Original Cast Members Set for Concerts of Marvin Hamlisch and Howard Ashman's Smile

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07 Aug 2014

Marvin Hamlisch
Marvin Hamlisch
Photo by Len Prince

Smile: A Broadway Reunion, featuring songs from Marvin Hamlisch and Howard Ashman’s 1986 musical Smile, will be presented at 54 Below Sept. 22 at 7 PM and 9:30 PM.

Directed by Richard Biever with musical direction by Roberto Sinha, the concerts will feature original Broadway cast members Mana Allen, Jodi Benson, Anne Bobby, Mia Malm, Tia Riebling, Marsha Waterbury, Ruth Williamson and more.

Smile, with music by Hamlisch and book and lyrics by Ashman, is a satirical portrait that "follows the intrigue and exploits onstage and behind-the-scenes as Santa Rosa, California plays host to the Young American Miss Pageant," according to press notes.

Songs from the Hamlisch-Ashman score include “Disneyland," "Smile," "In Our Hands," "Very Best Week of Your Lives" and "Dear Mom."

Smile opened Nov. 24, 1986, at Broadway’s Lunt-Fontanne Theatre with a cast that featured Jodi Benson, Veanne Cox, Anne Marie Bobby, Marsha Waterbury and Jeff McCarthy; it played 48 performances.

Jennifer Ashley Tepper produces.

Cover charge ranges from $35-$70 with a $25 food and beverage minimum. Click here for ticket information.