WESTFIELD, NJ — A full house celebrated New Year’s Eve Tuesday night with the New Jersey Festival Orchestra and their guests, three Broadway stars and performers from the Dance Theatre of Harlem.
Musical lovers of all ages clapped their hands, snapped their fingers and tapped their toes inside the Westfield High School auditorium to the sounds of Broadway favorites from “Caberet,” “Oklahoma!,” “Wicked” and more during “Broadway Throught the Ages.”
There were some popular non-Broadway songs, too, such as when Jacob Keith Watson sang the Simon and Garfunkel classic “Bridge Over Troubled Water” to much applause and cheers.
Singer Analisa Leaming had the audience laughing and cheering when the Tennessee native belted out “They Don’t Let You in the Opera,” about a country star who dreams of singing in “The Barber of Seville.”
Speaking of opera, singer Jessica Ann Best demonstrated the difference between how she sings for opera (sans microphone) and how she sings for Broadway before treating the audience to “Children will Listen” from “Into the Woods.”
Mayor Shelley Brindle used the occasion to kick off Westfield 300, a celebration of the 300th anniversary of the settlement of what would eventually become the Town of Westfield. Brindle spoke before the show, asking audience members to consider donating “your time, your treasure or your talent” to make Westfield 300 a success.