Broadway comes to Blowing Rock this weekend when entertainer Jeri Sager performs "Broadway Caberet" at the Hayes Performing Arts Center.
Sager's performances are scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 13, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 14, at 2 p.m.
Tickets range in price from $30 to $50 and are available at the door.
The Broadway veteran - who has enjoyed fame as Grizabella in "CATS," Fantine in "Les Miserables" and Eva Peron in "Evita" - and her band take the audience on a joyful ride of The Great White Way's greatest hits.
Sager was 12 years old when her love of singing was first discovered. Her first public performances were in her local church.
As she grew up, Sager's passion for singing grew into a lifelong love affair. She studied opera (vocal performance) at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Ultimately, her profound love of performing led her to New York City, where she made her Broadway debut as Frumah-Sara in the Tony Award-winning, 25th-anniversary production of "Fiddler on the Roof." The New York Times review of this production said, "When Frumah-Sara (Jeri Sager) scurries across the stage... 'Fiddler' levitates."
Sager has enjoyed critical acclaim for her portrayal of Fantine in "Les Miserables" and Eva Peron in "Evita," earning praise from critics in such leading publications as The New York Times, The New York Daily News, The New Yorker Magazine, The Los Angeles Times and The San Francisco Examiner.
In addition to her Broadway roles, Sager has worked in other theatrical productions, such as "City of Angels," "Brigadoon," "West Side Story," "Pippin," "The Mystery of Edwin Drood," "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" and "Pump Boys and Dinettes."
She has also enjoyed performing with celebrated artists, such as Bob Hope, Gregory Peck, Michael Crawford, Betty Buckley, Theodore Bikel, Bill Anderson and John James. She has had the honor of performing for such dignitaries as President Jimmy Carter, President George W. Bush and Pope John Paul II.
Through her work with the USO, Sager has performed for both American and British troops. Other notable appearances include her rendition of the national anthem for the Baltimore Orioles on July 4 and her debut at the Grand Ole Opry.
Sager performs all over the United States, England, the Caribbean, Japan, the West Indies, Mexico and Canada. She has released three CDs: "Swing It Like Sammy," "Regards...Jeri," "Memory - A Special Live Performance" and "Broadway by Jeri - Live!"
When not touring with her one-woman show, Sager finds time for film and television roles. She played the abusive mother in Martina McBride's music video, "Concrete Angel." Most recently, she finished filming the feature film, "Country Strong," starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Tim McGraw.
For more information on this weekend's show, call the Hayes Performing Arts Center Box Office at (828) 295-9627.
The Hayes Performing Arts Center is located at 152 Jamie Fort Road, just off U.S. 321, in Blowing Rock.