The American Pops Orchestra (APO) announced the release of a new series, entitled One Voice: The Songs We Share, as part of #PBSForTheArts. Its two inaugural episodes, “Broadway” and “Sacred,” will be broadcast back to back on Friday, May 28, 2021 at 9 p.m. on Arizona PBS, PBS.org and the PBS Video App.
In this new series, Maestro Luke Frazier and the American Pops Orchestra celebrate uniquely American music that has transcended its original genre to find a place in our collective culture.
“Broadway” features show tunes recorded by the Rat Pack, Johnny Mathis and other chart-topping artists, as well as musical theater songs that have become anthems outside of the theater and given a broader voice to our changing society.
This episode was filmed at the historic Maryland Theatre in Hagerstown, Maryland, just outside of Washington, D.C., under strict COVID-19 mitigation procedures. Hosted by and starring Tony and Grammy Award winner Jessie Mueller, “Broadway” features Amber Iman (Hamilton); Luke Hawkins (tap-sensation, Harry Connick, Jr. – A Celebration of Cole Porter); Alexis Michelle (RuPaul’s Drag Race); Sam Simahk (My Fair Lady, Carousel, The King and I, Miss Saigon); and celebrated pianists Steven Mann and Ray Wong. All performers are joined by The American Pops Orchestra under the baton of founder and music director Maestro Luke Frazier.