Your Kingsport Chamber hosted a one-of-a-kind, one-night only performance featuring three world-acclaimed Broadway Stars, along with Symphony of the Mountains and the Dobyns-Bennett High School Chamber Choir on November 4th. The event, From Broadway to Hollywood, featured Broadway musicians Scarlett Strallen, Dee Roscioli, and Ben Davis.
A full gallery of event photos from the night can be found by clicking here.
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News Release: Broadway Stars Coming to Kingsport!
Thursday, September 8, 2022
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Broadway Stars coming to Kingsport!
World-acclaimed Broadway performers join Symphony of the Mountains in a one-night only performance of music from Broadway to Hollywood!
KINGSPORT, Tenn. – Three award-winning Broadway stars will be performing in Kingsport to celebrate the Kingsport Chamber’s 75th year.
The actors will join the Symphony of the Mountains Orchestra in a one-time only show – “From Broadway to Hollywood!” – featuring selected favorite musical numbers from Broadway and the movies.
The event will take place Friday, November 4 at 8 p.m. at the MeadowView Marriott Conference Resort & Convention Center. Doors will open at 7 p.m.
Broadway performers include Ben Davis, Dee Roscioli and Scarlett Strallen, each of whom have starred in numerous Broadway plays and musicals and performed with orchestras around the world.
In addition, the Dobyns-Bennett High School Chamber Choir will be part of the program.
“This is going to be a spectacular and unforgettable performance, especially for anyone who loves Broadway and movie music,” said Bob Feagins, Kingsport Chamber executive director of communications and development. “We are absolutely thrilled to have such world-class, immensely-talented Broadway stars join our magnificent Symphony of the Mountains Orchestra in a one-time production of everyone’s favorite music from some classic Broadway musicals and beloved movie songs. It promises to be a very entertaining and memorable evening as we celebrate your Kingsport Chamber’s 75th year.”
Sponsors for your Kingsport Chamber’s 75-Year Celebration include: BAE Systems, Ballad Health, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, Cigna, City of Kingsport, Domtar Packaging, Eastman, Eastman Credit Union, Food City, GRC Construction/CainRashWest Architects, Honda Kingsport, Hunter Smith Davis, Kingsport Times News, Mountaineer Tile & Remodeling, Price & Ramey, The Regional Eye Center and Worley.
Presenting sponsors are Ballad Health and Eastman.
Media sponsors for the event include: 98.5 WTFM, Kingsport Times News, Lamar Advertising and WJHL News Channel 11/ABC Tri-Cities.
Printing sponsor is Food City.
“What a great and fantastic way to honor our Kingsport Chamber’s 75th year with a night of outstanding music and fabulous entertainment,” said Russ Rogers, Kingsport Chamber chair and general manager with Honda Kingsport. “To have this level of talent in Kingsport is truly amazing. It promises to be a fun show.”
“Broadway music is always wonderful,” said Maestro Cornelia Laemmli Orth, music director and conductor with the Symphony of the Mountains. “Broadway music with superb artists and a full orchestra will be spectacular! ‘Over the Rainbow,’ ‘Defying Gravity,’ ‘I Could Have Danced all Night,’ ‘Phantom of the Opera’ and the ‘Circle of Life’ are only a few examples of our exciting program which includes something for everyone's taste.”
Tickets for the show are $75 and are good for general admission theatre-style seating.
Tables of eight are also available for $750 for attendees wishing to sit together at a reserved table.
Tickets or reserved tables can be purchased online at KingsportChamber.org.
For ticket or table information, please call Ashley Cline, Kingsport Chamber events and communications coordinator, at (423) 392-8827 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition, MeadowView will be offering wine, hors d'oeuvres and dessert packages for pre-purchase. This will be a separate cost from the ticket.
To pre-order those packages, please call Libby Ray, MeadowView sales administrative assistant, at (423) 578-6616 or via email at email@example.com.
“Those wanting to just attend and enjoy the show can simply purchase a ticket or those wishing to sit together at a table can do so as well,” Feagins said. “In addition, MeadowView is providing the opportunity to purchase wine, hors d'oeuvres and dessert offerings for anyone interested.”
A special guest room rate, which includes breakfast for two, is offered for $163 to attendees who would like to spend the night at MeadowView.
The special rate for hotel guest room only is $138.
Reservations can be made by calling the MeadowView reservation desk at (423) 578-6600 or 1-888-632-3697.
“MeadowView is honored to host this world-class performance,” said Ramona Jackson, general manager with the MeadowView Marriott Conference Resort & Convention Center and 2023 Kingsport Chamber chair. “To add to the enjoyment of the program, MeadowView is happy to provide the opportunity for attendees to pre-purchase desserts and hors d'oeuvres as well as a selection of fine wines.”
“We are most grateful to all of our 75-year sponsors and media partners for making this event possible and we remain very appreciative to all of our members for their support and investment for nearly eight decades,” Feagins commented. “Our business members are the main reason your Kingsport Chamber and its programs are able to accomplish so much each year and market and promote this great community of Kingsport.”
“The kids are extremely excited to be working with the Symphony and the Broadway stars!” said Patty Denmark, Dobyns-Bennett High School choral music teacher and chorus director. “This is the kind of music they love and I know they are going to have a blast.”
“Symphony of the Mountains is honored to be a part of the Kingsport Chamber’s anniversary celebration!” Orth added. We are thrilled to celebrate and honor our fabulous Kingsport Chamber of Commerce!”
A versatile singing actor, Ben Davis was most recently seen on Broadway in the Tony Award Winning musical “Dear Evan Hansen.” His extensive Broadway career includes Mr. Lindquist in “A Little Night Music” with Elaine Stritch and Bernadette Peters, Javert and Enjolras in “Les Misérables,” as Trevor Graydon in “Thoroughly Modern Millie” and The Preacher in “Violet.”
Davis received a Tony Honor and Ovation Award for his work as Marcello in Baz Luhrmann’s production of “La Bohème.” Last fall, he starred in the off-Broadway production of “On A Clear Day You Can See Forever” at the Irish Repertory Theatre.
Davis recently toured the country as Captain Von Trapp in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music.” He starred as Fred/Petruchio in “Kiss Me Kate” at London's Royal Albert Hall as part of the BBC Proms and performed opposite Kelli O'Hara and Victor Garber in Kurt Weill's “Knickerbocker Holiday” at Lincoln Center.
An active concert artist, Davis has performed as a guest soloist at Tanglewood with the Boston Pops, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Caramoor Festival, the RTE Orchestra in Dublin, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Phoenix Symphony, Westchester Philharmonic with Kelli O’Hara and the West Virginia Symphony.
He also performed at The Hollywood Bowl as Patrick in Mame and in Bernstein’s “Mass.” His television and film credits include a film version of Samuel Barber’s “A Hand of Bridge,” Papageno in “The Magic Flute,” which was directed by Kenneth Branagh, “Blue Bloods,” “30 Rock” and “Numb3rs.”
Dee Roscioli’s home base is New York City but she has travelled the world singing and acting. She is best known for her seven-year record-breaking portrayal of Elphaba in the smash Broadway hit “Wicked,” where she led the Broadway, Chicago, San Francisco and First National Touring companies. Most recently, Roscioli was seen on Broadway in “The Cher Show,” portraying the pop icon herself as both Star and Lady Cher. In 2015 she was invited into the closing company of the Broadway revival of “Fiddler On The Roof” playing the mischievous Fruma Sarah, which was filmed and archived for Lincoln Center’s performance library. She has also had the privilege of creating the role of Emily in John Kander’s newest musical “Kid Victory,” where she was directed by the incomparable Liesl Tommy. This production went on to have a critically acclaimed run at the prestigious Vineyard Theatre in NYC and she can also be heard on the Original Cast Recording. Roscioli was also seen as Grizabella in the First National Tour of “Cats.”
In addition to her theatre credits, she has performed twice as a headlining artist with the prestigious Philly Pops and has also performed as a headlining artist with Boulder Philharmonic, Brazos Valley Symphony, Pennsylvania Philharmonic, South Bend Symphony, Corpus Christi Symphony, Missouri Symphony, Desert Symphony, as well as the International Music Festival in Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic, and return concert engagements in Taipei, Taiwan.
Roscioli has also created her solo show for the legendary Birdland Jazz, 54 Below and Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival cabaret series. She has also guest starred on various television series. For updates on Dee Roscioli, follow her on Instagram and Facebook! @deeroscioli.
Scarlett Strallen performs with symphonies all over the world and has been requested by her Majesty the Queen on three separate occasions to sing for her. Strallen has starred in productions on Broadway, London’s West End, including “Singin’ in the Rain” at Chichester Festival Theatre and The Palace Theatre London, for which she was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical. She most recently starred on Broadway as Gwendolyn in “Travesties” and has appeared in the title role of “Mary Poppins,” a role she also played in the West End, and as Sibella Hallward in “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.”
Additional theater credits include the title role in “Nell Gwynn” at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, “Pirates of Penzance” at Barrington Stage Company, “Macbeth” at the Armory in New York, “Candide” at the Menier Chocolate Factory, “A Chorus Line” at The London Palladium, “She Loves Me” at the Chocolate Factory and “Passion” at Donmar Warehouse. In 2014, Strallen received the ‘Whatsonstage’ awards for best actress in a musical for “A Chorus Line” at the London Palladium and “Candide” at the Menier.
A frequent soloist with orchestras around the world, Strallen made her German debut at the Philharmonie in Berlin with the John Wilson Orchestra in “A Celebration of the MGM Film Musicals.” Recent concerts include "Disney on Broadway" at the Royal Albert Hall, “I Love Musicals” arena tour of Sweden with Peter Joback, “Cole Porter in Hollywood” UK tour with the John Wilson Orchestra, a broadcast on Sky television from the Royal Albert Hall in London and “Bernstein Stage and Screen” at the BBC Proms with the John Wilson Orchestra which was broadcast on BBC television.
Strallen has recorded with Simon Keenleyside “Something’s Gotta Give” for Chandos conducted by David Charles Abel. Film and television credits include: Kevin Spacey's movie “Beyond The Sea,” the title role in the BBC production of “Mary Poppins” celebrating HM Queen Elizabeth’s 80th birthday.
Symphony of the Mountains Orchestra
Since 1946, Symphony of the Mountains has been at the center of artistic life in the Mountain Empire. Its mission of cultural excellence is at the heart of what it does, and that excellence is the Symphony’s commitment to its patrons and concert attendees.
Under the direction of Maestro Cornelia Laemmli Orth, the Symphony’s musical director and conductor, the fully-professional orchestra performs repertoire representative of many regions and nationalities – European Classical, American Popular and Jazz, Appalachian Folk, and many varieties of World Music.
Voices of the Mountains, directed by Dr. Matthew V. Potterton, is a 70-member chorus that continues to delight audiences with Renaissance Motets, Baroque Cantatas, Gospel Spirituals and the music of Broadway. This broad array of repertoire allows the opportunity to celebrate artistic music that is familiar and, at the same time, enrich experiences by exploring the music of other cultures.
Symphony of the Mountains also celebrates our musical heritage by offering musical education opportunities to our young people. Our two Youth Orchestras rehearse throughout the academic year and perform two concerts for the general public and one for 1,500 of their student peers as the Celia Smith Bachelder Youth for Youth Concert. The Symphony sends musicians into the public schools to introduce 6,000 children to the wonders of music. Lastly, it partners with the Bristol YWCA to offer music lessons at no charge to those students for whom music instruction might otherwise be inaccessible. Through these education programs, the Symphony is investing in the future and transforming young lives.
Symphony of the Mountains is an organization reflective of the many modes of artistic expression that have always permeated this region. Indeed, in Southern Appalachia, the Symphony has always communicated the value of humanity to one another and to children through music and art. That expression allows all to celebrate values, enliven spirits and nourish souls.
Dobyns-Bennett High School Chamber Choir
An element of the Dobyns-Bennett High School Chorus, the Dobyns-Bennett Chamber Choir is the school’s top choral ensemble. Led by Patty Denmark, Dobyns-Bennett High School choral music teacher and chorus director, the choir has performed in Carnegie Hall, Chicago Symphony Hall, twice at the Music for All National Choral Festival in Indianapolis, and will be making its second trip to the Bands of America Grand Nationals in Indianapolis with the Dobyns-Bennett Marching Band.
The Kingsport Chamber is composed of two non-profit organizations: the Kingsport Chamber Foundation (501(c)(3)) and Kingsport Chamber of Commerce (501(c)(6)).
The Kingsport Chamber Foundation manages, promotes, supports and assists a number of charitable, educational, environmental, leadership, quality of life and wellness programs that have a tremendous impact on the Kingsport community.
Programs of the Kingsport Chamber Foundation include: Communications & Development; Downtown Concert Series; Downtown Kingsport Association; Education & Workforce Development; Fun Fest; Healthy Kingsport; Keep Kingsport Beautiful; Kingsport Leadership Programs (ENCORE Refresher – Senior leadership program, Leadership Kingsport, PEAK Young Professionals, S.C.R.E.A.M.! Middle School Leadership, and S.H.O.U.T.!® Youth Leadership); Kingsport Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship (KOSBE); Move to Kingsport; Santa Train; Tennessee/Virginia Scholars; and Visit Kingsport.
The Kingsport Chamber of Commerce’s mission is to utilize resources and focus efforts on enhancing a strong and viable business environment for the Kingsport area.
Programs of the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce include: Communications & Development; Government Relations; and Membership. The Kingsport Chamber of Commerce has nearly 1,000 members.
For more information on the Kingsport Chamber, go to KingsportChamber.org or call (423) 392-8800. We’re social too; follow us on our Facebook page, Your Kingsport Chamber, our Twitter account, @kptchamber, on Instagram, LinkedIn or our YouTube channel.