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Mauer, broadway performer added to concert series

By Staff | Feb 14, 2014

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Gary Mauer, a lead Broadway performer from hits like “Phantom of the Opera” and “Les Miserables” is coming to Rugby. Mauer, who will perform at Tilman Hovland Auditorium on April 22, is the first substitute the Heart of America Concert Series has ever had.

Fellow Broadway star Gregg Edelman was originally booked for the late April show, but had to cancel due to a scheduling conflict.

HACS board member Tilman Hovland is eager to see Mauer perform.

“It will be a good show,” Hovland said. “Just the fact that he played the (lead) role in ‘Les Miserables’ – it’s no small task to do that particular character and he had good reviews on it.”

The tenor’s performances on national tours include those two Broadway hits and roles in “Show Boat” and “The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber.” Mauer was cast opposite his wife, Elizabeth Southard, in Harold Prince’s version of the “Show Boat.”

On regional tours, Mauer has played Jesus in “Jesus Christ Superstar,” Frederick in “Pirates of Penzance” and Anthony in “Sweeney Todd.”

The Phoenix native earned his bachelor’s degree in musical theatre from the University of Arizona in Tuscon. He sang for ABC’s “LIVE with Regis and Kathy Lee” and “The View”; and NBC’s “The Today Show.” Mauer has performed with symphonies across the country, including the National Symphony and the Philly Pops. He traveled extensively with the late world-renowned composer and conductor Marvin Hamlisch and been featured on CDs “Bravo Broadway!” and “Broadway’s Fabulous Phantoms.”

Mauer is an active hang glider pilot. He and his wife have a son, Nicholas, and daughter, Eden.

“He thanks God for all his many blessings,” according to his website.

– Tribune

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