Les Miz tenor Michael Burgess performs showstoppers in Oliver.
Forget Les Misérables at the movie theatre. Nothing compares to hearing Mr “Les Miz” himself in person. Canada’s premier musical tenor, Michael Burgess, is slated to perform on Saturday August 3 at 7 pm at the Oliver Bandshell. Broadway hits, arias, and popular showstoppers he has made famous will be sure to thrill locals. The Oliver Community Arts Council is excited to “Bring Him Home” to Oliver this summer.
One hundred early-bird tickets to cover upfront expenses sold out in three days. Regular advance tickets are now selling briskly for $25. Tickets at the gate will sell for $35. Once at the venue, the audience can take advantage of a food court and wine garden open from 5:30 p.m. CDs will also be available for sale.
A popular singer, and actor, Michael Burgess was born in Saskatchewan but raised in Toronto. He became an international celebrity performing the lead role of Jean Valjean in the long-running original Canadian staging of Les Misérables (1989-92). Later, he was Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha, and appeared in Blood Brothers, The Fantasticks, and Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris.
Although without extensive opera training, his ringing vocals impressed North American audiences in works from La Bohème and HMS Pinafore to Messiah and The Beggar’s Opera. His signature song, “Bring Him Home” from Les Misérables, was made doubly famous when Kurt Browning used his version to perform in the 1990 World Figure Skating Championships. No stranger to television, he won a Gemini Award for CBC-TV Special, “Michael Burgess at Massey Hall”.
Burgess is an admitted sports fanatic, and is known for his frequent performances of the Canadian national anthem at major sporting events around the world, heartfelt renditions that ring from the rafters. Burgess was also the first to sing “O Canada” at the baseball World Series in Atlanta in 1992 and will be inducted into the Bobby Orr Hall of Fame July 2013.
Burgess holds the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal. and recently was presented with the Order of Ontario. Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hear the glorious tenor which is … Michael Burgess.
Tickets are on sale at Beyond Bliss (Oliver), Oliver Parks and Recreation, Buy-Low Foods, (Oliver & Osoyoos) Polka Dot Door (Osoyoos), Jardin Antiques (OK Falls), Winemaster (Penticton), S.O. Country Radio Station (Adidas Sportsplex