Singers take break from starring roles

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Singers Christiane Noll and Hugh Panaro will be taking a break when they join the New Mexico Philharmonic for a “Bravo Broadway!” Pops concert next weekend at Popejoy Hall.

These days Panaro is starring on Broadway in the role of the Phantom in “The Phantom of the Opera.”

Meanwhile, Noll is preparing for the planned Dec. 5 airing of the live NBC-TV broadcast of “The Sound of Music” with Carrie Underwood as Maria. Noll portrays Sister Margareta.

“It’s being shot on a sound stage the way you shoot a film, but it’s live as if you’d see it on Broadway,” Noll said.

As their schedules permit, she and Panaro team up to perform “Bravo Broadway!” concerts with orchestras around the country.

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“We like to sing together,” Noll said in a phone interview.

The first half of the Saturday, Nov. 9 Pops concert at Popejoy will have a lot of classical Broadway material, including a medley songs from “Show Boat,” “I Could Have Danced All Night” from “My Fair Lady” and the overtures to “West Side Story” and “Gypsy.”

The second half, Noll said, is music from more contemporary Broadway shows, including “Mamma Mia!” “Wicked,” “Chicago” and “Jesus Christ Superstar.”

“It’s not a set show. This program is chosen for the audience in Albuquerque by the people at the philharmonic,” she said.

Noll has appeared on Broadway and on national tours of such musicals as “The Mambo Kings,” “Miss Saigon,” and “South Pacific.”

Panaro also has been seen on Broadway in the Harold Prince revival of “Show Boat,” in “Les Miserables” and in Elton John’s “Lestat.”

Guest conducting the philharmonic is Christopher Confessore.

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