Ernestine Jackson and Allison Brewster Franzetti Round Out 70, GIRLS, 70 Concert at Feinstein's/54 Below
Complete casting has been announced for the starry 70, Girls, 70 concert at Feinstein's/54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club.
Joining the ensemble are two-time Tony Award nominee Ernestine Jackson (Raisin, Guys and Dolls, Hello, Dolly!) as Melba and multiple-Grammy nominated pianist Allison Brewster Franzetti as Lorraine.
Tony Award-winner Helen Gallagher will serve as the evening's narrator in the 1971 Kander & Ebb tuner, set for April 17th, 2017 at 7:00pm and 9:30pm. A portion of the evening's proceeds will benefit The Lillian Booth Actor's Home.
Some "old folks sit around by the television set with a comforter petulant as they can get..." But in 70, Girls, 70, they live a life of adventure! Beloved songwriters John Kander and Fred Ebb (Chicago, The Visit) joined forces once again with Joe Masterhoff (Cabaret) and new comer Norman L. Martin to create a musical about those adventurous "old folk". The tuner concerns the residents of The New Sussex Arms. When these adventurous old folks discover their Upper West Side retirement home is being sold, they vow to do whatever it takes to stop the sale. Even if that means they have to steal! Based on Peter Coke's play Breath of Spring, 70, Girls, 70 shuffled its way onto Broadway in 1971. This spring, a cast of theatre veterans have all said "Yes!" and will come together to sing this delightful score.
Collectively, the evening's starry ensemble shares more than 500 years of theatrical experience. In addition to Gallagher, the cast of Broadway babies including Loni Ackerman, Karin Baker (George M!, Coco), Jim Brochu (Zero Hour, The Last Session), Britt Cryer (Shelter, The Desert Song), David Cryer (1776, Chess, Phantom of the Opera), Nancy Fox (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers), Don Johanson (Jelly's Last Jam, The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public), JoAnn Mariano (The Patty Duke Show, Out Cry), Patti Mariano (Original Broadway Cast of The Music Man, I Had A Ball, George M!, The Full Monty and more), Joyce Nolen (Smile, Stop The World I Want To Get Off), Frank Root (42nd Street, Mack & Mabel), Penny Worth (Grand Hotel, Irene).
The evening is presented by the team that brought Onward Victoria, Charlie and Algernon, and Eating Raoul to New York's hottest supper club, with Musical Direction by James Horan and Direction by Steven Carl McCasland.
The Lillian Booth Actors Home of The Actors Fund is licensed by the Department of Health and qualifies for Medicaid and Medicare. Individuals who have dedicated a major portion of their professional lives to the entertainment industry are eligible for admission. The Actors Fund provides funds to subsidize the extraordinary care that residents of The Lillian Booth Actors Home receive. The Home welcomes designers, writers, sound technicians, musicians, dancers, administrators, directors, film editors, stagehands and actors. Current residents include fascinating individuals from the world of stage and screen, encompassing actors, vaudevillians, Ziegfeld Follies dancers, comedians, band leaders and set designers.Michael Feinstein, one of the world's great musical artists, and 54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club, have united to give New York an unparalleled destination for entertainment and dining.
Feinstein's/54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club, is the performance venue in the grand tradition of New York City nightlife. A few blocks from the heart of Times Square and just below the legendary Studio 54, Feinstein's/54 Below is a classically designed state-of-the art nightclub in the theatre district that hosts audiences with warmth and style. Feinstein's/54 Below presents iconic and rising stars from the worlds of Broadway and popular music. The venue provides a food and beverage menu from early evening through the wee hours of the morning that is worthy of the world-class entertainment on the stage. Located at 254 West 54th Street, Feinstein's/54 Below features up to three shows nightly with cover charges ranging from $15-$105.