St. Vincent Summer Theatre's 'Showstoppers' is not to be missed
Greggory Brandt, producing artistic director for St. Vincent Summer Theatre, is ending the season on a strong note with “Showstoppers: A Broadway Revue.”
“If people love the Broadway musical, then how could they not enjoy more than 20 hit Broadway selections from the past 80 years?” he asks.
The concert-style show, to be performed Oct. 6 and 7, features some of Broadway's best from the 1930s to the present — from vintage musicals such as “Annie Get Your Gun,” “South Pacific,” “Hello Dolly” and “Brigadoon” to the more recent “In the Heights,” “Les Miserables,” “Hamilton,” “Dear Evan Hansen” and more.
Besides being a special way to end the summer season, “Showstoppers” gives Brandt one more opportunity to direct his son, tenor Eddie Brandt, who will be featured along with soprano Kathy Voytko, mezzo soprano Patricia Philips and baritones Robert Gallagher and Tim Hartman.
“Working with my son has been a real joy,” Brandt says. “Honestly, every director wants a cast that is talented, dedicated and ultimately makes your job easier, and that is exactly what Eddie does. It's a blessing to get to direct and watch him shine as a young, aspiring artist and performer.”
Eddie, who will be headed to Huntington, W.Va., later this fall to perform in “Yuletide Spectacular” at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center with Broadway hosts Ali Ewoldt and Corbin Bleu, has savored the summer at St. Vincent under the direction of his dad.
“We are family outside of the audition room and rehearsal studio, but inside we are actor and director, entirely professional,” he says, “although it is always a pleasure to work with someone that you trust and who trusts you in return.”
Candy Williams is a Tribune-Review contributing writer.