KT Sullivan and Mark Nadler are reviving some of George Gershwin's most embraced — and embraceable — songs for American Rhapsody, a new Gershwin revue that began performances Oct. 25 at New York City's Triad Theatre. Sullivan is the lauded cabaret singer who appeared in Broadway's Gentlemen Prefer Blondes revival and Nadler is the multiple MAC Award-winning pianist-musical director who appeared in Dame Edna The Royal Tour.
Official opening for the new revue is Nov. 10. Sullivan and Nadler tested the show (which once had the title Gershwin's American Rhapsody) in London and England's Chichester Festival over the summer. Ruth Leon directs, with musical staging by Donald Saddler (On Your Toes, No, No, Nanette, Wonderful Town).
The show's songs by late composer Gershwin (who died prematurely in 1938 when he was 37) include "Embraceable You," "They Can't Take That Away From Me," "Love Is Here to Stay" and a clutch of lesser-known tunes. Most of the lyrics are by brother Ira Gershwin.
Designers are William Barclay (set) and Phil Monat and John Tees (lighting).
The show is produced by Louise Westergaard, Steve Downey, Peter Martin in association with Linda Wassong.
Tickets are $40-$55. Triad Theatre is at 158 West 72nd Street at Broadway. Performances are 8 PM Wednesday, 2, 9 Thursday, 8 PM Friday, 5 and 10:15 PM Saturday and 2 PM Sunday.
For ticket information call (212) 239-6200.
— By Kenneth Jones