Il Divo and Lea Salonga to sing songs of Broadway at the Benedum Center in May
April 24, 2014 2:39 PM
Rudy De Doncker
Classical vocalists Il Divo will interpret the Broadway songbook in concert May 18 at the Benedum Center.
Il Divo and guest Lea Salonga, an original star of “Miss Saigon,” will perform a program of Broadway songs May 18 at the Benedum Center.
The classical crossover group will swing into Pittsburgh as part of a North American tour supporting Il Divo’s sixth studio album, “A Musical Affair: The Greatest Songs of Broadway.” The tour was launched after a successful week of concerts in November at New York City’s Marquis Theater.
The album is the vocalists’ first compilation of songs inspired by Broadway shows, such as “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Carousel” and “West Side Story.” The tour marks 10 years together for the quartet of tenor Urs Buhler of Switzerland, baritone Carlos Marin of Spain, pop artist Sebastien Izambard of France and tenor David Miller from the United States. Il Divo has sold 26 million albums worldwide and staged four world tours.
Ms. Salonga is best known for originating “Miss Saigon’s” role of Kim, earning her Olivier, Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics and Theatre World awards. She also has played the roles of Eponine and Fantine in “Les Miserables on Broadway” and provided the singing voice of two Disney princesses: Jasmine in “Aladdin” and the title role in “Mulan.”
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