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Mornings unPHILtered - 2 for Broadway in the studio
Duo will perform show tunes at Averitt Center
Broadway for web
Robert Ray and Courtenay Collins will perform Saturday at the Averitt Center. - photo by Special
      Host Phil Boyum had a little bit of Broadway on his Friday show to close out the week on "Mornings unPHILtered." Robert Ray and Courtenay Collins, who will perform "2 for Broadway" on stage at the Emma Kelly Theater Saturday night at the Averitt Center, joined him in the studio. The show first premiered at the Atlanta Lyric Byers Studio Theater.
      Collins is a relative of former Statesboro mayor Bill Hatcher. Collins said there are really three parts to the show: they first sing songs like "Cabaret" and "Chicago." Ray and Collins finish the first set with songs such as Rodgers and Hart's "My Funny Valentine" and "The Lady is a Tramp."
      The second set starts with some interaction with the audience, in which they sing "Ain't Misbehavin" or "W.O.M.A.N." They will probably finish up the second part with "All I Ask of You," from Andrew Lloyd Webber's record-setting show Phantom of the Opera. The performance ends with a medley of songs from South Pacific.
      They are accompanied by a five-piece orchestra of jazz musicians from the Atlanta area, with whom they have played many times. Ray and Collins sing and dance throughout the show, and there are numerous costume changes. They played the show at Charleston's Spoleto festival for two weeks previously to rave reviews.
      Tim Chapman, the Averitt Center Director, selected the "2 for Broadway" show, although Ray and Collins actually have a number of other shows they perform as well. Collins went straight into musical theater in New York, returning to Atlanta some seven years ago to raise her family. Ray moved from Atlanta to New York to play in the show "Oklahoma!", and then traveled with the national production of the show.
      "2 for Broadway" will be performed tonight only at 7:30 p.m. the show is sponsored by The Hen House, which is located in the Statesboro Mall. Tickets are still available at the Averitt Center for the Arts box office, or you can call for more information at 212-ARTS.

      "Mornings unPHILtered" airs live Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on statesboroherald.com and also simulcast on WWNS-AM 1240 on the radio. You also can listen anytime at BoroLive.com on statesboroherald.com