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Bristol Riverside Theatre's Summer Music Fest returns


Bristol Riverside Theatre brings its Summer Music Fest into homes, vacation homes or anywhere its audience may be for 2020.

For the new season, look for performances that can be watched anywhere with a solid internet connection and a music lover singing along behind the screen.

Tickets for the virtual Summer Music Fest are on sale now for August and September shows. The Summer Music Fest will include “A Night at the Movies” on Aug. 5, 7 and 9. The series will conclude with the grand finale, the “Broadway Summer Spectacular” on Sept. 2, 4 and 6.

The first date for each show will be a live performance, and the additional two dates are recorded broadcasts from the first live performance. The band behind all shows will be led by BRT Artistic Director Keith Baker, who also serves as the host and Music Director for the shows. Performers will feature a who’s who from the local stage and from Broadway.

Tickets from the series will help keep the theater’s doors open and raise funds to help the theater reopen later this year. Tickets to the event cost $35. After each purchase, the buyer will be sent a YouTube Link prior to the performance. Tickets are available online now at or by phone at 215-785-0100.

“A Night at the Movies” runs at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, with a live performance, followed by pre-recorded performances at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7 and 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 9. A Night at the Movies celebrates favorite songs from Tinsel Town’s greatest musicals and movies. “A Night at the Movie” will feature the musical and theater talents of Bristol Riverside Theatre favorites Demetria Joyce Bailey, Rebecca Robbins and Sean Thomspon.

For the grand finale, Summer Music Fest closes with the annual “Broadway Summer Spectacular” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, with a live performance, followed by pre-recorded performances at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4 and 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6. It will be an evening packed with Broadway’s best from composers like Stephen Sondheim, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II.

For all shows this year, Baker will host Summer Music Fest live from his own living room. Baker also will be the conductor/band leader and play the keyboard. His band includes: Robert Garguillo (bass), Kathy Goff (percussion), Neil Nemetz (guitar), and Claudia Pellegrini (violin).

Habib Azar, a six-time Emmy Award-winning television director, is the broadcast director and editor. Hiram McLaren Becker is the technical director. BRT Resident Costume Designer Linda B. Stockton is the costume designer. Charles S. Reece is the master electrician and Brett Pearson is the audio engineer. For performers, all solos will be sung live during the first night of each show. Any duos and trios or full cast songs will be pre-recorded.

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