KT Sullivan and Mark Nadler are reviving some of George Gershwin's most embraced — and embraceable — songs for American Rhapsody, a new Gershwin revue opening Nov. 10 New York City's Triad Theatre.
Sullivan is the lauded cabaret singer who appeared in Broadway's most recent Gentlemen Prefer Blondes revival, and Nadler is the multiple-MAC Award-winning pianist-musical director who appeared in Dame Edna: The Royal Tour. Performances of the new revue began Oct. 25, offering fans scores of Gershwin tunes. Sullivan and Nadler tested the show (which once had the title Gershwin's American Rhapsody) in London and at England's Chichester Festival in summer 2000. Ruth Leon directs, with musical staging by Donald Saddler (On Your Toes, No, No, Nanette, Wonderful Town).
The show's songs by late composer Gershwin (who died prematurely in 1938 when he was 37) include "Embraceable You," "They Can't Take That Away From Me," "The Man I Love," "Love Is Here to Stay" and a clutch of lesser-known tunes. Lyrics are by brother Ira Gershwin , who collaborated with George on frothy and frivolous musical comedies in the 1920s and 1930s, creating a lasting songbook that survived beyond most of the perishable libretti.
Among their musicals were Treasure Girl, Lady, Be Good!, Let 'Em Eat Cake, Pardon My English, Girl Crazy, Oh, Kay!, Funny Face, Of Thee I Sing, Strike Up the Band and Porgy and Bess (with DuBose Heyward). Gershwin also wrote instrumental pieces such as "An American in Paris" and "Rhapsody in Blue."
American Rhapsody designers are William Barclay (set) and Phil Monat and John Tees III (lighting). The show is produced by Louise Westergaard, Steve Downey, Peter Martin in association with Linda Wassong. Tickets are $55. Triad Theatre is at 158 West 72nd Street at Broadway. Performances are 8 PM Wednesday, 2, 8 Thursday, 8 PM Friday, 5 and 10:15 PM Saturday and 2 PM Sunday.
For ticket information call (212) 239-6200.
— By Kenneth Jones