Thursday, February 4, 2010
Phantom Star fills in for Brian Stokes Mitchell in concert with Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra
A Fort Worth favorite, Gaines will sing a variety of hit songs from Broadway’s biggest blockbusters.
FORT WORTH One of Broadway’s longest running Phantom of the Opera stars, Davis Gaines, joins the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra February 19, 20, and 21 at Bass Performance Hall. He replaces Brian Stokes Mitchell, whose scheduled performances have been canceled due to illness. Ron Spigelman conducts.
A Fort Worth favorite, Gaines will sing a variety of hit songs from Broadway’s biggest blockbusters including “Luck Be a Lady,” from Guys & Dolls, “Ol’ Man River” from Show Boat, “The Music of the Night” from The Phantom of the Opera and much more. The concerts start at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Bass Performance Hall. Tickets are on sale now and range from $26-$78. Order tickets at www.fwsymphony.org or by phone at 817-665-6000.
Gaines performed the title role in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera more than 2,000 times during his run on Broadway, in Los Angeles and in San Francisco. Subsequently he was chosen by Hal Prince and Lloyd Webber to play the leading role in the world premiere of Whistle Down the Wind in Washington, D.C. Other Broadway and national credits include Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera, Cornelius Hackl in Hello, Dolly! with Carol Channing, Camelot with Richard Burton, and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas with Alexis Smith. His Off-Broadway appearances include Des McAnuff’s The Death of Von Richthofen as Witnessed from Earth, the Maury Yeston/Larry Gelbart musical One Two Three Four Five, Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins, She Loves Me, and Forbidden Broadway. He made his New York City Opera debut in The New Moon and has appeared in New York in concert versions of Sitting Pretty, The Cat and the Fiddle, Pippin, and the Encores production of The Boys from Syracuse.
- Bass Performance Hall
525 Commerce Street
Fort Worth, TX
- Age limit: All ages $26 - $78
Television credits include Desperate Housewives, Charmed, Chicago Hope, Veronica’s Closet, Bodies of Evidence, and Murder, She Wrote. He has appeared in three PBS Great Performances broadcasts including the Emmy Award-winning Sweeney Todd with the San Francisco Symphony. Additionally, he has sung for five U.S. presidents and with every major orchestra in the U.S. including the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.
Gaines’ voice can be heard on more than thirty cast recordings and compilation albums as well as two solo CDs, Against the Tide and All My Tomorrows: Songs of Sammy Cahn. He resides in Los Angeles and is a frequent singer of the National Anthem for the Los Angeles Lakers, Clippers, Kings, and Dodgers.
Source: Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra
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