It's a Grand Night for Singing
Each year UK Opera Theatre puts on It's a Grand Night for Singing!, a popular musical revue featuring the best from Billboard to Broadway, starring more than 100 UK Opera Theatre and the community performers. In 2017, we celebrated the 25th anniversary of Grand Night and won an Emmy for the KET broadcast of the production.
In 1992, the new director of the opera program, Everett McCorvey, wanted his students to learn how to sing and dance for musical theatre, affording them expanded job opportunities. Jim Rodgers, then chair of the UK Department of Theatre, knew his students would likewise have more job opportunities if they could sing and dance. So, they created an early summer song and dance revue. The title “It’s a Grand Night for Singing,” stems from the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “State Fair."