Kirstin Maldonado, of the Grammy Award winning a capella group “Pentatonix” and current star of Kinky Boots, joins the lineup for the 15th installment of the acclaimed Broadway Sings concert series, Broadway Sings Rihanna. Cast members from other Broadway shows including Hamilton, Waitress, Dear Evan Hansen, and Wicked will also sing completely new arrangements of the hits of the R&B superstar, accompanied by a 14-piece orchestra playing original orchestrations of her music.
Maldonado is joined by the previously announced Caroline Bowman (Kinky Boots), Kennedy Caughell (Beautiful), Lilli Cooper (SpongeBob Squarepants),Keri René Fuller (Waitress), Kathryn Gallagher (Spring Awakening), Alexa Green (Wicked), Joanna A. Jones (Hamilton), Lexi Lawson (Hamilton),Kristolyn Lloyd (Dear Evan Hansen), Anastacia McCleskey (Waitress), Abby Mueller (Beautiful), Ciara Renée (Pippin), Christina Sajous (American Idiot),Jessica Vosk (Wicked), and Raena White (The Lion King).
The concert will give tribute to this versatile artist and her extensive repertoire, including “Umbrella”, “Diamonds”, “Shut Up and Drive”, and “Disturbia”. The music will be orchestrated and arranged by Joshua Stephen Kartes.
Rihanna is one of the best-selling artists of all time. She is the youngest and fastest artist to have 14 number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart, which earned her the title of the top Hot 100 artist of the 2010 decade, as well as the number-one artist in the history of their Pop Songs Chart. She has won eight Grammy Awards, twelve Billboard Music Awards, and twelve American Music Awards, as well as their Icon Award in 2013. She was named the most powerful celebrity of 2012 by Forbes.
Broadway Sings Rihanna, produced and directed by Corey Mach (Godspell, Invisible Thread, Wicked), will celebrate the talent and success of this iconic singer. Previous artists honored in the series include Adele, Michael Jackson, Beyoncé, Sara Bareilles, and Whitney Houston.