• 43°

Upcoming gala features Broadway cast singing selections from “Hamilton”

NATCHEZ — Why spend an evening on Broadway or an afternoon in one of New York City’s premium museums, when some of the biggest names in musical theater and fine arts can come to you?

On Feb. 29, Natchez will host some of Broadway’s biggest stars and a group of master artists as part of the final gala for the Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration.

The evening is sponsored by NLCC, the Natchez Festival of Music and the Mississippi School of Folk Arts.

A cast of actors from Broadway will present selections from the blockbuster show  “Hamilton: An American Musical.”

“Hamilton is a musical theatre production that has literally taken the world by storm,” organizer Hedy Boelte said.

The musical, which premiered on Broadway in 2015, tells the story of forgotten American Founding Father, Alexander Hamilton. The musical biography of the first U.S. Treasury Secretary won 11 Tony Awards and continues to sell out in theaters all over the world.

“The musical has become a cult phenomenon,” Boelte said.

The gala performance will include 40 minutes of featured selections from the award-winning production. The second half of the performance will include music from other great Broadway shows, including “Phantom of the Opera,” “West Side Story,” “The Color Purple” and other productions.

The evening’s entertainment will be provided by a cast of performers who have previously been a part of some of musical theater’s biggest productions, including “The Lion King,” “Into the Woods,” “Cats,” “My Fair Lady,” “Fiddler on the Roof” and “The Music Man.”

Pianist, violinist and composer David Shenton, who has worked with legendary performers, Tony Bennett, Vanessa Williams, Alan Menken and others, will direct the evening’s performance and lead from the piano.

The evening will also include a silent auction of fine art created by master artists Tamara Callens, Carol Hallock, Marcia Holmes, Jeffrey Legg, Mary Monk and Phil Sandusky. Those who attend the event will have the opportunity to bid on paintings of Natchez and the surrounding region. The paintings will be created by the artists the week before the gala.

“They will be in Natchez and will be on the street painting,” Boelte said. “Some of the paintings will be more architectural, some will be landscapes.”

All of the artwork will be painted outdoors on the street and in the landscape, Boelte said.

Tickets to the gala are $125 per person. A table of 10 people can be reserved for $1,250. Tickets can be purchased at natchezfestivalofmusic.com.

The event will begin with a cocktail hour art 6 p.m. and continue with a 7 p.m. dinner and entertainment at 8:30 p.m.

For more information, call 601-807-4442 or visit the website for the Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration at colin.edu/community/natchez-literary-and-cinema-celebration.

News

Local Girl Scouts ready to sell thousands of cookies this year

News

Christ Church’s oldest member sees many changes over the years

Centreville Academy sports

Centreville Academy girls basketball earn unexpected win

Opinion

Stories of enslaved people topic of NHS meeting

Editorials

Great future is in store for Dunleith

BREAKING NEWS

Natchez police investigating Thursday night drive-by shooting

BREAKING NEWS

Bishop Gunn suspends all future activity; Crawfish Boil canceled

Obituaries

Peggie Lee Brown-Beaty 

News

Suspect in Sunday Minor Street shooting turns himself in

News

Ready to roll: Krewe of Phoenix Parade set for Friday night

News

Dunleith working to reopen soon

News

Judge: No raises for public defenders

News

State legislators celebrate Natchez Day Wednesday

Franklin County High sports

Prep Basketball Roundup: Wilkinson County Christian Academy earn victories, Franklin County advances in MHSAA Class 3A playoffs

Editorials

Morgantown work taking too long

Natchez High sports

Natchez High Bulldogs success on road, advances to second round

Obituaries

Bessie Davis

Obituaries

Mary Waters McIntosh

News

Two public defenders say they deserve pay raises like other colleagues

News

Morgantown residents still wait on roadwork

News

Teen auto theft suspect turns himself in

News

Wilkinson County senior named DAR Good Citizen

Editorials

Past time to rein in crime in Mississippi

Ferriday High sports

Ferriday High Lady Trojans business as usual in playoffs, Monterey High hoping for more success