RALEIGH – Showstoppers from Broadway, opera and popular music will fill Meymandi Concert Hall in two performances in downtown Raleigh, Friday, Jan. 18, at 8 p.m., and Saturday, Jan. 19, at 8 p.m. Led by North Carolina Symphony Resident Conductor William Henry Curry and performed by vocalists Katie Rose Clarke and Nicole Parker, the performances will feature favorites from Tony Award-winning musicals like “Wicked,” “Gypsy,” “Spamalot,” and “Titanic,” and the beloved opera “Carmen” in a night of wickedly good vocal fireworks.
Katie Rose Clarke was most recently seen in the Broadway production of “Wicked” as Glinda the Good. She also played the role for nearly two years in the first national touring company. Clarke made her Broadway debut as Clara Johnson in Lincoln Center Theatre’s production of “The Light in the Piazza,” under the direction of Bartlett Sher. In that role, Clarke appeared in the national broadcast “Live from Lincoln Center.” Clarke appeared in the East Coast debut of Craig Lucas’ play “Prayer for My Enemy,” as Marianne Noone at the Long Wharf Theatre Company in Connecticut.
Best known for playing the role of Elphaba in the hit Broadway production of “Wicked,” Nicole Parker has also been seen on Broadway in “Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me,” and originating the role of Red in “The People in the Picture.” Currently, she is starring as Elphaba in the national tour of “Wicked.” Parker has also appeared as Rosemary in “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” with Reprise! in Los Angeles, and Juliet in “The Second City’s Romeo and Juliet Musical” at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. For six years, Parker was a cast member and contributing writer on Fox’s MADtv. Her films include “Funny People,” directed by Judd Apatow.
Tickets to “Wicked Divas” on Friday, Jan. 18, and Saturday, Jan. 19, range from $18 to $66. Student tickets are $15. To purchase tickets, visit the North Carolina Symphony website or call the Symphony Box Office at (919) 733.2750 or toll free (877) 627.6724.
Pops Series Sponsors include CEI: The Digital Office, Highwoods Properties, Triangle Business Journal, and North State Strategies. Statewide partnership and support provided by Progress Energy.
Meymandi Concert Hall is located in the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., in Raleigh.