Broadway to make appearance in the ‘Boro

The Broadway Boys combine traditional Broadway tunes with contemporary upbeat harmonies.Photo courtesy of: Broadway Boys

Matt Sowell

The bright lights and epic ballads of Broadway will soon hit the stage at Georgia Southern University’s Performing Arts Center.

The Broadway Boys, a traveling group of Broadway actors will bring its tour to Statesboro this Thursday. The group features six men who have performed in Broadway musicals including “Footloose,” “Next to Normal,” “In the Heights,” “Les Miserables,” “Rent,” “American Idiot” and “Evita.”

Students can get tickets from the PAC lobby for $10 with an Eagle ID and can buy up to two tickets. The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

The Broadway Boys was created in 2005. What was originally intended to be a one-night engagement became an overnight sensation. The show was sold out so the bar decided to bring them back for yet another sold out show.

Today, the Broadway Boys travel North America singing show tunes arranged with modern twists, making the classic hits enjoyable to music and theater lovers alike.

“You don’t even know the songs for what they originally were,” Stacie McDaniel, house manager of the PAC, said.

“With the lights and the choreography and new vocal arrangements it kind of becomes something completely different that is familiar but completely brand new,” McDaniel said.

The group is traveling here from Connecticut where it sang at a benefit at the Fairfield University’s Quick Center for the Arts on Sept. 19.

“I chose this show because I wanted to showcase some of the great young talent that is currently starring in shows on Broadway,” Carol Thompson, director of the PAC, said.

The show will include songs from musicals like Rent,” “Hair,” “The Wiz,” “Jersey Boys,” “Oliver!” “Peter Pan,” “Finian’s Rainbow” and “42nd Street.”

“Some of the guys have done film and TV, one of the guys was in ‘Across the Universe’, ‘Young Adult’ and the television show ‘Blue Bloods’,” McDaniel said.

The group includes Mike Backers, Willis White, Carlos L. Encinias, Adam Haplin, Tim Young and Omar Lopez Cepero.

“This type of show also gives the audience a sampling of the hit songs from shows that are playing on Broadway now” Thompson said, “I especially think this show would appeal to Georgia Southern theatre and music students or any student dreaming of performing or who enjoys live entertainment.”

McDaniel said, “It’s going to be one of those nights where there’s kind of an energy in the room.”