The Town Hall, Broadway's landmark concert venue, presents the fifth annual Broadway Cabaret Festival, October 16th- 18th. This three-concert series, created, written an hosted by Scott Siegel, takes place over one weekend and includes A Tribute to David Merrick, staring Corbin Bleu of High School Musical, on Friday October 16th at 8pm, All of Me staring Linda Eder on Saturday October 17th at 8pm and Broadway Originals on Sunday October 18th at 3pm.
Corbin Bleu, best known as "Chad" in the blockbuster film series High School Musical, goes Broadway in The Town Hall's Tribute to David Merrick concert on Friday, October 16th at 8 PM. Corbin Bleu, who's face can be seen on lunch boxes all across America, is an actor, model, dancer, singer who has not only starred in the Disney movie phenomenon High School Musical, he has also recorded hit records. He will make his The Town Hall debut alongside a cast of veteran musical theater stars, including Marc Kudisch, Stephanie J. Block, Lee Roy Reams, Robert Cuccioli, Stephen Bogardus, Jim Caruso, ElizaBeth Stanley, Sharon McNight, KendRick Jones, Carleton Carpenter, and eight spectacular Broadway gypsies.
On Saturday, October 17th at 8PM, Linda Eder returns to The Town Hall with her new show All of Me. One of the greatest contemporary solo voices of our time, Eder will be backed by a seven-piece orchestra led by Billy Stein. In addition to new arrangements to her signature songs like "Vienna" and "Someone Like You," Eder's eclectic program will treat audiences to unique covers of popular classics, as well as performances of original material from her new CD, Soundtrack, covering classic movie songs.
On Sunday, October 18th at 3pm, Broadway Originals will be highlighting Michael Rupert, Stephen Bogardus, Barbara Walsh, Chip Zien and Jonathan Kaplan - the five original Broadway stars of William Finn's Falsettos - in a special tribute to that famous show. Stephanie J. Block (9 to 5, Wicked), Tony nominee Celia Keenan-Bolger (Les Miserables, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) and Manu Narayan (Bombay Dreams) also join previously announced stars Julia Murney (Wicked, Lennon), Kerry O'Malley (Irving Berlin's White Christmas, Into the Woods) and Sharon McNight (Tony nominee for Starmites) for an afternoon of performances of the songs that they made famous on the Broadway stage. A must-see for any Broadway aficionado, the program features favorites by Stephen Sondheim, Stephen Schwartz, Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg and more of the theater's greatest songwriters.
Scott Siegel, creator, writer and host for the series, which is produced by The Town Hall, said, "I'm thrilled to have Corbin Bleu in our David Merrick Tribute. His desire to be part of this show only reinforces my belief that the mix of brilliant new talent and old school Broadway provides the alchemy that keeps the Great White Way GREAT! We're delighted to welcome Corbin's fans into the world of Broadway music where Corbin will thrive and they will discover some of the greatest music they've ever experienced, performed by a sensational cast of twenty performers!
Scott Siegel has created for The Town Hall, three acclaimed and popular series: Broadway By The Year®, now in its tenth season, the Broadway Cabaret Festival and the Summer Broadway Festival. Mr. Siegel 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" on TalkinBroadway.com).
Built in 1921 by a group of suffragettes, The Town Hall began as a lecture hall and public forum for debates. Over the decades, Eleanor Roosevelt, Margaret Sanger, Billie Holiday, Igor Stravinsky, Bob Dylan and Miles Davis have graced the stage. 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 Spector, Brian Adams, Aimee Mann and Dawn Upshaw. For over a decade, The Town Hall has hosted live broadcasts of Garrison Keillor's Prairie Home Companion. Over the past two-and-a-half decades, The Town Hall has produced a number of new and critically acclaimed musical series, which include The Century of Change, Not Just Jazz, Broadway by the Year® and The Broadway Cabaret Festival. Lawrence Zucker is the Artistic and Executive Director.
The 5th Annual Broadway Cabaret Festival runs October 16th - 18th at The Town Hall, 123 West 43rd Street. Tickets are $55 and $50 and on sale through Ticketmaster.com, 212-307-4100 or The Town Hall Box Office between noon and 6PM (except Sundays), 212-840-2824. For more information, visit www.the-townhall-nyc.org.