Bruce Vilanch, Julie Halston and More Set for UnsungMusicalsCo.Â's AT HOME ABROAD, 10/15
UnsungMusicalsCo. (UMC), whose mission focuses on the preservation of musical theater through the restoration and presentation of obscure but artistically sound works, has announced programming for its 2013 season. A one-night-only benefit concert presentation of the legendary 1935 musical revue At Home Abroad kicks off the season on October 15, 2012 at the Peter Norton Symphony Space. Bruce Vilanch, Julie Halston, Christine Pedi, Noah Racey and Margaret Colin are among the cast.
Captained by a terrifically tactless American tourist, At Home Abroad is a wonderfully satirical musical cruise assaulting every port from the French Riviera to the islands of Japan. This stylish entertainment sets sail for hilarity with such standards as "What a Wonderful World", "Love is a Dancing Thing" and "Got a Bran' New Suit". UMC’s concert event is conceived and staged as a live broadcast of a 1930s radio special, complete with a live jazz trio and a series of tap dance specialties. The UMC production is the first time the revue will be seen in over 70 years.
Written by Songwriters Hall of Fame inductees Howard Dietz and Arthur Schwartz (The Band Wagon, "That's Entertainment!"), the cast of At Home Abroad features Fred Berman (The Lion King), Obie Award winner Donna Bullock (Ragtime, A Class Act), Drama Desk Award nominee Margaret Colin (The Columnist, Defiance, Arcadia), Astaire Award nominee Rachel de Benedet (Catch Me If You Can), Drew Gehling (On a Clear Day, Jersey Boys), Drama Desk Award nominee Julie Halston (Anything Goes, The Divine Sister), Amy Hohn (November), Catherine LeFrere (The Judy Holliday Story), Drama Desk Award nominee Christine Pedi (Forbidden Broadway), Noah Racey (Curtains, Never Gonna Dance), Greg Roderick (South Pacific), Tony Award nominee Dick Scanlan (Thoroughly Modern Millie), Emmy Award winner Bruce Vilanch (Hairspray, "Hollywood Squares"), Natalie Venetia Belcon (Avenue Q, Once on This Island, Rent) and Laura Woyasz (Wicked).
Newly restored and adapted from the original manuscripts, the concert is directed by UMC artistic director Ben West (Make Mine Manhattan, Gatsby: The Songs in Concert) with tap choreography by Rommy Sandhu (Make Mine Manhattan, Encores! Bells Are Ringing associate), musical direction and arrangements by Fran Minarik (Make Mine Manhattan, Gatsby: The Songs in Concert) and lighting design by Joe Hodge (Perfect Crime, Make Mine Manhattan).
Tickets, priced $20 - $40, are available by visiting www.SymphonySpace.org or calling (212) 864-5400. Special patron seating is available by emailing Mark Jason Williams at MWilliams@unsungmusicals.org.