Broadway By The Year – May 12th, 2014 at Town Hall
The Broadway Musicals of 1965-1989
By: Linda Amiel Burns
Broadway By The Year’s third show in series covers The Golden Age of The Great White Way from 1965-1989 featuring 25 Stars Celebrating 25 Years of Musical Theater History.
The 2014 Broadway By The Year Series at Town Hall is celebrating its fourteenth season with a new twist. Instead of covering four years in four shows, this season concentrates on 100 years of Broadway history in four evenings, each show celebrating a quarter of a century of Broadway tunes performed by 100 stars! The first concert covered 1915 – 1939, the 2nd on March 31st, 1940-1964, and the 3rd on May 12th, the years of 1965-1989, with such long running shows as A Chorus Line, The Phantom of the Opera, Mame and many others.
Scott Siegel is the creator, writer and host of this acclaimed series and his production team is top notch: Ross Patterson and his "Little Big Band" consisting of Tom Hubbard on Bass and Eric Halvorson on drums perfectly accompanying the singers and director Scott Coulter keep it all running smoothing. The cast was nothing short of sensational, each talented performer wowing the audience with their voices and interpretations of some of Broadway musicals best songs. The singers: Christina Bianco, Stephen Bogardus Quentin Earl Darrington, Liz Callaway, Scott Coulter, Kevin Earley, Annie Golden, Randy Graff, Ann Harada, Eddie Korbich, Adriane Lenox, Sally Mayes, Christianne Noll, Kerry O’Malley, William Michals, Lee Roy Reams, Julie Reyburn, Steve Ross, Elizabeth Stanley, Bob Stillman, Gabrielle Stravelli, Sally Wilfert, Karen Ziemba along with The Broadway by the Year Chorus.
This was an evening of showstoppers and it was one thrill after another with too many highlights to name them all. However, Liz Callaway sang a knock out rendition of "If He Walked Into My Life" (Mame), Christina Bianco got a standing ovation for singing "Who Can I Turn To?" (The Roar of the Greasepaint) imitating to perfection many different singers and then singing "Unexpected Song" (Song and Dance) in her own voice, Lee Roy Reams thrilling "I Am What I Am" (La Cage Aux Folles), Bob Stillman’s beautifully quiet "With You" (Pippin), Adriane Lenox who is currently starring in After Midnight, knocking it out of the box with "Keeping Out of Mischief Now" (Ain’t Misbehaving’). Christiane Noll, a lovely soprano, sang a hot and sexy "Hit Me With a Hot Note" (Sophisticated Ladies), Randy Graff starred in City of Angels and reprised "You Can Always Count on Me" and then William Michals’ beautiful voice rang out through Town Hall singing "The Impossible Dream" (Man of La Mancha) to end the evening.
On June 23, 2014 Scott will complete the season of 100 years of Broadway with the years 1990-2014 and another 100 stars. On July 14th, don’t miss Broadway’s Rising Stars, to witness the future of The Great White Way featuring recent graduates of NY’s top performing arts institutions.
Tickets on sale at The Town Hall Box Office and/or Ticketmaster.com – 1-800-982-2787
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