Pamela Dewell –

DATE: July 17, 2023

Popular stars of the Great White Way and opera houses around the world return to the Stonington Opera House stage for two nights of the world’s greatest show tunes and hidden gems of the American musical theatre. Tuesday, July 25 will feature Broadway classics sung by John McVeigh, Fred Rose, Lisa Vroman, and Bonne Kramer, accompanied by pianist Ben Kiley. On Thursday, July 27, the performers return with a different program featuring unexpected, unconventional, and thoroughly entertaining takes on the Broadway canon.

The concerts have been organized by Tenor John McVeigh who has performed principal roles with the Metropolitan Opera since 1997, including last season’s Turandot and the Marriage of Figaro. Highlights of his considerable European career include the Gran Teatro del Liceu, Théâtre du Châtelet, de Vlaamse Opera, Teatro Carlo Felice, Teatro Real, Opera National de Montpellier and the Edinburgh Festival. In addition to his European career, McVeigh has performed with almost every major opera house in the United States and serves as vice-chair of the board of directors of Opera House Arts.

Fred Rose has appeared on Broadway in the Tony-winning productions of The Phantom of the Opera, Cabaret with Natasha Richardson and Alan Cumming, and the Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess with Audra McDonald and Norm Lewis, as well as in John Doyle’s revival of Company with Raul Esparza, and Cyrano with Kevin Kline and Jennifer Garner, both of which were recorded live for PBS’s Great Performances series. Other roles include Arthur in Camelot, Albin in La Cage Aux Folles, the Bank Manager in Once, and Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady. Rose also appeared as Emile DeBeque in a New London Barn Playhouse production of South Pacific, which was directed by OHA’s Summer Artistic Director Kathryn Markey.

“Fred and I are now full-time residents of Stonington and love having the opportunity to share the talents of our friends and colleagues with the Opera House community” said John McVeigh, who is also the owner of J. McVeigh Jewelry on West Main Street.

With a repertoire that ranges from Stravinsky to Weill to Broadway, Lisa Vroman is considered “…one of American Musical Theater’s most beautiful voices…” Her Broadway debut was in Aspects of Love, and she was the first to play both Fantine and Cosette in Les Miserables. She starred as Christine Daaé in The Phantom of the Opera, and went on to garner Theatre Critics’ awards for the role in a record-breaking run in San Francisco, and did a return engagement at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles. Ms. Vroman starred as Rosabella in The Most Happy Fella, making her New York City Opera debut with Paul Sorvino in the title role. Her glorious soprano has graced the stages of the New York Festival of Song, The Lyceum in London, the San Francisco Symphony, Utah Opera, and the MUNY theatre of St. Louis and she is frequent guest soloist with theater and opera companies, and orchestras including San Francisco, Philadelphia, Chicago, Atlanta, the National, Malaysia, Seattle, Hong Kong, and other cities across the globe.

“Lisa Vroman and I performed together in the National tour of Phantom many years ago and I am thrilled to have this chance to share the stage with her again,” said Fred Rose.

Bonne Kramer is an actor, singer, and bassoonist who has toured nationally and internationally in Broadway shows including Into the Woods, Mamma Mia!, Scarlet Pimpernel, and The Andrew Sisters Live 21 Piece Big Band Salute. Ms. Kramer also wrote and performs in BasSOON It Will Be Christmas, a holiday symphony pops concert highlighting her unique musical and comedic talent. She has appeared in numerous off-broadway shows, workshops, and regional theaters and has had eclectic gigs ranging from dancing for the hippie jam band Phish at Madison Square Garden to singing at Disney in LA’s premiere a cappella group, WestBeat.

“Bonne performed concerts at Bagaduce Music with us the last few summers and quickly became a local favorite,” added Rose, “she brings fresh air and laughs to everything she touches.”

Tickets are $25 – $45 for adults and $12.50 for visitors aged 17 and under, though parental discretion is requested as some songs contain adult language or themes. Hancock County students are invited to attend the concert for free, thanks to supporters of Opera House Arts and area business advertisers. Tickets will also be sold at the door, subject to availability. For more information or to purchase advance tickets, visit

Opera House Arts, a 501 [c] [3] nonprofit organization, was founded in 1999 to restore the 1912 Stonington Opera House, on the National Register of Historic Places, and its original purpose as a performance space and community cornerstone. Professional theater, movies, variety acts, music and dance, educational programs, and special events are offered year-round. Hancock County students are invited to attend live performances for free thanks to Opera House Arts supporters.

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