Broadway magic: Jim Petro, Barbra Russell-Sharpe and Ron Sharpe, Broadway stars of Les Miserables, their daughter Samantha Sharpe and Andre Williams
THEY have graced the huge stage that is Croke Park with power and pride and brought home the trophy. Now the victorious Limerick Ladies football team are getting set to take to the stage at the University Concert Hall.
There they will be the guests of Killeedy GAA who want to honour them as part of their gala celebration and concert, Married to Broadway.
And they can expect a full house. Before the box office ever opened for sales for Married to Broadway, some 700 tickets had been sold locally. Now, according to Declan O’Connor, the chairman of the organising committee, that figure is closer to 900 and climbing.
However, he stressed: “Tickets are still available.”
They don’t want an empty seat on the night.
The concert, he added, is a joint fund-raiser for Killeedy GAA and the Broadford Youth Choir. The money raised will go towards paying for projects included in the GAA’s ambitious five-year plan including a series of walking paths designed for use by all generations within the parish.
But Broadford Youth Choir will also benefit and some of the proceeds will help fund their ambitious plan to travel to the US for a series of recitals next year.
It is a great tie-in, Mr O’Connor explained, as some of the magic of Broadway is coming to Limerick for the concert. Ron Sharpe and Barbara Russell who were the stars of Les Miserables on Broadway from 2000 to 2005 along with some of their family and others will be the star turn on the UCH stage on Saturday, November 17.
“They are doing all the big hits from the musicals,” Declan explained. But the show will also feature the Broadford Youth Choir, as well as the Edmondstown Golf Choir and the Killeedy Comhaltas Group.
“It will be magic,” Declan said with conviction.
If you want to share in that magic, ring 061 331549 or go to www.uch.ie.
Tickets cost €40.