Helen Welch "Superstar! The Songs, The Stories, The Carpenters"

 Thursday, August 9, 2018 
8:15pm-9:45pm  
Hoover Auditorium

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Critically-acclaimed vocalist Hel­en Welch will present “Superstar,” a show celebrating the music of The Carpenters.

The Carpenters, the brother and sis­ter duo of Karen and Richard Carpenter, were popular in the 1970s and 1980s.

Some of their hits include, “Long to be Close to You,” “We’ve Only Just Begun,” “Superstar,” “Rainy Days and Mondays” and many more.

Welch, a native of England, is known for her musical theater roles and one-woman shows. She is described as having the swing of Ella Fitzgerald and the warm alto tones of Karen Carpenter, combined with soul and a cheeky British sense of humor.

Since her early success, Welch has headlined with the BBC Big Band, Glenn Miller Europe and Opus One, as well as at the UK’s most prestigious venues, including The Ritz, The Savoy and Blenheim Palace. Additionally, she held starring roles in a variety of popular musicals, such as Hello Dolly, Barnum, Carousel, 42nd Street, Calamity Jane and Oliver Twist.

After a very successful run in the UK, Welch relocated to the U.S. to guest star in the Broadway musical Smokey Joe’s Cafe. Her immediate success landed her as a fronting vocalist for the Cleveland Orchestra, Grant Park Symphony Orchestra (Chicago), Florida Symphony and the Columbus Jazz Orchestra.

Since then, Welch has been producing her own shows for Cleveland’s Playhouse Square, The Akron Civic Theatre and Chautauqua Institution in New York.

She is president of Big Wow Productions and has developed shows such as “Divas I,” “Divas II,” “Swingin’ on Broadway,” “Movie Magic” and “The Look of Love,” all of which she had a starring role.

Welch released her first album in 2006, titled One Dream. It’s a collection of Broadway hits, classic pop tunes and compositions co-written by Welch. It features the Cleveland Jazz Or­chestra and her quartet. Her second album, Forev­er and Now, was released in 2010.

In 2016, she released Spellbound, which presents an inspired collection of music, including fresh arrangements of songs by Lennon, McCartney and more. Her beautifully-arranged and entertaining shows have intimately engaged audiences and packed houses around the world.

During Welch’s first visit to Lake­side, she wrote two songs and ap­peared in the film “Christmas at Maxwell’s,” which was filmed at the bed & breakfast Maxwell’s Hospitality House in 2004.

Her first performance at Hoover was in 2011, when she performed a tribute to legendary fe­male artists in “Divas: Celebration of the First Ladies of Song.” She returned in 2014 to pay tribute to the “Music of the Carpenters” and again in 2016 to present “The New American Songbook.”


Admission & Parking
Purchasing a Daily, Saturday or Season Chautauqua Pass includes admission to Lakeside Chautauqua and all shows in Hoover Auditorium, plus additional benefits. A separate ‘ticket’ is not necessary to attend a show or concert. As always, kids age 12 & under and guests over age 90 are always free. Parking is an additional fee. A Daily or Saturday Chautauqua Pass is valid from the time it is purchased until 7 p.m. the following day. Chautauqua Passes and Auto Passes may be purchased online at tickets.lakesideohio.com or upon entering the gates of Lakeside. Please allow two weeks for online processing.

The doors to Hoover Auditorium open a half-hour prior to the start of the show or concert. Seats are not reserved, but available on a first-come, first-served basis. Food and beverages are prohibited inside Hoover Auditorium. Please present your Chautauqua Pass upon entering and exiting Hoover Auditorium and the Lakeside Chautauqua gates.

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