The 3 PM presentations include highlights from "the outstanding shows that lit up John Lindsay's years as Mayor of New York City." Michael Montel wrote and directed, and Lawrence Yurman provides musical direction and arrangements.
John Lindsay was dubbed the "Broadway Mayor" and was considered a great friend of the theatre. He was responsible for helping to create the Special Theater Zoning District and the TKTS discount tickets booth.
Expect highlights from Chicago (which emerged outside of the Lindsay tenure, technically), Follies, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, Seesaw, Hair and Skyscraper.
When Playbill.com pointed out to Montel that Chicago premiered after Lindsay was in office, he replied, "I was and have always been a great admirer of Mayor Lindsay. I was fortunate enough to know him socially and became so approving of his tenure as Mayor that I have twice significantly tried to extend it by two years — from 1973, when it actually ended, to 1975. Chicago, in its original production, did not open until 1975. I then realized I had attempted this addition of years once before. In 1975 I asked Mayor Lindsay if he would do my soon-to-be-wife and me the honor of marrying us. He graciously replied he would be happy to do so, but as he was no longer the Mayor he no longer had the power. But he gave us his blessing which, almost 35 years later, my wife Ginger and I can happily say still holds its potency."
Razzle Dazzle marks the start of the seventh year of the museum's popular Perform! Series. MCNY is at 1220 Fifth Avenue. Tickets are available at $15 for Museum members, seniors and students; $20 for the general public; $75 for sponsor tickets, which will include preferred seating.
Order tickets at www.mcny.org or call (212) 534-1672, extension 3395.
The MCNY exhibit (now to Oct. 3) is called "America's Mayor: John V. Lindsay and the Reinvention of New York" and "examines the controversial tenure (1966-1973) and dramatic times of New York's 103rd mayor."