Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Experience the Music of Les Misérable and Phantom of the Opera Up Close & Personal

Celebrate Horizon Stage’s Pearl Anniversary with Michael Burgess & Rebecca Caine: The Dream Concert
Celebrate Horizon Stage’s 30th anniversary with two of Canada’s most luminous vocalists. Best known for their stellar performances in Les Misérables and Phantom of the Opera, Michael Burgess and Rebecca Caine are performing together in The Dream Concert and local audiences are being given two opportunities to see this amazing musical theatre vocal-collaboration in Spruce Grove on Tuesday, January 29th and Wednesday, January 30th.
Soprano Rebecca Caine created the role of Cosette in the original Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of ‘Les Miz’. After a successful West End run, she joined the original cast of Phantom of the Opera to play Christine opposite Michael Crawford. She then returned to Toronto to repeat the role in the Canadian premiere of ‘Phantom’. Uniquely, Ms Caine’s career has been divided between musical theatre and opera. Her roles with the Canadian Opera Company include Vixen, Pamina, Despina, and Micaëla and at other theatres she has played Pamina (Glimmerglass), Musetta, Susanna (English National Opera), and Adina (New Zealand Opera).
Tenor Michael Burgess performed the lead role of Jean Valjean in Les Misérables over one thousand times at Toronto's Royal Alexandra Theatre and in the Canadian touring production. Whether starring in a major musical, performing in concert, or appearing at world events for patrons like Queen Elizabeth II, Burgess touches the hearts and minds of his listeners.
Fresh from an appearance with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Michael Burgess and Rebecca Caine will take their Horizon Stage audiences on a dazzling journey through the music of classic and contemporary Broadway during this once-in-a-lifetime musical theatre experience. The Dream Concert opens with solo sets and closes with Michael and Rebecca singing iconic duets from ‘Phantom’ and ‘Les Miz’. Hearing these two incredible voices play off each other will be an unforgettable treat for anyone who loves musicals.
Les Misérables has been seen by more than 60 million people in 42 countries in 21 languages and is still breaking box-office records. It has been running in London’s West End since 1985. Phantom of the Opera is the West End’s second longest-running musical and Broadway’s longest-running musical (over 10,000 shows in New York and counting) and is also still in production around the globe.  Michael Burgess and Rebecca Caine are touring The Dream Concert to selected venues in western Canada this winter and these two nights in Spruce Grove are their only performances scheduled in the Edmonton area.
Tickets to see Michael Burgess and Rebecca Caine Up Close and Personal in The Dream Concert at Horizon Stage on January 29th and 30th are $40 for adults, $35 for students and seniors, and $5 for high school students through the eyeGO program. Both concerts start at 7:30 p.m. but the Tuesday night show includes a 30th anniversary gala reception in the lobby at 6:30 p.m., with a commemorative ceremony and speeches in the theatre at 7:15 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the City Hall Ticket Centre (315 Jespersen Ave), by phone at 780-962-8995, or online at Horizon Stage is 30 minutes from Edmonton. Burgess and Caine are out of this world!

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