadway’s blockbuster musicals, such as “Wicked,” “Jersey Boys,” and “Les Misérables,” and stars Tony nominee Alan Campbell and fellow Broadway veterans Lisa Jolley and Ray Walker.

Lauren Kennedy Provides the Candle-Power and Matthew-Jason Willis Creates a Setting Where She Can Shine in “Tell Me on a Sunday”

Lauren Kennedy can caress a lyric until it purrs like a six-week-old kitten or pump up the volume until her voice rattles the Kennedy Theater rafters. Indeed, her vivacious versions of “Take That Look Off Your Face,” “Unexpected Song,” and “Tell Me on a Sunday” earned lengthy applause and whoops of joy on Wednesday, during her warmly applauded hour-long opening-night performance, which ended with a fervent standing ovation for Kennedy and her effervescent accompanists: musical director Julie Florin (piano), Drew Lile (guitar), John Simonetti (bass), Les Webster (percussion), and Joan Beck (violin).