Broadway Concerts tribute comes to Elks

Get a feeling for the music of Broadway without ever having to leave Prescott. On Saturday, May 30, The Broadway Concerts will bring the greatest hits of Broadway and the West End to the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center, presented by TAD Management. But unlike seeing an actual show on Broadway, audiences will be able to have a personal connection with the performers.

Jesse Berger is a member of the production and has also been in other TAD shows, like December '63. He said he got into music because his parents were into music.

"My dad did some singing when he was younger," Berger said, noting that his sister got the desire to be an opera singer at age 4 and that he had piano and cello lessons at a young age. "It was just a thing... always present in our house."

Berger said that he tuned into the Broadway Concerts show due to an interest in his Frankie Valli group. He called being able to do it the "best of both worlds" because he always loved musical theatre. Further, he said it's a large concert setting, but he's still playing the music he likes best.

And the show is not like any other type of concert show, according to Berger, who said while it presents a full enough sound to make the audience think they are listening to the show, the performers get to be themselves.

He also said there is a personal connection because the performers interact with the audience.

"You watch somebody perform and you're really getting to know them," he said. "You get a very personal connection."

Berger stated that people coming to the show will have a "really good time," adding that he knows how much fun the Frankie Valli show is and said that this one is great because there's a lot more people.

"The Broadway Concerts will be at the Elks Theatre, 117 E. Gurley St., on Saturday May 30. Curtain is at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $25 for adults, $22 for seniors and $30 for Opera Box Seats and can be purchased online at www.prescottelkstheater.com or by calling 928-777-1370. Tickets are also available at the door one hour prior to the performance.

- by Jason Wheeler, The Daily Courier