American Pops Archive

I'll Be Seeing You

11 November 2016 | GW Lisner Auditorium

I’ll Be Seeing You: A WWII Love Story

The APO started its second season with a celebration of Veteran’s Day. We told the heartwarming love story of “Spark” and Charley Frazier (Luke Frazier’s own grandparents, a real-life Navy family) through actual letters exchanged between the couple during World War II and a swinging soundtrack from a fantastic era in popular music.  Starring Broadway’s Ron Raines, Florence Lacey, Claybourne Elder, and Rachel Eskenazi-Gold.


13 January 2017 | GW Lisner Auditorium

Don’t Rain on My Parade: 75 Years of Streisand

Legendary artist and ten-time Grammy winner Barbra Streisand marks her 75th birthday in 2017. The APO’s second season continues with a celebration of this iconic star and songs from Broadway to Pop and everything in between. This program demonstrates why the music of Barbra Streisand remains a centerpiece of the American Songbook and why, much like a milestone birthday and the artist herself, her music deserves great celebration. With a parade of special Broadway guests, including Amber Iman, Lindsay Mendez, Laura Osnes, and more! Hosted by Fran Drescher.


Streisand - Fran Drescher

11 March 2017 | LIVE! at 10th & G

Cinderella APO

Cinderella: A Magical, Musical Tale

Cinderella has never sounded sweeter! This heartwarming and comedic retelling of the fairy tale classic is one part storybook and four parts Great American Songbook. Four lovable and dynamic singer-actors bring a huge cast of characters to life with the use of colorful costumes and playful props, as they introduce the next generation of music lovers to some of the best-loved American songs of the Twentieth Century. This show is interactive, with plenty of audience participation. Starring Austin Colby, MaryJoanna Grisso, Hilary Morrow, and Dale Sampson.


7 April 2017 | GW Lisner Auditorium

You Spin Me ‘Round: An 80s Dance Party

Put on your dancing shoes and travel back in time to the era of neon, teased hair, and shoulder pads as The American Pops interpret the popular music of the 1980’s. This “rad” original program combines DJ mixing, live orchestra, dancers, and hot vocalists to bring back favorite music of the 1980’s in a whole new way. Limited VIP seats on the stage are available for purchase. 80’s inspired attire is encouraged. Our talented performers lead the party and will get you into the groove like it’s 1989. Totally.


Greg Louganis

Third Thursdays | Live! at 10th & G


The APO presented a free lunch-time concert series, Third Thursdays, from November 2016 to March 2017. Maestro Luke Frazier, music director and founder of The American Pops Orchestra and founding artistic director of the National Broadway Chorus, brought members of the APO and the NBC to the heart of DC’s downtown to present beloved American music.


20 October 2016 | “Heart and Soul”PROGRAM

17 November 2016 | “A Broadway Cornucopia”PROGRAM

15 December 2016 | “Holiday Harp”PROGRAM

19 January 2017 | “There’s Always Room For Cello” | PROGRAM

16 February 2017 | “They’re Writing Songs Of Love” | PROGRAM

16 March 2017 | “Playing Second Fiddle” | PROGRAM

Private Gigs

In additional to its 2016-17 season performances, the APO performed in many special events throughout the entire year. These events include:

2016 Hispanic Heritage Awards

22 September 2016 | Warner Theatre

The Beacon Prize, Human Rights First

9 December 2016 | Newseum

7th Annual DC Standing Ovation Awards

13 March 2017 | Kennedy Center Concert Hall