September 15, 2010

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Singers Ann Hampton Callaway and Liz Callaway will open the Weis Center events season at Bucknell University on Sept. 25 at 8 p.m. with "Boom!"

"Featuring hit songs of the boomer generation of the '60s and '70s, including memorable songs by Joni Mitchell, Carole King, Paul Simon and The Beatles, these two consummate stars of Broadway and cabaret — who are, incidentally, sisters — make these iconic and well-loved songs meaningful and immediate, not to mention fun and funny," said Bill Boswell, executive director of the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University.

"I was lucky enough to be at the opening performance in New York City's Town Hall. The show was spectacular and the reception by the audience thunderous."

Tickets for the performance are $25 per person. Discounts for senior citizens and students are available.

Ann Hampton Callaway
As a champion of the great American Songbook, Ann Hampton Callaway is best known for her Tony-nominated performance in the hit Broadway musical "Swing!" and for writing and singing the theme song to the hit TV series "The Nanny."

Callaway is a Platinum Award-winning writer whose songs are featured on five of Barbra Streisand's recent albums.

She has been a special guest performer with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall, and Tanglewood, and is featured at many of the Carnegie Hall tributes.

She has sung with more than 25 of the world's top orchestras and big bands, and has performed for President Clinton in Washington, D.C., and at President Gorbachev's Youth Peace Summit in Moscow.

A versatile performer, she also has begun work on a new PBS-TV variety show, "Singers Spotlight with Ann Hampton Callaway," that recently aired in Chicago with special guests Liza Minnelli and 2007 Tony Award-winner Christine Ebersole.

Liz Callaway
Award-winning actress, singer and recording artist Liz Callaway made her Broadway debut in Stephen Sondheim's "Merrily We Roll Along."

She received a Tony Award nomination for her performance in "Baby," and for five years, sang "Memory" as Grizabella in "Cats." She also has starred in the original casts of "Miss Saigon," "The Three Musketeers" and "The Look of Love."

Off-Broadway, she received a Drama Desk nomination for her performance in "The Spitfire Grill" and also appeared in "No Way To Treat A Lady," "Marry Me a Little," "Godspell" and "Brownstone."

Other New York appearances include "Hair in Concert," the legendary "Follies in Concert" at the Lincoln Center, "A Stephen Sondheim Evening," and "Fiorello! at Encores!"

She also starred as Venus in the Chicago Ovations! production of "One Touch of Venus" and in "Elegies at Reprise!" in Los Angeles.

Ticket information
Tickets for this Weis Center series performance are available in person from the Campus Box Office in the Weis Center weekdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; from the Barnes & Noble at Bucknell University bookstore in Lewisburg Monday to Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday 12:30 to 4 p.m.; or the Campus Activities and Programs office, located on the third floor of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell, weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Advance tickets also are available online or by calling 570-577-1000. The box office in the Weis Center lobby opens one hour before performances.

This concert has been made possible in part by a generous contribution from Stephen Lindenmuth. The 2010-11 season of Weis Center Events is generously supported by grants from the Bucknell University Association for the Arts and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Council on the Arts in conjunction with the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Additional support for the series is provided by numerous and generous private donors, including members of the Weis Center Green Room Circle and Green Room Board.

The next performance in the Weis Center series is Saturday, Oct. 2, with award-winning movie and television actor and Bucknell alumnus Edward Herrmann portraying August Franchomme in "Mazurka: My Friend Chopin." Visit Weis Center for more information about the series.

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