Broadway Cabaret Festival Launches Oct. 16 with Broadway Originals!

By Andrew Gans
October 16, 2011

The Seventh Annual Broadway Cabaret Festival, created, written and hosted for The Town Hall by Scott Siegel, kicks off Oct. 16 at 3 PM with an afternoon entitled Broadway Originals!



The concert features "performers reprising songs they introduced either in the original Broadway production or revival."

Scheduled to perform are Tony winner Yvonne Constant (La Plume de Ma Tante), Tony winner Daisy Eagan (The Secret Garden), Tony nominee Bob Stillman (Grey Gardens), Alexander Gemignani (Les Miz, Assasins), Marilyn Michaels (Catskills on Broadway), The Manhattan Rhythm Kings (Crazy for You), Tony winner Tammy Grimes (Unsinkable Molly Brown), Tony nominee Lorraine Serabian (Zorba!), Sarah Uriate Berry (Taboo), Andrea Fierson (Once on This Island), Marianne Tatum (Barnum) and Marva Hicks, Vanessa A. Jones and Ramona Keller (“The Radio Ladies” from Caroline, or Change); Hicks, Jones and Keller will be accompanied by Caroline, or Change composer and three-time Tony nominee Jeanine Tesori.

Scott Coulter directs the afternoon with musical direction by John Fischer.  

The Festival will continue Oct. 22 when Tony and Emmy winner Elaine Stritch goes it solo with an evening simply titled Elaine Stritch at the Town Hall. Show time is 8 PM.

The Broadway Cabaret Festival will conclude Oct. 28 at 8 PM with A Tribute to Judy Garland & Gene Kelly. Siegel will host the tribute, which will feature interviews with Garland's daughter, Lorna Luft, and Tony-winning director-choreographer Susan Stroman. The evening will also include performances by Noah Racey, Elizabeth Stanley, Carole J. Bufford  and the New York Song and Dance Company.

"The Broadway Cabaret Festival, now spread over three weeks rather than one weekend, will give each of these concerts a chance to more fully have the limelight," said Siegel in a statement. "And the addition of the live movie musical tribute to Judy & Gene is an exciting new show that combines what we do best at Town Hall: Inform and entertain. Having Lorna Luft and Susan Stroman as my co-hosts to talk about these iconic movie stars and have the very songs we're talking about performed by today's great stars are very exciting. The combination of song and dance in this musical tribute, with the added ingredient of a night full of iconic movie numbers live on stage, should provide quite a capper to The Town Hall's Seventh Annual Broadway Cabaret Festival.”  

The Town Hall Town Hall is located at 123 West 43rd Street. For tickets, priced $45-$55, call (800) 982-2787 or visit www.ticketmaster.com. For more information visit http://the-townhall-nyc.org.