It's Wall to Wall Broadway May 16 at Symphony Space

News   It's Wall to Wall Broadway May 16 at Symphony Space Symphony Space's free Wall to Wall Broadway: A Century of Musicals, a 12-hour celebration of the music of Broadway, will be presented May 16 beginning at 11 AM.
Donna Murphy will be among the performers honoring Schoenfeld and Klein.
Donna Murphy will be among the performers honoring Schoenfeld and Klein. Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Hosted and staged by Symphony Space artistic director and co-founder Isaiah Sheffer, the annual event features an array of works from Broadway — songs, overtures, dance music — performed by hundreds of well known and emerging artists.

The schedule of performances, which is subject to change, follows:

11 AM Performances by the casts of The Lion King, Mary Poppins, The Little Mermaid, Wicked and Shrek

11:45 AM Excerpts from Adelphi University's production of Rent

12 Noon Great songs that never made it to the Broadway stage, featuring performances by Kevin Burdette, Loni Ackerman, Leenya Rideout, Amy Vice, Marion Cowings, and more 2 PM Robert MacNeil and Frank Rich discuss the musicals that changed their lives, with performances by Jonathan Hadary, Kevin Burdette, Loni Ackerman and Lisa Flanagan

2:30 PM Composers Jeanine Tesori, Jo DiPietro and William Finn pay tribute to works that inspired them, accompanied by Theodore Chapin

3 PM Successful songs from shows that flopped, featuring performances by Mary Cleere Haran, Martin Vidnovic, D'Ambrose Boyd, Loni Ackerman, and Lisa Flanagan

3:50 PM Harold Prince in a one-on-one discussion with Rob Marx about the making of musicals

5 PM A pre-centennial salute to Frank Loesser, with performances by Emily Loesser, Jo Sullivan Loesser, Debbie Gravitte and Gregg Edelman

5:30 PM Songs from new musicals in the works: Ever After and Dear Edwina by composer Zina Goldrich and lyricist Marcy Heisler; and The Kid by composer Andy Monroe and lyricist Jack Lechner

6 PM Performances from the current and recent shows South Pacific, Girl Crazy, The Who's Tommy, In the Heights, Avenue Q and Next to Normal performed by Andrew Samonsky, Rebecca Luker, Michael Cerveris, Carrie Anderson and others

6:25 PM A sampling of side-splitting songs from Broadway revues, featuring performances by Loni Ackerman, Kevin Burdette, Mary Brienza, Kathryn Markey, D'Ambrose Boyd, Leenya Rideout, Ivy Austin, Sidney J. Burgoyne and more

7 PM Lyricist Sheldon Harnick in discussion with composer and lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda

8 PM Tony and Emmy Award winner Paul Gemignani conducts a full orchestra in performances of Broadway musical classics. Performers include Michael Cerveris, Alexander Gemignani, George S. Irving, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Raúl Esparza, Martha Plimpton, Loni Ackerman, Terrence Mann, Randy Graff, Kate Baldwin, Leenya Rideout, Gregg Edelman, B.D. Wong, Julie Wilson, Debbie Gravitte, Ivy Austin, Isaiah Sheffer, Melissa Errico, James Naughton, Lisa Flanagan, Kathryn Markey, Amy Vice, Jonathan Hadary, Jeffrey Schecter, Liz Calaway, D'Ambrose Boyd, Chip Zien and Donna Murphy

The lobby and theatre interior of Symphony Space features large-scale reproductions of Broadway drawings by the late Al Hirschfeld.

Peter Norton Symphony Space is located in Manhattan at 2537 Broadway (at 95th Street). For more information visit www.symphonyspace.org.