Local fans who will miss the Miss America Pageant when it moves to Connecticut can still catch a great show featuring two former Miss America winners on Sept. 4 at the Ocean City Music Pier.
The Ocean City Pops orchestra will celebrate one of the Jersey Shore’s most treasured traditions when Miss America 2002 Katie Harman Ebner and Miss America 1998 Kate Shindle perform as special guest vocalists.
Miss America 2012 Laura Kaeppeler had been scheduled to perform but is no longer able to join the concert. Shindle – who wowed audiences as a headliner in the Ocean City Theatre Company’s “Broadway on the OC Boardwalk” show 10 years ago – will return to Ocean City to join Harman Ebner at the concert.
The two former Miss Americas will take concertgoers on a journey through Broadway, pop and opera. Both have been recognized around the world for their vocal achievements.
The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4. Tickets $20 to $30 are available at www.oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, by calling 609-399-6111, or at the Music Pier Box Office, the City Hall Welcome Center (861 Asbury Avenue) or the Roy Gillian Welcome Center (on the Rt. 52 causeway).
Shindle made her Broadway debut in “Jekyll & Hyde” in 1997. Her other notable Broadway roles include Sally Bowles in “Cabaret” (after headlining the national tour), Vivienne in “Legally Blonde” and the Mad Hatter in Frank Wildhorn’s “Wonderland.” As a producer, Shindle was an associate on the Broadway premiere of the Tony-nominated “A Christmas Story: The Musical.”
In 2015, she was elected to serve as the youngest-ever president of Actors’ Equity Association, the union representing more than 50,000 stage actors and stage managers across the United States. She is a fan of big dogs and road biking, and very much enjoys a good single-malt scotch.