Broadway Legend to perform at Averitt

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Laurianna Cull

Glory Crampton started out with Olympic aspirations, but in high school the stage stole her heart, leading her to Broadway and recently, to her album recorded in the legendary Abbey Road Studios.

Crampton has been on a long journey to become the star she is today. As a young adult, she did not intend to be a singer or actress, but after changing her career goals, she went to New York University to pursue acting and never looked back.

“My belief is anything you dream, you can achieve with a lot of foresight and focus,” Crampton said.

Glory Crampton is touring across the country with her show called “Out of My Dreams: Broadway and More” and will perform at the Averitt Center for the Arts this Saturday, Feb. 2 at 7:30 p.m.

“She’s up there with our top people who have performed here. We’ve had Broadway performers at the Averitt before but not one as well-known as her,” J.D. Lane, box office manager, said.

Crampton tries to share the experience of her time on Broadway and work with various famous composers by including multiple stories into her show.

“People go on a journey with you. They start in one place, and they’ll leave hopefully moved and knowing more about composers, musicals and the songs,” Crampton said.

“There’s a grand piano on stage, my music director and me. It’s just a mic and a stool, and it is a little more intimate. You don’t really need all the other instruments,” Crampton said.

This show is based off her latest album, “Unusual Way,” that she recorded at the famous Abbey Road Studios, which once echoed with the legendary music of The Beatles.

“Being in the Abbey Road Studio where The Beatles recorded was surreal and a dream I could not have imagined. There was a whole piece I wrote looking back on my experience at Abbey Road. I had to find some way to tell people what just happened, and it’s a pretty funny song,” Crampton said.

Crampton is best known as a Broadway leading lady in shows such as The Fantasticks, My Fair Lady, Carousel, Jane Eyre and Phantom of the Opera. She has also performed personal concerts as well as roles on television.

On Broadway, Crampton has been surrounded with ensembles and elaborate costumes. For this tour, she strips the performance of all this excess flare so that only Crampton and her piano player are on stage.

“You don’t have lights and fireworks and people sliding across the stage on their knees. It’s a lot more challenging on the performer to hold the attention of the audience. And, the audience is more focused on the performance aspect,” Melinda Roell, development director, said.

Crampton said, “You really hear the full voice and everything the voice can do. It’s not just a girl singing tune after tune. I weave stories into my concert, and there’s even some humor in the show.”