Charles Strouse and Alan Jay Lerner’s 1983 Broadway musical Dance a Little Closer, which opened and closed on the same night, returns to the stage for one-night-only April 16 at Green Room 42.
The 7 PM concert boasts original cast members Len Cariou, Liz Robertson, and Cheryl Howard.
Set in a luxury Alpine hotel on New Year’s Eve as the world is on the brink of nuclear Armageddon, the infamous musical struggled to find an audience, and left critics puzzled. Dance a Little Closer closed on opening night after playing 25 previews. The production is also remembered for its inclusion of an onstage ice-skating rink that served as the setting for a love song between two gay characters.
The concert is presented in honor of Strouse's 90th birthday. The three-time Tony-winning composer will greet fans and sign copies of his memoir, Put On a Happy Face, following the performance.
Also performing are Julia Knitel, Michael Osso, Ed Dixon, Cheryl Howard, Thomas Dieter, Janet Fanale, Kimberly Faye Greenberg, Christine Knitel, Eric Knitel, Stearns Matthews, Paul Thomas Ryan, and Kenneth Tigar.
Tickets are $30. The Green Room 42, located on the 4th floor of Yotel, 570 Tenth Avenue at 42nd Street.