BestArts Weekly Highlights - September 12, 2008

Les Miserables

This Week's Selections

Les Misérables is coming to our hometown of Atlanta this week, playing at the Fox Theatre from September 19 through 28. Since two members of the cast, Anderson Davis and Jonathan Reid Gealt, are featured on, we decided to include them in this edition of Weekly Highlights. Unfortunately, Jonathan hasn't posted any videos of his beautiful singing voice on YouTube, so we present two performances of songs that he has written. However, you can hear Jonathan sing Jason Robert Brown's She Cries (without video) by clicking on his photo below (you may need to turn off a pop-up blocker to play it).

Shelly Bort is one of our very favorite singers on YouTube. Be sure to check out her page above. Ryan Rigazzi is a new discovery for us. He appears frequently on Sean Ray's great YouTube channel.

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NYC Events

Our viewers in the New York City area have access to several upcoming special shows. A number of artists from these shows are featured on

September 15: The 8th Annual Dramatists Guild Presentations is a free concert (reservations required) at Lincoln Center Theatre. It features works by the 2007-2008 Fellows: Justin Boyd, Tom Diggs, Kirsten A. Guenther, Andy Monroe, Nancy Nevarez, Ryan Scott Oliver, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, Jason Williamson and Lauren Wilson. Performers include Adam Halpin, Natalie Weiss, Alex Brightman, Tobias Segal, Daniel Eric Gold, Phoebe Strole, Krysta Rodriguez and many more. RSVP required: (212) 398-9366 x20

September 22: Benj Pasek & Justin Paul will play their first New York concert in two years as part of the NY Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) concert series! The boys take the stage at the Zipper Theater with some of the hottest young performers on Broadway, showcasing tons of new songs. Performers include Steven Booth (Avenue Q), Tituss Burgess (The Little Mermaid), Gavin Creel (Thoroughly Modern Millie), Mary Faber (Avenue Q), Chelsea Krombach (Wicked), Patina Miller (Hair), Krysta Rodriguez (In The Heights), Shayna Steele (Hairspray), Aaron Tveit (Wicked), Natalie Weiss (Ever After) and more. Ticket info.

September 24: STORYTELLING: The Music and Lyrics of Farah Alvin - a one-night only concert of original music. Though she's best known as one of Broadway's favorite belters, Farah Alvin has spent years honing a secret identity as a gifted songwriter. With her soulful voice and frank, thoughtful lyrics, Alvin weaves a sound that's equal parts Laura Nyro, Paul Simon, and Ben Folds. Making her Ars Nova debut with with an evening of songs reflecting on love, loss, melancholy and joy, Alvin's secret life is about to be big news. Ticket info.

September 29: Monday Nights, New Voices with special guests Megan McGinnis (Les Misérables) and Adam Gwon. The monthly series, which celebrates and honors up and coming talent and is produced by composer Scott Alan, will boost the talents of Jaime Cepero III, Matt DeAngelis, Demi Fragale, Jake Glassman and Molly Hager. Each of the talented performers will sing selections from the evening’s special guest composer and lyricist, Adam Gwon, who will also be on hand to accompany the performers at the evenings concert. Barbara Anselmi serves as the series Musical Director. Ticket info.

October 28, 29, 30: MICHAEL ARDEN sings JONI MITCHELL's BLUE Album - In the tradition of Rufus Wainwright's Judy Garland Carnegie Hall concert and Leslie Kritzer as Patti Lupone at Les Mouches, Joe's Pub is thrilled to present Michael Arden covering Joni Mitchell's seminal album Blue in it's entirety, with new arrangements by Todd Almond. When Blue was released in June, 1971 it was hailed as instant classic, critically and commercially, a potent culmination of her career. The record expressed her depressed assessments of the world balanced by notions of exuberant romantic love. Hit songs include River, All I Want, A Case of You and many more. The concert features a five-person band. Tickets are $20 - please make a reservation; limited availability! Ticket info.

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Anderson Davis- And the Rain Keeps Falling Down

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Anderson Davis- And the Rain Keeps Falling Down
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Anderson Davis - Lucys Laugh
  • Anderson Davis - Lucy's Laugh - 05:26
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Natalie Weiss--Quiet by Jonathan Reid Gealt
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Garrit Guadan--The Clock Strikes Three-Jonathan Reid Gealt
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Ryan Rigazzi sings Im Not That Girl from Wicked
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