English tenor Alfie Boe and retired NBC anchor Tom Brokaw will be the headliners for this year's Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas concerts.
Boe, 39, got his big break in 2002, when Baz Luhrmann cast him in his Broadway production of "La BohÃ¨me." He is best known for performing the role of Jean Valjean in a 2010 concert performance of "Les MisÃ©rables" at London's O2 Arena, to mark the show's 25th anniversary. (That performance, which also starred Nick Jonas as Marius, has become a staple on PBS pledge drives.) His latest album, "Bring Him Home," was released in July.
(The Salt Lake Tribune's pop-music writer, David Burger, reported Boe's booking back in March, by the way.)
Brokaw, 72, was anchor of "NBC Nightly News" from 1982 to 2004. He's now a special correspondent for NBC, showing up for election and Olympics coverage as well as other special events. His 1998 book, The Greatest Generation, established that phrase to describe the Americans who grew up in the Great Depression and fought in World War II.
It's not the first time Brokaw and the choir have performed together. Last year, Brokaw appeared on a special edition of "Music and the Spoken Word" marking the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
Boe's wife, Sarah, is a Utah-raised, University of Utah-trained actor. The couple met while working on separate productions in San Francisco. They met on a rehearsal break and went on a date that same night.
The couple were married a year and a half after that first date. They live in London but also own a home in Salt Lake City, where Boe has taken up skiing.
Sean P. Means
A Christmas Boe
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir's Christmas concerts are set for Dec. 13-15, at 8 each night, at the LDS Conference Center, 60 W. North Temple, Salt Lake City. There's also a special performance of "Music and the Spoken Word" featuring Boe and Brokaw on Sunday, Dec. 16, at 9:30 a.m.
Tickets will be available online, at lds.org/events, starting Saturday through Oct. 22.