Listen To My Heart Closes Elmira College Theatre Season

May 23 2016
Category: The Arts

The Elmira College Theatre will close its 2015-2016 season with the musical review Listen To My Heart, the songs of David Friedman. Performances are scheduled in the college’s Gibson Theatre Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, May 26, 27, and 28 at 8PM with a matinee Sunday May 29 at 2PM. Admission is free to all and seating is “first-come, first-served.”

Listen To My Heart began life as a small review in Upstairs at 54 in New York, with the composer at the keyboard leading the performance. From "We Can Be Kind" to "Listen to My Heart," "Help is on the Way", "Trust The Wind", and "I'll Be Here With You," David Friedman writes songs of inspiration, love, and hope that take on new emotional meaning in these challenging times.

After spending several years conducting musicals on Broadway, including GreaseJoseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Song and Dance, David went to Hollywood where he was the conductor and vocal arranger on such Disney classics as Beauty & The BeastAladdinPocahontas, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. This led to David writing music and lyrics for Disney's Aladdin and the King of Thieves, scoring three animated television series (Happy NessSky Dancers and Dragon Flyz) and the film Trick, and a 13-year stint as music supervisor and vocal arranger of Broadway's Beauty & The Beast. David's multi-platinum selling song "Open Your Eyes To Love" was featured on the soundtrack of The Lizzie McGuire Movie and he wrote the opening song for Disney's sequel to Bambi, (sung by Allison Krauss) which was released to record-breaking sales.

David has written hundreds of songs with Kathie Lee Gifford, and they have co-written and co-produced 2 Children’s CD’s, Kathie’s Lee’s CD Born for You and two recently CD of their songs, entitled My Way Home and Everyone Has a Story. The Everyone Has a Story CD contains songs that Kathie and David wrote together for the Everyone Has a Story series on the Today show. Each month, Kathie and David select an inspirational story sent in by a viewer, write a song based on it, and bring in a Broadway star to perform it with David on the show. David also co-wrote the score to the Broadway musical Scandalous with Kathie Lee and David Pomeranz.

Featured in the Elmira College cast are Lyssa Fradella, Morgan D’Eredita, Victoria Juliano, Emma Freedenberg, Rachel Patten, Kiersta Pino, Kelsey Sherlock, Caroline Connolly, Hannah Gaston, Jon Pilat, Emmalee Smith, Charlea Smith, Ashley Carney, Nick Vanderwood, Audrey Duarte, Craig Natoli, Dana Flanders, Sarah Kaschalk, Sarah Adriance, Samantha Chrysler, Meaghan Keesler, Leah Cunningham, Kallah Turner, and Kyle Graham. Management is by Julie Salinero, with assistance from Christine Powers and Brooke-Lyn VanKleek. Choreography is provided by Natalie Boudierd and Shannon Dole. Technical Direction by Scott McGuire, with Musical Direction by Judy Harriman-Carlson.The production is designed by George de Falussy and John J. Kelly, with Kelly also serving as director. 

“If you are tired of seeing the same musicals year after year, you don’t want to miss Listen to My Heart” said Kelly. “This tiny, unknown gem is fresh, different, and wonderfully affecting. You’ll love it.” For additional information, please call the Elmira College Theatre at 735-1981.