By Linda Amiel Burns
Host Scott Siegel scores again with The Broadway Musicals of 1961 as part of his Broadway By The Year Series at The Town Hall.
"The Broadway Musicals of 1961" was featured on Monday, March 11, 2013 in Scott Siegel’s successful Broadway By The Year series at The Town Hall. Scott created the series 13 years ago and hosts the concerts. It is always fun when he sets up the evening by giving the audience some facts about the year that is celebrated.
1961 was a year of great changes in our culture. The moon race began when the Russians shot Sputnik into space, the Berlin Wall was erected, gas costs only 27 cents per gallon, the Bay of Pigs invasion failed to oust Castro, JFK established the Peace Corps, US involvement in Vietnam began, Pampers were invented and the Beatles played in a small club in Hamburg. Broadway was buzzing with such shows as Carnival, How To Succeed, Sail Away, Milk and Honey and Donnybrook to name a few.
Scott always assembles a top-notch cast of singers from the worlds of Broadway and cabaret and this evening was no exception: Christine Andreas, Erin and Jeffry Denman, Emily Skinner, Kerry O’Mallley and Scott Coulter, who directed the Broadway By The Year Chorus, consisting of young performers who were featured in "Broadway’s Rising Stars." Ross Patterson and his "Little Big Band" has been musical director from the beginning.
The show opened with Christine Andreas singing "Love Makes The World Go Round" (Carnival) accompanied by the BBTY Chorus. The chorus also performed two songs from the wonderful score of Jerry Herman’s first show Milk and Honey, "Shalom" and "Milk and Honey."
Christine’s beautiful voice was perfect for "Adrift on a Star," a song that Yip Harburg wrote the lyrics for Offenbach’s luscious melody from The Happiest Girl in the World. She also scored on "Sail Away," Noel Coward’s song from the show of the same name and "Can You Imagine That?" (Carnival).
The remarkable singing and dancing talents of Jeffry Denman and his wife Erin were on view when they performed the duet from Donnybrook, "I Wouldn’t Bet a Penny" as well as "When You Want Me" (Sail Away). Scott mentioned that Jeffry was the standby for Matthew Broderick in the 1994 revival of How To Succeed. He sang "I Believe In You" looking into the mirror of the executive washroom surrounded by the males of the BBTY Chorus." Jeffry also directed and choreographed the show.
Broadway’s Emily Skinner was an audience favorite singing Coward’s amusing "Why Do the Wrong People Travel" (Sail Away) and "Magic Moment" from Donnybrook.
Kelly O’Malley sang a terrific version of "Happy To Keep His Dinner Warm" (How To Succeed) and "Sweet Danger" (Kean). She demonstrated her versatility with "Another Time, Another Place" (Kwamina).
Scott Coulter joined Kerry, Emily and Jeffry singing the hit from Subways Are For Sleeping, "Comes Once in a Lifetime." He was sensational with singing two songs from Carnival, "She’s My Love" and "Her Face."
The entire cast joined in on the rousing hit from How to Succeed, "The Brotherhood of Man" which was the perfect way to close the show. There are still two more concerts in this series that not only offers an opportunity to learn about the history of Broadway, but also provides brilliant entertainment.
April 29, 2013 at 8 pm
BROADWAY MUSICALS OF 1972
Featuring songs from: Grease (Jim Jacobs/Warren Casey), Pippin (Stephen Schwartz), Sugar (Jule Styne/Bob Merrill), And more!
June 3, 2013 at 8 pm BROADWAY MUSICALS OF 1988 Featuring songs from: The Phantom of the Opera (Andrew Lloyd Webber/Charles Hart), Chess (Tim Rice, Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus), Carrie (Dean Pitchford/Michael Gore), Legs Diamond (Peter Allen), Romance Romance (Barry Harman & Keith Harman), and more!
For Tickets: Ticketmaster 1-800-982-2787 or Town Hall Box Office, 123 W. 43rd Street (Noon -6PM/ Mon-Sat)
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