Third Annual Broadway Cabaret Festival Begins Oct. 19 with Stephen Schwartz Salute

News   Third Annual Broadway Cabaret Festival Begins Oct. 19 with Stephen Schwartz Salute The Third Annual Broadway Cabaret Festival, created by Scott Siegel, kicks off at Manhattan's Town Hall Oct. 19 with an evening featuring the songs of Wicked composer Stephen Schwartz.

The 8 PM concert, entitled A Tribute to Stephen Schwartz, will feature three tunes from The Baker's Wife: "Chanson" (performed by Karen Akers), "Proud Lady" (performed by Max von Essen) and the show's best-known anthem, "Meadowlark" (performed by Liz Callaway).

Directed by Scott Coulter with musical direction by Alex Rybeck, the evening will also boast performances by Jane Olivor, Lari White, Jim Caruso, Cass Morgan, Jason Graae, Lisa Howard, Steven Lutvak, Jill Abramowitz, Chris DiCristo, Julie Garnye, Carole Schwartz and director Coulter.

The Broadway Cabaret Festival will continue Oct. 20 with An Evening with Betty Buckley. The Tony Award-winning actress, who has graced the Broadway stage in Sunset Boulevard, Triumph of Love, Cats, 1776, Carrie, Song & Dance, The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Pippin, will make her solo Town Hall debut at 8 PM. Buckley will celebrate the release of her Playbill Records CDs ("Betty Buckley 1967" and the forthcoming "Quintessence") during the concert and will also offer tunes from an eclectic repertoire that spans the worlds of pop, rock, folk, blues, standards and musical theatre.

The annual Festival will conclude Oct. 21 at 3 PM with Broadway Originals!, which will feature "a dazzling array of Broadway performers reprising songs they introduced either in original Broadway productions or Broadway revivals." Those scheduled to re-create historic Broadway moments include Celeste Holm (Oklahoma!), Susan Bigelow (Working), Alan Campbell (Sunset Boulevard), Donna Lynne Champlin (Sweeney Todd), Catherine Cox (Baby), Andre de Shields (The Wiz), Jerry Dixon (Once on This Island), Willy Falk (Miss Saigon), Anita Gillette (Mr. President), George S. Irving (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes), Karen Mason (Mamma Mia!), David Miller (Baz Luhrman’s La Boheme), Jill O'Hara (Promises, Promises), Brad Oscar (The Producers), Martin Vidnovic (Brigadoon), Ken Jennings (Sweeney Todd) and Barbara Walsh (Big).

Tickets for the concerts are $50 each and are available by visiting www.ticketmaster.com. Town Hall is located in Manhattan at 123 West 43rd Street. For more information visit www.the-townhall-nyc.org.

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