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Broadway Boys bring big-stage performance to Beach/Schmidt

Published on -10/18/2013, 9:05 AM

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Tasty harmonies, slick choreography and solid musicianship made it impossible not to fall in love with the Broadway Boys on Tuesday night at Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center.

The six-man touring powerhouse of musical talent built a monument to Broadway during the 2013-14 Encore series opener with their irresistible interpretations of both new and classic favorites.

The Broadway Boys represent shows such as "The Book of Mormon," "Wicked," "Rent," and many more. Touring the country and playing large and small venues, the group also has recorded an album "Lullaby of Broadway," which debuted at No. 6 on the iTunes singer/songwriter chart. A holiday-themed follow-up album, "Hark!" is soon to be released.

Created by Jesse Nager, the Broadway Boys' repertoire blends Nager's favorite music styles, including Broadway, gospel, classical and pop music genres into an entirely fresh sound.

Each member connected with the audience through the telling of his own journey to Broadway. Each voice, distinct and pleasing, joined together in electrifying harmonies.

The audience, made up mostly of aging Encore enthusiasts, were quick to find their groove when the Broadway Boys broke out in "Oh, What a Night," the pop '70s radio hit. And, with a little audience participation, a local "Uptown Girl" was brought on stage for a feel-good audience participation number.

The John Lennon classic, "Imagine," reverberated with musical authenticity. And "Seasons," with its uniquely woven harmonies was stunning.

When trying to choose a favorite song, the gorgeous lyrical style of "Morning Glow" seemed to float to the top.

But the show only got better. And when the high-octane Boys returned for a curtain call singing the "Wicked" hit, "Defying Gravity," the group's expansive harmonies ended the evening with enchanting imagery.

The 2013-14 Encore Series is just getting started. The next performance, Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, will be at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29 at Beach/Schmidt.

Other upcoming events include: the Vienna Boys Choir, Nov. 12; and Christmas in Ireland, Dec. 10. Ticket information is available at (785) 628-5306 or www.fhsu.edu/encore.

Dawne Leiker is a frequent contributor to The Hays Daily News. dpleiker@fhsu.edu

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