24 Nov 2008
Bryan Batt in "Mad Men"
Photo by AMC
A "Mad Men"-inspired concert featuring cast members of TV's hot, Emmy Award-winning drama — who would croon songs from the early 1960s period in which the show is set — is reportedly in the works.
According to Variety, Lionsgate is seeking to book dates for a "Mad Men" musical revue that was seen Oct. 21 as a benefit at the El Rey Theater in Los Angeles. The performance was a fundraiser for the L.A. chapter of the Recording Academy.
The El Rey event was reportedly the idea of "Mad Men" composer David Carbonara, who led the 13-piece orchestra.
Billed as A Night on the Town With 'Mad Men', the show was hosted by Joel Murray and featured "Mad Men" stars Bryan Batt and Tony Award winner Robert Morse — who are both Broadway veterans — plus Colin Hanks, Patrick Fischler and Maggie Siff singing songs that would have been heard by the characters in the Kennedy-era series about advertising men (and women) on Madison Avenue.
Series creator and executive producer Matthew Weiner frequently plucks songs from the period's pop catalog to spice the AMC series.
Variety reported that a commercial future for the revue is still in the formative stages.
Featuring the Broadway classics “To Life (L’Chaim!),” “If I Were A Rich Man,” “Sunrise Sunset,” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker,” and “Tradition,” Fiddler on the Roof will introduce a new generation to this uplifting celebration that raises its cup to joy! To love! To life!