The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization have announced the next video in their YouTube series R&H Goes Pop! – At Home. The new video will feature Broadway performer Telly Leung (Aladdin, Allegiance, In Transit) performing the iconic song “Climb Ev’ry Mountain” from The Sound of Music.
Leung was last seen on Broadway as the title character in Aladdin. Additional Broadway credits include In Transit, Allegiance, Godspell, Rent, Pacific Overtures and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Flower Drum Song. On TV, he’s appeared as Wes the Warbler on Glee, Odd Mom Out, Deadbeat and Law and Order: Criminal Intent. He has released two studio albums: I’ll Cover You (2012) and Songs for You (2016). This year, he released a new EP, You Matter, to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
R&H Goes Pop! aims to preserve the legacy of Rodgers & Hammerstein by inspiring artists to interpret the R&H classics in a contemporary light. The launch of this YouTube series celebrated and coincided with the 75th anniversary of the team’s first collaboration, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! Hosted by Laura Osnes (Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific), the video series features the brightest Broadway stars performing and honoring the classic canon of Rodgers & Hammerstein in unique and inventive styles ranging from pop, rock, R&B, soul and country.
R&H Goes Pop! launched in January 2019 with the premiere of a music video featuring Jeremy Jordan singing “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’.” The series has also featured Laura Osnes and Jeremy Jordan, Matt Doyle and Jelani Alladin, Derek Klena, Kyle Selig, Ashley Park, Ryan McCartan, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Ali Stroker, Gavin Creel and Katrina Lenk. Each performed songs from Rodgers & Hammerstein musicals, including Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, The King and I, South Pacific, The Sound of Music and more. Upcoming videos will feature Lilli Cooper (SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical, Tootsie), Ariana DeBose (Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, Steven Spielberg’s upcoming West Side Story), Andy Mientus (“Smash”), Anthony Rapp (“Star Trek: Discovery,” Rent) and manymore still to be announced!
Since March 2020, The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization has released 15 “At Home” episodes of R&H Goes Pop!, featuring some of Broadway’s best performing stripped-down versions of Rodgers & Hammerstein tunes from their living rooms. Previous artists include Jeremy Jordan, Christy Altomare, Jelani Alladin, Ryan McCartan, Matt Doyle, Laura Michelle Kelly, Austin Scott, Syndee Winters, Dyllón Burnside, Lena Hall and more.
Watch Leung’s performance below.
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