The Music of George Gershwin
Featuring Dean & Lisa Balkwill
Ogdensburg Command Performances wraps up its 17-18 Season Friday May 18th with Embraceable You: The Music of George Gershwin. Curtain time is 7:45 in George Hall Auditorium at Ogdensburg Free Academy; preshow chat at 6:45.
For tickets, $19 to $43 [discounts for Seniors, Students, Groups of 15+, and “Friends”] call 315.393.2625 or visit ILoveTheatre.org
They Can’t Take That Away From Me, I Got Rhythm, Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off…the music of George Gershwin is musical comedy at its finest. Embraceable You features Dean & Lisa Balkwill two of today’s most talented young artists singing, dancing, and falling in love. According to Mr. Gershwin, “Life is a lot like jazz…it’s best when you improvise.” If you like Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, and Lena Horne, with a little extra modern flair and pizzazz, then you’ll LOVE Embraceable You!
Hailing from Canada, Dean Balkwill began performing professionally at the age of fourteen. Credits include RENT on Broadway where Dean thrilled audiences as Roger, the heart broken romantic lead. The Lion King then welcomed Dean as Ed the Hyena in this Broadway smash it. “Dean kept audiences cracked up the whole show,” said one Toronto critic.
Declining an offer for the original cast of Mamma Mia, its subsequent tour and final Broadway destination, Dean stayed with his family in Toronto starring Tommy, West Side Story, Grease, and countless commercials. Dean now makes his living in Atlanta recording vocals for commercials, performing hundreds each week, and writing original musical works for the stage.
What began as a dance partnership in Tommy became a lifelong partnership between he and wife Lisa. They have three daughters and live to love their family.
From Broadway to the silver screen, Lisa Balkwill has quite an impressive resume. In 2002 she was cast singing and dancing alongside Catherine Zeta Jones in the film Chicago working with Oscar-winning director Rob Marshall. Mr. Marshall was so impressed with Lisa that he personally cast her in his Broadway production of Cabaret, where she understudied Teri Hatcher as the show stopping lead, Sally Bowles.
Ms. Balkwill was seen in the Tony-winning show Tommy where she performed as the show’s featured dancer in Germany and across Canada. Other shows include Broadway’s Beauty and the Beast, shows abroad in Europe, and aboard several cruise ships. This is one performer who will entertain and dazzle you…A genuine TRIPLE THREAT!
This performance is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.