It’s not every day that one living in central Indiana can hear famous Broadway stars performing songs from some of the most acclaimed musicals of all time, backed by a full symphony orchestra and massive chorus, with the renowned composers themselves in attendance. But that is exactly what took place this past weekend when the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and principal pops conductor Jack Everly presented the world premiere of Do You Hear the People Sing – The Dream Concert! The concerts, Friday and Saturday at the Hilbert Circle Theatre in downtown Indy and Sunday at the Palladium in Carmel, featured music from lyricist Alain Boublil and composer Claude-Michel Schönberg, the creators of Les Misérables and Miss Saigon. The production itself was created by Boublil and Schönberg in conjunction with the ISO.
Marie Zamora … was charmingly affective (especially when she sang in French) when she sang a duet with Lockyer of Live With Somebody You Love from Martin Guerre and Mon Historie /On My Own from Les Misérables with Solanga.
At the conclusion of the concert, and to the audience’s obvious surprise, none other than Boublil and Schönberg themselves, came on stage to join the cast, orchestra and choir in taking bows. To say that their appearance, and in fact the entire evening, was astonishing – would be an understatement.