Concerts

Broadway

Program Notes

The Producers

Mel Brooks was persuaded by producer David Geffen to revisit his classic comedy film about a scheme to produce a guaranteed Broadway flop, and bring the concept to Broadway as a musical. Although there were some changes in characterization…

Fiddler on the Roof

Originally opening in 1964, “Fiddler” became the first Broadway musical to surpass 3,000 performances, eventually closing in 1972 with 3,242 performances. It held the record for longest running musical for nearly ten years, eventually surpassed by…

Miss Saigon

This musical about a doomed romance between an American GI and Vietnamese bar girl is actually an adaptation of Puccini’s popular opera, “Madame Butterfly”. Claude-Michel Schönberg & Alain Boublil updated the concept, relocating the main…

Wicked

This extremely popular twist on L. Frank Baum’s novel “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”, and the classic film adaptation “The Wizard of Oz”, endeavored to present a look a good, evil, and the motivations that prompt actions previously thought to be…

Jesus Christ Superstar

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s rock opera approach to the traditional passion play began its life as a recorded album, released in 1970, featuring Deep Purple frontman Ian Gillan in the role of Jesus. Following the success of this album and a…

Aspects of Love

This adaptation of a 1955 novella of the same name explored a variety of romantic entanglements, as well as the love shared between children and their parents, over a period of seventeen years (the ‘aspects’ of love). Lloyd Webber and Rice were…

Evita

Like “Jesus Christ Superstar”, this Lloyd Webber/Rice collaboration, chronicling the life of Argentinian politician Eva Perón, began its life as a rock opera album in 1976. Lloyd Webber composed in a variety of styles, including traditional European…

Featuring
Christine Pfenninger – Soprano

Christine Pfenninger is delighted to be joining the Wheaton Symphony for a sixth season. She has been seen throughout Chicagoland, from Cicero, to Glencoe, to Woodstock, to Batavia in numberous stage productions. Favorite roles include Sister Amnesia in “Nunsense”, Florence in “Chess”, Amalia in “She Loves Me”, Eva Peron in “Evita”, Marian in “The Music Man”, Reno Sweeney in “Anything Goes”, and most recently Christmas Eve in the regional premiere of “Avenue Q”.

A comedienne at heart, she is also fond of Broadway impersonations and tackled Ethel Merman, Carol Channing, Liza Minelli, Chita Rivera, and Marissa Jaret Winokur in Steel Beam Theatre’s productuion of “Forbidden Broadway”. She met her husband David in a production of “Pump Boys & Dinettes” in St. Charles over ten years ago and he remains her favorite leading man.

She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Theatre from Roosevelt University and is a proud mom to Amalia Elizabeth. As always, she is truly blessed to make music with the Wheaton Symphony and share such wonderful, classic tunes with their generous audiences.

Concert Program

Salute to Broadway

Arranged by Carl Strommen

Give My Regards to Broadway
Ain’t Misbehavin’
My Funny Valentine
I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face
Thou Swell

The Producers

Music by Mel Brooks

Arranged by Ted Ricketts

Symphonic Dances from Fiddler on the Roof

Music by Jerry Bock

Arranged by Ira Hearshen

Miss Saigon

Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg

Lyrics by Richard Maltby Jr. & Alain Boublil

Arranged by Calvin Custer

Highlights from Wicked

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz

Arranged by Ted Ricketts

INTERMISSION

Phantom of the Opera

Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber

Arranged by Calvin Custer

Jesus Christ Superstar

Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber

Lyrics by Tim Rice

Arranged by Henry Mancini

Sunset Boulevard

Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber

Lyrics by Don Black & Christopher Hampton

Aspects of Love

Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber

Lyrics by Don Black & Charles Hart

Evita

Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber

Lyrics by Tim Rice

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