Kristin Chenoweth, Victor Garber & Broadway Electrify The New York City Opera

Kristin Chenoweth, Victor Garber & Broadway Electrify The New York City Opera

By Matt Semino Moguls, models, movie stars, monarchs as well as the mode and media elite graced Lincoln Center on Thursday night for the always glamorous New York City Opera Spring Gala. It was an evening of classic elegance combined with electrifying performances by some of today's hottest names hailing from The Great White Way to Hollywood. As a celebration of The New York City Opera's 2011 spring season and longtime commitment to musical theater, the night began with champagne toasts and a smashing concert of works by the award-winning Broadway and film composer Stephen Schwartz. The stage, television, film and musical stars Kristin Chenoweth, Raúl Esparza, Victor Garber and Ann Hampton Callaway brought Schwartz's creative genius into glowing reality for a captivated audience. Just witnessing this level of talent and contemplating the sheer number of Academy, Golden Globe, Grammy, Tony and Emmy nominations and awards represented collectively by this group of performers was simply mind-boggling. Standing on his own, there are very few composers who can claim to have such tremendous popular success as Stephen Schwartz. "Impressive" is an understatement to describe the man. Before turning the age of 25, Schwartz had two Broadway hits with 1971's Godspell and 1972's Pippin. Recently, he was the composer-lyricist for the record-breaking Broadway hit Wicked where Kristin Chenoweth made her triumphant star turn in the role of Glinda the Good Witch. With a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Stephen Schwartz has also had a golden touch in the world of celluloid dreams. His lyrical contributions to the animated movie Pocahontas and his songs in The Prince of Egypt garnered him Academy Awards, among the multiple other Grammy and Golden Globe nominations and wins he has earned for his extensive body of showbiz work. Having a life-long ambition of venturing into the artistic realm of opera, Stephen Schwartz recently accomplished this dream with Séance on a Wet Afternoon. During its 2010-2011 season, the City Opera is presenting this first written opera by Schwartz which was originally heard in 2009 at New York City Opera’s new music festival, VOX. Following multiple standing ovations, the evening's concert was followed by a sumptuous dinner honoring Mr. Schwartz and dancing on the Promenade of the David H. Koch Theater. All proceeds from the Spring Gala support City Opera’s important mission to create innovative productions of new and classic work, reach a wide audience with affordable ticket prices, and bring music into the lives of thousands of students each year through its acclaimed education programs in New York City public schools. Continue reading on Examiner.com: Kristin Chenoweth, Victor Garber & Broadway Electrify The New York City Opera - New York Pop Culture | Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/pop-culture-in-new-york/kr...