Jackson, Finley, Cooper and Opel Set for Broadway Musicals of 1978; Batt Directs

News   Jackson, Finley, Cooper and Opel Set for Broadway Musicals of 1978; Batt Directs Scott Siegel's acclaimed Broadway By the Year series will continue next month with the Broadway Musicals of 1978.
Nancy Opel
Nancy Opel Photo by Aubrey Reuben

On June 19 at Town Hall, a host of theatre and cabaret stars will lend their voices to songs from shows that debuted on Broadway in 1978. Concertgoers can expect to hear tunes from Working, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and On the Twentieth Century and watch dance numbers from Bob Fosse's Dancin'. As of press time, those scheduled to perform include Chuck Cooper, Felicia Finley, Julie Garnyé, Cheyenne Jackson, Nancy Lemenager, Nancy Opel, Noah Racey, Christine Pedi, Lennie Watts and Bryan Batt. Batt will also direct the 8 PM evening.

Bryan Batt was most recently on Broadway in the revival of La Cage aux Folles. His other theatre credits include Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast; Monty, the disco DJ, in Saturday Night Fever; the Cat in the Hat in Seussical the Musical; Sir Percy in Frank Wildhorn's The Scarlet Pimpernel; as well as principal roles in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Starlight Express and Cats. The actor-singer-dancer also played Joe Gillis opposite Betty Buckley's Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard and has appeared Off-Broadway in My Deah, Forbidden Broadway and Jeffrey. Batt has also been busy raising funds for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Town Hall is located in Manhattan at 123 West 23rd Street. Tickets, priced $40 and $45, are available by calling (212) 307-4100 or (212) 840-2824.