Boston has their “Pops” and so does New York. It’s probably not advertised enough as being the largest independent pops orchestra in the United States and the only one in NYC specializing in popular music. On August 6th they made a musical dent to Forest Hills with their inaugural season at Forest Hills Stadium. Broadway star Sutton Foster graced the stage along with Collin Donnell and Megan McGinnis.
Steven Reineke, is the orchestra’s Conductor and Musical Director where Carnegie Hall is the home territory. The debut concert was part of the New York Pops Summer Series that continued the next evening featuring genre-defying “little orchestra” Pink Martini.
Foster delighted the audience singing John Denver’s “Sunshine on my Shoulders”, (a favorite of her mother), Cole Porter’s “I Get a Kick Out of You”, “Anything Goes”, “Down with Love” and “Singing in the Rain”. Then she told the audience about Mabel, her rescue dog. Foster brought Mabel on the stage and serenaded her with a takeoff on “Maybe This Time”….Mabel, This Time.
Joining the stage were two other Broadway stars, Colin Donnell and Megan McGinnis. Each sang a solo and duet with Foster. It was “Fit as a Fiddle and Ready for Love that showed off the song and dance with Donnell. McGinnis and Foster were in the Broadway musical Little Women as they sang a duet called, “Flight”.
In between the singing the New York Pops provided some great music. One medley was all about theme songs from both old and new television shows as the crowd mumbled out loud when they recognized the name of the show.