Enjoy an evening of Broadway songs, stories

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Justin Brill will present a cabaret concert of favorite Broadway songs on April 15 at Lakewood Center for the Arts. The event is a benefit for the Rising Star program. SUBMITTED PHOTODirect from playing Boq on the first national tour of “Wicked,” Justin Brill will present an evening of songs and stories tracing his path from Annapolis, Md., to Broadway and beyond.

This cabaret concert will be held April 15 at 7 p.m. on the Headlee Mainstage at Lakewood Center for the Arts.

The event is a benefit for LTC’s Rising Stars program, which provides educational and performance opportunities for emerging and established talent.

Admission is $20 or $40, which includes a post-performance reception with Brill.

“The show on April 15 will be a blast,” said Brill from Tucson, Ariz., where he was performing “Wicked.” “I’ll be singing a collection of songs that I love, some pop tunes as well as musical theater standards. Selections range from Billy Joel and Elvis to Disney, Gershwin and Berlin. I’ll also be sharing some life stories and Broadway experiences that had an impact on my personal growth and career. Should be a really fun night.”

Accompanying Brill will be Chris Hubbard, an accomplished Portland composer, performer and music director.

Prior to the concert, Brill will conduct a two-day intensive master class, geared toward actors interested in auditioning for productions, competitions, professional training and college or conservatory programs. Several of the master class participants will have the opportunity to perform with him in the Monday performance.

This is Brill’s second year leading master classes at LTC.

“When ‘Wicked’ was in Portland last year, Steve Knox reached out to our company to see if anyone was interested in teaching a master class at Lakewood,” Brill said. “I’ve been interested in teaching for a few years now and jumped at the opportunity to work with the actors at Lakewood. We put together a master class geared around audition pieces and I gave individual as well as group feedback on acting and vocal performance.”

Information about the master classes and tickets is online at or by calling the box office at 503-635-3901.

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