Beth Malone, Lee Roy Reams, & More to Remember THE UNSINKABLE TAMMY GRIMES
A cast of award winning performers, friends and colleagues will gather to pay tribute to the life and career of Tony Award winning Broadway legend Tammy Grimes in The Ziegfeld Society's The Unsinkable Tammy Grimes: A Musical Life in Revue, featuring reminiscences and musical numbers from Miss Grimes iconic Broadway musicals. The event will take place on Saturday, April 29th at 3:30 pm at Lang Concert Hall (69th Street between Park and Lexington).
Tammy Grimes (January 30, 1934 - October 30, 2016) is perhaps best known for originating the title role inMerEdith Wilson's The Unsinkable Molly Brown, for which she garnered her first Tony Awards and a Theatre World Award. She also appeared on Broadway in the 1970 revival of Noel Coward's Private Lives, for which she received her second Tony Award, High Spirits, Look After Lulu, California Suite, 42nd Street, and Orpheus Descending. She made her Broadway debut when she replaced Kim Stanley as Cherie in William Inge's Bus Stop, and she starred in the West Coast premiere of On a Clear Day You Can See Forever. Miss Grimes also starred in numerous films and television shows. Her final screen appearance was in Rick McKay's acclaimed 2003 documentary, Broadway: The Golden Age. In 2003, she was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame.
The stellar cast of Broadway stalwarts assembled to honor Miss Grimes includes Loni Ackerman (No, No, Nannette, Starting Here, Starting Now), Adrienne Angel (High Spirits, Promises, Promises) voice teacher to such Broadway luminaries as Bernadette Peters, KLea Blackhurst (Hazel at Drury Lane, Chicago), Jamie Buxton, Taylor James Hopkins, Laura Kenyon (Nine, On the Town, Man of La Mancha), Tony nominee Beth Malone (Fun Home, Ring of Fire), currently starring in Miss Grimes iconic role in the Broadway bound revival of The Unsinkable Molly Brown which will play the St. Louis Muny this summer, Chelsie Nectow, Chris Orbach(Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Mob Fathers: Permanent Rehab) son of Grimes 42nd Street leading man, Jerry Orbach, from The Playbillies, Mike Rosengarten and Douglas Tieman (The Robber Bridegroom),Andrea Prestinario (Frank Galati's My Fair Lady at Asolo Theater), Tony nominee and Grimes original 42ndStreet costar Lee Roy Reams (Hello, Dolly!, Applause), cabaret legend Steve Ross (Present Laughter), actor turned Tony Award winning producer Joe Sirola (Pal Joey, A Gentleman's Guide), who costarred with Grimes inThe Unsinkable Molly Brown, Tony nominee and Drama Desk Award winner Jane Summerhays (The Wild Party, Me and My Girl), and Tony nominee and Theatre World Award winner Walter Willison (Grand Hotel, Two By Two, Pippin).
Making a special guest appearance will be Miss Grime's lifelong friend, journalist, memoirist, biographer and former actress Patricia Bosworth (Mary, Mary, The Nun's Story], author of acclaimed biographies of Montgomery Clift, Marlon Brando, Diane Arbus and her recently published autobiography, The Men in My Life: A Memoir of Love and Art in 1950s Manhattan.
Tammy Grimes will appear on screen in previously unseen footage from interviews by filmmaker Rick McKay, producer of the award-winning documentary Broadway: The Golden Age and its upcoming sequel, Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age.
The Unsinkable Tammy Grimes is written and directed by Walter Willison, a longtime friend of Grimes and Associate Artistic Director of The Ziegfeld Society, and special musical arrangements are by Ziegfeld Society Executive producer and founder Mark York, Jim Dale's accompanist and on stage sidekick in the Roundabout'sJust Jim Dale Off-Broadway and in London.
All proceeds from admission to this one time only performance will benefit The Ziegfeld Society of New York City,a not-for-profit organization that aspires to enlighten, entertain and educate current and future generations of theatergoers and young artists about the legendary performers, songwriters and creators of our vast musical theater heritage. Monthly performances featuring Broadway stalwarts performing alongside young up-and-coming artists, as well as presentations by authors and screenings of lost film and television musicals, are presented for seniors, students and the general public at modest, affordable prices.
The Ziegfeld Society's 2016-2017 season concludes with Secret Love: A Tribute to Doris Day starring Karen Oberlin, on May 27th; and Walter Willison's We'll Take a Glass Together: The Songs of Robert Wright &George Forrest from MGM to Grand Hotel, on June 24th.
Tickets for the The Unsinkable Tammy Grimes: A Musical Life in Revue are $23 for General Admission, $15 for Seniors, and $12 for Students. All contributions are tax deductible. For reservations call 917-371-5509 or visit www.theziegfeldsociety.com
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