Mackenzie Phillips To Sing 70s B'way Songbook at NY's Town Hall, Feb. 27

News   Mackenzie Phillips To Sing 70s B'way Songbook at NY's Town Hall, Feb. 27 First she took life One Day At A Time, then after battling drug addiction, she became a musical Mama with her real-life papa. Now she'll be at Town Hall, Feb. 27, in a concert devoted to songs from Broadway musicals in the 1970s.
Mackenzie Phillips

Mackenzie Phillips

First she took life One Day At A Time, then after battling drug addiction, she became a musical Mama with her real-life papa. Now she'll be at Town Hall, Feb. 27, in a concert devoted to songs from Broadway musicals in the 1970s.

She's Mackenzie Phillips, and she'll be joined in Just For Tonight: A 70s Broadway Songbook by Sean McDermott (Miss Saigon), Tara O'Brien (Victor/Victoria) and Edward Staudenmayer (Forbidden Broadway Strikes Back). Phillips reached early stardom playing a teen on TV's "One Day At A Time" but ended up leaving that show due to various bouts with substance abuse. She resurfaced, 1982-92 when she joined her father's band, The Mamas and the Papas, on tour. She also appeared on Broadway in the musical revival, Grease!.

A cross between a cabaret show and a two-act musical, Just For Tonight willl feature tunes by Marvin Hamlisch, Steven Sondheim, Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Backed by a grand piano, it's the first in a new series at Town Hall titled, "Century of Change." The show is a one night benefit for Town Hall to coincide with a recent matching grant.

Phillips told Playbill On-Line (Feb. 24), "I'm not familiar with show music that much. I come from a rock and roll background. But I love theatre. I did Grease!, but that really isn't traditional musical theatre." In the benefit, Phillips will sing "To Make The Boy A Man," from Goodtime Charley; "Time Heals Everything," from Mack and Mabel; "Just For Tonight" from They're Playing Our Song; "I'm Still Here" from Follies and even Send in the Clowns from A Little Night Music.

Other shows represented include Minnie's Boys, Snoopy, and Sweeney Todd ("Pretty Women"). Said Phillips, "There's also a a great song called "Solid Silver Platform Shoes," from The Magic Show, which people probably don't even remember. But the whole show is a songbook, with very little banter." "The goal isn't really to get on Broadway," said Phillips. "I just want to be a working actor. I've been doing a lot of episodic television work ["NYPD Blue," "Beverly Hills 90210"], so here I just want to be productive and enjoy these other great singers."

For tickets ($15-$25) and information on Just For Tonight at Town Hall, 123 West 43rd St., call (212) 307-4100.

-- By David Lefkowitz

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