Jessie Mueller and Jarrod Spector have a personal message to the people of Denver they recorded backstage at Broadway’s Beautiful: “The Carole King Musical.”
Jessie Mueller and Jarrod Spector, stars of the Tony Award-nominated hit Broadway musical Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, will share the stage March 7, 2015, as co-headliners of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts’ 35th annual Saturday Night Alive.
Saturday Night Alive is the Denver Center’s signature annual fundraiser. Last year’s gala, with Matthew Morrison headlining, netted a record $842,000 for the DCPA’s Arts in Education programs.
Mueller won the 2014 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical, and Spector was nominated for Best Actor. Their appearance in Denver will be a brand new concert, with the singers sharing solos, duets and stories from their careers.
Mueller’s Broadway resume includes starring roles in Nice Work If You Can Get It opposite Matthew Broderick, and a Tony-nominated performance in On A Clear Day You Can See Forever opposite Harry Connick Jr.
Spector, who plays the iconic songwriter Barry Mann in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, played Frankie Valli for more than 1,500 performances in the Tony-winning Best Musical Jersey Boys. His latest solo concert, titled A Little Help from My Friends, has sold out New York’s 54 Below nightclub 12 times this year. He was a contestant on the original Star Search as a child, and he made his Broadway debut at age 9 in the original Broadway production of Les Miserables.
The duo’s Denver date will include a variety of songs ranging from standards to showtunes to contemporary pop songs.
“You know what? From us, I think you can expect the unexpected,” Mueller said. “We are excited to be coming to Denver. It’s a great city.”
Added Spector: “We can’t wait to come, and we hope that you have fun.”
Saturday Night Alive is the primary means of support for DCPA education programs that benefit more than 67,000 youth and adults from Colorado and surrounding states. Which is why a ticket starts at $400. (Of that, $275 is tax-deductible.) Tables of 10 start at $6,000.
Net proceeds from the event have totaled more than $17.4 million over the past 35 years.
The gala is a black-tie evening that features dinner, dancing, a silent auction with more than 100 luxury items, and, of course, the concert featuring Mueller and Spector for a crowd of 740 in the Stage Theatre.
Kay Burke, president of the Denver Center Alliance – the volunteer organization that supports Saturday Night Alive and other DCPA fundraising activities – recently saw Beautiful: The Carole King Musical on Broadway. She said if Mueller and Spector aren’t household names in Denver yet, they will be after March 7.
“Jessie Mueller’s voice is flawless,” she said. “And when she sang with Jarrod Spector together, they just took it to another level. I am so excited to see them again in Denver. They are just … Broadway.”
Tickets are available at denvercenter.org/sna or by calling 303-446-4812.
Jarrod Spector, left, and Jessie Mueller.