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This profile was last updated on 7/18/13  and contains information from public web pages.

Mr. Keith Spencer

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Company Description: The Abington Choral Club (ACC) is a dynamic, diverse mixed-voice community chorus, which provides a unique musical experience for singers and listeners alike. Now...   more
Background

Employment History

Education

  • degree , marketing and psychology
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Keith Spencer returns to the ...
www.phillytrib.com, 18 July 2013 [cached]
Keith Spencer returns to the BRT stage in a presentation of "Ol' Man River" running July 18-28 as part of its Summer Musicale series. - submitted photo
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Keith Spencer returns to the BRT stage in a presentation of "Ol' Man River" running July 18-28 as part of its Summer Musicale series. - submitted photo
He's a veteran of the Bristol Riverside Theatre stage, and has performed as guest artist for several local groups including the Abington Choral Club, the Quakertown Concert Band for their 130th anniversary celebration and more.
Soon, Keith Spencer returns to the BRT stage in a presentation of "Ol' Man River" running July 18-28 as part of its Summer Musicale series.
According to Spencer, the show pays homage to African-American leading men and the Broadway shows that made them famous. The tribute includes classic songs from "Show Boat," "Ragtime," "Porgy and Bess" and others.
Spencer says, the production was initiated by him but done in partnership with Keith Baker, BRT's Artistic Director who directs the show.
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That was several years back after I'd done other shows for the theater," said Spencer.
"I've been working on studying African-American male singers," said Spencer. "In the past I put together several shows, including one of Negro spirituals mainly because those songs work well with my voice. I appreciate the spirituals but I knew there are lots of other things these men have done, especially on the Broadway stage."
So, Spencer began to do his research, exploring early moments in our history that involved men who made their mark somehow in music.
"I looked at vaudeville where characterizations of Black man were accepted as long as the things that were done were entertaining. I looked at how eventually Black men could do the parts themselves, such as they did in 'Showboat' in 1927. And so on through the years, until the final evolution where there are now what we call colorless shows," said Spencer.
Spencer, a native of Philadelphia who now lives in Dresher, says he's the only one in his family who sings. "I began by singing in the church choir, and the first time I told my mother I was going to audition for a solo in the choir, she couldn't believe it. She said 'we just don't sing!'"
But a determined Spencer had made up his mind, and remembered the look of astonishment on his parents faces when he performed well. He says that from that moment on he was hooked. And so by the time he reached high school he started doing all sorts of things, like auditioning for the plays, the choirs, finding several opportunities to sing and perform.
Later, off he went to Penn State, initially majoring in pre-med, but with his time sprinkled heavily with music. By the time he graduated with a degree in marketing and psychology, he had made important contacts that eventually led to his becoming a featured soloist with Walt Disney World's premiere a cappella ensemble, Voices of Liberty, in Orlando, Fla.
Over the years, Spencer has appeared in the Broadway tour of Andrew Lloyd Weber's "Music of the Night.
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Being on Broadway is a very hard life and I wouldn't want to move my kids up to that city or have to commute all day long," said Spencer. "Because being on Broadway would involve too many family sacrifices, it's no longer on my bucket list. I'm very happy doing what I'm doing."
Keith Spencer's Ol' Man River takes to the stage July 18-28 at Bristol Riverside Theatre, 120 Radcliffe St. in Bristol.
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Keith Spencer
Jump City Jazz Orchestra
www.jumpcityjazz.com, 10 April 2006 [cached]
Keith Spencer, Vocal Mr. Spencer has pursued his love of stage, cabaret, and concert performance in many professional venues ranging from Philadelphia's Prince Theater to the Broadway tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Music of the Night with Betty Buckley, Anne Crumb, and Melissa Manchester.
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Outside the concert stage, Keith's varied credits include semi-finalist ranking in the esteemed American Traditions Competition hosted in Savannah, Georgia and featured soloist with Walt Disney World's premier a cappella ensemble, Voices of Liberty, in Orlando, Florida.
Living in the Philadelphia area, Mr. Spencer has performed as a guest artist for several local groups including the Chamber Arts Guild, Abington Choral Club, and the Quakertown Concert Band for their 130th Anniversary celebration. He maintains active involvement in many professional theatre organizations as well as solo performance in cabaret-style showcases throughout the Philadelphia-area.
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