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Tom Wopat and More Lead Unsung Jimmy Van Heusen Concert Tonight


UnsungMusicalsCo. (UMC) will launch its new Unsung Cabaret Series with Unsung Jimmy Van Heusen, an 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) tonight, June 17. Hosted by Tony Award nominee Tom Wopat (A Catered Affair, Catch Me If You Can), this concert will be held at 8pm at The Cutting Room.

Unsung Jimmy Van Heusen will feature performances by Rachel de Benedet (Catch Me If You Can), Christine Pedi (Chicago, Forbidden Broadway) and Max von Essen (Evita, Death Takes A Holiday) with additional performers to be announced.

Interspersed with Mr. Van Heusen's signature standards such as "The Tender Trap", "Call Me Irresponsible" and "Moonlight Becomes You", this jazz-filled evening will showcase the little-known gems from his five Broadway musicals and his fabled Johnny Burke & Bing Crosby song series The Flop Parade! The evening will serve as an intimate benefit event for UMC.

Unsung Jimmy Van Heusen will be 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).

Tickets ($30 general admission, with limited premium seating available for $60) are available by visiting

The Cutting Room is located at 44 East 32nd Street in New York City.

UnsungMusicalsCo. Inc. (Ben West, Artistic Director) is a not-for-profit Production Company dedicated to the preservation of musical theater through the restoration and presentation of obscure but artistically sound works. Focusing primarily on overlooked projects from the Golden Age, UMC treats each property as a new musical thereby providing a unique collaboration between the artists of today and those of the past. Past 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: The Songs in Concert 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UMC is also devoted to researching, assembling and restoring the material from unpublished and out-of-print musical shows.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.

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