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Cain Center’s inaugural performance wowed sold-out audience

Cain Center gala | Photo by Justin Dionne

Jan. 9. By Dave Yochum. The Cain Center for the Arts’ inaugural performance, with Broadway star Renee Elise Goldsberry, got rave reviews from attendees who commented on everything from the architecture and acoustics to the star herself.

Hamilton star

Goldsberry, best known as the singer-dancer-actor in the role of Angelica Schuyler in Hamilton, soaked up the spotlight along with an accomplished band. The Cain Center’s new Bösendorfer grand piano, a gift of Cornelius resident Ed Bost, spoke eloquently in songs like “On a Clear Day” which segued into “I Can See Clearly Now.”

Renée Elise Goldsberry | Photo: Cain Center for the Arts

7-member band

Goldsberry and her seven-member band performed songs from “The Lion King” and “Rent” as well as standards like “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and “Misty.”

She had star power in abundance and took the time to praise the brand new venue.

Captivating the audience

The performance, Goldsberry said, was about love, hope and unity. She made it warm and personal with anecdotes about auditioning on Broadway, her mother and sibling rivalry.

Champagne was served during the intermission. The $25 million 401-seat theater was full. There were no issues around parking.