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Celebrity Soloists to Join Westfield Symphony for New Year’s Eve Festivities

SANDRA JOSEPH holds the record as the longest running leading lady (Christine) in Broadway's longest running show ( the Phantom of the Opera)
KEVIN GRACE is an acclaimed professional opera singer who recently starred in NYC Center Encores production of Jerome Kerns Music in the Air.
ANGELA BIRCHETT is a dynamic vocalist, actor on the musical stage, and recording artist who recently captivated audiences as Motormouth Maybelle on the national tour of Hairspray.
On Monday, December 31st, at 7pm, the fully professional Westfield Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro David Wroe,  presents STEPPIN’OUT, a superb revue of the American musical showstoppers featuring four outstanding soloists direct from the Broadway stage.
WSO is thrilled to welcome soprano Sandra Joseph who has performed for millions during her ten-year run as Christine Daae in The Phantom of the Opera. Sandra has the distinct honor of holding the record as the longest-running leading lady in Broadway’s longest-running show. She has also performed with the acclaimed New York City Opera and in concert venues and regional theaters across the country and has frequently been seen on TV in Law and Order, One Life to Live and As the World Turns as well as on many news and talk shows.
WSO will also be joined by dynamic and versatile performer mezzo-soprano Angela Birchett. Originally from Detroit, MI, Angela has graced stages nationally and internationally in Hairspray, Grease, Rent, Showboat and Smokey Joe’s Café and recently starred in Ain’t Misbehaving at the Triad Theater in Greensboro, NC.
The New Year’s Eve celebration also features Ron Bohmer who is currently starring on Broadway as El Gallo in the world’s longest running musical, The Fanasticks. Ron has also starred on Broadway as Phantom in  The Phantom of the Opera, Joe Gillis in Sunset Boulevard, Enjolras in Les Miserables, Father in the recent revival of Ragtime ,and Frid in a Little Night Music with Bernadette Peters.

WSO is also excited to welcome Kevin Grace who sings regularly with renowned opera companies throughout the United States including New York City Opera, Roanoke Opera, New Rochelle Opera and Delaware Valley Opera. Kevin also recently starred in New York City Center Encores production of Jerome Kerns Music in the Air.
The concert has become a musical celebration eagerly anticipated by much of central New Jersey. An event for the whole family, this friendly cabaret–style concert full of fun,  musical finesse and virtuoso performances is sure to delight young and not so young alike. With a 7pm start and a convenient Westfield High School location, the concert is a perfect beginning to New Year’s Eve revels.

The WSO recommends that audience members make reservations as soon as possible as tickets are selling fast and last year’s concert was a sell-out. Tickets in advance are $40 for general admission and $70 for preferred seating ($45 and $75 at the door, if available). Tickets may be purchased on line at (where audience members can select seats and print tickets) or by calling (908) 232-9400.


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