OSWEGO — “Wicked” Broadway star Kyle Dean Massey will sing hits from “Aladdin,” “Altar Boyz,” “Les Miserables” and even an original from his own senior recital in an appearance at 7 p.m. Sept. 18, at SUNY Oswego’s Sheldon Hall ballroom.
The tenor, currently playing romantic lead Fiyero in “Wicked” at the Gershwin Theatre, also is scheduled to join former mentor Todd Graber, his host and SUNY Oswego music department chair, for a duet from the play “Martin Guerre.”
Massey’s concert, titled “Eclectic Broadway,” kicks off the 2012-13 Ke-Nekt Chamber Music Series. Others in the series will include Symphony Syracuse Chamber Players, Ariel Quartet and Daedalus Quartet.
“I don’t think it’s such a stretch to have Kyle come in and sing a legitimate cabaret-style recital featuring music of the last 15 to 20 years that’s come on Broadway. It’s something we don’t get on campus very often,” Graber said. He said that vocalists and soloists have found a place with chamber instrumentalists, including works of the most famous composers as well as musical theatre compositions.
Russell Miller of the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music will accompany Massey on piano.
The repertoire is set to feature such songs as “At the Fountain” from “Sweet Smell of Success,” “Something About You” from “Altar Boyz” and “Proud of Your Boy” from “Aladdin.” Along with “On My Own” from “Les Miserables,” older songs in the performance likely will include “The Only Home I Know” from “Shenandoah” and “Use What You Know” from “The Life.”
Massey, Graber’s former voice student at Missouri State University, plans to meet with students at Oswego High School on Sept. 17. In the afternoon, Sept. 18, he will conduct a master class at SUNY Oswego.
“It’s one of the things Kyle really likes to do,” Graber said. “He really likes going back to schools and sharing his journey with kids. He says you’re in such an isolated bowl in school and it (top-level performance) seems so distant and unattainable.”
Massey’s other credits include “Cupid” on ABC-TV, “Sex and the City 2” from HBO Films and the 62nd annual Tony Awards, as well as such plays as “Next to Normal,” “Xanadu” and “Altar Boyz.”
Tickets for Massey’s concert are priced at $15 ($12 for seniors ages 62 and over, students ages 17 and under and SUNY Oswego faculty and staff; $6 for SUNY Oswego students). They are available at all SUNY Oswego box offices, online at http://tickets.oswego.edu and by calling 315-312-2141.
Parking is available in campus lots for those attending this performance. Patrons with disabilities should call 312-2141 in advance for assistance.