Huntington "Tony" Winner Joins Mountain Stage Artists Series Tribute

by Angela Jones, Marshall Artists Series
Michael Cerveris' Cast Publicity Photo from "Evita" on Broadway
Michael Cerveris' Cast Publicity Photo from "Evita" on Broadway

Sunday, April 29th at 7:00 PM West Virginia’s won Mountain Stage with Larry Groce will celebrate 75 years of the Marshall Artists Series with an already stellar lineup including folk singer Arlo Guthrie and iconoclastic singer-songwriter Paul Thorn for a special solo set. Today Mountain Stage announces that Broadway Star and Huntington native Michael Cerveris will join the show to tribute the Marshall Artists Series.

 

Michael Cerveris, raised in Huntington, West Virginia sure has made a name for himself.  Debuting on Broadway in The Who’s Tommy the Pinball Wizard as the “18-20 year old Tommy/Narrator.” In the 2005 Broadway revival of Sweeney Todd, Cerveris played the title role. In the production the actors also played instruments, with Critics playing lyric guitar.

 

After triumphing nightly on Broadway, Cerveris continued to return to this first love, composing and performing his own material. He formed the alternative rock group Lame with fellow musicians Alice Ripley, Shannon Ford and John Jinks. Cerveris also played guitar as a member of Bob Mould’s touring band on his final electric tour, The Last Dog and Pony Show.

 

Cerveris will be returning to Broadway March 2012 in the upcoming production of Evita. The show will also star Elena Roger and Ricky Martin.

Born with a guitar in one hand and a harmonica in the other, legendary musician, Arlo Guthrie is headlining the Mountain Stage bill. Guthrie made the Steve Goodman’s song, City of New Orleans, famous in 1972.

 

Guthrie practically lived in the most famous venues of the “Fold Boom” era. He witnessed the transition from early generation ballad singers like Richard Dryer-Bennet and John Hurt, to a new era of singer-song writers such as Bob Dylan and Jim Croce. He learned something from everyone and developed his own style, becoming a distinctive, expressive voice in a crowed community of singer-songwriters and political-social commentators.

His career exploded in 1967 with the release of Alice’s Restaurant, whose title song premiered at the Newport Folk Festival helped foster a new commitment among the ‘60s generation of social consciousness and activism. Over the last four decades Guthrie has toured all over the world winning a wide, popular following.

 

Also making an appearance at Mountain Stage is the mixed style of blues and rock music from Paul Thorn. He has toured as opening acts for musicians including: Sting, Toby Keith, Huey Lewis & the News and Jeff Beck.

 

Before his professional music career began, Thorn was briefly a pro boxer winning the Mid-South Middleweight Championship in Memphis, Tennessee. A few years later he was discovered by music professional Miles Copeland (the brother of The Police drummer), and was signed to a recording contract with A&M Records and recorded his first album followed by seven more albums.

 

Thorns latest album is Pimps and Preachers. It debuted on the Billboard 200 chart. He is currently on tour promoting the album.

Join host, Larry Groce for this special Mountain Stage event saluting the 75 year legacy of the Marshall Artists Series.

 

Tickets for MOUNTAIN STAGE are on sale now for $35. Tickets may be purchased at the Marshall Artists Series Box Office, located on the east side of the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center, or by calling (304) 696.3326.  Patrons can also visit www.marshallartistsseries.org for ticket information.  The box office is open Monday through Friday from noon – 5:00PM.  Tickets can also be purchased at any Ticketmaster location, including online at www.ticketmaster.com. 

 

This year The Marshall Artists Series is celebrating its 75th anniversary. More information about the show can be found at www.marshallartistsseries.org.

 

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