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Trio sings the top musical hits with ASO.

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DIVINE: 3 Broadway Divas.
  • DIVINE: 3 Broadway Divas.

Broadway singers Debbie Gravitte, Jan Horvath and Christiane Noll will join the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra for its Pops, Live series show “The 3 Broadway Divas” this weekend.

Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Robinson Center Music Hall. Tickets range from $16 to $70 and are available at the ASO’s box office, 666-1761 or www.arkansassymphony.org.

David Itkin will direct the Symphony as it plays familiar show-stopping Broadway hits from “Candide,” “Evita,” “Sweet Charity,” “A Chorus Line,” “Wicked” and more.

Gravitte won the Tony Award for best featured actress in a musical for “Jerome Robbins’ Broadway” and her Broadway resume is varied, from “Chicago” to “Les Miserables.” She has taken her nightclub show worldwide, from New York’s Rainbow and Stars to London’s Pizza on the Park. She’s performed on stage in Atlantic City with Jay Leno, Harry Anderson and the late George Burns. She will be performing “The 3 Broadway Divas” in Hong Kong in May.

Gravitte’s TV credits include PBS’s “Great Performances: Live From the Kennedy Center,” “The Boston Pops Celebrate Bernstein” and “Rodgers and Hart.” Her latest CD is “Defying Gravity,” the title taken from the hit song from “Wicked.”

Horvath was a member of the original Broadway company of “The Phantom of the Opera,” playing the roles of Christine and Carlotta. She was in “The Threepenny Opera” starring Sting, and also performed in “Sweet Charity,” “Stardust” and “Oliver!” all on Broadway, and toured as Grizabella in “Cats.” For the past 10 years, she’s been the soprano soloist with “Bravo Broadway.” The graduate of the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music has worked with such composers and conductors as Marvin Hamlisch, Doc Severinsen and Erich Kunzel, Richard Hayman and Skitch Henderson.

Noll made her Broadway debut starring in “Jekyll and Hyde,” creating the role of Emma. Noll toured nationally in “Urinetown,” winning an Ovation Award, and performed in “The Mambo Kings.” Noll has been a frequent guest soloist in “Bravo Broadway” with symphonies around the world. She supplied the singing voice of Anna in the animated “The King and I” and recently started on Broadway in “It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues.” She has three solo CDs. Noll made her opera debut alongside Placido Domingo with the Washington National Opera in “The Merry Widow.”

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