Von Essen and Schoeffler Join Broadway Musicals of 1928 Concert

News   Von Essen and Schoeffler Join Broadway Musicals of 1928 Concert Max von Essen and Paul Schoeffler have joined the line-up of artists taking part in The Broadway Musicals of 1928 Feb. 26 at 8 PM.
Max von Essen
Max von Essen

The 8 PM evening is the latest in Scott Siegel's acclaimed Broadway By the Year series. As previously announced, the one-night-only event will also boast the talents of Tony Award winner Bob Martin, Nancy Anderson, Joyce Chittick, Jeffry Denman, Malcolm Gets, Eddie Korbich and Lari White. Joel Froomkin will direct the concert with musical direction by Ross Patterson.

Concertgoers can expect to hear tunes from such musicals as Rosalie, The Three Musketeers, The Greenwich Village Follies, Present Arms, Blackbirds of 1928, Grand Street Follies, The New Moon, Paris, Animal Crackers and Whoopee!. Song titles will include "You Took Advantage of Me," "I Can't Give You Anything But Love," "Let's Do It," "Hooray for Captain Spaulding" and "Softly as in a Morning Sunrise."

In a statement creator-host Siegel said, "I’m constantly amazed at the number of famous songs that were first heard in Broadway shows during the 1920s. I love presenting these early years in the Broadway By the Year series because it so clearly demonstrates the impact Broadway had on American popular culture. The opportunity to have today’s stars perform these wonderful classics is a treat for anyone who loves musical theatre."

Max von Essen, who was part of the Kennedy Center's production of Mame, appeared Off-Broadway in Finian's Rainbow and in the Paper Mill Playhouse production of The Baker's Wife. On Broadway the actor has been seen in Dance of the Vampires, Jesus Christ Superstar and Les Misérables; his additional Off-Broadway credits include The Fantasticks and John & Paul. Von Essen's regional credits are numerous and include Dorian the Musical, My Fair Lady, Hair, Blood Brothers and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. He was also part of the all-star benefit concert of Children of Eden.

Paul Schoeffler's Broadway credits include Cyrano—The Musical, Victor/Victoria, Peter Pan and Nine. He has been at the Paper Mill in She Loves Me, Nine, My Fair Lady and Maury Yeston's Phantom. Tickets, priced $40 and $45, are available by calling (212) 307-4100 or by visiting www.ticketmaster.com. Town Hall is located in Manhattan at 123 West 43rd Street. Visit www.the-townhall-nyc.org for more information.

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Upcoming concerts in the series include The Broadway Musicals of 1938 (March 26, directed by Emily Skinner), The Broadway Musicals of 1959 (April 30, directed by Marc Kudisch) and The Broadway Musicals of 1964, Part II (June 18, directed by Dan Foster).