MIDLAND, Mich. – Center Stage Choirs presents a concert, Eliza Hamilton’s Song, Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m. at Midland Center for the Arts. Special guest soloist is Lexi Lawson, currently playing Eliza in Broadway’s Hamilton. Lawson will narrate the first half of the program, performed largely by the Center Stage Chorale, the Bella Voce singers and members of the Saginaw Bay Youth Orchestra; and will perform solo repertoire after intermission including several numbers from the smash musical, Hamilton.
Eliza Hamilton’s Song will be a historical celebration of the life of Eliza Hamilton using music, including works of Mozart and Handel, and images from her lifetime to contextualize her story. A central component of the concert will be the legacy of Eliza, and her founding of Graham Windham, the nation’s oldest non-profit, non-sectarian child welfare agency, or “the first private orphanage in New York City” for those familiar with Hamilton. The documentary, “Sharing Our Stories,” featuring Lin-Manuel Miranda and written by Hamilton original cast member Morgan Marcell, which outlines the relationship between the cast of Hamilton and children currently served by Graham Windham, will be viewed as part of the concert. A portion of the proceeds benefit the agency. Conceived, written and directed by Dr. Matt Travis. Bella Voce singers are directed by Tracey Kempsell and Heather DeGroot. Saginaw Bay Youth Orchestra is directed by Rod Bieber.
Tickets for Eliza Hamilton’s Song are $30 for adults; $17 for students and can be purchased at midlandcenter.org, at the Center Ticket Office or by calling 800-523-7649
Lexi Lawson, guest soloist
Raised in New York, Lexi Lawson has been entertaining audiences nationwide since she was seven years old. Reviewed in national publications across the world, the talented actress, singer, songwriter has credits on FOX, ABC, CBS, STARZ, MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, Intermedia, and New Line Cinemas.
Lexi was on Season 8 of American Idol where Simon Cowell was on board at “100 % YES ” but then left the show to star as Mimi Marquez in the world Broadway tour of RENT with original cast members Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp along with original direct Michael Greif. The Broadway tour ended after a critically acclaimed and highly successful run in North America and Asia. It logged over 54,000 miles playing 373 performances in 39 sold-out cities. She then went on to direct Rent at the SPAC. She continued her musical theater journey and joined the first national tour of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical In the Heights as the leading character of Vanessa. After touring North America and Asia twice, she followed her passion to China to play Carmen in Fame. In 2016 she joined the Broadway company in NYC portraying the leading lady of Elizabeth Hamilton in the revolutionary hit production of Hamilton the American Musical. Hamilton received a record-setting 16 Tony nominations, winning 11, including Best Musical, and was also the recipient of the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album and the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. In 2018 Lexi, along with the Eliza’s of Hamilton, released ‘First Burn from Hamilton’s Hamildrop’s, which landed them a #1 spot on the iTunes top 100 charts. She has gone on to work with Graham Windham, the orphanage that Elizabeth Hamilton established in 1806, which is still in existence today
Living on stage from such a young age, she has been seen in diverse productions such as Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat , Runaways, The Trip musically directed by Steven Schwartz, and The Boy From NYC directed by Floyd Mutrix. Her community theatre credits include Alice In Wonderland, The Wizard Of Oz, Mary Poppins, The Sound Of Music, Anything Goes, and King Lear.
Aside from musical theater she has performed at a range of famous venues such as Madison Square Garden; has opened up for International R&B star Ne-Yo; toured with Glenn Wish in Sweden and Germany; and sang backup for Duran Duran, Lisa Lisa and the Cult Jams, Gloria Gaynor, and Keith Urban.
Her powerhouse vocals and songwriting abilities have given her the opportunity to grace hundreds of stages around the world, the ability to be heard on the radio, and seen on television. You can find her music on iTunes, Spotify, and Pandora.