For more than three decades, summertime in the Boothbay region meant that pianist Kevin Kiley would be playing at the Boothbay Harbor Inn as well as working on stage and behind the scenes at the Carousel Theater. During those years he met and worked with a large troupe of vocalists and performers. On Saturday, July 27, Kevin has invited some of them to join him at the Opera House in Boothbay Harbor. The evening of Broadway music and American standards will include vocalists Devin Dukes, Arthur Francesco, Marques Ruff and Jennifer Zimmerman.
Relayed Kevin: “Arthur and Jen are longtime friends of mine. We worked together for many years doing cabarets. Arthur is a musical theater actor who worked at the Carousel Music Theater and has toured nationally. He is also a professional pastry chef. Jen has performed several cabarets and one woman shows in New York City and also works as a plus size model for, among others, L.L. Bean.
“Marques is an international singer and former member of the Grammy winning group Chanticleer. Our connection started when I was playing piano at the Boothbay Harbor Inn. Marques walked over to the piano and as he says, ‘the stars aligned.’ He started singing, I kept playing, and we have been friends ever since. His vocal range, charm and heart have no bounds. We are very excited for our first chance to perform onstage together.”
Marques last performed at the Opera House with the group Chanticleer.
Devin Dukes is at home with musical theater or opera. Opera House regulars often hear her sharing her voice at the annual Holiday Pot Luck Dinner and Sing-a-long.
Kevin added, “Devin is also one of my dearest friends. Time spent with her, on or off-stage, feeds your soul and fills your heart. Maybe she's an angel. She certainly sings like one.”
Tickets for the performance are currently on sale through the Opera House Box Office at 86 Townsend Avenue or by calling 633-5159. Advance discounted tickets are $15. Regularly priced tickets are $20 and available online at boothbayoperahouse.com and on the day of the concert. Doors for seating open at 7 p.m., and the music begins at 7:30.
The evening is sponsored by Jill Tupper, Jeff Sampson, Peter List, and anonymous fans of Kevin’s music.