If you like show tunes like I do, you’re going to love our first guest!
Augusta musician Les Regan has always been drawn to Broadway and show music. As a young person he accompanied many high school theatrical productions and performed on stage as well. As conductor of more than 30 musicals, he realized that the thing that kept him coming back to them was the ensemble music, the choruses.
Having performed in lots of community theater productions over the years Les was able to generate interest and a group was soon committed to a few rehearsals to work on listening and blending. And The Augusta Broadway Singers (TABS) was born.
Les Reagan: “We are here to make beautiful Broadway music and to keep that Broadway music and keep that Broadway sound alive here in this area.”
Jennie: You know what you do is spread happiness. Because you’re so involved in the arts in this community. There’s just something that like you said, the ensembles, the chorus numbers, the big sound. And that’s what you were drawn to.
Les Reagan: “Yes Jennie, it is. It’s a very fun group. We’re not a choral society, we’re not a show choir. We’re an ensemble of people who love the musical theater choral sound. Everything that we do is either currently in or has been in a Broadway or off Broadway show.”
Jennie: Tell us a little bit about this upcoming event which is called an Evening with Gershwin.
Les Reagan: “Absolutely, I love George and Ira Gershwin I can say that actually wasn’t going to be a Gershwin concert. This time slot I had thought about doing a Cole Porter concert. And the Augusta Players had announced that they were doing Anything Goes, which is a Cole Porter as their opening show. And I thought I don’t know that I want to do the same thing because a lot of the music is in that. So I switched to Gershwin. And very, very happy choice to change. It’s some of the best Gershwin music around and it’s great choral stuff and so many wonderful songs that are there. “Embraceable You”, “Love is Here to Stay”, just great stuff there. The concert is a dinner and a concert at the DoubleTree by Hilton. It’s coming up the 24th and 25th. Dinner begins at 6:00pm and the show actually starts at 7:00. It will be a very, very fun evening that people can just sit back and forget all their troubles. And just leave singing the songs that they have known for a long time. Tickets are $45 and of course that includes dinner. And for 12 and under it’s $20.”