In the Fall of 1998, The Other Side of Broadway made its New York debut with a concert of solo piano music by Leonard Bernstein (WEST SIDE STORY), Harvey Schmidt (THE FASTASTICKS), David Shire (BABY), Charles Strouse and newcomer Jay Alan Zimmerman (LOVE BURNS).  A panel discussion with the composers and the pianist, moderated by Howard Kissel,  followed the performance. 

"This is what a concert is supposed to be."     —Howard Kissel, New York Daily News

"The whole experience was, in short, perfect. All I can say to...concert programmers and theatre managers is: Book The Other Side of Broadway for your theatre or concert hall today! Your audiences will thank you."    —Elliot J. Cohen, American Musical Theatre

   In February of 2000, along with guest artist Bradford Gowen, Barbara Irvine presented a second piano concert, including works by David Amram (JB), newcomer Timothy Brown (CURIOUS GEORGE), Rudolf Friml (THE VAGABOND KING), Galt MacDermot (HAIR), and Charles Strouse. Another lively panel discussion followed the performance.

          "Ms. Irvine, a deft and versatile performer who is classically trained but often works in  musical theater productions, gave every piece the appropriate tone.  . . . Musical surprises illuminate this side of Broadway."          —Michael J. Fressola, Staten Island Advance

   In October of 2000 we presented our first college concert at Wilson College in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. Barbara Irvine performed solo music by Charles Strouse, Harvey Schmidt, Leonard Bernstein, and Jay Alan Zimmerman. With Bradford Gowen she performed two-piano music by Galt MacDermot and Charles Strouse. To close the program, Charles Strouse delighted the audience by playing and singing songs from his musicals.

". . . a delightfully educational and entertaining concert for any Performing Arts Series.  . . . Barbara is a very warm and personable performer.  Not only was her program executed with excellence, but her . . . background information about the composers . . . made each piece come alive." 

               —Kathy Lehman, Director, Cultural Events & Conferences, Wilson College

". . . I would say it was one of the best concerts we have ever presented.   . . . All in all, it was a fascinating and totally enjoyable experience, which I would recommend without hesitation to any presenter." 

                       —Andrew Sussman, Wilson College Performing Arts Committee Member

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