Dominic Garvey was a classical pianist before coming to Boothbay Harbor to be artistic director of the Carousel Music Theater. He held the position for 25 years, directing, teaching and guiding hundreds of young actors in his original musical reviews, with songs from the Great American Songbook to the tunes of American Bandstand. For most of these young actors, the summer stock at the Carousel was their first professional gig.
On Saturday September 18 at the Boothbay Harbor Opera House, several Carousel alumni will present a loving tribute to Garvey, who passed away six years ago.
“Dominic Garvey laid the groundwork for a lot of us,” said Michelle Bruckner. “My dad and I went to Boothbay Harbor together after graduating from Adelphi. I fell in love with Dominic’s work, Dominic, and the chance to play six nights a week.
“He really prepared me for my job in New York… After five seasons I left the Carousel (and since then) I’ve toured nationally and internationally in shows, film, television… careers and Dominic laid the groundwork for us, ”said Bruckner.
All of the tribute artists started their careers with Garvey at the Carousel or knew him as a co-collaborator or fellow performer. Here they are and what they chose to sing, with the musical accompaniment of John Leslie who was Garvey’s assistant musical director: The soloists are Kevin Kiley, with “You’ve Got That Thing”; David Delana, “You never are; “Jeff Sampson,” Mona Lisa; “Teresa Curley Beaudoin,” How are things going in your Glocca Mora? “; Kelli Connors, “Makin ‘Whoopee!”; Michael J. Tobin, “Old Man River” and “His Face; “Dennis St. Pierre,” Take It Home “and” Luck Be A Lady “. And John Leslie, who has a solo exhibition on Liberace, will play the role of “Mr. Showmanship “itself singing the” Liberace Boogie “.
Jack Omar will play his alter ego, Omar Ricardo (think Ricky Ricardo from “I Love Lucy”). He will also sing “Tea For Two” with “Liberace”. Teresa Curley and Jeff Sampson Join Voices for “Old Devil Moon”; and Michelle Bruckner and Kelli Connors will perform a Garvey arrangement of two songs from “Showboat” and “Oliver”.
“He’s been a longtime mentor, friend and champion to all of us,” Bruckner said. “Now that I am a director and choreographer, the torch has passed. We all sing our best to him and I hope the community will join us in celebrating Dominic’s life and legacy.
Discounted advance tickets cost $ 20 and are available at the Opera House box office at 86 Townsend Ave., open Wednesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets can also be reserved by calling 633-5159. Regularly priced tickets are $ 25 and available on standbayoperahouse.com and on the day of the show at the door.
All spectators must provide proof of vaccination at the gate, or proof of a negative COVID test within 24 hours of arriving at the Opera. The concert starts at 7 p.m. Doors open for seating at 6.30 p.m.