THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO Premieres at The Chorus of Westerly's Summer Pops
More than 25,000 turned out for the Chorus of Westerly's Summer Pops on June 24th in Wilcox Park. The main attraction for the event was the premiere of Chorus Alum John Tafone's upcoming new musical The Count of Monte Cristo.
Tafone, a Westerly treasure was thrilled to have his work performed in such a fashion. The concert featured soloist Andrew Drost, and was a send off to the Chorus members as they prep to embark on a tour of Germany in late July. the concert ended with a fireworks spectacular and a rapturous applause from the crowd.
More than 600,000 people have attended the Pops concert over the years, an extravaganza that has become a tradition in southern New England and a jubilant reason to gather as a community to celebrate the new season.
This year marks the 37th annual Pops concert, which will be conducted by Chorus of Westerly Music Director Andrew Howell and features the Chorus of Westerly, the Pops Festival Orchestra and special guest Broadway star, baritone Andrew Drost.
Drost will join the chorus onstage to perform the premiere of a medley from the musical “The Count of Monte Cristo,” composed by chorus alum John Tafone.
In the studio today with composer, John Tafone, and artists Dakota Dutcher, Jeremy Stolle (Phantom of the Opera), and Brianne Morgan (Phantom of the Opera) to record selections from this show. Dakota recorded as Edmond Dantes; Jeremy as Fernand Mondego and Abbe Faria; and Brianne as Mercedes Herrera.