Jeri Sager is a veteran of Broadway and numerous national tours. (Contributed)
Jeri Sager is a veteran of Broadway and numerous national tours. She is best known for her portrayal of Grizabella in “CATS,” Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award-winning musical.
Following her studies in opera (vocal performance) at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., she made her Broadway debut as Frumah-Sara in the Tony Award winning 25th anniversary production of “Fiddler on the Roof.” The New York Times review stated, “When Fruma-Sara [Jeri Sager] scurries across the stage ... ‘Fiddler’ levitates.”
Sager also received critical acclaim for her portrayal of Fantine in “Les Miserables” and Eva Peron in “Evita.” She has worked with such theater notables as Tony/Oscar Award winning director Jerome Robbins, Tony/Drama Desk Award winning director Trevor Nunn and Tony/Drama Desk Award winning singer/songwriter and playwright Rupert Holmes.
Her performances have earned praise from critics in such leading publications as The New York Times, The New York Daily News, The New Yorker magazine, The Los Angeles Times and The San Francisco Examiner.
In addition to her Broadway roles, Sager has worked in other theatrical productions such as “City of Angels,” “Brigadoon,” “West Side Story,” “Pippin,” “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoast,” and “Pump Boys and Dinettes.”
During her career, Sager has performed with celebrated artists such as Bob Hope, Gregory Peck, Michael Crawford, Betty Buckley, Theodore Bikel, Bill Anderson and John James. She has had the honor of performing for such dignitaries as President Jimmy Carter, President George W. Bush and Pope John Paul II. She has also worked with the USO, performing for both American and British troops.
Sager has also been cast in roles for film and television. She cohosted the cable TV show, “RV TODAY” on Outdoor Life Network for four years and has starred in numerous TV commercials. She played the abusive mother in Martina McBride’s heart wrenching music video “Concrete Angel.” Most recently, she finished filming “Country Strong,” a feature film starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Tim McGraw and Leighton Meester, released in December of 2010.
She has released three CDs: “Swing It Like Sammy, Regards ... Jeri,” and “Memory — A Special Live Performance.” Currently she is working on the completion of her fourth CD titled “Broadway by Jeri — LIVE!”
Jeri Sager will perform at Niswonger Performing Arts Center in historic downtown Greeneville tonight at 7:30. Tickets are $35 for orchestra and mezzanine level seating and $25 for balcony seats. Tickets may be purchased online at www.npacgreeneville.com, in person at the NPAC box office, or by calling 423-638-1679.
NPAC offers online seat selection and no-fee ticketing. Box office hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
The 1,130 seat performing arts center is located adjacent to the campus of Greeneville High School.