Ahhhh, the power of live music! Some of the stories we’ve loved best over the generations have been delivered by way of song. Last weekend, I smiled as wide as a big ole slice of sweet summer watermelon as I listened to some of my favorite Broadway Show tunes. The Bel Air Community Chorus couldn’t have provided better entertainment as I ate my picnic dinner in the park behind the library.
What a blessing on a not so bright sunny evening. But as luck would have it, the temperature was perfect, not too hot or humid, at the bandshell in Shamrock Park. Rejoice! Can You Feel a Brand New Day? from The Wiz was an appropriate way to begin the concert. The Bel Air Community Chorus hadn’t performed together on stage since December 2019 due to social distancing restrictions and the pandemic. Sit Down You’re Rockin’ the Boat, a show tune by songwriter Frank Loesch first premiered in 1950 in Guys and Dolls was in the mix, then I Could Have Danced All Night first sung by Julie Andrews in My Fair Lady.
And of course, any Broadway Musical Review must include those iconic American musical theatre songs that we can’t get out of our heads for days once we hear them, such Tonight…Tonight from West Side Story, Feed the Birds from Mary Poppins.
The community choir’s Musical Director, Sandra Files, just couldn’t miss by adding more songs which tell stories about joy, hope and perseverance such as Oklahoma’s Everything is Up to Date in Kansas City, Before the Parade Passes By from Hello Dolly! and the ukulele accompanied Over the Rainbow.
More contemporary show tunes were also represented from Anastasia, Rent, and News Boy’s Now is The Time to Seize the Day. Come Alive from The Greatest Showman made for a fantastic ending.
We can thank community sponsors The Bel Air Recreation Department, the Town of Bel Air, and The Upper Chesapeake Chorus for providing support for the fabulous uplifting evening. Musical theatre entertainment, above all, is what I like the very best!! Let’s hope arts and entertainment everywhere can continue to provide live, rather than virtual opportunity, for all of us. Thanks also to the Maryland State Arts Council for their contribution to a wide variety of support they provide throughout the State.
“The arts have made a profound impact on the health of each community.” ~ Robert L. Lynch, President, Americans for the Arts