“Broadway meets Broadway”

Meeting of musical stars from American Broadway and Prague Broadway Theatre

Saturday 3/8 2019, 20:30

Brewery Garden

„Broadway meets Broadway“ – meeting of musical stars from American Broadway and Prague Broadway Theatre

Sólisté: Capathia Jenkins and Hugh Panaro (USA), Michaela Gemrotová and Marian Vojtko (Czech Republic)

Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra Olomouc, conductor: Randall Craig Fleischer (USA)

Koupit vstupenky


Selection from musicals – Cats, Les Misérables, Phantom of the Opera, Dracula, Angelique and others


The musical evening has become an integral part of the program of the International Music Festival Český Krumlov. This time it is the turn of the “Broadway meets Broadway” project, which will be an interesting confrontation. Soloists from Broadway theatres in New York Capathia Jenkins and Hugh Panaro, whom the audience in Český Krumlov knows very well by now, will perform side by side with Czech musical singers. These will be Michaela Gemrotová, opera and musical singer and interpreter of the main roles in the musical The Phantom of the Opera, Angelique and Ball of Vampires and a laureate of a number of competitions, and Marian Vojtko, Slovak tenor opera and musical singer, who has been based in the Czech Republic for a long time and has had engagements at Prague theatres Broadway, Hybernia and Karlín Musical Theatre. Here he has performed in the musicals Cleopatra (Caesar and Marcus Antonius), The Three Musketeers, (Cardinal Richelieu, Athos), Angelique (Joffrey de Peyrac) and Mona Lisa (Leonardo da Vinci). He received the Thalia Award in 2010 for the role of Baron Munchausen. However, it was the double role in the Broadway musical Jekyll & Hyde by composer Frank Wildhorn, staged in the Karlín Musical Theatre, which brought him the greatest success. The author himself described Marian Vojtko as one of the best interpreters of this double role in the world. A rich program consisting of a selection from the most popular musicals will be prepared. The soloists will be accompanied by the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra Olomouc under the baton of American conductor Randall Craig Fleischer.

O umělcích

The Brooklyn-born and raised actress, Capathia Jenkins, most recently starred as ‘Medda’ in the hit Disney production of Newsies on Broadway. She has also been seen on Broadway in The Civil War, where she created the role of Harriet Jackson, The Look of Love, Caroline, Or Change, and Martin Short – Fame Becomes Me, where she sang ‘Stop the Show’ and brought the house down every night.  Ms. Jenkins starred Off-Broadway in the revival of Godspell and (mis) Understanding Mammy for which she received a Drama Desk Nomination.  In December, Ms. Jenkins was seen on the live NBC production of The Wiz. An active concert artist, Ms. Jenkins has appeared with orchestras around the world including the Cleveland Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony (with Marvin Hamlisch), Philly Pops, Cincinnati Pops, National Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Utah Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, San Antonio Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Nashville Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Edmonton Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, San Diego Symphony and the Hong Kong Philharmonic and will return twice in 2016 as a guest soloist with the Festival Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic.  Capathia had the great honor of performing in the ‘Broadway Ambassadors to Cuba’ concert as part of the Festival De Teatro De La Habana. She returned to Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops in November, 2015 and recently sang in a Tribute to Marvin Hamlisch at the Library of Congress. She can be heard on the following film soundtracks: Nine, Chicago, Legally Blonde 2.


Hugh Panaro has been described as “the leader of Broadway’s dwindling supply of great leading men.” Critically lauded and adored by fans, he demonstrates versatility, charisma, tremendous vocal talent, and, in the words of one former costar, movie star good looks. His first role, Friedrich, in a regional production of The Sound of Music, came when he was twelve. In 1988, Hugh originated the role of Marius Pontmercy in the first national touring production of Les Misérables, moving up to the Broadway company several months later. He was then cast by Hal Prince as Raoul de Chagny, the romantic young hero in Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit musical The Phantom of the Opera. In 1999, Hugh returned to the Majestic Theatre, this time to don the iconic mask in The Phantom of the Opera. Following the tour, Hugh drew praise for performances in Gentleman Prefer Blondes and Merrily We Roll Along in Los Angeles and as Anthony Hope in the Kennedy Center’s 2002 production of Sweeney Todd. In 2008, he starred as Jean Valjean in the Walnut Street Theatre’s outstanding production of Les Misérables, a role which earned him praise from audiences and reviewers alike, as well as the Barrymore award.  On September 7, 2010, Hugh returned to Broadway’s Majestic Theatre to again play the iconic Phantom and led the show’s historic 25th anniversary performance. In 2012, he was the recipient of the prestigious Edwin Forrest Award. During an extended break from Phantom in 2013, he was again seen as Jean Valjean in The Muny’s summer production of Les Misérables (opposite friend and Side Show costar Norm Lewis).


With three Music Director positions, arrangements and compositions played around the world, a demanding guest conducting schedule, major awards, and a career spanning four continents, Randall Craig Fleischer is making a substantial impact. Mr. Fleischer has appeared as a guest conductor with many major orchestras in the United States and internationally including engagements with the Boston Pops, China Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Houston Symphony, Utah Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra, Festival Cesky Krumov (Czech Republic) and many others. Mr. Fleischer first came to international attention when, while serving his first of five years as Assistant, then Associate conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra, he conducted Dvorak’s Cello Concerto with Mstislav Rostropovich as soloist during the NSO’s 1990 tour of Japan and the U.S.S.R.  Active as a composer and arranger, Mr. Fleischer is a national leader in the area of symphonic rock and world music fusion.  His works and arrangements have been played by numerous major orchestras around the world.  His work “Symphony in Step” written for the dance company “Step Afrika” was premiered by the Anchorage Symphony and performed at the Atlas Theater in D.C.  Mr. Fleischer made his debut with New York City Opera conducting The Magic Flute. A passionate educator, Fleischer has co-authored several instructional pieces for children in collaboration with his wife, comedian Heidi Joyce.  Winner of Newsweek Magazine’s “Parent’s Choice Award” for his groundbreaking CD ROM of Peter and the Wolf, Mr. Fleischer stands alone as the only American conductor to receive this prestigious award.


The Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra Olomouc is one of the leading and oldest symphonic orchestras in the Czech Republic. It is based in Olomouc, the historic metropolis of Moravia. Important personalities of the Czech music culture have led the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, world’s leading  conductors have stood at its conductor’s stand: O. Klemperer, A. Janson, Lord Yehudi Menuhin, V. Neumann, L. Pešek and others. Important instrumentalists, such as S. Richter, I. Oistrach, G. Kremer, S. Ishikawa, J. Carreras and others, have been its guests. In more than 50 years, the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra has prepared an exceptionally rich and varied repertoire. The orchestra focuses on great authors of the 19th and 20th century in the world as well as on classical authors of the Czech national music culture. The Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra intensively promotes contemporary Czech music and music from around the world, which has been proven by the fact that it has already premiered more than 250 new pieces. Most recently, the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra has specialized in CD recordings of contemporary authors.


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