May 3, 2020 at 5 p.m.
For our season finale, we're honored to present the Bay Area concert debut of three-time Tony nominee Rebecca Luker. One of Broadway's most revered leading ladies, the New York Times has often compared Ms Luker to Julie Andrews and Barbara Cook.
"With a lustrous soprano that sheds late-afternoon sunlight on everything she sings, Rebecca Luker is one of the best friends a certain kind of theater composer could hope to have." Stephen Holden NY Times
"Her lyric soprano lends a quality of robust well-being to everything she sings. As her voice swells, it gains in beauty, textural fullness and emotional power."- NY Times
Rebecca Luker made her Broadway debut starring as Christine in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, replacing Sarah Brightman in the original Broadway production. Some of Rebecca's other Broadway roles include Helen in FUN HOME, CINDERELLA's Fairy Godmother, Marie, Winifred in the original Broadway production of MARY POPPINS (Tony Award nomination), Claudia Nardi in NINE (opposite Antonio Banderas), Marian Paroo in THE MUSIC MAN (Tony Award nomination, Drama Desk Award nomination & Outer Critics Circle Award nomination), Maria in THE SOUND OF MUSIC (Outer Critics Circle Award nomination); Magnolia in SHOWBOAT (Tony Award nomination) and Lily in THE SECRET GARDEN (Drama Desk Nomination).
With the New York City Opera Ms. Luker was featured in X (THE LIFE AND TIMES OF MALCOLM X) and was Fiona in BRIGADOON. Off-Broadway she starred in Maury Yeston’s DEATH TAKES A HOLIDAY – Outer Critics Circle nomination, the world premiere of A.R.Gurney’s INDIAN BLOOD, CAN’T LET GO and THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES.
Ms. Luker has performed leading roles at regional theaters throughout the country including the world premier of LITTLE DANCER by Aherns and Flaherty, directed by Susan Stroman. Clara in PASSION at the Kennedy Center, Julia in TIME AND AGAIN at the Old Globe, Mary in HARMONY (Drama-Logue Award) at the La Jolla Playhouse and Amalia in SHE LOVES ME with the “Reprise!” series in Los Angeles.
In concert she has appeared in ARIAS AND BARCAROLES with the Chicago Symphony, KNOXVILLE: SUMMER OF 1915 with the Melbourne, FL Symphony, LIFE BEGINS AT 8:40, PARDON MY ENGLISH, PRIMROSE, and BABES IN ARMS, all at The Library of Congress; JUBILEE and MUSIC IN THE AIR at Town Hall; at Carnegie Hall: NO, NO NANETTE; TROUBLE IN TAHITI; GAY DIVORCE; THE ART OF THE LYRICIST (Ira Gershwin Centennial Series); MY FAVORITE BROADWAY: THE LEADING LADIES & MY FAVORITE BROADWAY: THE LOVE SONGS (both on PBS); an evening to honor Aherns and Flaherty with the NY Pops, A Tribute to Billie Holiday and A Comden & Green Evening. With the Encores! Series at City Center: WHERE’S CHARLEY? And THE BOYS FROM SYRACUSE and two concerts with Lincoln Center’s AMERICAN SONGBOOK SERIES honoring Arthur Schwartz and Leonard Bernstein.
Ms. Luker performed to sold out audiences at her critically acclaimed AMERICAN SONG BOOK SERIES solo concerts at the new Jazz at Lincoln Center. She has appeared with the Alabama, American, Baltimore,Birmingham, Cleveland, Columbus, Detroit, Nashville, New Jersey, St. Louis, Chicago, Royal Stockholm, and London Symphonies (to name a few!) as well as the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.
Her television credits include the CBS Television movie “Cupid and Cate”, "Elementary", "NCIS: New Orleans", “Law and Order-SVU”, "The Good Wife", “Boardwalk Empire”, “Matlock”, “An Evening with the Pops”, “An Oscar Hammerstein Celebration” and “A Tribute to Rodgers and Hart” (PBS), The Kennedy Center Honors honoring Julie Andrews, and a Richard Rodgers celebration with the Boston Pops (PBS).
Movies include THE REWRITE with Hugh Grant, NOT FADE AWAY and SPECTROPIA.
Ms. Luker has recorded four solo albums - "I Got Love", “Greenwich Time”, “Leaving Home” and “Anything Goes: Rebecca Luker Sings ColePorter."
Other recordings include the hit lounge/electronica albums “Aria”,“Aria 2” and “Aria 3” (all on Koch) as well as the original cast recordings of “The Sound of Music”, “The Secret Garden” . “Showboat” & “The Music Man”, “Placido Domingo: The Broadway I Love”, “Unsung Sondheim” and many more..
Rebecca Luker resides in New York City with her husband, actor and four-time Tony nominee Danny Burstein.