By Michael Gioia
19 Sep 2013
|Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN|
Directed by UMC artistic director Ben West (The Fig Leaves Are Falling, At Home Abroad), the limited three-week engagement runs through Oct. 5 at The Connelly Theatre.
The cast features Jeremy Benton (Anything Goes), Jennifer Lee Crowl (Young Frankenstein), Ruth Pferdehirt, Lindsay Roberts (Memphis), Billie Wildrick (Scandalous), Emilee Dupre (Venice, Chaplin), Jacob Hoffman (I'll Be Damned), Aaron Kaburick (Billy Elliot), Brent McBeth (White Christmas), Christopher Ryan (Young Frankenstein) and Clifton Samuels (Follies).
Here's how the production is billed: "Brimming with jazz-infused melodies, song-and-dance specialties and classic comedy numbers, Bless You All! is a cheerful celebration of the Golden Age of the Broadway revue. Delicious send-ups of such cultural icons as the 21 Club and the roaring '20s line the landscape of this glittering entertainment!"
Other members of the creative team includes choreographer Ray Hesselink, musical director and arranger Fran Minarik, lighting designer Joe Hodge and costume designer Heather J. Carey.
UMC will offer two post-show events. "Putting It Together," a discussion about researching and assembling material for lost musical works, will be held following the Sept. 25 performance. It will feature The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts' Doug Reside, Tony Award-nominated writer and lyricist Dick Scanlan and UMC artistic director Ben West as panelists, plus a special live performance of two cut songs from Bless You All! "Yesterday is Tomorrow," a discussion of how the Golden Age has influenced emerging and contemporary writers, will be held following the Oct. 2 performance. Bruce Pomahac from the Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization is the special guest. UMC associate producer Ben Coleman will moderate the discussions.
The Connelly Theatre is located at 220 East 4th Street. For more information and tickets, call (212) 868-4444 or visit UnsungMusicals.org.