Show tunes were the order of the evening Thursday as the Glendale Renaissance Orchestra continued its inaugural Pops season with "From Broadway to Hollywood — In Concert." The show was performed at the Alex Theatre and presented by New West Symphony and Glendale Arts.
Things started slowly with a rendition of "We Are Family" (from "The Birdcage") that lacked energy despite the efforts of the New West Pops Singers' lead vocalist Carmen Carter. Her voice was powerful and the orchestra played well, but the number failed to get toes tapping.
Any concern that this would set the tone for the entire performance was immediately dispelled when Broadway veterans Tobi Foster and Blake Ginther took the stage for an inspired duet of "Somewhere" from "West Side Story." Foster's beautiful soprano voice melded perfectly with Ginther's strong tenor tones. Ginther followed up with a marvelous version of "Maria" that showcased the strength and quality of his voice and did justice to the classic song.