Moonlight Musicals blends Broadway shows with heartwarming touch

Lubbock Moonlight Musicals puts on plays, musicals, and concerts for the community. This month, Lubbock Moonlight Musicals put on a “Serenade to Broadway,” starring David Gaschen.

“A Serenade to Broadway” is a tribute concert to all the major Broadway musicals. Songs from “Wicked,” “Sweeney Todd,” and “Into the Woods” were among those feautured. All the music was provided by a live orchestra, which did an amazing job recreating all the original songs.

Philip Mann, currently serving as the director of Orchestral Studies at Texas Tech University, brought passion to the concert with his graceful conducting.

What is really interesting about this specific cast is that most of the performers have bigger roles in the organization. Some of the cast included: Gerald Dolter, producer and stage director; Daniel Hogan, scenic designer; and Justin Duncan production manager and technical director.

Other cast members included Nicole Casteel, Annie Nichole-Burge, Katrina Wilson, Francisco Rendon, and Travis Burge. Each cast member has an amazing voice. The talent on the stage was incredible.

lubbock plays 1It was very heartwarming to know that many of the performers get their start in Lubbock, leave, have amazing careers and come back to showcase their experiences and talents to the community that they are from. The cast performed amazing solos and duets. Their voices mixed really well.

All cast members were dressed fitting the song performed. Everyone looked absolutely stunning. Every time the song would change, the background color would change too. That really helped bring color and life to the performance.

The start of Act I was “Overture” from “The Sound of Music,” performed by the Moonlight Orchestra and Mann. It really set the tone for the rest of the concert, as you could tell the concert was going to be fun and upbeat. Katrina Wilson did an amazing job performing “Honey Bun” from “South Pacific.”

Between the songs, the conductor would interact with whoever was singing at the time. That gave the audience time to get to know the performer. Mann would ask questions such as what brings you to Lubbock? And where did you start your career? This created a light, spirited vibe. It brought the audience and performers together. At some point, you almost feel like you know the performer.

The featured performer was Gaschen, who started his career in Lubbock. Gaschen graduated from Monterey High School, before going on to attend Texas Tech University. He later starred on Broadway as the Phantom in “Phantom of the Opera.”

Gaschen sang a few of his songs from his CD, giving insight to some of the meanings to his songs.

Lubbock Moonlight Musicals really focuses on creating a “Family friendly atmosphere,” said Robin Henson, director of marketing and development.

“After it comes together, all we feel is pride,” she added.

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