Broadway Voices series has brought some of the biggest names in Broadway to Garner since it began in 2011, including Stephanie J. Block, Christiane Noll, and Norm Lewis. This year’s season was a spectacular one with guests Elizabeth Southard and Gary Mauer, Capathia Jenkins and last night’s final show with Alli Mauzey. We can’t wait to see what is in store for next season!
Alli Mauzey graced the stage at the Garner Performing Arts Center with her extraordinary voice and brought her good friend and fellow Broadway star Julia Murney with her to join in on the fun! Julia was Alli’s first Elphaba when she went on as a standby for Glinda. The two have palpable chemistry and are incredibly nice and genuine people!
The night consisted of some old classics, some out of the box songs, and more modern stage hits. Alli took us on a trip through her childhood in Anaheim, California and led us all the way to present day Garner where her husband, Collin Batten, is from and where his family still lives.
The night started with “Should I Be Sweet” and included “I’m Home” from Phantom by Maury Yeston, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,”“The Sound of Music,” “Sam, You Made the Pants Too Long,” “Think of Me” from Phantom of the Opera, “How About a Hand for the Hog,” “Popuar,” and “Disneyland” in the first half. After intermission she came back out with “Love is Where You Find It” and the second half included “Somewhere That’s Green,” an orignial song that Alli wrote with her brother when they had their band 2 AM, “Screw Loose,” and “I Could Have Danced All Night.”
Alli’s Husband, Collin, came out to sing a beautiful rendition of “Suddenly Seymour” with her. Julia sang “Ring Them Bells” and Julia and Alli together sang wonderful renditions of “For Good” and “I Will Never Leave You”.
This concert was a joy to be in attendance for and we hope we have to good fortune to see them in concert again sometime!
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