BWW TV: Josh Young, Stephanie J. Block & More in Transport Group's BABY Concert - Show Highlights!
Transport Group, the Drama Desk and OBIE award-winning theatre company, presented its one-night-only, all-star concert of the acclaimed 1983 Broadway musical Baby at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, on Monday, June 18. BroadwayWorld has just received video highlights from the concert and brings you a look below!
Cast members included Jill Abramovitz, Patrick Boll, John Bolton, Robert Creighton, Christina DeCicco, Jeffry Denman, Malcolm Gets, Colin Hanlon, James Hindman, Rachel Bay Jones, Stephanie Kurtzuba, Nikka Graff Lanzarone, Daniel C. Levine, Kecia Lewis-Evans, Paolo Montalban, Jessica Phillips, Charlie Pollock, Leenya Rideout, Kate Shindle, Alexandra Silber, Ali Stroker, Wes Taylor, Christianne Tisdale, Kate Wetherhead, and Betsy Wolfe.
They joined all-stars Nancy Anderson, Sebastian Arcelus, Stanley Bahorek, Courtney Balan, Stephanie J. Block, Andrea Burns, Alan Campbell, Lewis Cleale, Jenny Fellner, Santino Fontana, Jonathan Hammond, Ann Harada, Morgan James, Lauren Kennedy, Julia Murney, Kerry O'Malley, Jill Paice, Mamie Parris, Bryce Ryness, Meredith Ryness, Brian Sears, Cheryl Stern, Bob Stillman, and Josh Young.
The evening was directed by Jack Cummings III, with musical direction by Chris Haberl. Original cast members Liz Callaway and Todd Graff, who received Tony Award nominations for their performances, hosted the evening. David Shire and Richard Maltby joined them, as well as other original cast members, for a discussion following the performance.
In Baby three couples, each newly expecting a child, have different but familiar reactions to the life-changing news of pregnancy. Lizzie and Danny are university juniors who have just moved in together. Athletic Pam and her husband, Nick, a sports instructor, have had some trouble conceiving. Arlene, already the mother of three grown daughters, is unsure of what to do, contemplating abortion while her husband Alan is thrilled with the thought of a new baby. Throughout the show they experience the emotional stresses and triumphs— the desperate lows and the comic highs—that accompany the anticipation and arrival of a baby.
Baby, with a book by Sybille Pearson, music by David Shire, lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr., based upon a story developed with Susan Yankowitz, opened on December 4, 1983 at Broadway’s Ethel Barrymore Theatre. The production received seven Tony Award nominations, including Best Musical and six Drama Desk Award nominations, including Outstanding Musical, winning two Drama Desk Awards—Outstanding Featured Actor and Actress in a Musical.