The 2013 Pac Season is wonderfully diverse and promises to be a “whole lotta” fun. Saturday, June 22, 8:00 P.M. Broadway veterans Franc d’Ambrosio and Glory Crampton return with Angel of Music: A Salute to Andrew Lloyd Webber. Franc D’Ambrosio is best known as the Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award winning musical, The Phantom Of The Opera. Franc was awarded the distinction as the World’s Longest Running Phantom, a title he held for nearly a decade. “I have seen a lot of concerts in my time and I have to say D’Ambrosio’s Broadway is one of the best I have seen.” New York Times.
Glory Crampton is a musical-theater veteran who is best known for her critically acclaimed roles in productions of Phantom, My Fair Lady, Nine, Camelot, Carousel, and The Fantasticks. She also co-starred with celebrated tenor Jose Careras, (of the legendary The Three Tenors) before a sold out concert in Radio City Music Hall. “Glory Crampton has a glittering, silvery soprano…an angel’s voice, exquisite in every detail…” –Alvin Klein, New York Times
Saturday, June 29, 8:00 P.M. Retro Rock with Jason D Williams as the memorable Jerry Lee Lewis. After seeing a live show there will be no doubt why fans and critics alike agree with that summation of the dynamic piano player from Memphis. Jason D. has the same musical innovation and on the edge attitude as Jerry Lee and Elvis. Jason’s’ style is difficult to describe; from Classical to Rockabilly to Country to Jazz and on to Rock and Roll. A wild man onstage, he has been compared to Jerry Lee Lewis so often that rumors started in Memphis that he was the Killer’s son. The influence of Lewis comes through in his high-energy performances, Williams says, “Its Jerry Lee Lewis meets Jackson Pollock and Jerry Lee Lewis meets Joe Namath. I will always revere Jerry Lee Lewis, Jerry Lee always liked to say he did everything in one take and I like that approach.”
Save the date: for July 4 Weekend: Saturday, July 6: Bluegrass Duel 2013 featuring Nitrograss and the Dappled Grays. Highlands PAC 507 Chestnut Street, Highlands (828) 526-9047 www.highlandspac.org.
Contributed by Mary Adair Leslie