After the successful "100 Years of Broadway" series sold out its last shows, composer Neil Berg brings the same staged concert idea to "Broadway in Concert," July 20-23 at the Nyack Performing Arts Center. Ray Roderick (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change directs and choreographs a cast led by Jekyll & Hyde's Rob Evan.
"Broadway in Concert," like "100 Hundred Years of Broadway," is a retrospective of musical theatre history, hitting all the major composers from George Gershwin and Rogers and Hammerstein to Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jonathan Larson, Stephen Sondheim and Frank Wildhorn. Some new music by Berg (The Prince and the Pauper) will be featured.
Evan starred as the title role in Wildhorn's Jekyll & Hyde. Other credits include Jean Valjean in the national tour of Les Miserables and productions of Hot Mikado, Hello, Dolly!, Jesus Christ Superstar and Brigadoon.
Tickets are $32.50-$27.50. The Helen Hayes Performing Arts Center is located at . For reservations, call (914) 358-6333. *
Upcoming at the Helen Hayes, for the theatrically minded, will be a talk with great musical theatre lady, Elaine Stritch Aug. 5. Six-time Emmy Award winning composer Larry Grossman (Minne's Boys, Grind) interviews her about her fifty years in show business, from Company to Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?.
On July 29, Marilyn Michaels will bring her impersonations of great Broadway leading ladies to the Nyack stage. Everyone from Ethel Merman to Barbara Streisand will be skewered and sent up in Michaels' comedic set.
Finally, Forbidden Broadway make a stop Aug. 10-13 with their own send ups and impressions of famous and infamous theatre personalites and shows. Everything from the old timers like Cats and Phantom to the latest revivals and new shows are the targets of this musical revue.
-- By Christine Ehren