Broadway by the Year Celebrates a Quarter Century of Musical Entertainment with a Galaxy of Stars March 31 at 8 P.M.
By: Ellis Nassour
Broadway by the Year continues Town Hall and Scott Siegel’s sampling of 100 years of great Broadway tunes. On Monday, March 31at 8 P.M. a galaxy of stars will celebrate composers/songs/shows from 1940-1964. Creator, writer, and host Scott Siegel says he "wanted to do something completely different" for Season 14 of this popular and acclaimed series since there had been a thorough sampling of musicals by the decade.
It’s a whopper of an idea and has Siegel in a Louis B. Mayer frame of mind. Mayer was the longtime head of M-G-M, where the great musicals of the Arthur Freed Unit during the studio’s so-called Golden Age were produced. The studio claimed it had "more stars than there are in the heavens."
This season’s BBTY concerts will not only cover 100 Years of Broadway and some 100 musicals and revues, but will do it with hundreds of stars.
Step right up! Get ya tickets now! It’s gonna be big – BIG! Town Hall may have to extend the width and depth of its stage!
This is the line-up at press time of the 25 performers from the world of Broadway, including Tony, Drama Desk, and Grammy winners and nominees; cabaret, including Nightlife Award winners; and dance, created by notable choreographers.
However, knowing Siegel and his Louis B. Mayer aspirations, as Siegel is so fond of saying, "there’re still more to come!" Expected to perform on the Town Hall stage are Nancy Anderson, Ron Bohmer, Robert Cuccioli, JeffryDenman, Erin Denman, Natalie Douglas, Barbara Fasano, Anita Gillette, Jason Graae, Aaron Lazar, Gavin Lee, Maxine Lineman, Marilyn Maye,William Michals, and Patrick Page. Also featured will be the Broadway by the Year Chorus.
There’ll be tunes from shows in what might be called Broadway’s Golden Age: Camelot, Carnival, Damn Yankees, Fiddler on the Roof, Finian’s Rainbow, Flower Drum Song, Hello, Dolly, Lady in the Dark, Little Me, The Most Happy Fella, New Faces of 1956, Oklahoma!, On the Town, Paint Your Wagon, Pal Joey, Peter Pan, She Loves Me, The Sound of Music, South Pacific, and, among many others, West Side Story.
As he has for all the years of Broadway by the Year, Siegel will reminisce with memories of past shows, their stars, and interesting facts of the period. Accompanying the singers will be series music director Ross Patterson and his Little Big Band. Of course, as always, you can expect some Siegel surprises, such as a few "unplugged" moments.
Number three in the season, May 12, will showcase highlights from The Broadway Musicals of 1965-1989. Closing the season on June 23 will be The Broadway Musicals of 1990-2014.
Broadway by the Year sponsors include Bank of America and the Edythe Kenner Foundation. Tickets are $47 – $57 and available at the Town Hall box office and through TicketMaster.com or (800) 982-2787. To book a season subscription with best seats available, contact (212) 997-1003.