Local singers will have the opportunity to join five Broadway stars and an all-star New York band on stage in "Neil Berg's 100 Years of Broadway" concert at Eastern Illinois University next month.
Up to two winners and up to 10 runners-up will be selected by the show's panel of industry experts, including producers, singers, managers and Neil Berg himself, to sing during the show, which will be held in the Doudna Fine Arts Center's Dvorak Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30.
Along with musical director and pianist Neil Berg, the production is to feature Rita Harvey (Christine Daee, "Phantom of the Opera"), Ray McLeod (Wreck, "Wonderful Town"), Carter Calvert (Grizabella, "Cats"), Danny Zolli (Jesus, "Jesus Christ Superstar") and Erick Buckley (Jean Valjean, "Les Miserables"). The cast is subject to change based on Broadway and touring developments.
To audition, each contestant should upload a 90- to-120-second video clip of him/her singing a Broadway favorite to YouTube, MySpace or Facebook, and then submit the audition using the online form at http://www.singingwiththebroadwaystars.com/event.php?event=20101030A by 4 p.m. (Central time) Oct. 15.
Entrants must be at least 13 years old. Winners will be announced on Oct. 22. Winners will be notified by e-mail or phone.
Those submitting audition videos should review the submission guidelines and rules online at www.singingwiththebroadwaystars.com. More information is available by calling the Doudna Fine Arts Center at 217-581-3110.
Tickets may be purchased in person at Doudna Fine Arts Center Box Office, by telephone at 217-581-3110, or online at http://www.doudnatix.com.
The Doudna Fine Arts Center is a division of the EIU College of Arts and Humanities. For more information on the facility and scheduled events, please see http://www.eiu.edu/doudna.