In an interview with Playbill Radio's Robert Viagas Oct. 16, Tony Award winning composer Jerry Herman said that he is currently looking at New York theatres to transfer his revue, Showtune, which is currently playing Nyack's Helen Hayes Theatre Company.
Herman told Playbill Radio that he has examined both Off Broadway's Harold Clurman Theatre and Broadway's Helen Hayes Theatre, which is currently home to Frank Gorshin's one-man George Burns tribute, Say Goodnight Gracie.
Showtune, which is also the title of Herman's 1996 memoir, began performances at the Helen Hayes Theatre Company Oct. 12. The revue features Tony Award winner Donna McKechnie and former Baby star Martin Vidnovic in an evening of tunes from a host of Herman musicals: "Shalom" (Milk & Honey); "Before the Parade Passes By," "Hello, Dolly!," "It Only Takes a Moment," "It Takes a Woman," "Put On Your Sunday Clothes," "Ribbons Down My Back" and "So Long Dearie" (Hello, Dolly!); "Bosom Buddies," "If He Walked Into My Life," "It's Today," "Mame," "The Man in the Moon," "My Best Girl," "Open a New Window," "That's How Young I Feel," "We Need a Little Christmas" and "What Do I Do Now?" (Mame); "And I Was Beautiful," "Kiss Her Now," "I Don't Want to Know" and "One Person" (Dear World); "Big Time," "Hundreds of Girls," "I Promise You a Happy Ending," "I Won't Send Roses," "Look What Happened to Mabel," "Movies Were Movies," "Tap Your Troubles Away," "Time Heals Everything" and "Wherever He Ain't" (Mack and Mabel); "I'll Be Here Tomorrow" (The Grand Tour); "Just Go to the Movies" and "Nelson" (A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine); and, from La Cage aux Folles, "A Little More Mascara," "The Best of Times," "I Am What I Am," "Song on the Sand" and "With You on My Arm."
Vidnovic and McKechnie are joined onstage by Paul Harman, who was in the original companies of Les Misérables and Chess; Tom Korbee, a recent graduate of the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music; Russell Arden Koplin, who appeared on Broadway in Les Misérables and James Joyce's The Dead; and Sandy Binion, a former back-up singer for Tammy Faye Baker who has performed several times in Nyack's Broadway Concert Series and appeared in Broadway's Jane Eyre. Seven-time MAC Award winner Bobby Peaco is the show's pianist. The revue will play the Hayes through Oct. 27. Conceived by Paul Gilger, Showtune features direction and choreography by Smokey Joe's Cafe's Joey McKneely with musical direction by James Followell (a musical director for KT Sullivan).
The Helen Hayes Theatre Company is located at 117 Main Street in Nyack, NY. Tickets, priced between $32.50 and $55, are available by calling (845) 358-6333 for information. For more information, go to www.hhtco.org.
—By Andrew Gans