'Broadway's Rising Stars' Plays Summer Bway Festival, 7/20
The Town Hall presents the Fourth Annual Summer Broadway Festival created, written and hosted by Scott Siegel for The Town Hall. Presented on three consecutive Monday nights in July at 8PM are BROADWAY WINNERS: THE AWARD-WINNING MUSIC OF BROADWAY! on July 12th, BROADWAY'S RISING STARS on July 19th, and ALL SINGIN' ALL DANCIN' on July 26th. The evenings will feature music and dance coupled with witty insider tidbits, all performed by Broadway's finest. Tickets for BROADWAY WINNERS and ALL SINGIN' ALL DANCIN' are $50 and $40. Tickets for BROADWAY'S RISING STARS are $30 and $25. All tickets are on sale through TicketMaster (800-982-2787 or www.ticketmaster.com) or The Town Hall Box Office (123 West 43 Street) between noon and 6PM (except Sundays) at 212-840-2824.
BROADWAY WINNERS: THE AWARD-WINNING MUSIC OF BROADWAY! on July 12th is directed by Alexander Gemignani (Les Miserables), who also performs with special guest star Michele Lee. The concert features music, created on the Great White Way, that won Tonys, Grammys, or Oscars. The music will be sung by some of the most talented musical theater stars. They include Farah Alvin (The Look of Love), Christine Andreas (La Cage Aux Folles Revival), Kate Baldwin (Finian's Rainbow), Bill Daughtery (four-time Mac Award Winner), Tony Award nominee Marc Kudisch (9 to 5), William Michals (South Pacific), Terri White (Chicago) and more.
BROADWAY'S RISING STARS on July 20th is directed by Nightlife Award-winning vocalist Scott Coulter. The next generation of Broadway performers were chosen during auditions throughout the spring and come from theatrical institutions across the country, including AMDA, CAP21, Julliard, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Carnegie Melon, Marymount and The New School. These young performers will perform on the stage of The Town Hall.
The final concert on July 27th, ALL SINGIN' ALL DANCIN', directed and choreographed by Jeffry Denman (YANK!), is an exciting evening of song and dance. The show features Broadway show tunes sporting brand new choreography performed by today's Broadway song and dance stars including Guiding Light's Ron Raines (Chicago), Julia Murney (Wicked), Erin Denman (42nd Street), KendRick Jones (The Scottsboro Boys,) Noah Racey (Curtains) and more.
Built in 1921 by a group of suffragettes, The Town Hall began as a lecture hall and public forum for debates. Over the decades, the stage has been graced by Eleanor Roosevelt, Margaret Sanger, Billie Holiday, Igor Stravinsky, Bob Dylan, and MiLes Davis. Today the hall flourishes as a popular, affordable venue featuring acts in rock, pop, folk, cabaret, world music, comedy and dance, including Billy Joel, Robin Williams, 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.
For more information, visit http://www.the-townhall-nyc.org/.
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