Broadway and Hollywood combine for a romantic and entertaining program of song and dance when two veterans of the Broadway stage--Joan Hess and Kirby Ward--join with the Maui Pops Orchestra's "Broadway Pops" at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 19, at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center's (The MACC) Castle Theater. Inspired by the likes of Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Gene Kelly and Eleanor Powell, and featuring music of Gershwin, Kern, Porter and more, "Dancing and Romancing" will put a song in your heart and have you dancing in the aisles!
Joan Hess recently played the wealthy and hilarious Tanya in her fifth Broadway show, "Mamma Mia." She played Jessica (the "Leggy Blonde") in HBO's award-winning series, "Flight of the Conchords." She's also had the great honor of working with television's iconic director, Jay Sandrich ("The Mary Tyler Moore Show," "The Bob Newhart Show"), playing Doris in "Same Time, Next Year" (Best Actress Nomination) and Jennie in Neil Simon's "Chapter Two." Hess was also featured on Broadway in "Crazy for You," "Kiss Me Kate," "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" and "Bells are Ringing." She appeared at Lincoln Center in the lead role in Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty's "Dessa Rose," and toured the country in "Sunset Boulevard," "Crazy for You," "42nd Street" and "Beehive."
She received Best Actress Nominations for several regional appearances, and performed everywhere from Philadelphia's Walnut Street Theater to Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Houston's Theatre Under the Stars and Seattle's Fifth Avenue Theatre
Broadway stars Joan Hess and Kirby Ward join with the Maui Pops Orchestra’s “Broadway Pops” at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 19, at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Castle Theater.
Hess was featured on PBS in "My Favorite Broadway: The Love Songs," hosted by Julie Andrews. She has performed with countless symphonies around the world, from Houston, Atlanta, Las Vegas and Detroit Symphonies to the Philly Pops and the Hong Kong Philharmonic.
The quintessential song and dance man, Ward has entertained the world over, performing for queens, presidents, first ladies and dignitaries on nearly every continent on the globe. Born a California boy, he's lived and played in Los Angeles, New York, London, China, Australia, Europe and Japan.
He performed the role of Bobby Child in the London production of "Crazy For You," which he recorded for First Night Records.
New York area audiences have seen Ward's work on Broadway in Hal Prince's "Show Boat!" (Frank Schultz), "Woman of the Year" at the Palace, "Never Gonna Dance" at the Broadhurst and in the off-Broadway revival cast of "Cocoanuts" (Harvey) and in "Company" (David). Film appearances include "For the Boys," "Pennies From Heaven" and "S.O.B." Ward was honored to portray Bob Hope at the Library of Congress' celebration for Mr. Hope's 100th birthday, an event hosted by the legendary Dick Cavett.
A frequent guest with symphony orchestras around the world, recent and upcoming symphonic engagements include Detroit, Philly Pops, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Atlanta, Cleveland Pops, Edmonton, Duluth, Long Beach, Las Vegas Philharmonic, Modesto, Maui Pops and Rochester Philharmonic, among others.
In addition to accompanying these exciting guest artists, the Maui Pops Orchestra under the direction of James Durham will perform overtures from "Girl Crazy;" "42nd Street;" "Sing, Sing, Sing;" and a "Salute to Cole Porter."
Broadway Pops is supported in part by the Maui County Office of Economic Development, Hawai'i Tourism Authority, and the Hawai'i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts through appropriations from the Legislature of the State of Hawai'i and by the National Endowment for the Arts. Sponsorship for Broadway Pops is provided by Steve and Billie Moksnes.
Tickets are $15 to $50 (plus applicable fees) and half-price for students 18 and under in the $50/$40/$30 price sections. Purchase tickets by calling The MACC Box Office at (808) 242-SHOW (7469) or visit www.mauiarts.org/tickets.