Audiences are bound to leave Metropolis Performing Arts Centre with happy “Memories” after attending “Kevin Moore Presents Score by Score: An Evening of Andrew Lloyd Weber” April 24.
Moore will share behind-the scenes stories about the songs and the composer between performances by five of Chicago’s finest cabaret artists.
He has produced shows about Lerner and Loewe, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Irving Berlin and the Gershwins, among others. “Andrew Lloyd Webber is a composer who stands as tall as these people in the world of contemporary music,” Burr Ridge resident Moore said. “His repertoire is voluminous and these are songs that are going to stand the test of time.”
Ken Baker, Jen Chada, Laura Freeman, Heather Moran and Daryl Nitz will perform some of Webber’s most memorable numbers. George Howe is musical director.
Moore noted that he and Nitz planned the program. “We tried to bring out the songs that speak to each of us and touch our hearts,” Moore said. In addition to the most popular songs, some lesser-known works will be performed.
Nitz has been directing and performing in the Kevin Moore Presents shows for about eight years — the Andrew Lloyd Webber show was their second collaboration. He noted that the music is presented in chronological order so the show starts with songs from Webber’s earliest success, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” and ends with “Love Never Dies.”
Nitz admitted that he wasn’t a fan of the composer when he started the project but gained an appreciation through developing the show.
“What I decided to do was take ‘Evita’ and try to tell the story in a montage,” Nitz said. He used the same technique with “Phantom of the Opera.”
Nitz sings, “Song of the King” from “Joseph,” “And the Money Kept Rolling In” from “Evita” and “Music of the Night” from “Phantom,” among others.
Laura Freeman has sung in Moore’s shows for about four years. She noted that Moore, who narrates the show, explains “why these songs are important at specific times in their life.”
She appreciates the way Nitz created mini-musicals with “Evita” and “Phantom.” “He manages to string them together in minute-and-a-half to two-minute clips and still make the musical make sense,” Freeman said.
Freeman’s roles include the Narrator in “Joseph,” the Young Evita in “Evita” and a portion of Christine’s songs in “Phantom.” She also sings Norma Desmond’s selections in “Sunset Boulevard.”
“The audience adores what we’re doing,” said Freeman, who has peformed in the Webber show three times.