If you’ve been dream casting Laura Osnes and Santino Fontana in more romantic musicals after hearing about the Transport Group’s The Music Man concert, well, you’re in luck. The Broadway duo, as well as The Phantom of the Opera headliner Norm Lewis and Oscar winner Marion Cotillard, have joined the lineup of the New York Philharmonic’s 2014-15 season.
Osnes and Fontana will lead A Broadway Romance on February 14, 2015. The Valentine’s Day concert will feature romantic tunes from scores including West Side Story, She Loves Me, Carousel and Follies. Of course, the duo know how to bring a love story to the stage after both receiving Tony nominations for their performances in Cinderella. The concert will be conducted by Tony winner Ted Sperling.
Lewis will take part in a special New Year’s Eve concert, A Gershwin Celebration. He will join jazz singer Dianne Reeves in performing jazz-inspired selections from the Gershwin songbook. The concert, conducted by Bramwell Tovey, will also feature the composer’s Cuban Overture and Catfish Row, a suite of music from Porgy and Bess (for which Lewis received a Tony nod in 2012).
From June 10 through June 13, 2015, Cotillard will star in the U.S. premiere of Joan of Arc at the Stake, an oratorio by Arthur Honegger. The staged production will be helmed by Côme de Bellescize and conducted by Alan Gilbert. The actress took home an Oscar for portraying Édith Piaf in La Vie en Rose, and also starred in the film adaptation of the musical Nine.
As previously announced, the New York Philharmonic will also present a semi-staged production of Showboat from November 5 through November 8. Broadway alums Vanessa Williams, Julian Ovenden and Lauren Worsham are set to star.