Evening Music: Helen Welch “Swingin' on Broadway"

 Friday, August 21, 2020 
7:00pm-8:30pm  
Steele Memorial Bandstand

In an encore performance, critically acclaimed vocalist Helen Welch returns to the Steele Memorial Bandstand with her "Swingin' on Broadway" show.

This concert features features an array of Broadway songs throughout the decades, including must from Wicked, A Chorus Line, Carousel, My Fair Lady, Chicago, South Pacific, Kiss Me Kate and many more. Joining Welch onstage are Tom More Scott (piano), Bryan Thomas (bass) and Anthony Taddeo (drums).

While some seating is provided in Bettinger Park, guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs and blankets, wear masks and practice safe social distancing. In the case of inclement weather, this event will be cancelled.

A native of England, Welch is known for her musical theater roles and dynamic 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.

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 and The Akron Civic Theatre. She is also president of Big Wow Productions and has developed shows in which she had a starring role.

During Welch’s first visit to Lakeside in 2011, she wrote two songs for, and appeared in, the film “Christmas at Maxwell’s,” which was shot at the Maxwell's Hospitality House in 2004.

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