About the Program
Hosted by Emmy Award-winning actor Neil Patrick Harris, From Dust to Dreams features performances by Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson, country superstars Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Emmylou Harris and Martina McBride, singer-songwriter legend Carole King, trumpeter Arturo Sandoval, violinist Joshua Bell, gospel great Mavis Staples, Train lead singer Pat Monahan, and American Ballet Theater dancers Marcello Gomes and Luciana Paris.
From Dust To Dreams will feature duet performances, such as Pat Monahan performing “A Song for You” with Martina McBride. Jennifer Hudson duets with McBride and Carole King on "Natural Woman.” Mavis Staples teams with King on the timeless “You’ve Got a Friend.” Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard prove once again why they are country elite with their rendition of “Pancho & Lefty.” Later, they are joined by Emmylou Harris for a special version of Haggard’s classic “Ramblin’ Fever.”
Myron Martin, Fred Smith and Donald Snyder.
The world of Broadway is represented by Tony winner Brian Stokes Mitchell (Kiss Me Kate, Man of La Mancha, Ragtime), Laura Osnes (Grease, South Pacific, Anything Goes), Cheyenne Jackson (television's Glee, 30 Rock and Broadway's Finian's Rainbow, All Shook Up), Sherie Rene Scott (Aida, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Little Mermaid, Women on the Verge), Montego Glover (Memphis, Color Purple) and Benjamin Walker (Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson, Inherit the Wind).
Performances are guided by renowned musical director Rob Mathes, producer/musical director for Sting and recipient of five Emmy Award nominations.
From Dust To Dreams: Opening Night at the Smith Center For The Performing Arts is produced by 15-time Emmy winner George Stevens, Jr. and directed and produced by four-time Emmy winner Michael Stevens for The Stevens Company. Most recently, the pair produced Thurgood for HBO. They previously produced the We Are One concert at the Lincoln Memorial on the eve of the Inauguration of President Barack Obama and earned Emmys for the 2008, 2009 and 2010 Kennedy Center Honors — one of only 12 programs ever to win in three consecutive years on television.