Maltby and Shire, closer than ever?
Composer David Shire and lyricist (and director) Richard Maltby, Jr. will reteam to perform in a one-night only concert April 11 at the Nyack Seaport Center for Cultural Events. Included in the evening will be performances by Smokey Joe's Cafe star BJ Crosby and Cris Groenendaal (The Phantom of the Opera, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum), plus songs from Maltby and Shire's latest collaboration, Take Flight.
Maltby and Shire are best known for their cabaret-style revues, Starting Here, Starting Now and Closer Than Ever, as well as the traditional book musicals, Baby and Big, the latter based on the hit Tom Hanks film. Without Shire, Maltby directed both Ain't Misbehavin' and Fosse (with Anne Reinking) and penned the English lyrics to Miss Saigon. Shire has won an Academy Award ("Norma Rae") and two Grammy Awards ("Saturday Night Fever").
Take Flight is described as a tapestry celebrating man's need to take risks, through interweaving stories of famous aviators, including the Wright Brothers, Amelia Earhart, and Charles Lindbergh. Jekyll & Hyde's Christiane Noll starred as Earhart in the most recent readings at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center in July-August of 2001.
Joining Crosby and Groenendaal will be Glory Crampton (Phantom), Robert Evan (Jekyll and Hyde, Les Miserables), Matt Jones (Titanic), Audrey Klinger (Les Miserables), Raymond Jaramillo McLeod (Jekyll & Hyde, Evita), William Michals (Beauty and the Beast) Jodie Langel (Martin Guerre) and Colby Foykin. Tickets are $35. Nyack Seaport Center for Cultural Events is located at 21 Burd Street. For reservations, call (845) 348-3134.
— By Christine Ehren