The New York Pops celebrated its new summer home at Forest Hills Stadium with two-time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster. The program was similar to her Carnegie Hall performance earlier this spring—which isn’t a bad thing. Foster, who currently stars in the TV Land show Younger, was in great voice and sounded tremendous thanks to impeccable sound design by Dan Gerhard.
Music Director and Conductor Steven Reineke—charismatic as always—kept the 72-piece orchestra nimble. For those who are fans of the American Songbook and Broadway classics, The Pops is a magnificent celebration of sound. Evening highlights included Foster’s renditions of “Down with Love” and a campy serenade to her dog, Mabel, set to the melody of “Maybe This Time” by Kander and Ebb but dubbed “Mabel This Time.” The Pops’ now legendary “The History of the TV Overture” had audience members guessing at the classics and Foster had everyone on their feet with an encore of “Gimme Gimme” from Thoroughly Modern Millie.
Though summer is coming to an end, The New York Pops returns home to Carnegie Hall with a season that promises to deliver star-studded evenings with some of Broadway’s best, including:
My Favorite Things: The Songs of Rodgers & Hammerstein
Featuring Sierra Boggess and Steven Pasquale
October 9, 2015
Featuring Montego Glover, Capathia Jenkins, and Sy Smith
November 13, 2015
It’s Christmas Time in the City
Featuring Stephanie J. Block and Brian d’Arcy James
December 18 and 19, 2015
42nd on 57th: Broadway Today
Featuring Jeremy Jordan and Betsy Wolfe
March 11, 2016
Lights, Camera, Action: Spielberg and Williams
April 8, 2016
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.newyorkpops.com.