Broadway by the Year May 11 Concert to Feature Highlights from a Quarter Century of Musicals: 1966-1990
By: Ellis Nassour
Rumors are rampant leading up to Monday’s newest entry in the 15th Season of
Town Hall and Scott Siegel’s Broadway By the Year that management is about to undertake an architectural study on how to expand the width and breath of its stage in order to accommodate the ever-growing casts of Scott Siegel’s BBTY series – which not so long ago expanded to by the Decade, and now, for this season, has segued to by the Century.
That’s right: 100 years of Broadway musicals in one season, in one season, over four concerts. BBTY highlights a quarter century each of not only Broadway’s best, but many of the long-forgotten – some hits, some flops, but always a show with a great tune or two. This, in addition to Siegel’s well-researched insights into what went on behind-the-scenes.
An impossible task, you say! Well, impresario Siegel has been pulling it off with style and acclaim as he takes SRO audiences to Broadway musical heaven.
On the heels of the recent peek into shows from 1941-1965, Monday’s 8 P.M.
concert — created, written, directed, and hosted by Siegel, tackles the classic musicals of 1966 to 1990 with a jaw-dropping list of 25 "of the greatest Broadway and cabaret singers doing what they do best!" Adds Siegel, "There’ll be Tony and Drama Desk nominees and winners and award-winning club acts."
Among the shows featured are Chess, 42nd Street, Les Miz, Nine, The Phantom of the Opera,1776, Sweeney Todd, Sweet Charity, The Wiz, and Zorba.
"This concert will feature some particularly nostalgic moments," Siegel points out, "because we’ll have original stars recreating songs they performed. These include Lorraine Serabian from her Tony-nominated role as The Leader in Kander and Ebb’s Zorba (1968) and Drama Desk nominee and Obie winner Eddie Korbich (A Gentlemen’s Guide...) from Sweeney Todd (1979).
"In addition," he continues, "MAC and Nightlife Award winner William Blake will
wail, Drama Desk nominee Patrick Page will amuse and stun, Noah Racey will knock audiences out once again with his dynamite choreography, and two-time Tony nominee and Drama Desk Lifetime Achievement honoree Mary Testa will – well, Mary, will be exactly what she always is: irrepressible!"
Also on Monday’s bill of fare are DD nominee Kevin Earley, DD nominee Daniel Everidge, DD nominee Jenny Powers, Nightlife Award winner Julie Reyburn, Olivier Nominee Kyle Scatliffe, Tony nominee Bobby Steggert, and two-time Tony nominee Bob Stillman."
Wait! As the inimitable host always promises, there’s more! Entertaining from
the stage to the gods will be Eric Anderson, Bill Daugherty, Jason Gotay, Jessica
Hendy, Christopher Johnstone, Jack Noseworthy, Michele Ragusa, Brian Charles Rooney, Jamison Stern, Gabrielle Stravelli, guests from Siegel’s Broadway Rising Stars series, and the Broadway by the Year Chorus. You can, as is always the case,expect surprise guests and some unplugged moments.
Overseeing all this in some miraculous way is arranger and music director Ross Patterson and his Little Big Band.
Broadway by the Year sponsors include Bank of America and the Edythe Kenner Foundation. Tickets are $47 – $104 and available at the Town Hall box office and through TicketMaster.com or (800) 982-2787.
June 22, 2015 at 8 P.M.
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