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CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Nikki Renee Daniels, soprano, above left; Jeff Kready, tenor, above right, CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Nikki Renee Daniels, soprano, above left; Jeff Kready, tenor, above right, "A Broadway Romance," 8 p.m. Sept. 7, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown

A romance made on Broadway

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 by DIANE WITTRY Special to The Press in Focus

On stage and in real life, songs unite couple

Romance: the stuff that fairy tales are made of. We all seek it, want it, dream about it. Romance is that elusive thing that we search for to enrich our lives. It is almost as if without it, we are not quite whole.

To begin the fall season, the Allentown Symphony Orchestra, "A Broadway Romance" concert, 8 p.m. Sept. 7, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown, brings us a story of romance on stage and off stage.

The two featured Broadway performers, soprano Nikki Renee Daniels and tenor Jeff Kready, will sing some of the most beloved love melodies from a variety of Broadway shows that are combined to create a touching love story of boy meets girl and they fall in love.

The story behind the story, however, is that Nikki and Jeff really did meet while performing a Broadway show together, fell in love and got married. So when they sing these love melodies to each other on the stage of Miller Symphony Hall with the Allentown Symphony Orchestra behind them, they will truly be singing from their hearts.

Nikki Renee Daniels established her Broadway career in shows like "Les Miserables," "Anything Goes," "Aida" and "Little Shop of Horrors." She played Clara in the 2012 Tony Award-winning revival of the Gershwins' "Porgy and Bess."

Jeff Kready recent played Tony Elliot in the hit show, "Billy Elliot," on Broadway and the National tour. He has also appeared in "Sunday in the Park with George" and "Les Miserables," the show where he met his future wife.

The "Broadway Romance" concert is a wonderful program that includes popular pieces like "Tonight" from "West Side Story," "Wonderful Guy" from "South Pacific," "All That Jazz" from "Chicago," "People Will Say We're In Love" from "Oklahoma!," "Make Believe" from "Showboat," "The Impossible Dream" from "Man of La Mancha" and more.

The composers for the concert include Cole Porter, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Richard Rodgers, George Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein, Irving Berlin, Stephen Sondheim, and many others that you know. Virtually every famous Broadway composer will have a piece or two featured and you will be treated to many of your favorite melodies and songs that center around the topics of "romance" and "love."

You don't have to wait another six months until Valentine's Day to share an evening with someone you love. Treat yourself to your own night of romance at the ASO's "Broadway Romance" concert. It is the perfect night out for you and that special someone.

Diane Wittry is Music Director-Conductor of the Allentown Symphony Orchestra, Artistic Director (USA), International Cultural Exchange Program for Classical Musicians, Sarajevo Philharmonic, Bosnia; and author, "Beyond the Baton" (Oxford University Press).

Concert tickets: Miller Symphony Hall Box Office, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown, AllentownSymphony.org, 610-432-6715