2000 Donna Reed Festival acting scholarship finalist headlines annual summer event
The artist who brought magic to life as Prince Hans in Disney’s blockbuster film Frozen will headline this summer’s MormonTabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square’s Pioneer Day concerts.
Santino Fontana joins the choir in two gala performances titled A Summer Celebration of Song, which will be held on Friday, 18 July, and Saturday, 19 July 2014, in the Conference Center on Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The event is sold-out. The 42,000 tickets released to the public were gone in less than 24 hours. The concert will be livestreamed on July 19 at 8 p.m. at motab.org/pioneerday. At the same time, the concert will also be broadcast on BYUtv, which is on DirectTV channel 374, and Dish Network channels 9403 and 9397.
This isn’t the first time Fontana has turned in a princely performance. He was nominated for the Tony Award as best leading actor for his role as Prince Topher in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella. He also received the 2010 Drama Desk Award for his role in Brighton Beach Memoirs and received accolades for originating the role of Tony in the Broadway production of Billy Elliot.
The summer concerts are held in conjunction with community Pioneer Day celebrations to celebrate the arrival of Mormon pioneers to the Salt Lake Valley in the summer of 1847.