Photo Flash: Tom Wopat, Isabel Keating, Christine Pedi and More at UNSUNG JIMMY VAN HEUSEN
Drama Desk nominee Nancy Anderson (Far From Heaven, Wonderful Town), Jannie Jones (The Full Monty), Tony Award nominee Isabel Keating (The Boy From Oz, Hairspray), Drama Desk nominee Garrett Long (South Pacific, Bonnie and Clyde) and Jonathan Rayson (The Fig Leaves Are Falling, Legally Blonde) joined host and two-time Tony Award nominee Tom Wopat (Catch Me If You Can, The Trip to Bountiful, A Catered Affair), as well as Rachel de Benedet (Catch Me If You Can) and Christine Pedi (Chicago, Forbidden Broadway) for UnsungMusicalsCo.'s Unsung Jimmy Van Heusen concert last night, June 17 at The Cutting Room. Scroll below for photos!
UnsungMusicalsCo. (UMC) launched its new Unsung Cabaret Series with this intimate evening celebrating the centennial of legendary four-time Academy Award-winning and three-time Tony Award-nominated composer Jimmy Van Heusen (Skyscraper, Walking Happy, Thoroughly Modern Millie). Interspersed with Mr. Van Heusen's signature standards such as "The Tender Trap", "Call Me Irresponsible" and "Moonlight Becomes You", this jazz-filled evening showcased the little-known gems from his five Broadway musicals and his fabled Johnny Burke & Bing Crosby song series The Flop Parade!
Unsung Jimmy Van Heusen was directed by UMC artistic director Ben West (The Fig Leaves Are Falling, At Home Abroad) with musical direction and arrangements by Benet Braun (The Fig Leaves Are Falling) and lighting design by Joe Hodge (The Fig Leaves Are Falling, Make Mine Manhattan).
UnsungMusicalsCo. Inc. (Ben West, Artistic Director) is a not-for-profit Production Company dedicated to the preservation of musical theatre through the restoration and presentation of obscure but artistically sound works. Focusing primarily on overlooked projects from the Golden Age of musical theatre, which UMC more broadly defines as the 40 years between Mr. Florenz Ziegfeld and Mr. Stephen Sondheim's respective Follies (1931-1971), UMC treats each property as a new musical, thereby providing a unique collaboration between the artists of today and those of the past. Recent UMC projects include acclaimed productions of The Fig Leaves Are Falling and Make Mine Manhattan, a starry concert presentation of At Home Abroad, world premiere concerts of Gatsby and Nothing is Forever and New York International Fringe Festival productions of Platinum and How Now, Dow Jones.
UMC is also devoted to researching, assembling and restoring the material from unpublished and out-of-print musical shows. To further the mission of preserving these historic works for future generations, UMC's material is receiving its own collection in the Billy Rose Theatre Division of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. For more information visit www.UnsungMusicals.org.
Photo Credit: Dixie Sheridan