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For 20 years, Disney has astonished millions worldwide with theatrical productions that both entertain and amaze. In an unforgettable night of music, the Boston Pops and Broadway stars Ashley Brown, Josh Strickland, Alton Fitzgerald White, and Merle Dandridge perform beloved songs from 9 Tony and Academy Award-winning scores by some of the greatest composers and lyricists in the world including Alan Menken (Beauty and the BeastThe Little MermaidAladdin), Phil Collins (Tarzan), Elton John and Tim Rice (AidaThe Lion King) and Richard & Robert Sherman / George Styles & Anthony Drewe (Mary Poppins).

Featured Performers

Keith Lockhart, conductor
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Having celebrated his twentieth anniversary as Boston Pops Conductor in 2015, Keith Lockhart is the second longest-tenured conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra since its founding in 1885. He took over as conductor in 1995, following John Williams's thirteen-year tenure from 1980 to 1993; Mr. Williams succeeded the legendary Arthur Fiedler, who as at the helm of the orchestra for nearly fifty years. During his tenure, Keith Lockhart has significantly expanded Pops programming, focused on national annual touring, and participated in major media events. He has solidified the orchestra's place in the fabric of the New England community and has led the Boston Pops in countless performance situations. The list of more than 250 guest artists with whom he has collaborated is a virtual "who's who" of performers and pop culture icons.

Keith Lockhart, who occupies the Julian and Eunice Cohen Boston Pops Conductor chair, has conducted more than 1,900 Boston Pops concerts, most of which have taken place during the orchestra's spring and holiday seasons in Boston's historic Symphony Hall. Mr. Lockhart has also led annual Boston Pops appearances at Tanglewood, 43 national tours to more than 150 cities in 38 states, and four international tours to Japan and Korea. He and the Pops have made 79 television shows and participated in such high-profile sporting events as Super Bowl XXXVI, the 2008 NBA finals, the 2013 Boston Red Sox Ring Ceremony, and the Red Sox Opening Day game at Fenway Park in 2009. The annual July 4 Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular draws a live audience of over half a million to the Charles River Esplanade and millions more who view it on television or live webcast. Last year, with Eaton Vance as presenting sponsor and Bloomberg exclusive media partner, the Pops organization presented its first self-produced Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular, which was broadcast on Bloomberg Television and all its media outlets. Both companies made initial three-year commitments to the event in 2017.

Mr. Lockhart has led eight albums on the RCA Victor/BMG Classics label, including two-The Celtic Album and The Latin Album-that earned Grammy nominations. Recent releases on Boston Pops Recordings include The Red Sox Album, A Boston Pops Christmas-Live from Symphony Hall, and The Dream Lives On: A Portrait of the Kennedy Brothers, which was a Boston Pops commission premiered in 2010 during the orchestra's 125th season. Released at the beginning of the 2017 Pops season, Lights, Camera…Music! Six Decades of John Williams features Keith Lockhart leading the Boston Pops in a collection of Williams compositions from the 1960s onward, some of which can be considered rarities.

Programming-wise, Keith Lockhart has put an increased focus on musical theater, attracting such leading Broadway artists as Kristen Chenoweth, Idina Menzel, Kelli O'Hara, Bernadette Peters, and Billy Porter to the Pops stage. He has worked closely with hundreds of talented young musicians, including Fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center, college students from the Boston Conservatory and Berklee College of Music, and area high school students. He introduced the PopSearch talent competition and the innovative JazzFest and EdgeFest series, featuring prominent jazz and indie artists performing with the Pops. He is dedicated to building and updating the Boston Pops library of music, which contains over five thousand arrangements.

With a renewed commitment to bring the Boston Pops into the Boston community and to important civic events, Keith Lockhart and the Pops have appeared at gubernatorial and mayoral inauguration ceremonies; the annual tree lighting in Boston's Public Garden; sporting events including Red Sox, Patriots, Bruins, and Celtics games; and the memorial service for the Boston Marathon bombing victims. He has led free concerts in such major public spaces as Boston Common and Franklin Park, and each holiday season brings members of the Pops to play for patients at Children's Hospital.

Perhaps the most significant key to Keith Lockhart's success is his ability to connect passionately with audiences through his engaging programs, his commitment to speaking directly from the stage with fascinating insights into the music, and his inherent understanding of the importance of what sets the Pops experience apart from a traditional orchestra concert-an atmosphere of music-making that is both fun and entertaining for music lovers of all ages.

Having just completed an eight-year tenure as principal conductor, Keith Lockhart is now chief guest conductor of the BBC Concert Orchestra in London, which he led in the June 2012 Diamond Jubilee Concert for Queen Elizabeth II; he is also artistic director of the Brevard Music Center summer institute and festival in North Carolina. Prior to his BBC appointment, he spent eleven years as music director of the Utah Symphony, which he led at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City. He has appeared as a guest conductor with virtually every major symphonic ensemble in North America, as well as many prestigious orchestras in Asia and Europe. Prior to coming to Boston, he was the associate conductor of both the Cincinnati Symphony and Cincinnati Pops orchestras, as well as music director of the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. Born in Poughkeepsie, NY, Keith Lockhart began his musical studies with piano lessons at the age of seven. He holds degrees from Furman University and Carnegie Mellon University, and honorary doctorates from several American universities. Visit keithlockhart.com for further information.

Keith Lockhart, conductor Ashley Brown
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Ashley Brown originated the title role in Mary Poppins on Broadway for which she received Outer Critics, Drama League and Drama Desk nominations for Best Actress.  Ms. Brown also starred as Mary Poppins in the national tour of Mary Poppins where she garnered a Garland award for "Best Performance in a Musical". Ms. Brown's other Broadway credits include Belle in The Beauty and The Beast, and she has starred in the national tour of Disney's On The Record.  Ms. Brown most recently has been starring as Mother Abbess in multiple Tony award winner Director Jack O'Brien's new production of The Sound of Music.  Ms. Brown recently returned to critical acclaim starring in the Lyric Opera of Chicago's production of Oklahoma.   She previously played Magnolia opposite Nathan Gunn in Francesca Zembello's Showboat at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Ms. Brown has performed with virtually all of the top orchestras in North America including the Boston Pops, the New York Philharmonic, The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra at Disney Hall, The Pittsburgh Symphony, the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall (four times), Fort Worth Symphony, the Cincinnati Pops, Philadelphia Orchestra (two times), the Milwaukee Symphony, the Indianapolis Symphony (three times), Seattle Symphony, the Houston Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Jacksonville (two times) and the Philly Pops. She has also performed with the BBC orchestra opposite Josh Groban.  Ms. Brown made her solo concert debut at The Kennedy Center as part of Barbara Cook's Spotlight Series, and has appeared in New York City at prestigious venues including Feinstein's at the Regency and Birdland.  Other projects include star turns in Hello Dolly at The Goodspeed Opera House, The Sound of Music at the St. Louis MUNY which garnered her a Kevin Kline award, Limelight at the La Jolla Playhouse, and her own PBS special called "Ashley Brown: Call Me Irresponsible" which received a PBS Telly Award.  Other television credits include NBC's "The Sound of Music LIVE."  Ms. Brown is the voice of Disneyland celebrating its 60th anniversary singing the newly penned Richard Sherman song, "A Kiss Goodnight."  Ms. Brown's long-awaited album of Broadway and American Songbook standards is available on Ghostlight/Sony. Ashley is a graduate of the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.

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Josh Strickland
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Josh Strickland is a native of Charleston, South Carolina. In 2006, Strickland created the leading role of Tarzan in Disney's Tarzan  on Broadway. In 2009, he made his starring Las Vegas debut in PEEPSHOW at Planet Hollywood Casino & Resort while concurrently co-starring in the hit E! reality show "Holly's World." Strickland debuted his first single "Report to the Floor," which skyrocketed to the top five on the iTunes Dance Charts the first week of its release, followed by "Last Dance." In 2013, Strickland joined the cast of Vegas! The Show  at the Planet Hollywood Casino & Resort in Las Vegas in a starring role. Strickland has also appeared internationally with the all-star cast of Disney's Broadway Hits, including the Royal Albert Hall in London, England. Strickland has also traveled the world appearing in Disney's D23 Expo, including Tokyo, Japan. He is currently reprising his role as Tarzan in Disney's Musical Tarzan  in Oberhausen, Germany at the Stage Metronom Theater.

 

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Josh Strickland Alton Fitzgerald White
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Alton performed a record-breaking 4,308 performances as King Mufasa in Disney's The Lion King  on Broadway. He has also added Motivational Speaker and Author to his growing list of titles with his recent book release, MY PRIDE: MASTERING LIFE'S DAILY PERFORMANCE, an inspirational biography filled with secrets to fulfillment and joy in everyday work and life, published by Disney Editions. Other Broadway roles include The Color Purple  (Mister), Ragtime  (Coalhouse Walker Jr.), Smokey Joe's Cafe  (Ken), Miss Saigon  (John), and Tommy  (Hawker). West End: Smokey Joe's Cafe  (Ken). Alton has performed concert dates all over the world, including music from his critically-acclaimed Disney My Way!, a CD full of wonderful re-imagined Disney classics. Disney My Way  is available on iTunes and autographed copies of both his CD and his book, MY PRIDE are available at  www.altonfitzgeraldwhite.com. Please visit his website to view his TEDx Talk, performance videos, recordings and updates. Also, please feel free to join him on his Facebook Fan Page, @WhiteAlton on Twitter and @Alton2459 on Instagram. Blessings and Gratitude!

Alton Fitzgerald White
Merle Dandridge
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Having made an indelible mark on stage, television, and video games, Merle Dandridge continues to shine on the small screen, starring in Oprah Winfrey Network's hit series "Greenleaf" which is currently in production in its third season. She previously starred in FX's "Sons of Anarchy," CW's "Starcrossed," and NBC's "The Night Shift."

Born in Japan, raised in Nebraska, and schooled in Chicago at Roosevelt University, Dandridge began her acting career with leading roles on Broadway in Spamalot (Lady of the Lake), Rent  (Joanne), Aida  (Aida), Tarzan (Kala) and Jesus Christ Superstar  (Soul Girl, Disciple). Most recently, she was the first woman to ever play the role of Papa Ge, the sly demon of death, in the Broadway revival of Once On This Island, completely reinventing the character with her fearless portrayal. Dandridge has toured the U.S. and Europe six times and has been featured in several regional theatre productions (including multiple stints at The Geffen and Pasadena Playhouse). She has also performed at The Hollywood Bowl and at Royal Albert Hall in London.

Dandridge has voiced several videogame characters and worked alongside Neil Druckmann in "Uncharted 4: A Thief's End" and starred as Marlene in "The Last Of Us." She has also voiced various characters in "Dota 2," Alyx Vance in "Half-Life 2," and Katherine Collins in the Award-winning independent video game "Everybody's Gone To The Rapture" for which she won the 2016 BAFTA for "Best Performer."

In her Nebraska hometown, Merle has been inducted into the Hall of Fame where she spends time giving workshops, speeches, performances, and participating in projects to raise arts awareness for the school district she grew up in. In Los Angeles, where she currently resides, she serves on the Board of Directors of The Geffen Playhouse and lends her voice and support to Harvest Home LA which provides housing and holistic support to homeless pregnant women.

Merle Dandridge