American Idol Stars Celebrate Broadway

IDOLADLove Broadway? Never miss an episode of American Idol? The Grand Opera House brings your favorite American Idol finalists to the stage in American Stars in Concert: Celebrate Broadway. American Idol finalists JACOB LUSK (season 10), KAREN RODRIGUEZ (season 8), HALEY SCARNATO (season 6) and VON SMITH (season 8) will perform solos, duets and ensemble numbers from such Broadway blockbusters as Mamma Mia!, Wicked, Jersey Boys, West Side Story and more. Accompanied by a live band these Idol finalists from the past 12 seasons belt out the Great White Way’s greatest hits.

Winners of two local singing contests will have the thrill of performing live with the American Idol stars! Click here for information about auditions, including the link to register. Auditions will be held on Saturday, April 19 at The Grand.

Tickets are $45 for Gold Circle seats, $32 for all other tickets. Buy tickets online via the link below or call (478) 301-5470.

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Idol_JacobHSCalifornia native Jacob Lusk was 23 years old when he competed in season 10 of American Idol. After placing fifth that season, Jacob was part of the 2011 international American Idols Live tour. Pop and R&B sensation Jacob Lusk is poised to be one of the music industry’s next great talents. Lusk’s humble beginnings took him from the choir loft of his hometown church, to winning over the hearts of over thirty million television viewers weekly. His Rendition of “God Bless the Child” was considered by the judges to be “the best ever” on American Idol. Subsequent performances of the Motown Classic “You’re All I Need to Get By” and “A House is Not a Home” drew critical acclaim that garnered comparisons to musical icons Aretha Franklin, and Luther Vandross. Prior to his stint on American Idol, Lusk had been featured in numerous plays across the Los Angeles area and had worked with late west coast Hip Hop pioneer Nate Dogg, who collaborated with Dr. Dre, Tupac and Snoop Dogg throughout his illustrious career. Lusk often credits Nate for launching his musical journey. Within a year of honing his craft, Lusk has performed with Empress of Soul Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder, and gospel star Kirk Franklin and has already recorded with super-producers Tricky Stewart, Rodney Jerkins, Rock Mafia, Harvey Mason Jr., and the legendary Don Was. A talented singer, songwriter, and actor, Jacob Lusk has proven to be a triple threat in the entertainment industry and this Compton Crooner is now prepared to take his uniquely distinguished sound to the world. The Sky is the limit. www.jacobluskonline.com Click here for a video preview of Jacob!

Idol_KarenRodriguezHSKaren Rodriguez was a 21-year-old living in New York City when she auditioned on MySpace for season 10 of American Idol. In 2008 she competed in the Puerto Rican talent show Objetivo Fama where she finished in the top 10. Of Dominican and Peruvian descent, she considers Selena to be her biggest musical idol. She drew attention when she performed in Spanish on American Idol, in a quest to become the first Latina American Idol. Click here for a video preview of Karen!
 
 
 
 
 
 
Idol_VonSmithHSVon Smith is a Kansas City, Missouri native who was most recently seen on E!’s “Opening Act”, where his experience was documented as Lady Gaga chose him to be her opening act on her tour in Australia in 2012. First introduced to the world when his version of “And I Am Telling You (I’m Not going)” from Dreamgirls became a sensation on YouTube, Von Smith has garnered a legion of fans and performed on some of the most celebrated stages, including ABC’s “The View”, Bravo’s “The Kathy Griffin Show”, BET’s “106th and Park”, featured on MTV News, VH1′s “Best Week Ever”, E’s “The Soup”, TV Azteca’s “La Academia” (Mexico), “Up Junior” (China), and American Idol season 8 as one of the top 17 finalists. When not rocking out on national stages across the country, or performing in front of symphonies conducted by the likes of the late Marvin Hamlisch, Von can be found writing songs in the recording studio, where he just finished his first original EP, “On To Something”, available on Itunes April 2nd. Download the first single “Almost Free” on iTunes. www.vonsmithofficial.com Click here for a video preview of Von!

Idol_HaleyHSLong-legged Texan beauty Haley Scarnato was catapulted from a regional favorite to the international stage in American Idol season 6, where she earned a spot in Top 10. Haley began a performing career in her hometown of San Antonio, Tex., where she was a champion gymnast. By the age of 15, Haley’s Olympic dreams were shattered with the dislocation of both shoulders. Performing however was a passion so all of Haley’s creative energies shifted from the balanced beam to singing lessons. Haley began rigorously working her voice and even though she was raised on country music, she studied styles of many great singers including Elvis Presley, Faith Hill, Christina Aguilera, Martina McBride, Michael Jackson, George Straight, Garth Brooks, Stevie Wonder and mostly – Celine Dion (her “Canadian Idol” who Haley later had the honor of meeting). Haley developed her musical chops on a local level first by becoming lead singer in Texas Six. Haley, who was nicknamed “Legs” on American Idol, was often teased by Simon and international press about her “gifted appendages” which the hit TV show Extra highlighted in their American Idol feature. Other national TV appearances included: Regis & Kelly, Jay Leno, Access Hollywood, Mike & Juliet, and Ellen. Haley is currently promoting some of her recently recorded country songs including Don’t Kiss Me, Ashes or Embers, Never Even Cried, which were recorded at Curb Studio with top Nashville producer/musicians. Haley also cut a song with Danielle Brisebois, who wrote the hit songs Unwritten and Pocketfull of Sunshine. www.HaleyScarnato.com Click here for a video preview of Haley!

John Berry 2014

JBerryVertBrickWebGrammy Award nominee John Berry returns with his nationally touring Christmas concert to the Grand Opera House for this annual holiday favorite event on Friday, December 19, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. Berry’s 1995 album O Holy Night launched his annual Christmas concert tour, which is now in its 17th year.

Tickets are $37. Tickets go on sale to the public on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, at 11:59 p.m.

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Berry has had a string of hits, including Your Love Amazes Me, Standing on the Edge of Goodbye, I Think About It All The Time, Change My Mind, If I Had Any Pride Left At All, Kiss Me In The Car, What’s In It For Me and You and Only You. But it was his stunning performance of the title track of the O Holy Night album that led to his most enduring legacy, his annual Christmas concert.

In 1995, Berry’s single Your Love Amazes Me earned him a Grammy nomination, joining the 18 other hit songs of his that made it to the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. In fact, many of Berry’s albums have gone gold and platinum, earning awards from the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music. Still, for Berry, the Christmas concert is special, as it provides him with a chance to share his faith and, according to his website, he views his performances as part of “his walk with Christ, (where) his calling has been to share God’s love with his audience. Audiences nationwide agree, selling out each stop on a regular basis, and joining together to celebrate with song and good company what the season means to them — family, friends and faith.

The Ten Tenors: On Broadway

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Broadway’s greatest hits sung by 10 of Australia’s hottest tenors equals one unforgettable performance of The Ten Tenors: On Broadway!” This Australian troupe has performed for sold out audiences around the world. The Ten Tenors’ unique approach to opera brings rock and classical music together, for a sound that is uniquely theirs. Experience their raw power and soothing beauty singing some of Broadway’s best musical numbers. The Tenors will be accompanied by touring musicians plus six student musicians of the Internationally recognized Robert McDuffie Center for Strings, which is part of Mercer’s Townsend School of Music.

Tickets are $39 to $45. Discount rates are available for groups of 10 or more.

Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 2:30 p.m.
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Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
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