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Morrow concert promises 'every disco song' medley

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Singers Shawn Megorden (left), Robert Ray and Marsha Dupree will headline Morrow’s Concert for Care on May 19.

Special photo Singers Shawn Megorden (left), Robert Ray and Marsha Dupree will headline Morrow’s Concert for Care on May 19.

When Robert Ray returns to Morrow on May 19 to headline the Concert for Care at the National Archives Amphitheatre, he’ll be belting out standards, rock, Motown, gospel — and, according to Ray, a 12-minute medley of “every disco song from 1975 to 1980.”

Every disco song? Yes, every disco song.

That adds up to about 10 to 15 seconds for each song, Ray said, except for “I Will Survive.” “I’ll let Shawn (Megorden, one of two female singers in the show) sing the full chorus.”

Ray’s not planning a disco mirrorball, too — “unless it drops from the sky,” he added, tongue in cheek.

Broadway veteran Ray’s hour-and-a-half musical review, featuring a five-piece band and singers Megorden and Marsha Dupree, will entertain an anticipated capacity crowd at the concert, produced by the Morrow Business & Tourism Association and benefiting Clayton County Family Care. Co-sponsors include Chick-Fil-A of Southlake, Waffle House, and Anne and Bill’s Restaurant in Forest Park.

Ray grew up near Palmetto and studied music at the University of Georgia before he headed to New York City in the 1980s. While there, he acted and sang in the first revival and later roadshows of the classic musical “Oklahoma!”

In 1986, he returned to Atlanta and discovered he liked it here better. “A good stage is a good stage,” Ray said, “and I’ve been back ever since.”

Since then, he’s made his mark performing at festivals like The Piccolo Spoleto Festival and with a musical tribute he wrote to fellow Georgian Johnny Mercer, featured twice at Georgia’s Music Hall of Fame. In 2005, Ray produced and directed the “75th Anniversary of Atlanta’s Famed Fox Theater,” which resulted in a one-day attendance of 15,000.

This is Ray’s third performance at the National Archive Amphitheater, not counting Christmas concerts. “It’s a wonderful venue,” Ray said of the open-air facility. “It’s like a mini Chastain Park.”

Tickets for the concert are $45 each and available at Clayton County Family Care in Forest Park, the Morrow Tourism Center, and Anne and Bill’s Restaurant.