Family Guy creator and Ted director Seth MacFarlane will join Sierra Boggess, Julian Ovenden and more as soloists for the BBC’s annual Proms music festival on August 27. The evening’s performance, entitled The Broadway Sound, is a tribute to the composers and arrangers who have contributed to the creation of the Broadway sound. Held at London’s Royal Albert Hall, the concet will feature the John Wilson Orchestra and excerpts from musicals like Kiss Me, Kate, Annie Get Your Gun, No, No, Nanette, Show Boat and On Your Toes.
In addition to MacFarlane and Boggess, the soloists include Elizabeth Llewellyn, Anna-Jane Casey, Rodney Earl Clarke and the Maida Vale Singers. The concert will be conducted by John Wilson, featuring works by legendary Broadway composers and arrangers including Jerome Kern, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Vincent Youmans, Richard Rodgers and Frank Loesser.
Best known as the creator of the animated series Family Guy, MacFarlane is also co-creator of American Dad! and The Cleveland Show. As a singer, MacFarlane has performed at Carnegie Hall and the Royal Albert Hall. As an actor, he has appeared on Gilmore Girls, FlashForward and The War at Home. MacFarlane directed the hit 2012 feature film Ted, starring himself as the voice of Ted alongside Mark Wahlberg. Boggess appeared in The Little Mermaid and Master Class on Broadway. She is currently starring as Fantine in the West End production of Les Miserables. Ovenden has appeared on Broadway in Butley and off-Broadway in Death Takes a Holiday.