Pops Series

BRAVO! Broadway

Mar 25, 2023

8:00 PM

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Long Beach Arena
Pacific Ballroom
300 E. Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90802

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BRAVO! Broadway

Mar 25, 2023 8:00 PM

James Bass, Conductor

Scarlett Strallen, Vocals

LaKisha Jones, Vocals

Hugh Panaro, Vocals

The secret power of storytelling through music comes to the Long Beach Arena as we present Bravo! Broadway.  Audiences will be transported to a different place and time by the glitz and raw emotions of the best of Broadway’s iconic musical pieces, performed by those who have commanded the New York and London stages –and accompanied by the grandeur of a symphonic orchestra.

There is something for everyone: From Funny Girl, to The Wiz, Sweeney Todd, Lion King, Rent, Cabaret, Chicago, Westside Story, Les Misérables, and Phantom of the Opera, to Dreamgirls, Hello Dolly, and The Tina Turner Musical.  

The lights will shine bright as Grammy-winning conductor Dr. James Bass leads the amazing Long Beach Symphony and the stage is transformed by Scarlett Strallen (currently Gwendolyn on Broadway’s production of Travesties and who played Mary Poppins in London’s West End), LaKisha Jones (known as an American Idol finalist and for her role in Broadway’s The Color Purple), and Hugh Panaro who played the title role in Broadway’s The Phantom of the Opera over 2000 times! Enjoy the best compositions by Sondheim, Andrew Lloyd Webber, John Kander, Bernstein, Elton John, and many, many more. 

Doors open at 6:30pm for our famous indoor picnicking. Bring your baskets with food, sweets, libations, and even costumes and table decorations!



   A warm welcome from LaKisha Jones


James Bass, Conductor

James K. Bass, GRAMMY® award winning conductor and singer, is Professor and Director of Choral Studies at the Herb Alpert School of Music at UCLA. James is on the faculty of the Aspen Music Festival and serves as the Program Director for the Professional Choral …

Scarlett Strallen, Vocals

Scarlett Strallen has starred in productions on Broadway, London’s West End, and is a frequent soloist on the concert stage. She is currently starring on Broadway as Gwendolyn in Travesties and has appeared in the title role of Mary Poppins, a role she also played …

LaKisha Jones, Vocals

Best known to millions of TV viewers as a top four finalist during the 2007 season of “American Idol,” LaKisha Jones is ready to reclaim center stage in music, theatre and television. Her last album, “So Glad I’m Me” was full of Jones’ expressive, full-bodied and arresting vocals, …

Hugh Panaro, Vocals

Leading man Hugh Panaro has made his mark as both the title character and his rival Raoul in Broadway’s The Phantom of the Opera. Panaro has also played dual roles in Les Miserables on Broadway (Marius) and in Philadelphia (Jean Valjean). His Broadway credits include the title role …

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