ABOUT US

THE STORY BEHIND THE AUGUSTA BROADWAY SINGERS

For many years, Les Reagan wanted a choir of his own; be their director and to make beautiful music.  He just never got around to it for one reason or another.  One day in mid 2013 his wife, Kitty, and daughter, Katie, told him he ought to get a group of their theatre friends together and sing some over the summer since there weren’t any rehearsals going on for a production.  Having performed in community theatre productions for many years, Les found a group to commit to a few rehearsals to work on “listening and blending,” since there wasn’t time to do that while rehearsing for a “show.”  Broadway choral music was to be the only music used.

On June 27, 2013, the first rehearsal took place at First Baptist Church of Augusta on Walton Way with 19 members.  Only 5 rehearsals were scheduled because “the show must go on” and Les was about to conduct Les Miserables for the Augusta Players.  Several of his singers were cast as well so TABS was placed on hold until January of the next year when we began again, this time with 27 members! 

This group rehearsed at Holy Comforter Episcopal Church and in March, performed a small program of music for their congregation.  Having a small success under our belts, we decided to work on a major concert during the holiday season which we performed at The DoubleTree by Hilton Augusta as a semi-staged dinner theatre concert.  In January 2015, rehearsals began for the group’s second major concert, MUSICAL STORIES, which was presented on April 24, 2015 at Church of the Holy Comforter.

The group being made up most of people who love to act, we decided to produce a complete theatrical production, called  The Marvelous Wonderettes which was directed by Kitty Reagan, musically directed by Les Reagan and starred Sarah Bearden, Melissa Canas, Amy Miller and Katie Reagan as The Wonderettes.  This was performed as a dinner theatre, again, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Augusta.

After a couple of years’ hiatus, Les felt inspired to get everyone together again.  There was so much negativity and bad things happening in the world that he felt we needed some hope and happiness in our lives. So Les put together another program, this time entitled:  HOPE…HAPPINESS…and HARMONY.  It was a feel-good concert and was planned to take us away for just a moment from all the negativity and for one brief moment share in hope, happiness and harmony, which it did!

With the success of the HOPE…HAPPINESS…and HARMONY concert, Les felt it was time for the next move—to become a nonprofit company.  After filing all the paperwork, The Augusta Broadway Singers became a nonprofit singing group in September of 2017! 

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

LES REAGAN

Les Reagan, a resident of Evans, GA, is a multifaceted artist with a lifelong passion for music. As a musician, Les excels as both a pianist and a vocalist, captivating audiences with his exceptional talents. With a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance, his dedication to the art of singing and performance is evident. Les is a musician and a dedicated music director with an extensive career in the field.

A true connoisseur of music, Les’s heart beats for musical theater, the golden age of music, and choral compositions. His love for the arts transcends the boundaries of age and genre, making him a versatile and open-minded artist.

Les’s family life is as harmonious as his music. He and his wife, Kitty, have celebrated 40+ years of marriage, a testament to their enduring love. Their children, Katie and Patrick, both musical artists, add joy and warmth to their family life.

Les’s journey through the world of arts doesn’t end with his bachelor’s degree. He is currently a graduate student at Shenandoah University, pursuing a Master of Science degree in Performing Arts Leadership and Management. This academic pursuit reflects his commitment to continuous growth and leadership in the arts.

As the founding and artistic director of The Augusta Broadway Singer, a 50+ voice choral ensemble, Les has played a pivotal role in fostering a vibrant musical community in Augusta. His extensive experience in leading and managing nonprofit arts organizations over the past decade has further solidified his reputation as a dedicated advocate for the arts.

Les’s retirement from a 43-year career in hotel management marked a new chapter in his life, enabling him to dedicate more time and energy to his true passion: music and the arts.

Les Reagan is a musician, educator, and arts advocate whose life is a testament to the enduring power of music and the arts. His journey from a hotel manager to a respected figure in the world of choral music and performing arts leadership is a source of inspiration for all who appreciate the transformative nature of the arts.