If I Loved You: Gentlemen Prefer Broadway — An Evening of Love Duets

Rufus Wainwright teams with Grammy and Tony-winning music director Stephen Oremus to redefine dozens of the most beloved gems in the Great American Songbook, all love songs from Broadway musicals. Wainwright’s recontextualizations, performed exclusively by men and to men, fortify the songs’ universality as expressions of love. The groundbreaking evening will showcase Wainwright and an international spectrum of pop, jazz and musical theatre stars in unexpected, entirely enchanting pairs. 

Artist Bios

Rufus Wainwright: Affectionately referred to by Elton John as “the greatest songwriter on the planet” and praised by the New York Times for his “genuine originality,” Rufus Wainwright has established himself as one of the great male vocalists and songwriters of his generation.  The New York-born, Montreal-raised singer songwriter has released seven studio albums, three DVDs, and three live albums, including the fantastic Grammy nominated Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall, which captured his celebrated Judy Garland tribute performance at the London Palladium in 2007, and the album Release The Stars which went Gold in Canada and the U.K. His most recent release is “Vibrate: The Best Of Read more 

David Byrne: Known as the force behind Talking Heads and creator of the highly-regarded record label Luaka Bop, Byrne also works as a photographer, film director, author, and solo artist; he has published and exhibited visual art for more than a decade. His works include: Playing the Building, an interactive sound installation at the Battery Maritime Building (NY), a collaboration with Brian Eno: Everything That Happens Will Happen Today, a series of unique bike racks placed throughout NYC with the cooperation of the NYC Dept. of Transportation, Bicycle Diaries, a chronicle of David’s travels on his bicycle, Talking Heads: Chronology, a DVD featuring live performances (1976-1983), and a collaboration with Will Oldham for the soundtrack to the Sean Penn film This Must be the Place. Love This Giant, Byrne’s collaboration with St. Vincent, was released in September of 2012 and was followed by tour dates across the world. Byrne’s latest book, How Music Works, was also published in September 2012 by McSweeney’s and was released last September in paperback. The theatrical production of Here Lies Love premiered at The Public Theater in New York in April 2013, was extended four times and won an Outer Critics Circle Award, an Obie Award; Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Music, Lighting Design, and Projection Design; and two Theatre World Awards. This spring the show will return to The Public Theater for an open-ended commercial run and a HLL cast recording will be released on Nonesuch Records.

Brent Carver is an internationally recognized performer having starred in numerous roles throughout Canada, the United States and England in theatre, film, and television.
In 1979 at Los Angeles’ Mark Taper Forum, Brent played Ariel opposite Anthony Hopkins in Shakespeare’s The Tempest.  Displaying versatility and dedication, Brent has performed major roles in Richard III, Cyrano De Bergerac, Tartuffe, Jacques Brel, Cabaret, Much Ado About Nothing, Lord of the Rings, Mother Courage, and Kiss Of The Spider Woman for which he won a Tony Award on Broadway. His solo show Brent Carver In Concert played to sold out venues in both Toronto and Vancouver. Brent was awarded the 2001 Capital Critics Theatre Award for Best Actor for his performance in Larry's Party. He has played opposite Christopher Plummer in King Lear at Lincoln Center and received critical praise for his role in Vigil for Canadian Stage. Brent has recently performed in Romeo & Juliet on Broadway and Jesus Christ Superstar, Camelot, Jacques Brel and As You Like It at Stratford.
Brent has also appeared in television movies and series such as This Is Wonderland, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Da Vinci: Dream of Flight, Millennium, The Wars, The Song Spinner, Love and Hate and The Twilight Zone. He was critically acclaimed for his role as the Countess in the feature film Lilies, for his title role in Whiskers he received an Emmy nomination and he has won Gemini Awards for his performances in Street Legal, Due South and Elizabeth Rex.  Brent's film work includes Deeply with Kirsten Dunst for director Sheri Elwood, Atom Egoyan’s Ararat, which and Thom Fitzgerald’s The Event.

Boy George: is universally recognized as one of the music scene’s most iconic artists and for the past 30 years has maintained a strong position at the forefront of this ever-changing, multi-faceted industry.  Having gained truly global recognition, the Grammy-nominated singer has created a worldwide presence that transcends age, race, creed, nationality and religion.
To date, George has sold over 100 million singles and in excess of 50 million albums as a performer and songwriter with 80’s super group Culture Club and as a solo artist in his own right. He also continues to be one of the world’s most successful and in-demand international DJs, touring extensively across the globe.
Away from his musical successes George has been a columnist for the national newspaper the Daily Express, the author of two bestselling autobiographies and has been the co-producer, songwriter and on-stage star of the award-winning musical ’Taboo’ on both New York’s Broadway and London’s West End.
We didn’t even get to George making it into the Top 50 of the BBC’s 100 Greatest Britons of all time, as well as being photographed by everyone from Richard Avedon to Lord Snowdon to Steve Meisel.  Boy George’s latest solo release is “This Is What I Do”, on Very Me Records.

Josh Groban: is an American singer, songwriter, musician, actor, and record producer. His first four solo albums have been certified multi-platinum, and in 2007, he was charted as the number-one best selling artist in the United States with over 21 million records in the nation.To date, he has sold over 25 million records worldwide. With his sixth album, All That Echoes, Josh Groban has at once built on the touchstone artistry that has made him a global pop star for more than a decade and expanded his ambitious reach into richly rewarding new territory.The inspiring first single “Brave” shows off his accomplished, personal songwriting as one of seven songs on the album he co-wrote. And inspired choices of other’s songs, from the Academy Award-winning “Falling Slowly” from the movie and Tony Award-honored spin-off Broadway musical Once to Stevie Wonder’s “I Believe” through his continued explorations of the poetry of Spanish (“Un Alma Mas,” featuring Cuban-born trumpet great Arturo Sandoval) and Italian (“E Ti Prometterò,” a duet with Italian star Laura Pausini), spotlight his singular talents as a masterful interpreter.

Brennan Hall: American countertenor Brennan Hall is a native of Orlando, Florida and made his professional debut singing as a soloist in Bach’s Saint John Passion with the American Bach Soloists, under the direction of Jeffrey Thomas. Hall was praised by the San Francisco Classical Voice for his “remarkably rich voice throughout his range… and admirable musical intelligence.” Hall has been a frequent soloist for the Bloomington Bach Cantata Project and the Bloomington Early Music Festival. He has acquired degrees from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music and Rollins College. Brennan is also a featured performer in Matthew Barney’s film River of Fundament, also showing at this year’s Festival.

Ezra Koenig is the lead singer, guitarist and songwriter for the New York based rock band Vampire Weekend. In addition to being a part of the band, Koenig is also involved in a number of musical projects. During this year’s broadcast of the 2014 Academy Awards, Koenig accompanied Karen O from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs on backing vocals and acoustic guitar for her performance of the Oscar-nominated song “The Moon Song” from Spike Jonze’s movie, Her

Steven Page: Singer, songwriter, and musical icon Steven Page has made an indelible impression on the international music scene. A witty, endearing, and captivating stage presence, Page enjoyed two decades of success as the lead singer and co-founder of The Barenaked Ladies, the popular band from Scarborough, ON, who toured the globe, dominated MuchMusic & MTV, sold upwards of 14 million albums and went platinum many times over.  Throughout 2014, Steven Page continues on his musical journey, touring as a solo artist with the support of his new band mates – multi-instrumentalists Bryden, Jay and Jesse Baird (Feist’s long-time backing band), Kevin Fox and Karen Graves.  You can expect that any Steven Page show will feature his powerful and distinctive tenor, his trademark wit, new songs as well as selections from the Barenaked Ladies songbook that we all know and love.

 

 

When & Where?
Saturday, June 14th
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm — with intermission
Sony Centre for the Performing Arts

How much?
$150, $125, $95, $85, $75, $55, $45

Read a blog by our Artistic Director, Jorn about why this show is dear to his heart


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Featured Artists:
David Byrne
Brent Carver
Boy George
Josh Groban
Brennan Hall
Ezra Koenig
Steven Page
Rufus Wainwright

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