Broadway Is Saluted by Museum of the City of New York Cabaret
By: Ellis Nassour
The 90-years-young Museum of the City of New York (1220 Fifth Avenue, between 103 and 104 Streets), which is a must-visit for natives and tourist alike, celebrates the 10th anniversary of its Perform! series on Saturday, June 15, and Sunday, June 16, with matinees at 3 P.M. by showcasing "The Best of Broadway" in a cabaret setting. Christopher McGovern will music direct a cast headlined by four-time Tony nominee and Drama Desk winner Gregg Edelman, most recently seen in Roundabout’s Tony and Drama Desk-nominated revival of The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Tony and Drama Desk nominee Michael McElroy (Big River), Christianne Tisdale, and Les Miz veteran Natalie Toro.
Writer/director veteran Broadway producer/director Michael Montel, founder of the series, says his goal "is to elegantly weave stories about New York living space [inspired by the City Museum’s current exhibition Making Room: New Models for Housing New Yorkers] with classic Broadway tunes." Songs are by Leonard Bernstein, Cole Porter, Rodgers and Hart, and Stephen Sondheim, and anchored by Charlie Smalls’ poignant ‘Home’ from The Wiz.
Reservations are required. Tickets are $35 for museum members, seniors, and students; $40, otherwise. They’re available at www.boxoffice.mcny.org/public. For museum membership information, call (917) 492-3395.
Among current exhibitions are:
Stephen Burrows: When Fashion Danced, the first major examination of the first African-American designer to gain international stature; and the fashion innovator the designer The New York Times called "the brightest star of American fashion" (1977).
Timescapes, a 22-minute multimedia experience which traces the growth of New York City through vintage film, animated maps, prints, and archival photo and from a settlement of a few hundred Europeans, Africans, and Native Americans to its present status as one of the world’s great cities. It’s created by Jake Barton of Local Projects and James Sanders, co-writer of the PBS series New York: A Documentary History, and narrated by Oscar-nominee and two-time Golden Globes winner Stanley Tucci. It runs every half hour from 10:15 A.M. – 5:15 P.M.