Champlin, Dixon, Falk, Holm, Mason, O'Hara and Walsh Join Broadway Originals! Concert

News   Champlin, Dixon, Falk, Holm, Mason, O'Hara and Walsh Join Broadway Originals! Concert Celeste Holm, the veteran stage and screen star who created the role of Ado Annie in the original Broadway production of Oklahoma!, will be the special guest at the Oct. 21 Broadway Originals! concert at Town Hall.
Donna Lynne Champlin
Donna Lynne Champlin

Part of the third annual Broadway Cabaret Festival, the 3 PM performance will feature "a dazzling array of Broadway performers reprising songs they introduced either in original Broadway productions or Broadway revivals." Joining Holm onstage will be Susan Bigelow (Working), Alan Campbell (Sunset Boulevard), Donna Lynne Champlin (Sweeney Todd), Catherine Cox (Baby), Andre de Shields (The Wiz), Jerry Dixon (Once on This Island), Willy Falk (Miss Saigon), Anita Gillette (Mr. President), George S. Irving (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes), Karen Mason (Mamma Mia!), David Miller (Baz Luhrman’s La Boheme), Jill O'Hara (Promises, Promises), Brad Oscar (The Producers), Martin Vidnovic (Brigadoon), Ken Jennings (Sweeney Todd) and Barbara Walsh (Big).

In a statement Festival producer and creator Scott Siegel said, "The opportunity to experience the talent and the history of Broadway with these great Broadway stars is really something special. This is the third year in a row that we’ve presented Broadway Originals as part of the Broadway Cabaret Festival and we haven't even scratched the surface of all the great performances available to be seen. So come and enjoy this year’s crop of exceptional talents and we’ll have even more for you next year!"

As previously announced, the Festival will kick off Oct. 19 at 8 PM with A Tribute to Stephen Schwartz, which will include three tunes from The Baker's Wife: "Chanson" (performed by Karen Akers), "Proud Lady" (performed by Max von Essen) and the show's best-known anthem, "Meadowlark" (performed by Liz Callaway).

The concert, which will be directed by Scott Coulter with musical direction by Alex Rybeck, will also boast performances by Jane Olivor, Lari White, Jim Caruso, Cass Morgan, Jason Graae, Lisa Howard, Steven Lutvak, Jill Abramowitz, Chris DiCristo, Julie Garnye, Carole Schwartz and director Coulter. Show time is 8 PM.

The Broadway Cabaret Festival will continue Oct. 20 with An Evening with Betty Buckley. The Tony Award-winning actress, who has graced the Broadway stage in Sunset Boulevard, Triumph of Love, Cats, 1776, Carrie, Song & Dance, The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Pippin, will make her solo Town Hall debut at 8 PM. Buckley will celebrate the release of her forthcoming Playbill Records CDs ("Betty Buckley 1967" and "Quintessence") during the concert and will also offer tunes from an eclectic repertoire that spans the worlds of pop, rock, folk, blues, standards and musical theatre. Tickets for the concerts are $50 each and are available by visiting www.ticketmaster.com. Town Hall is located in Manhattan at 123 West 43rd Street. For more information visit www.the-townhall-nyc.org.