Broadway and Beyond
Naples Philharmonic Pops
Jack Everly, principal pops conductor
Ben Crawford, vocalist
Selections to be announced from the stage
Fresh from being named the new Phantom in Broadway’s The Phantom of the Opera, Ben Crawford, star of last season’s Rodgers and Hammerstein Pops program, returns to sing his favorite classic songs from the Great White Way and more in this exciting concert.
The Naples Philharmonic Pops series is generously endowed by Mike and Anne Armstrong. Jack Everly’s appearance as Principal Pops Conductor has been generously endowed by John W. & Jeanne Rowe.
When he first enrolled in classes at University of Arizona, Ben Crawford had a mind to study medicine and eventually become a pediatrician, but in time he found it wasn’t his true calling. After his first year, he made the decision to pursue his passion in performing arts. Upon graduating, Crawford moved to New York City to fulfill his dream of performing on Broadway. While auditioning, Crawford made ends meet by taking a host of different jobs: he worked as a doorman, a substitute teacher and a tutor for three months until he landed his first role as an understudy for the roles of Jean Valjean and Inspector Javert in the Broadway revival of Les Misérables.
Later, he appeared on Broadway as the title role in Shrek the Musical, Don Price in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Bruce Granit in On the Twentieth Century. Today he wears the iconic mask as the title role in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, assuming the mantle as the 16th man to play the Phantom in Broadway’s longest-running show. In addition to his success on Broadway, Crawford has been invited to perform with a number of symphony orchestras, including the Indianapolis, Baltimore and Chicago Symphony Orchestras.
Jack Everly is the Principal Pops Conductor of the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra, the Indianapolis and Baltimore Symphony Orchestras and the National Arts Centre Orchestra (Ottawa). He has conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, the San Francisco Symphony and numerous appearances with The Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom Music Center. Jack will conduct over 90 performances in more than 22 North American cities this season.
As Music Director of the National Memorial Day Concert and A Capitol Fourth on PBS, Jack proudly leads the National Symphony Orchestra in these patriotic celebrations on the National Mall, attracting hundreds of thousands of attendees on the lawn and reaching millions of viewers annually.
Originally appointed by Mikhail Baryshnikov, Jack was conductor of the American Ballet Theatre for 14 years, where he served as Music Director. In addition to his ABT tenure, he teamed with Marvin Hamlisch on Broadway shows that Hamlisch scored. He conducted Carol Channing hundreds of times in two separate Broadway productions of Hello, Dolly!.
A graduate of the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, Jack is a recipient of the 2015 Indiana Historical Society Living Legends Award and holds an Honorary Doctor of Arts degree from Franklin College in his home state of Indiana. He is a proud resident of the Indianapolis community and when not on the podium you can find him at home with his family — which includes Max the wonder dog.