Endstation Theatre Company, resident theater company of Sweet Briar College, is bringing a sampling of big-time musical theater to Central Virginia with a fundraising event featuring Broadway performer Tory Ross.
Ross, who has been seen in the national tour of “Wicked” and on Broadway in “9 to 5,” will perform in a benefit concert to raise money to support Endstation’s fifth annual Blue Ridge Summer Theatre Festival. The “Broadway in the Blue Ridge” fundraiser will be held at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 19 in Murchison Lane Auditorium at Sweet Briar’s Babcock Fine Arts Center.
The night will feature Broadway hits from “Once,” “Sunday in the Park with George,” and the current best-selling musical “Wicked.” Ross will also be joined by Endstation performers on selected songs from “Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” a featured production of the 2012 Blue Ridge Summer Theatre Festival.
Ross is a seasoned Broadway veteran, having worked alongside celebrated stage actors Lorna Luft, Allison Janney and Matthew Broderick. Most recently, Ross played Rosemary Clooney in the world premiere of “Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical” for the Human Race Theatre Company. She has appeared on Broadway in “Cry-Baby,” across America in the national tours of “The Producers” and “White Christmas,” in London as Agent Clarice Starling in “Silence! The Musical” and at Carnegie Hall in “Jerry Springer: The Opera.” She has also appeared on the big screen in “Sex and the City 2” and “The Producers.” Her next project will be Cyndi Lauper’s new Broadway musical, “Kinky Boots.”
The Blue Ridge Summer Theatre Festival is produced annually by Endstation Theatre Company and is hosted by Sweet Briar College. The festival includes original plays about and for Virginia, family-friendly productions, and location-specific outdoor classics that take place on Sweet Briar’s beautiful campus. Endstation Theatre Company was founded in 2006 by Amherst native Geoffrey Kershner and his fellow Florida State University alumni, Krista Franco.
Tickets for “Broadway in the Blue Ridge” are $20, $10 with a student ID. For more information on the concert, the Blue Ridge Summer Theatre Festival, or on Endstation Theatre Company, contact the box office at (434) 826-0391 or visit endstationtheatre.org.