They say the neon lights are bright in Zachary.
Or they will be on Saturday, Aug. 31, because that’s when the Broadway Boys are coming to town.
And they’ll bring with them a cache of Broadway hits performed in a variety of styles. Rock, funk, pop, country, gospel, soul — take your pick. The Broadway Boys perform every genre.
“And that’s what makes them different. They try to appeal to all age groups,” says Tom Jones, spokesman for the Regional Arts Council of Zachary, which is bringing the group to the Zachary High School Performing Arts Center.
“It’s going to be the first professional show of its kind in Zachary,” Jones says. “We’re excited, and we’re hoping that shows like these will become an annual event for us.”
The performing arts center seats 349, and almost half of the tickets have already been sold.
The Broadway Boys is a collection of the best male voices working on the New York stage, representing such productions as “Wicked,” “Mary Poppins,” “Spiderman,” “Jersey Boys,” “Mamma Mia,” “The Book of Mormon,” “Hair,” “In the Heights,” “Memphis” and “Motown.”
All of the group’s songs have been heard in Broadway productions, though not all originated in stage shows. Take, for instance, “Imagine,” which was written by the late John Lennon and was featured in the short-lived musical, “Lennon.”
But it’s as much a part of Broadway as are songs from Disney’s “The Lion King.”
The group travels with its own pit orchestra, which actually is featured on stage.
“We’re also are offering a master’s class for local performers to be trained by the cast of the Broadway Boys,” Jones says. “
The participants will perform on stage with them during the concert. It is a wonderful opportunity to perform side by side with the professionals from New York.”