On pitch: Pirates’ Steven Brault to sing at Pittsburgh Symphony’s “Blockbuster Broadway”

Posted on: February 6, 2020

“Which is more nerve-wracking: taking the mound at PNC Park or the stage in Heinz Hall? For Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Steven Brault, both are more exciting than anxiety-producing,” writes Shirley McMarlinn in Wednesday’s (2/5) Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “A vocal performance major in college, Brault will sing two numbers with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra during ‘Blockbuster Broadway!’ performances Feb. 7-9 in Heinz Hall. ‘I’ve always liked being in the spotlight,’ says the 27-year-old southpaw. ‘I use the pressure to challenge myself.’ Brault started playing organized baseball at age 6 in his native San Diego, Calif…. He started singing in fifth grade and first ventured into community theater in sixth grade…. With PSO, Brault will solo on ‘The Music of the Night’ from ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ and will be joined by the Hamlisch-Page Student Choir for ‘Seasons of Love’ from ‘Rent.’ His two numbers are among 12 songs from Broadway musicals featured on his upcoming album … to be released April 3 on his own label…. ‘Blockbuster Broadway!’ performances also will feature vocalists Jessica Hendy, Kelli Rabke and Kerry O’Malley, along with guest conductor Stuart Chafetz.… During off-seasons, Brault has been lead singer for a band called Street Gypsies.”