Season 13 Finale of Town Hall’s Broadway by the Year is June 3
By: Ellis Nassour
Town Hall’s Season 13 finale of its acclaimed series Broadway by the Year is Monday at 8P.M. and highlights The Broadway Musicals of 1988. One of theater’s most accomplished stars, two-name Tony and three-time Drama Desk nominee Howard McGillin, who holds the performance record for playing the title role in The Phantom of the Opera, will be joined by Jennifer Hope Wills, one of his POTO Christines; Drama Desk nominees Farah Alvin and Kevin Earley; a former Elphaba in Wicked and Donna in Mamma Mia, Lisa Brescia; and the Broadway by the Year Chorus. Scott Coulter directs and also co-stars. Music director is Ross Patterson, accompanied by his Little Big Band.
Among shows Scott Siegel, series creator, writer, and host, will salute are the short-lived Carrie , a brave effort based on Stephen King’s horror novel which became one of Broadway’s most notorious failures; Tim Rice and Abba’s Benny Anderson and Björn Ulvaeus’s short-lived 80s "Cold War" musical Chess, dogged by a heavy-handed book for its Broadway transfer from the West End, but which nonetheless features a treasure chest of tunes ("Anthem," "Heaven Help My Heart," "I Know Him So Well," "Nobody’s Side," "One Night in Bangkok," and "Someone Else’s Story"); the short-lived Legs Diamond, which starred that boy from Oz, Peter Allen; Andrew Lloyd Webber and Charles Hart’s The Phantom of the Opera, which began its historic, record-breaking run in January 1988; and Romance, Romance, a delightful concoction adapted from a classic short story and play which segues from Vienna to the Hamptons in different time periods.
Broadway by the Year tickets are $45 – $55 and available at the Town Hall box office and through TicketMaster.com or (800) 982-2787. Package tickets for Season 14’s four concerts go on sale soon at the box office.