Conductor Keith Lockhart’s exciting upcoming season with the Boston Pops will feature the likes of “Family Guy” creator Seth McFarlane, the pro cast of “So You Think You Can Dance” and “Dancing with the Stars,” Brian Wilson’s “Pet Sounds” and yes, two nights with Tony-winning actress and star of "Younger," Sutton Foster. He walks us through highlights happening over the coming months.
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Seth asked to join the Pops
It took about two and a half years, but the “Ted” funny guy approached Lockhart about joining the esteemed ensemble for a guest appearance. “Seth McFarlane initiated contact with us and said ‘Why haven’t you asked me to sing with the Boston Pops?,’” says Lockhart. “He’s from the area and we’ll get a mention on 'Family Guy' every now and then.”
McFarlane will perform a catalog of American songbook classics, but Lockhart is hoping he’ll slip in some laughs, too. “We’ll try to convince him to sing one song as Stewie,” he adds.
Don’t ask Lockhart for a dance-off
The conductor says he’s most excited for the first week featuring performances by the casts of “Dancing with the Stars” and “So You Think You Can Dance.”
“It’s going to be very visually stimulating and unlike anything we’ve done before,” Lockhart says. But will he join in? “Only if I’m forced to,” he laughs. “Ask my wife.”
But maybe Sutton can sway him
“She's such a multi-talented performer and over the last few years her star has begun to shine even more brightly,” Lockhart says of Foster. And while he couldn’t confirm if she’ll be strapping on her tap shoes, he knows there will be some dance involved: “We’ve been asked to make room for it.”
The Boston Pops' spring 2016 season opens May 6 with special guest, Seth McFarlane. Check the full schedule and ticket information at BSO.org.