Rob McClure, Joshua Henry & More to Celebrate MGM Musicals at LYRICS & LYRICISTS on 1/11
Follow Lyrics & Lyricists™ over the rainbow to the West Coast and the glory days of MGM. On January 11, 12and 13 Tony Award® winner Kathleen Marshall makes her L&L debut as guest artistic director for Going Hollywood, a singing, dancing, Technicolor celebration of the silver screen's greatest musicals, featuring Cameron Adams, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Joshua Henry, Jeremy Jordan, Rob McClure and Rachel York.
Marshall, who fell in love with MGM musicals as a small child the first time she saw The Wizard of Oz on TV, will celebrate MGM's 1940s and '50s golden age-stars from Judy Garland to Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire to Lena Horne-and movies like Singin' in the Rain, Meet Me in St. Louis, Gigi, and other classics generated by the studio's legendary "Freed Unit," ruled by producer/lyricist Arthur Freed.
"What made these MGM musicals so unique was that Arthur Freed assembled an amazing array of talent-writers, composers, lyricists, directors, choreographers and designers-and gave them the freedom and the resources to dream up lavish and original musicals specifically created for stars like Judy Garland, Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly," commentS Marshall. "The result was some of the most magical and memorable musical films of all time.
Guest artistic director Kathleen Marshall is a three-time Tony Award winner, most recently directing and choreographing Nice Work If You Can Get Iton Broadway (Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics nominations for best direction and choreography). Other shows include Anything Goes (Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Awards for Best Choreography and nominations for direction), Grease (Tony nomination for best revival), The Pajama Game (Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Awards for Best Choreography and nominations for direction) and Wonderful Town (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics and Astaire Awards for Best Choreography and nominations for direction). She directed and choreographed the Disney/ABC tele-pic,Once Upon A Mattress, starring Tracey Ullman and Carol Burnett, and choreographed their previous tele-pic, The Music Man, starring Matthew Broderick (Emmy nomination). She choreographed the Broadway productions of Boeing Boeing, Little Shop Of Horrors, Follies (Outer Critics Award nomination), Seussical, Kiss Me, Kate (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics and Astaire Award nominations), Ring Round the Moon (Lincoln Center Theater), 1776 (Roundabout) and Swinging On a Star (Drama Desk nomination), as well as the West End revival of Kiss Me, Kate (Olivier Award nomination). She is an Artistic Associate of City Center Encores!, where she was the Artistic Director for four seasons. For Encores!, last summer she directed and choreographed I'm Getting My Act Together and Taking it On the Road , and previously, Bells Are Ringing, Applause, 70 Girls 70, House of Flowers, Carnival, Hair, Wonderful Town and Babes In Arms.
Broadway veteran Adams's credits include Nice Work If You Can Get It (directed/choreographed by Kathleen Marshall), How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Promises, Promises, Hairspray, Oklahoma! and The Music Man.
Goldsberry's Broadway credits include The Color Purple, The Lion King and Rent (she was the last actress to portray Mimi Marquez.) Recently, she starred in I'm Getting My Act Together... for Encores! Off-Center, directed by Kathleen Marshall. She is known to both daytime and nighttime TV viewers for her roles on One Life to Live and The Good Wife and is also a songwriter with a John Lennon Songwriting Contest Grand Prize to her credit.