Kaufman Music Center’s Annual Bound for Broadway Season Opens Monday with Liz Calloway Hosting
By: Ellis Nassour
If you want to see the next Avenue Q or Hamilton before anyone else, the place to be beginning Monday at 7:30 PM is the Broadway Close Up series Bound for Broadway at Merkin Concert Hall at the Kaufman Music Center, in the shadow of Lincoln Center at 129 West 67th Street [between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue].
Tony nominee and Emmy winner Liz Callaway returns to introduce the creative teams behind five new shows hopefully headed to New York theatres, maybe even Broadway. Past Bound for Broadway shows given a sneak peek were Next to Normal, Avenue Q, and The Drowsy Chaperone.
Highlights of shows previewing:
In Transit, an a cappella musical [which opens November 10 at Circle in the Square, directed by three-time Tony and two-time Drama Desk winner Kathleen Marshall [with multiple nominations] and co-starring David Abeles (Once), 2016 America’s Got Talent contestant Moya Angela (Ghost), 2012 American Beatbox vice champion Steven “Heaven” Cantor, Justin Guarini, Telly Leung, Erin Mackey, Margo Seibert, and James Snyder (If/Then).
“A new, modern musical, inspired by the vibrant rhythms of life on the subway, brings to life a vivid tapestry of characters and music in the city that never sleeps … or stands still by following 11 New Yorkers hoping to catch the express train to success, love, and happiness.”
Magnificent Climb, with book and lyrics by three-time Tony nominee and DD-nominated Rick Elice (Jersey Boys, Peter and the Starcatcher) and music and lyrics by Will Van Dyke.
“In 1924, the first man to climb Mount Everest disappears. Eighty years later, his body is discovered by a climber, who finds a profoundly romantic letter, which he assumes was meant for climber’s wife. Or maybe it wasn’t. That letter’s undelivered passion, frozen for decades on the side of a mountain, inspires the discoverer to do something he’d otherwise never be able to do.”
Callaway will headline a large ensemble that includes Sebastian Arcelus (Jersey Boys; TV’s Madam Secretary, House of Cards), Nicholas Christopher (Hamilton), Drew Gehling (Waitress), Jeremy Morse (Waitress), Brynn O’Malley (Honeymoon in Vegas), Emily Walton (Peter and the Starcatcher), and Betsy Wolfe (Falsettos).
For the entire Broadway Close Up series Bound for Broadway line-up of the five musicals, with creatives information and synopsis, visit www.kaufmanmusiccenter.org.
Tickets for the series are $55. A $180 series package is available. They may be purchased at the Kaufman box office, via phone at (212) 501-3330, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming at Kaufman:
October 10 at 7:30 P.M.: Maury Yeston
Kaufman theater director Sean Hartley will discuss Yeston’s career, including two musicals that swept the Tonys (five each including Best Musical and Best Score): Nine and Titanic — with Nine receiving eight DD Awards, including Best Musical; and his acclaimed adaptation of Phantom of the Opera, which has been produced around the world.
Headlining will be Rebecca Luker and Josh Grisetti.
November 14 and 15 at 7:30 P.M.: Broadway’s One-Hit Wonders
This concert will examine shows like Hair, Man of La Mancha, The Music Man, and Oliver! and what made them great, and why their creators couldn’t or didn’t repeat.
Tony nominee Mark Jacoby (Show Boat) will lead the seven-member cast.