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Accompanist for The Voices of Broadway Show Choir

Accompanist needed for next season for The Voices of Broadway Show Choir, London, Ontario. Weekly rehearsals on Wednesday evenings, beginning Sept 6/17, with most performances on Saturdays, final show June 9/2018.
Send resume/inquiries for this paid position to auditions@thevoicesofbroadway.com by May 31, 2017.  
Interviews & auditions will be held during week of June 12, 2017.

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Rogers TV Interviews The Voices of Broadway

Roger’s TV Interviewed Julie Pietrangelo on Thursday January 14, 2016 about the upcoming show, From Broadway With Love.
You can watch the interview by clicking on the link below.  This will take you to Rogers TV and unfortunately you’ll have to watch their commercial first.
 
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From Broadway With Love Review by Rick Young

“From Broadway with Love delightful”
While the weather outside was somewhat dreadful, the music inside historic Bishop Cronyn Memorial Church last Saturday was delightful – thanks to one of London’s most ambitious and energetic community choirs, The Voices of Broadway Show Choir.
Conducted by its ever exuberant Artistic/Musical Director, Julie Pietrangelo (does she ever stop moving?), the 30-member choir guided a Sold Out house through a wide variety of well known standards from The Great White Way under the banner From Broadway with Love. It may have been a little too early to think about Valentine’s Day, but there definitely was lots of love in the air.
The choir has quickly gained a reputation for doing the unexpected and Saturday’s concert was no exception. Entering the hall from the back of the room, choir members slowly made their way to front as in a wedding procession for the opening number Love Changes Everything from the show Aspects of Love. It was a nice touch and set the tone for the rest of the performance.
Selected tunes from Avenue Q, Miss Saigon, and West Side Story followed. For the latter, several female choristers moved in front of the group to dance to I Feel Pretty, while soloists came to the forefront to perform. A couple also danced to Cole Porter’s It’s De-Lovely from Anything Goes.
As narrator, Joaquin Barrientos, quipped during his Introductory Remarks, “It’s nearly impossible to keep the Voices still during a performance!”
Soloist Matt Green was most impressive as the Beast singing If I Can’t Love Her from Beauty and the Beast: A New Musical.
Several male and female choristers brandished umbrellas for the ubiquitous Singin’ In The Rain from the show of the same name, and Act 1 ended with the hilarious Always Look on the Bright Side of Life from Spamalot with the choir’s eight male members singing and acting out the piece in the forefront. The rest of the choir provided some solid kazoo backing.
It’s obvious that AD/MD Pietrangelo selects arrangements with the special needs and talents of her charges in mind, producing a winning combination. While many other choirs tend to stand static while singing, VOB members are encouraged to dance, gyrate and use facial and hand gestures to entertain the audience.
Act 2 picked right up where the first one left off with a beautiful Medley from the show Once featuring soloist Caitlin Villeneuve and violinists Miranda and Courtney Postma.
The audience was treated to some Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons with the enduring Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You from Jersey Boys, while soloist Brent Leckie stepped to the forefront for On the Street Where You Live from My Fair Lady, which was followed by Get Me to The Church On Time.
Kudos to soloist Julie Wilson for her flawless articulation in the very fast-paced Getting Married Today from Company in which she donned a “wedding dress” and “acted out” the piece with the aid of a headset microphone.
As an aside, the choir may want to investigate the increased use of headsets for all of its soloists in future concerts.
The props came back out in the form of feather boas as the female choristers formed a chorus line for the production number made famous by Marilyn Monroe, Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend, from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, featuring soloist Katie Grivich.
The men donned sailors’ caps and took centre stage with a rousing and humorous rendition of Rogers and Hammerstein’s There Is Nothin’ Like A Dame from the show South Pacific.
The afternoon performance came to close with a couple of crowd pleasers – Can’t Help Falling in Love from All Shook Up during which real-life married couple Julie Wilson and Joaquin Barrientos took to the dance floor to the audience’s delight. It was followed by the upbeat Elvis standard Burnin’ Love.
After a spirited standing ovation, the entire choir took to the dance floor for a hand-clapping cover of You’re the One That I Want from the popular show Grease.
As usual, the choir was accompanied by its very competent band consisting of Yolanda Postma on piano, Jim Smythe on bass, John Kenny on guitar, and Greg Mainprize on drums. Choreographer, Lara Lamour, provided the dance steps and routines for the concert.
After the performance, the choir and its conductor were swamped by family, friends and appreciative audience members. It was only fitting for such a great, uplifting concert!
Rick Young, whose work has been published in local, regional and national print and online publications, was the Managing Editor, Publisher and founder of The Beat Magazine, an independent London arts magazine, from 2009 to 2014.

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Review of Broadway’s Biggest Blockbusters

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Here is a review from one of our patrons:
Voices of Broadway just gets better and better with its high energy, total commitment to the music being performed and its attention to the details of production. Its small band is ideal and extremely professional with a special kudo to Jim Smythe on bass and tuba. Technical aspects continue to improve with each new musical challenge and the choir copes almost magically with each of those musical challenges. It would be nice to have less frantic movement between numbers with mic changes and prop additions. Lighting of the whole show was especially creative!
 
Artistic and Musical Director, Julie Pietrangelo shows wonderful knowledge of the Broadway repertoire and Choreographer Lara Lamour adds a number of nice touches to the overall show with a special nice touch with her own dance number in the opening number of 42nd street.
Voices of Broadway is a wonderful addition to the cultural and artistic environment of London; don’t miss its next show.
Paul Eck
 

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Press Release: Broadway’s Biggest Blockbusters – May 30, 2015

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London’s Hidden Entertainment Gem, The Voices of Broadway Show Choir, Announces Their Season Finale!

Broadway’s Biggest Blockbusters
May 30, 2015 at Wolf Performance Hall, London, ON
Matinee 2:00 pm Evening 7:30 pm
Tickets $20 Advance, $25 at the door
Tickets available online at TheVoicesOfBroadway.com

One of the goals of The Voices of Broadway Show Choir is to bring the Broadway musical experience home to Londoners who may not be able to afford the time or money for a visit to New York City or Toronto to see a professional production. The addition of a in-house choreographer to the creative team has further enhanced this critically acclaimed group’s performances. Although only just completing their second season, The Voices of Broadway Show Choir has been playing to sold-out audiences throughout the London area.
What the critics are saying:

“The Voices of Broadway Show Choir is fast becoming a must-see, critically acclaimed group on the London arts calendar.” – Rick Young – Founder, The Beat Magazine
“This 32 voice group not only has the voices, but it has the legs, the emotions, some comedy and a very obvious love for and understanding of the music it’s singing.” – Paul Eck – Former drama critic CFPL-TV
The Voices of Broadway Show Choir sets a very high standard. Over and over their audiences have commented on the amazing diction of the choir, making every word of the songs crystal clear without sacrificing the beauty of the music. The Voices of Broadway don’t just sing, they act and dance each song, passing every emotion from joy, sadness, tears, laughter and love straight through to the audience with great passion.

 

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Voices of Broadway Singing Telegram Review

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5 Stars for Valentine’s Day Singing Telegram
“A Voices of Broadway quartet sang for my partner, JC, at our Valentine’s Day dinner at Saffrons Restaurant. It was an amazing performance and he was so thrilled. I highly recommend this as something extraordinary to do for someone you love on any special occasion. – Dana C.”
The Voices of Broadway Show Choir would like to thank Dana C. and all of our patrons who decided to give a truly unique gift to someone special for Valentine’s Day.

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A Grand Night For Singing – Review by Rick Young

A Grand Night for Singing…Indeed! 
Talk about truth in advertising!
Saturday night’s concert by London’s The Voices of Broadway Show Choir at Bishop Cronyn Memorial Church was billed as A Grand Night for Singing. At the end of the two hour concert, it was apparent to all present that the popular community choir had delivered the goods – in spades.
Under the exuberant direction of its Artistic/Musical Director, Julie Pietrangelo, the 26 member choir treated the Sold Out audience to almost two hours of Broadway favourites, ranging from the likes of Nice Work If You Can Get It by George and Ira Gershwin to The Who’s Peter Townshend’s rock opera Tommy.
Following the lead of their animated director, choir members smiled, clapped their hands, gyrated and danced their way through the evening’s repertoire, providing plenty of pizzazz and volume when needed as displayed in Seventy-Six Trombones from The Music Man and subtle nuance as in the ballad For Good from Wicked with equal aplomb.
The sterling four piece band, anchored by the choir’s Assistant Musical Director, pianist Yolanda Postma, and featuring Jim Smythe on bass, Greg Mainprize on drums and percussion, and Chris Levesque on guitar, provided the necessary instrumental accompaniment in a most competent manner, never overpowering the soloists and choir. Given the opportunity to showcase their talents on the driving rock tune, Pinball Wizard, the band did not disappoint, with guitarist Levesque hitting all the necessary  power chords.
Decked out in sharp red and black attire, The Voices of Broadway Show Choir features some very fine soloists. Notable this evening were bass Brent Leckie who delivered an emotional rendering of Gonna Build a Mountain, Lauren McLaughlin and Rebecca Surman who performed a beautiful duet on a ballad from Wicked, and Joseph Alfano on Pinball Wizard. Abe Kelledjian delivered a fine sales pitch as “Professor” Harold Hill from The Music Man. Soloists walked to the riser in front of the stage when called upon.
But, to be sure, it is as an ensemble where the choir really shines. This was apparent throughout the night and amply demonstrated in the Medley from the ever-popular Hair for which choir members donned the prerequisite wigs, head-bands and beads and danced their way through tunes like Aquarius, Let the Sunshine In, Good Morning Starshine, and the show’s title tune.
It was also evident in two tunes from Grease, where choir members had the opportunity to showcase their 1950s do-wop and hand-jive abilities in the tunes We Go Together and Born to Hand Jive.
If body language alone is any gauge, it is evident that the members of The Voices of Broadway Show Choir are having fun and genuinely enjoy performing for their audience. The engagement of the choir is contagious and audience participation was encouraged during the concert.
Kudos to Choreographer, Lara Lamour, and Dance Captain, Julie Wilson, for preparing the numerous dance numbers performed by choir members during numbers like The Time Warp from The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and selections from Mamma Mia!, including Dancing Queen.
Props are part and parcel of the choir’s performance and a young stage assistant was kept busy all night providing the Director and choir members with various hats, vests, head-gear of all styles and sizes, and actual musical instruments, as was the case of The Music Man.
Master of Ceremonies, Joaquin Barrientos, provided sufficient background information about each performance piece in a straight-forward, unobtrusive manner, and the intimate confines of historic Bishop Cronyn Memorial Church were the ideal setting for the concert.
Formed in September 2013, The Voices of Broadway Show Choir is fast becoming a must-see, critically acclaimed group on the London arts calendar.
The choir is always on the look-out for new members and interested individuals can arrange an audition through the choir’s website.
The Voices of Broadway Show Choir closes out its 2014/2015 season with two performances of Broadway Blockbusters on Saturday, May 30 at Wolf Performance Hall.
Don’t miss it!
Readers can follow the choir’s events and news at its website http://thevoicesofbroadway.com/ and Facebook page.
Rick Young is a London freelance writer whose work has been published in local, regional and national print and online publications. He was the Managing Editor, Publisher and founder of The Beat Magazine, an independent print and online arts magazine in London, Ontario, from 2009 to 2014.

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Review of Broadway Goes to Hollywood — And Back Again

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The Following review of our show “Broadway Goes to Hollywood — and Back Again”

The Voices of Broadway Show Choir
Last Saturday at the Wolf Performance Hall, London’s newest choral aggregation proved that there is no shortage of talent in the Forest City..  This 32 voice group not only has the voices but it has the legs, the emotions, some comedy and a very obvious love for and understanding of the music it’s singing.
Under the direction of artistic/music director Julie Pietrangelo, Broadway Goes toHollywood…and Back Again moved right along eliciting cheers, applause and a standing ovation from the sold out crowd.  Choreographer Lara Lamour has devised several active dance accompaniments which the singers carried off with pride and efficiency.
Master of Ceremonies, Joel Catlack, added yet another dimension to the evening by providing background information and context for each selection.
The stage band of Jim Smythe, Chris Levesque and Greg Mainprize added just the right musical touch to make us feel we were actually in a Broadway Theatre.  At times the balance between singers and the band seemed somewhat overpowering but those boys can really play.  Show Choir pianist and assistant  music director, Yolanda Postma, was the glue that held the band together.
There was some confusion as to exactly what the stage lighting was doing with soloists sometimes almost in the dark but that certainly didn’t preclude any audience enjoyment.
A great time with a well rehearsed and committed group of singers.  Their next season is already planned for: January 17, 2015 at the Bishop Cronyn Centre Space for the Arts and May 30, 2015 for TWO performances at the Wolf Performance Hall, a matinee and an evening show.  And those two performances are absolutely necessary given the number that had to be turned away Saturday night.  Do yourselves a favour and get on the mailing list right away at www.thevoicesofbroadway.com.
3-1/2 Stars out of 4 
Paul Eck
Former drama critic CFPL-TV, CFPL AM and FM, CJBK, Stratford Times, Grand Bend Times, Host of “The Play’s the Thing” on CFPL-FM.
 

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An Open Letter to our Artistic Director

Dearest Julie,
Words cannot begin to describe the tremendous gifts you have given the Voices family.   Not only have you given the gift of your time, your efforts, your talents and your skills; more importantly, you have given us so many intangible gifts.
You have given us, and continue to give us,  the gift of your limitless fiery energy, your passion, your love of Broadway, your smile, your laughter, your friendship, and yes, even your famous stink eye is a gift of sorts, but most of all, you have given Voices your dream.  It may have started solely as YOUR dream, and it will always be your VISION, but the dream belongs to us all now.   It is the greatest gift you have bestowed upon the Voices family and we thank you from the deepest recesses of our hearts. We love you dearly.
Signed . . .
YOUR Voices of Broadway Family.

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CentreSpace Broadway Blitz Slideshow

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The Voices of Broadway performed their inaugural concert at the CentreSpace for the Art on January 18th 2014.  Enjoy this slideshow of the evening’s joyful event!
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