Staff Highlights: Wes Lovell
Wes Lovell, Sales Manager & Ticketing Concierge, is a familiar face in the Box Office and at most events. Wes graciously took some time to revamp the answers he gave us last year in a previous blog. We just love talking to him!
Tell us a bit more about yourself. What are your hobbies and secret talents? What do you do outside of The Music Hall?
I’m a classically trained singer, and while I don’t get to sing as much as I like, I try to look out for opportunities to do that as often as I can. I also like to go out to see opera and live theater when I can. I love board games of all types, and some of my favorites are Pandemic, Ticket to Ride, Trivial Pursuit, and Clue. I also love movies—getting to see movies here on my days off is one of my favorite perks of the job.
Opera, you say? Tell us what you think are the essential shows for someone to see if they are new to opera.
One of my favorite operas is Madame Butterfly: the music is beautiful, the story is absorbing, and it’s one of the few shows where I consistently cry at the end every single time. Porgy and Bess is an absolute must-see. The music has become a foundational part of American culture, so everyone will recognize at least one song from the show. And if you’re looking for something sexy and dramatic, Carmen offers all of that in spades.
You’re a big movie buff! What have been some of your favorite movies that have come through The Music Hall?
I loved seeing The Shape of Water at Telluride by the Sea. The Historic Theater matched the movie’s aesthetic so well, and it really enhanced the movie for me. Also, because I’m a sucker for dogs, Pick of the Litter was a movie I’m not sure I would have heard of if we hadn’t shown it, and I’m so glad I got to see it.
What has been one of your favorite performances or favorite moments at The Music Hall?
White Christmas! I first saw it with a friend, and I had to apologize at the end because I kept nudging her during almost every single number (she would probably describe it as hitting, but in my defense, I was very excited!). The tap dancing, the sets, the music – it was just an amazing performance. I spent the rest of the show’s run dashing up into the balcony to see my favorite songs as often as I could, and I’m so excited that it’s coming back this year!