Skinner Directs 'Musicals of '38,' with Panaro, Walsh, Etc.
Emily Skinner, the Tony-nominated star of Side Show, will be reunited with that show's Hugh Panaro when she directs him (and possibly duet with) him in The Town Hall's "Broadway by the Year: The Broadway Musicals of 1938." The concert will take place at Town Hall on March 26th at 8 PM.
The stars will be joined by a starry line-up of Broadway talent including Sarah Uriarte Berry (The Light in the Piazza), Aaron Lazar (Les Miserables), Christiane Noll (Jekyll & Hyde), and Barbara Walsh (Company), with more to be announced.
"This impressive cast will be singing some of American theater's most famous songs when they tackle the Broadway Musicals of 1938. Among the numbers the audience can expect to hear include 'September Song,' 'It Never Was You,' 'Falling in Love with Love,' 'This Can't Be Love,' 'Spring Is Here,' and many more!," state press materials.
"I'm excited about presenting Broadway's music from 1938," said Scott Siegel, the creator/writer/host of the Town Hall series. "The music could not be more eclectic, from the famous political show The Cradle Will Rock to the classic Rodgers & Hart score from The Boys from Syracuse. Toss in the nutty Olsen and Johnson hit Hellzapoppin' and the sentimental classic Knickerbocker Holiday and you've got something for just about every taste – and all of it top notch."
Siegel created the "Broadway by the Year" series and the Broadway Cabaret Festival series for The Town Hall. He also conceived and produces both Broadway Unplugged and The Nightlife Awards at The Town Hall. Scott and his wife Barbara are authors (47 books, including The Encyclopedia of Hollywood) and critics ("The Siegel Column" and "The Two of Clubs" at TalkinBroadway.com). They also contribute reviews and features for TheaterMania.com. They have written for a number of entertainment industry publications including BackStage, InTheater, Show Business Weekly, and Drama-Logue. A fixture at Town Hall, Siegel recently began his tenth year as the host of The Town Hall Feature Film Seminar Series.
Preceding the 1938 show, tickets for "The Broadway Musicals of 1928" that will take place on Monday, February 26th starring Bob Martin, Tony Award-winning star of The Drowsy Chaperone, are available. Later shows in the "Broadway by the Year" series include April 30: "The Broadway Musicals of 1959" with Marc Kudisch directing and June 18: "The Broadway Musicals of 1964, Part II" with Dan Foster directing. Casts will be announced.
Limited tickets are still available at $45 and $40 through TicketMaster 212-307-4100 online at (www.ticketmaster.com), or by visiting the Town Hall Box Office, 123 West 43rd Street, 212-840-2824, or visit www.the-townhall-nyc.org.
Photo of Emily Skinner by Genevieve Rafter Keddy