Directed by Dan Foster with musical direction by Fred Barton, the evening boasted a talented roster of performers from the worlds of theatre, cabaret and opera.
Among those recruited to lend their voices to the challenging musical selections were Alexander Gemignani (Les Miserables, Sweeney Todd), Lisa Howard (Spelling Bee, 9 to 5), William Michals (Beauty and the Beast, standby for Paulo Szot in South Pacific), Jennifer Hope Wills (current Christine in Phantom), Christine Andreas (Tony-nominated for Oklahoma), Bill Daugherty, Brian Charles Rooney (The Threepenny Opera), Karen Murphy (All Shook Up), Metropolitan Opera singer John Easterlin, Jason Graae (Falsettos) and recording artist Milla Ilieva. Featured dancers for the evening were Eric Sean Fogel, J. Austin Eyer, Billy Harrigan Tighe, and Ben Franklin.
The set list included songs written between the years of 1881 and 1961 by such composers as Noel Coward, Rudolph Friml, Victor Herbert, Jerome Kern Jacques Offenbach and Sigmund Romberg:
"The Time, The Place And The Girl" From Mlle. Modiste - Alexander Gemignani
"Your Photo" from Katinka - Lisa Howard
"The Gypsy Baron Song" from The Gypsy Baron - William Michals
"To The Land of My Romance" - Jennifer Hope Wills
"When I Grow To Old To Dream" - Christine Andreas and Bill Daugherty
"Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise" from The New Moon - Brian Charles Rooney
"Kiss Me Again"/"If I Were on the Stage" from Mlle. Modiste - Karen Murphy
"Indian Summer" - Bill Daugherty
"Dein ist mein ganzes Herz" from The Land of Smiles - John Easterlin
"Trest Parisienne" from The Merry Widow - Jason Graae
"Yesterdays" from Roberta - Milla Ilieva
"Only A Rose" from The Vagabond King - Brian Charles Rooney and Bill Daugherty
"Adrift On a Star" from The Happiest Girl In The World - Alexander Gemignani
"Thine Alone" from Eileen - William Michals
"I'll Follow My Secret Heart" from Conversation Piexe - Christine Andreas
"Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life" from Naughty Marietta - Brian Charles Rooney
"Hills of Dreams" music by Edvard Grieg - John Easterlin, William Michals and Jennifer Hope Wills
"I'll See You Again" from Bittersweet - Company
The Summer Broadway Festival will continue July 21 with Broadway's Rising Stars II and conclude July 28 with All Singin' All Dancin' II. Visit www.the-townhall-nyc.org for more information and tickets.
Here is a look at the Operetta after-party held at Tony's Di Napoli restaurant on West 43rd Street:
All photos by Aubrey Reuben