Broadway is coming to the Boro in a revue featuring more than 30 tunes from some of the world's best-loved musicals.
A collaboration between two Broadway veterans, Courtenay Collins and Robert Ray, the show “2 for Broadway” will take the stage at the Emma Kelly Theater Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Collins, who is the niece of former Statesboro Mayor Bill Hatcher, performed at the Emma Kelly Theater in “Dixie Divas” in 2008.
Accompanied by a five-piece orchestra, the first act of the show includes Kander and Ebb hits from shows like “Cabaret,” “The Rink,” “Chicago” and “Kiss of the Spider Woman.” Also, there are Rogers and Hart songs, including “Funny Valentine,” “I Could Write a Book,” “You Took Advantage of Me,” “Bewitched,” “The Lady is a Tramp” and “With a Song in My Heart.”
The second act of “2 for Broadway” will feature pop and jazz standards that include a medley of Fats Waller tunes from “Ain't Misbehavin'” followed by some Duke Ellington standards from “Sophisticated Ladies” and “Kansas City.” The duo will end the show with four of their favorite duets from “Chess,” “Anything Goes,” “Parade” and “Phantom of the Opera.”
Collins said she is excited to perform in Statesboro again.
“I adore the Emma Kelly Theatre!” she said. “It's a perfect space for our show. It's a beautiful theatre and is well-equipped with wonderful sound and stage and just the right amount of seating. I did my show called Dixie Divas there two years ago and fell in love with the space.”
A graduate of the famed Julliard School of Acting, Collins played the lead in Ken Hill's “Phantom” both in the States and in Europe and has starred in several Off-Broadway productions. Last year in Atlanta she performed leads at The Alliance Theater, Actor's Express and The Atlanta Lyric Theatre and is slated to play the role of Eva Peron in “Evita” next season at The Lyric.
Ray has directed Collins in many shows over the past three years including The 75th Anniversary of The Fox Theatre, the 100th Anniversary of The Girls Scouts of America and Jerry's Girls in Atlanta and at The Highlands Playhouse. Last year they appeared onstage together for the first time in what turned out to be the cabaret hit of the season, “Let the Good Times Roll.”
“She's got such a great energy that matches my energy,” Ray said. “The show is pretty nonstop.”
“2 for Broadway” is sponsored by The Hen House in the Statesboro Mall. Tickets are available through the Averitt Center for the Arts Box Office at 212-ARTS.