Traverse City Record-Eagle


March 15, 2013

Traverse Orchestra goes Broadway with 'Guys and Dolls'


Jeffrey Cobb, director of music programs at Northwestern Michigan College, said the concert is a rare opportunity for NMC's 70-member adult choirs to “spread our musical wings.”

““We don’t typically perform music from the musical theater genre,” he said in a press release.

Narrator — and Traverse City Downtown Development Authority Executive Director — Bryan Crough will help set the stage for the show, which takes audiences from the New York mission to a city street to a Havana nightclub.

“Because we don’t have sets, he helps the audience understand where the action takes place and moves the storyline ahead," Church said. “Visually the effect that the audience is supposed to get is the numbers on the stage — the orchestra, the chorus, the soloists. And to be able to embrace how hard the pit orchestra, which is usually under the stage, works.

“I’m proud of the city I live in for taking a risk, because this is a big endeavor,” he said.

The TSO has presented other concerts featuring Broadway hits, but this will be its first full concert production of a musical, said Krista Cooper, the orchestra's interim executive director.

“Kevin Rhodes has always wanted to do something like this. And it’s nice for us to branch out and reach different audiences,” Cooper said. “I’ve seen the rehearsals, and it’s high-energy fun.”

Tickets are $20 to $55, plus fees, at the TSO box office, 947-7120 or

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