Tammy Grimes, Tituss Burgess, et al. Join Town Hall's Fall Line-Up
The Town Hall, New York's landmark theatre and concert venue, is pleased to announce additional casting for BROADWAY ORIGINALS! on Sunday, October 16nd at 3PM. The matinee is part of The Town Hall's Seventh Annual Broadway Cabaret Festival, which is now being presented In a new format of three consecutive weeks. The additional two evenings are Elaine Stritch At The Town Hall on Saturday, October 22nd and A Tribute To Judy Garland and Gene Kelly on Friday, October 28th, all created, written and hosted by Scott Siegel.
Tony winner Tammy Grimes (Unsinkable Molly Brown), Tony nominee Lorraine Serabian (Zorba!), Tituss Burgess (Guys & Dolls/The Little Mermaid), Sarah Uriate Berry (Taboo), Andrea Fierson (Once on This Island), Anne Runolfsson (Cyrano-The Musical) Marianne Tatum (Barnum), and Marva Hicks, Vanessa A. Jones, and Ramona Keller ("The Radio Ladies" from Caroline or Change) will join the previously announced cast on Sunday, October 16th at 3PM in BROADWAY ORIGINALS!. Ms. Hicks, Ms. Jones and Ms .Keller will be accompanied by Caroline or Change composer and three-time Tony nominee, Jeanine Tesori. The concert features performers reprising songs they introduced either in the original Broadway production or performed in the first cast of a revival. Previously announced cast includes Tony winners Yvonne Constant (La Plume de Ma Tante - 1958) and Daisy Eagan (The Secret Garden), Tony nominee Christopher Fitzgerald (Young Frankenstein), Bob Stillman (Grey Gardens), Alexander Gemignani (Le Miz, Assasins), Marilyn Michael's (Catskill's on Broadway), The Manhattan Rhythm Kings (Crazy for You). Scott Coulter is the director and John Fischer is the musical director.
On Saturday, October 22, the incomparable Broadway legend Elaine Stritch takes the stage with her show Elaine Stritch at The Town Hall at 8PM. Ms. Stritch comes to The Town Hall following her triumphant engagement at The Cafe Carlyle. Rob Bowman is the musical director
The Broadway Cabaret Festival concludes on Friday, October 28th with A Tribute To Judy Garland and Gene Kelly. The evening will feature interviews on stage with Lorna Luft about Judy Garland, and Susan Stroman about Gene Kelly. The performers include: Broadway dancer Noah Racey (Never Gonna Dance, Curtains), Elizabeth Stanley (Million Dollar Quartet), Carole J. Bufford (11 O'Clock Numbers at 11 O'Clock at Feinstein's at the Regency), and the New York Song and Dance Company, with additional performers to be announced. Ross Patterson is the musical director.
"The Broadway Cabaret Festival, now spread over three weeks rather than one weekend, will give each of these concerts a chance to more fully have the limelight," said Siegel. "And the addition of the live movie musical tribute to Judy & Gene is an exciting new show that combines what we do best at Town Hall: Inform and entertain. Having Lorna Luft and Susan Stroman as my co-hosts to talk about these iconic movie stars and have the very songs we're talking about performed by today's great stars are very exciting. The combination of song and dance in this musical tribute, with the added ingredient of a night full of iconic movie numbers live on stage, should provide quite a capper to The Town Hall's Seventh Annual Broadway Cabaret Festival."
Tickets for all three performances of the Broadway Cabaret Festival are $55, $50, and $45 per performance and are on sale through TicketMaster, (800) 982 2787,www.ticketmaster.com, or The Town Hall Box Office (123 West 43 Street) between noon and 6 PM (except Sundays) at 212-840-2824.
Now celebrating its 90th Anniversary Season, The Town Hall was built in 1921 by a group of suffragettes and began as a lecture hall and public forum for debates where America'sTown Meetings on The Air was broadcast live for 25 years. Over the decades, the stage has been graced by Eleanor Roosevelt, Carl Sandberg, Margaret Sanger, Billie Holiday, Igor Stravinsky, Bob Dylan, MiLes Davis and most recently, The Dalai Lama and President Obama. Today the hall flourishes as a popular, affordable venue, boasting the hottest acts in rock, pop, folk, cabaret, world music, comedy and dance, including Billy Joel, Blondie, Elvis Costello, Natalie Merchant, Graham Nash, Liza Minnelli, Cyndi Lauper, Norah Jones, Andre Watts, Henry Rollins, Joe Jackson, Pink Martini, Regina Spektor, Bryan Adams, Aimee Mann, Robin Williams, Dawn Upshaw, Woody Allen, Alec Baldwin, Al Gore, Bruce Springsteen, Johnny Mercer, Don Rickles, Jay Leno, Dave Matthews, Vanessa Williams, and Ben Folds. For over a decade, The Town Hall has hosted live broadcasts of Garrison Keillor's Prairie Home Companion. In its annual show, Broadway Rising Stars, The Town Hall gives recent graduates from the nation's leading performing arts schools a chance to showcase their talents and perform on the legendary stage. The Town Hall Educational Outreach Program helps schools build their arts programs and advance student learning through standards-based, collaborative arts residencies. Over the past two-and-a-half decades, The Town Hall has produced the Feature Film Seminar Series and a number of new and critically acclaimed musical series, which include the Spring Series, Broadway By The Year®, The Broadway Cabaret Festival and The Summer Broadway Festival.
For more information, visit www.the-townhall-nyc.org.
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