Mr. and Ms. Van Cleave, guitarist and vocalist, will give a concert of Broadway songs at the United Methodist church in Long Lake on Thursday, July 14, at 7:30 p.m. The Van Cleaves will be accompanied on the piano by Elizabeth Cordes.
Presently residing in Norwood, NJ, the Van Cleaves met while starring opposite each other in a musical in Texas some 25 years ago. Ann is from Centerville, Ohio, and comes from a musical family. Her parents met while singing together in an opera company; Ann and her three siblings grew up singing with them throughout Ohio (as Ohio’s Musical Family of the Year). Mr. Van Cleave hails from Cozad, Nebraska. He grew up surrounded by music and as a young man enjoyed playing his guitar and singing across the country. In 1989, the couple moved to NYC to begin their careers together.
Ms. Van Cleave’s Broadway credits include Cyrano the Musical, Showboat, Ragtime, Kiss Me Kate, A Class Act, Fiddler on the Roof, and Beauty and the Beast. She was featured as Ellie in the national tour of Hal Prince’s Showboat. She has performed extensively in theaters across the country and has been the featured soloist with several symphony orchestras.
Mr. Van Cleave has starred in leading roles in theaters across the United States. Off Broadway, he was featured in Leave it to Jane and The Princess and the Plague. Film credits include Aaron in Anthony Perkin’s comedy, Lucky Stiff, and HBO’S Steal the Sky opposite Ben Cross and Mariel Hemmingway.
Together, the Van Cleaves performed for several years on the world’s largest stage at the MGM Grand in Reno, Nevada. They also traveled the world for close to a year on board The QE2 and The Seaborn Cruise Line performing their own cabaret act. Their two sons, Connor, 21, and Taylor, 16, are each accomplished musicians.
Elizabeth Cordes teaches music at Tupper Lake Central School and is the accompanist for the High Peaks Opera.
This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts.