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Jeri SagerBroadway singer Jeri Sager takes the stage at the Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center Saturday, June 11, at 8 p.m. Sager will sing songs from “Cats,” “All That Jazz,” “Evita,” “Sweet Charity,” “Cabaret,” “Sound of Music” and many more. She is best known for her portrayal of “Grizabella” in “Cats,” Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award winning musical.

Sager was 12 years old when her love of singing and her voice were first discovered. Her first public performances were in her local church. As she grew up, Sager’s passion for singing grew into a life long love affair. She studied opera at Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. Ultimately, her profound love of performing led her to New York City. There she made her Broadway debut as Frumah- Sara, in the Tony Award winning, 25th Anniversary Production of “Fiddler on the Roof.” The New York Times review of this production said “When Fruma-Sara [Jeri Sager] scurries across the stage ... ‘Fiddler’ levitates.”

Sager has enjoyed critical acclaim for her portrayal of Fantine in “Les Miserables” and Eva Peron in “Evita.” Her career has allowed her to work with such theater notables as Tony/Oscar Award winning director Jerome Robbins, Tony/Drama Desk Award winning director Trevor Nunn and Tony/Drama Desk Award winning singer/songwriter and playwright Rupert Holmes. These collaborations, and Sager’s diverse talents, have earned praise from critics in such leading publications as The New York Times, The New York Daily News, The New Yorker Magazine, The Los Angeles Times and The San Francisco Examiner.

In addition to her Broadway roles, Sager has had the pleasure of working in other theatrical productions such as “City Of Angels,” “Brigadoon,” “West Side Story,” “Pippin,” “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” and “Pump Boys and Dinettes.”

Sager has also performed with celebrated artists such as Bob Hope, Gregory Peck, Michael Crawford, Betty Buckley, Theodore Bikel, Bill Anderson, and John James. She has had the honor of performing for such dignitaries as President Jimmy Carter, President George W. Bush and Pope John Paul II. Through her work with the USO, Sager has performed for both American and British troops. Other notable appearances include her rendition of the National Anthem for the Baltimore Orioles on July 4 and her debut at the Grand Ole Opry.

Sager’s golden voice and infectiously joyful stage presence gives her a broad audience appeal. Combined with her stellar critical acclaim, this has resulted in her busy touring schedule. Sager performs all over the United States, England, the Caribbean, Japan, the West Indies, Mexico, China and Canada. She has released three CDs: “Swing Like It Sammy, Regards…Jeri,” and “Memory - A Special Live Performance.” Currently she is working on the completion of her fourth CD titled “Broadway by Jeri-Live!”

When not touring with her one woman show, Sager finds time for film and television roles. She co-hosted the cable TV show, “RV Today” on OLN (Outdoor Life Network) for four years and has starred in numerous TV commercials. Sager played the abusive mother in Martina McBride’s heart wrenching music video Concrete Angel. Most recently, she finished filming “Country Strong,” a feature film starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Tim McGraw and Leighton Meester, which was released in December 2010.

Jeri Sager will be at the Performing Arts Center, 507 Chestnut Street, Highlands, Saturday, June 11, at 8 p.m. For tickets, call (828)526-9047.

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