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Shir Shalom presents soprano Claire Simard, accompanied by pianist Brian Besterman, in a program of musical theater songs by pre-eminent Broadway composers Stephen Sondheim and Stephen Schwartz.
The songlist of 10 numbers includes “Broadway Baby” from “Follies” and “Children Will Listen” from “Into the Woods,” by Mr. Sondheim; and “Beautiful City” from “Godspell” and “For Good” from “Wicked,” by Mr. Schwartz.
Ms. Simard is head of music and theater at Wooster School in Danbury, where she teaches chorus and acting for grades 3-12. She is a veteran of musical theater roles, and has appeared locally at Ridgefield Playhouse, A Contemporary Theatre of Connecticut (ACT) and, this past summer, in “Annie” for Musicals at Richter.
Mr. Besterman is a pianist and arranger who has worked on Broadway musicals that include “Man of La Mancha,” “1776,” “Big,” and “Beauty and the Beast.”