The Lexington Theatre Co.’s second annual Concert with the Stars will be Jan. 16 at the Lexington Opera House, featuring four performers from Broadway and television performing alongside regional college performers.
Last January’s concert, which was a prelude to July’s highly successful production of 42nd Street, featured a trio of marquee Broadway performers including Lexington-native Laura Bell Bundy, a Tony Award nominee for her performance in Legally Blonde — The Musical and star of TV series such as Anger Management on FX, and Jonathan Groff, a Tony nominee for Spring Awakening and frequently seen on TV in series such as HBO’s Looking. They and stage and screen star Mara Davi performed sets that reflected on highlights of their careers and their growth as performers.
This year’s lineup features Kyle Dean Massey, probably best known to audiences as Kevin Bicks on ABC’s Nashville, who has also been seen on CBS’ The Good Wife and Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer. On stage, he has been in productions such as Wicked and Pippin. Erin Dilly received a Tony Award nomination for her performance as Truly Scrumptious in the Broadway production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and is currently featured in the Off-Broadway production Songbird. In addition to numerous stage credits, Dilly has a laundry list of big and small-screen credits including Julie and Julia (2009) and a recurring role on the final season of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire.
Like Bundy, Jenni Barber has done a turn as Glinda in the Broadway production of Wicked and numerous other stage credits including 9 to 5 for Music Theatre Wichita, where Lexington Theatre Co. directors Lyndy Franklin Smith and Jeromy Smith have extensive experience. Stephen R. Buntrock’s most recent credit is Fredrick Egerman opposite Bernadette Peters in the Broadway revival of A Little Night Music. In his 25-year career, he has performed on stages around the world, including a recent performance with Julie Andrews and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Like the first edition and 42nd Street, the stars will be backed by a chorus of performers from college musical theater programs from around the region, and the show will end with the announcement of next summer’s production.
If You Go
Concert with the Stars
When: 8 p.m. Jan. 16
Where: Lexington Opera House, 401 W. Short St.