Reveille, TSO ready to rock 'Broadway'

2013-02-21T00:00:00Z Reveille, TSO ready to rock 'Broadway'Cathalena E. Burch Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
February 21, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Tucson's Reveille Men's Chorus will make its debut with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra this weekend doing what it does best: Broadway.

"We are not the first call for the (Handel's) 'Messiah,' but when it comes to Broadway we've got it," said Shawn Cullen, who is in his second year leading the gay men's chorus. "This is the genre that stereotypically gay men are fond of. I'm worried about the divas singing with the symphony because I have 40 of them."

"Broadway Rocks" is a touring symphony show that features three leading Broadway stars pairing up with the orchestra, a band and a local choir.

"We get gay choirs, church choirs, professional choirs. It's different wherever we go," said Christiane Noll, who has toured with the show for several years when she is not on Broadway. She's just come off an eight-month run with "Chaplin."

Noll described "Broadway Rocks" as an evening that indulges "every guilty pleasure that you could possibly come up with that was either in a Broadway show or that Broadway was inspired by that has to do with the rock idiom."

"We've got stuff from 'Rock of Ages,' stuff from 'Dreamgirls' and 'Hairspray.' We get to do 'Total Eclipse of the Heart' because that was actually written for a Broadway musical," she said.

For Cullen and his choir, which got its start in 1995, this is a chance to expand the audience base.

"To even have them ask for us was huge," Cullen said. "We're going to be singing in front of 3,500 people over two nights. That's a huge audience for us.

"The idea of going to the symphony and seeing the drum set and the electric guitar and electric bass prominently up front and getting the opportunity to hear the concertmaster doing a really rocking violin solo in the middle, it turns the whole experience on its head," said Noll. "This is one of the reasons I love this show so much."

If you go

• What: Tucson Symphony Orchestra "Broadway Rocks."

• Featuring: Reveille Men's Chorus and Broadway vocalists Christiane Noll, Capathia Jenkins and Rob Evan.

• When: 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

• Where: Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave.

• Tickets: $26 to $69 through www.tucsonsymphony.org

• Program: Rock songs used in Broadway musicals including "The Wiz," "Hairspray," "Jesus Christ Superstar," "Mamma Mia," "Rock of Ages" and "Dreamgirls."

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