Broadway Close Up Season Will Feature Liz Callaway, Karen Ziemba, Amanda Green, Lewis Cleale, Heidi Blickenstaff

The Broadway Close Up series at Merkin Concert Hall will kick off with the annual Bound for Broadway concert Oct. 7 at 7:30 PM.

Karen Ziemba
Karen Ziemba (Photo by Laura Rose)

Tony nominee and Emmy Award winner Liz Callaway will once again host the evening, which will feature interviews with writers of five new shows, including My Life is a Musical by Lucille Lortel Award nominee Adam Overett; Nine Wives by award-winning author Dan Elish and Drama Desk Award nominee Douglas J. Cohen; and Drive by Andy Monroe, composer of the acclaimed musical adaptation of Dan Savage’s "The Kid." Performers will be announced at a later date.

A Party with Amanda Green will be presented Oct. 28 at 7:30 PM. Featuring musical direction by Matt Gallagher, Tony nominee Green will perform some of her songs and discuss her collaborations with Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio and Pulitzer Prize winners Doug Wright and Tom Kitt.

Tony winner Karen Ziemba will be part of the Nov. 18 performance, which is titled Cy Coleman, Ladies Man. A cast to be announced will bring to life highlights from Coleman’s impressive career, including “Hey, Look Me Over” and “Nobody Does It Like Me.” Show time is 7:30 PM.

The season will conclude Dec. 9 at 7:30 PM with Sing for Your Supper. Host Sean Hartley will offer a history of the American musical theatre through duets, trios and quartets. With musical direction by David Loud, attendees can expect to hear Irving Berlin's "You're Just In Love," Frank Loesser’s “Standing on the Corner" and the “Tonight Quintet” from West Side Story as well as songs by Rodgers and Hart, Frank Loesser and William Finn. Currently scheduled to perform are Mary Michael Patterson, Lewis Cleale, Alan Greene, Erin Mackey, Heidi Blickenstaff and Matthew Scott. Noah Racey directs.

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