Sweet Adelines putting on a Broadway revue Oct. 25-26

Dori O'Neal, Tri-City HeraldOctober 16, 2013 

The Rolling Hills Chorus of Sweet Adelines presents its fall show My Broadway on Oct. 25-26. Pictured are from left, back row: Julee Hawks, Ilene Finger, Pat Underwood and Rebecca Turnage. Brenda Baker is in front.

COURTESY ROLLING HILLS CHORUS

It'll be Broadway in harmony when the Rolling Hills Chorus of Sweet Adelines presents its fall show My Broadway on Oct. 25-26.

And this show will be quite different from the singing group's concerts of the past.

The show features 100 years of Broadway music, including songs from The Music Man, Hair, Wicked and Mary Poppins, said Linda Meigs, a member of the chorus.

The show is more like a revue with colorful characters instead of singers performing a variety of tunes concert-style.

It follows the story of Mabel, the cleaning lady who has been a part of an old theater that is getting ready to perform its last production.

"Come with Mabel and the Rolling Hills Chorus as we sing and dance our way through (a century) of Broadway musicals," Meigs said. "Our special guest Carisa Simpson, with her accompanist Patti Robertson, add glamour, (and) Taylor Plunkett and local friends provide the acting magic. We (the chorus) provide the music."

The new angle to the show keeps with the Sweet Adelines' desire to try new things, she added, like lending their engaging harmony to baseball recently.

Thirty members of the 32-member group were invited to sing the national anthem at the opening of the Seattle Mariners game Sept. 23. See the Herald's website for a video of the performance.

"The chorus would love to say we brought winning luck to the team, but it did take 12 innings for the game to end, down by one," Meigs joked.

Meigs received an invite to perform at the Mariners game earlier this year. When she told her singing family the news, it took about five seconds for a resounding commitment, she added.

"Performing at the game was awesome," Meigs said. "We got so many compliments from people at the game. And standing on the field, seeing ourselves on the Jumbotron, hearing our sound from the speakers ... what an honor it was to have been invited to sing."

But the Sweet Adelines are now focused on Broadway and promise a show to remember.

Performance dates are 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Princess Theatre in downtown Prosser, and at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26 in the auditorium at Hanford High School, 450 Hanford Ave., Richland.

Cost is $10 in advance or $12 at the door for adults and $8 in advance, $10 at the door for students and seniors. Advance tickets are available at www.rollinghillschorus.org.

-- Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; doneal@tricityherald.com; Twitter: @dorioneal

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