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From Dust to Dreams: Opening Night at The Smith Center for The Performing Arts

Written by Colette Clarke, Interactive Producer | Sep 14, 2012 7:14 AM

dust-dreams.jpgA legendary line-up of talent from the worlds of music, television, stage and screen joins together in Las Vegas for an unprecedented night of entertainment in FROM DUST TO DREAMS: OPENING NIGHT AT THE SMITH CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, airing September 21 at 9 p.m. on witf.

Hosted by Emmy Award-winning actor Neil Patrick Harris,  the historic television event features performances by Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson, country superstars Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Emmylou Harris and Martina McBride, iconic singer-songwriter Carole King, trumpeter Arturo Sandoval, renowned classical violinist Joshua Bell, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member John Fogerty, Gospel great Mavis Staples, Train lead singer Pat Monahan, and American Ballet Theatre dancers Marcello Gomes and Luciana Paris.

FROM DUST TO DREAMS showcases never-before-seen duets and artist collaborations:  Pat Monahan takes the stage with Martina McBride for their first-ever performance of “A Song for You.”  Mavis Staples teams with Carole King in the timeless classic “You’ve Got a Friend.”  In a powerhouse trio of talents brought together for the first time, Jennifer Hudson takes the stage with Martina McBride and Carole King for an unforgettable rendition of "Natural Woman.”  Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard prove once again why they are country music royalty with their interpretation of “Pancho & Lefty.” Later, they’re joined by Emmylou Harris for a special version of Haggard’s classic “Ramblin’ Fever.”

“I am so honored to have been a part of the Smith Center’s opening night," said Grammy-winner McBride.  “I am excited for viewers at home to see how magical the night was, performing with some of the most iconic names in music.”

The world of Broadway is represented by Tony winner Brian Stokes Mitchell (Kiss Me Kate, Man of La Mancha, Ragtime), Laura Osnes (Grease, South Pacific, Anything Goes), Cheyenne Jackson (television’s “Glee,” “30 Rock” and Broadway’s Finian’s Rainbow, All Shook Up), Sherie Rene Scott (Aida, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Little Mermaid, Women on the Verge), Montego Glover (Memphis, Color Purple) and Benjamin Walker (Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson, Inherit the Wind).

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