'Broadway Sings' comes back

Nat­alia Toro (right) and Kimilee Bry­ant (left) (photo by Katie Jon­son)

The Con­greg­a­tions of Ner Zedek is in­vit­ing the com­munity to at­tend its an­nu­al Labor Day fund-rais­ing con­cert.

For the sev­enth time in eight years, the syn­agogue will host the Broad­way Sings con­cert pro­duc­tion.

The con­cert will take place at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 3, at Ner Zedek, 7520 Bustleton Ave. in Rhawn­hurst.

In all, Ner Zedek has held 16 con­certs over the years. Formerly, they were in the spring.

Now, the tra­di­tion is to have the con­cert on the first Monday in Septem­ber and to in­vite Broad­way Sings back each year.

About a dozen mem­bers of the con­cert com­mit­tee make the ar­range­ments and spread the word about the show.

At­tend­ance last year was about 550. Or­gan­izers be­lieve people en­joy the af­ter­noon show, since they can go out to eat af­ter­ward and be home be­fore it’s dark.

But the big draw re­mains the per­formers.

“People are thrilled by them. They love it,” said Jack Be­l­it­sky, chair­man of the con­cert com­mit­tee.

Be­l­it­sky de­scribed the per­formers as not just people who sing Broad­way tunes, but cur­rent and former stars of Broad­way hit shows.

“They’ve starred in every ma­jor Broad­way hit of the last fif­teen years,” he said.

The per­formers will sing fa­vor­ites from shows such as The Pro­du­cers, Les Miser­ables, Rent, Mamma Mia!, The Phantom of the Op­era, Cats, Beauty and the Beast, Je­kyll & Hyde, Chica­go: The Mu­sic­al and Wicked.

“These are Broad­way pro­fes­sion­als,” said Don Ag­riss, the con­cert com­mit­tee’s pub­li­city chair­man.

Bustleton-based Con­greg­a­tions of Shaare Shamay­im and syn­agogues in Wyn­newood and Cherry Hill, N.J., have hos­ted Broad­way Sings for re­cent con­certs.

“Ner Zedek takes pride in what Broad­way Sings has be­come. Oth­er syn­agogues and or­gan­iz­a­tions are us­ing them as part of their fund-rais­ing ef­forts,” Ag­riss said.

Firstrust Bank, owned by the Green fam­ily, re­turns as the con­cert’s prime spon­sor.

Tick­ets cost $36. The cost is $100 for two tick­ets and a post-con­cert re­cep­tion or $200 for four tick­ets and the re­cep­tion. There’s a 10 per­cent dis­count on group sales of 20 or more tick­ets. ••


Tick­ets, tick­ets …

Checks for tick­ets can be sent to Con­greg­a­tions of Ner Zedek, Con­cert Com­mit­tee, 7520 Bustleton Ave., Phil­adelphia, PA 19152. Make checks pay­able to Con­greg­a­tions of Ner Zedek.

To or­der tick­ets by phone, call the syn­agogue of­fice at 215-728-1155 or Jack Be­l­it­sky at 215-725-2912.

Tick­ets will also be avail­able at the door.

For more in­form­a­tion, vis­it www.broad­way­s­ings.com


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