Broadway comes to campus



by Lindsey Austin

A night of Broadway-worthy performances at a price a college student can afford is the goal behind the UK Choristers and Student Center’s “Night on Broadway 2011.”

Co-directed by Samuel Miller and Brock Terry, ”Night on Broadway” will feature about 25 pieces from popular Broadway performances including solos, duets, trios and multiple ensemble performances.

“It’s really an amazing thing to watch 70 voices come together in one large ensemble number,” co-Director Brock Terry said. The program includes works from musicals such as “My Fair Lady,” “Kiss Me Kate,” “Avenue Q” and many more.

“We incorporate musicals from many decades, ranging from the ‘20s up until today,” Terry said.

The program is split up into two acts, each of which open and close with large ensemble pieces.

“Last year the show ran about an hour and 40 minutes including the intermission,” said Samuel Miller, co-director and stage manager for the show. “But the show didn’t seem nearly that long because it really just flows nicely from piece to piece.”

“Night on Broadway” also features a three-piece band of students playing instruments like piano, bass and drums. Sam Themer, a first year sophomore voice performance major, is trying out for the first time. When asked what made him want to audition, Themer said, “My friend was in the show last year and absolutely loved it. She joined [Choristers] again this semester just to be in [“Night on Broadway”].”

As a vocal performance major, Sam usually focuses on classical music so he is excited about this show. “It’s not something I usually get to include in my repertoire.”

The UK Choristers is the oldest performing organization at UK and features students from all different majors. The diversity that comes from a ‘70s voice mixed choir lends itself to wide range of possibilities when it comes to the styles and periods of the music it can perform.

According to the “Night on Broadway” Facebook page, this is the Choristers third year putting on this show and it is now one of the most popular concerts at UK. Aby Vela, a sophomore elementary education major, was featured in the last year’s performance and said the experience was a lot of fun.

“The rehearsals were long, but it definitely paid off, and I recommend auditioning for it even if you’re nervous because it’s really good for your confidence,” Vela said.

Although auditions are only open to those involved with UK Choristers, everyone is invited to come see the performance and join the Choristers in the future.

Robert Bosworth, freshman piano performance major, is also auditioning this year.

“I hear it’s a blast,” Bosworth said. “A lot of people in choir envy us because we get to do this show. Everyone should come out and see it.”

“Night on Broadway 2011” will take place on Feb. 25 and 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the Frank H. Harris Grand Ballroom of the Student Center. Tickets are available. They are $25 for adults and senior citizens, $15 for UK Staff Members and $10 for UK Students and children. VIP tickets are also available for preferred seating and reserved parking at $35 a piece.

Tickets are available at the UK Student Center Ticket Office (859) 257-TICS or