ROCKWALL – The famous former Broadway star of Phantom of the Opera, David Gaschen, will perform a special benefit performance for the Children’s Advocacy Center for Rockwall County July 23, 7 pm, at the Performing Arts Center at Utley Middle School, 1201 T L Townsend Dr.
Presented by Rockwall Summer Musicals, An Evening With David Gaschen & Friends begins at 7 pm, with a reception for special guests at 6 pm. Other past Rockwall Summer Musical leads will also perform, including soprano Keeli James, who arranged for his performance. She currently trains with him at the David Gaschen Voice Studio in Frisco.
Tickets are selling fast and the benefit is expected to sell out quickly. Over $1,000 worth of tickets were purchased during the first day after it was first announced late last week.
Tickets are $50 for adults and $25 for ages 8-17. They can be purchased online now at the Rockwall Summer Musicals Box Office. For information call Barbara at 972-771-8615.
Gaschen is an internationally renowned vocalist and stage performer who has performed as the lead in Phantom of the Opera on Broadway and more than 1,300 times in the U.S. and Europe. Accompanied by James McQuillen, he will perform an array of classical songbook and Broadway favorites.
Gaschen made his Broadway debut as the Phantom in November, 1999. While producers of the musical still call on him to temporarily join productions when needed, he eventually opted to leave Broadway and seek success in the recording and concert arenas.
He already is included on the compact disc “Broadway’s Fabulous Phantoms” with the likes of Howard McGilin, Hugh Panaro and Michael Crawford, the latter being Broadway’s original and best known Phantom of the Opera. He performs regularly and does benefit performances nationwide. In 2006 was inducted into the West Texas Walk of Fame adjacent to the statue of rock ‘n’ roll legend, the late Buddy Holly.
James is hosting a Vocal Master Class with Gaschen June 25, from 9 am-1 pm. Students will be able to sing 32 bars to Gaschen and he will then critique them on their voice and performance techniques. From those auditions, he will then select two students to perform the same night of his performance. For info, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Corporate concert sponsorships to benefit the CAC are available, ranging in price from $250 to $5,000. Initial sponsors are American National Bank, Keeli James Studio and The Rockwall News. For sponsorship info call J.J. Smith at 214-317-1718.