Those who want to extend that Valentine’s Day vibe a little longer, or just want to hear great show music, “From Broadway With Love,” featuring five performers with significant Broadway heft, will stir the crowd at Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 8 p.m.
Stephen Buntrock (“Evita,” “A Little Night Music,” “Oklahoma!” “Jane Eyre,” “Titanic,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Grease,” “Les Misérables” and “The Phantom of the Opera”), Tony Award nominee Erin Dilly for “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” (“A Christmas Story: The Musical,” “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” “Into the Woods,” “The Boys From Syracuse,” “Follies”) Mykal Kilgore (“Motown: The Musical,” “Hair,” “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert”, “The Wiz Live!”), Lana Gordon (“Chicago The Musical” “The Lion King,” “Jesus Christ Superstar”) and Judy McLane (“Mamma Mia!” “Kiss of the Spider Woman,” “Aspects of Love,” “Chess”) will perform with musical director/accompanist Eugene Gwozdz.
The all-new concert event, created exclusively for PTPA, is produced by New York casting director and producing artistic director Stephen DeAngelis. It’s the third in DeAngelis’s series. And it’s only for one night.
DeAngelis spoke with the Advance by phone. It’s the first time husband and wife performers will be featured in his series, he said. “Erin [Dilly] created the role of the mother in “A Christmas Story” and will be doing a song from that show,” he explained. “Stephen Buntrock is her husband and she will do a song with him. At the end of the show, with the Q&A session, we get to hear how they navigate their careers with married life and two little girls. Erin also has a successful film career.” Dilly had a featured role in the HBO series “Boardwalk Empire” and has appeared in “Blue Bloods.”
The busy couple was able to say yes to this performance. “I got the perfect window of opportunity,” DeAngelis said.
“Judy McLane was the final actress to play Donna, the mother, in ‘Mamma Mia!’ at the Broadhurst Theatre in 2015 (it had a 14-year run). Lana Gordon was with Brandy Norwood in ‘Chicago The Musical,’ making history together as the first black co-leads in that production. Lana is taking a hiatus from the show and then after her appearance in Patchogue, she goes on the road. Mykal Kilgore, everyone thinks he has one of the greatest pop-rock voices. So it’s what we always try to achieve. Their own personal greatest hits with songs that cross over to pop culture.”
DeAngelis opened up a bit about the program. McLane will sing a medley of three different “Mamma Mia!” songs; Kilgore will perform “Aquarius” from “Hair,” and Gordon will heat the stage with “All That Jazz” from “Chicago” and the sultry “Summertime” from “Porgy and Bess.” Buntrock will swoon the audience with “Some Enchanted Evening” from “South Pacific.”
The stars all know DeAngelis from his earlier support and have all been featured in his previous “At This Performance” showcases, his salute to Broadway and Off Broadway standbys, understudies and alternates in New York City. He recently celebrated displaying the talents of over 1,000 musical actors in those categories. “Now I have people who attend so they can have bragging rights; they saw them before they became famous,” DeAngelis said.
For tickets to “From Broadway With Love,” visit patchoguetheatre.org or visit the box office at 71 East Main Street, Patchogue. The box office is open Tuesday through Sunday from noon to 6 p.m., or call 631-207-1313.