"They Want It All": All-Star Baby Concert Plays Lucille Lortel Theatre June 18
By Andrew Gans
Transport Group's one-night-only, all-star concert version of Baby, hosted by Liz Callaway and Todd Graff, who received Tony Award nominations for their performances in the original Broadway production of that 1983 musical, plays the Lucille Lortel Theatre in Greenwich Village June 18.
Directed by Jack Cummings III with musical direction by Chris Haberl, the concert begins at 7 PM.
The cast includes Jill Abramovitz, Patrick Boll, John Bolton, Robert Creighton, Christina DeCicco, Jeffry Denman, Malcolm Gets, Colin Hanlon, James Hindman, Rachel Bay Jones, Nikka Graff Lanzarone, Daniel C. Levine, Kecia Lewis-Evans, Paolo Montalban, Charlie Pollock, Leenya Rideout, Alexandra Silber, Ali Stroker, Wesley Taylor, Christianne Tisdale, Kate Wetherhead, Betsy Wolfe, Natalie Toro, Stephanie Kurtzuba, Tina Johnson, Sean MacLaughlin, Louis Hobson, Charlie Owens, Nancy Anderson, Sebastian Arcelus, Stanley Bahorek, Courtney Balan, Stephanie J. Block, Andrea Burns, Alan Campbell, Lewis Cleale, Jenny Fellner, Santino Fontana, Jonathan Hammond, Ann Harada, Morgan James, Lauren Kennedy, Julia Murney, Kerry O'Malley, Jill Paice, Mamie Parris, Bryce Ryness, Meredith Ryness, Brian Sears, Cheryl Stern, Bob Stillman and Josh Young with Katie Bruestle, Matt Castle, Tim Dolan, Christy Faber, Frank Galgano, Gwen Hollander, Cindy Marchionda and Doug Shapiro.
David Shire and Richard Maltby will join Callaway and Graff and other original cast members for a discussion following the performance.
In Baby, according to Transport Group, "three couples, each newly expecting a child, have different but familiar reactions to the life-changing news of pregnancy. Lizzie and Danny are university juniors who have just moved in together. Athletic Pam and her husband, Nick, a sports instructor, have had some trouble conceiving. Arlene, already the mother of three grown daughters, is unsure of what to do, contemplating abortion while her husband Alan is thrilled with the thought of a new baby. Throughout the show they experience the emotional stresses and triumphs— the desperate lows and the comic highs—that accompany the anticipation and arrival of a baby."
Artistic director Cummings III said in a previous statement, "Baby has always been one of my absolute favorite musicals and Transport Group is thrilled to revisit this beautiful score and story that is funny, timeless, and deeply poignant. We’re excited to be gathering a star-studded group of actors to pay tribute to the stunning achievement of Baby and all the original artists who created this magnificent show.”
Baby, with a score by Richard Maltby Jr. and David Shire and a book by Sybile Pearson, played Broadway's Ethel Barrymore Theatre, Nov. 8, 1983-July 1, 1984. The original cast boasted Liz Callaway, Todd Graff, James Congdon, Martin Vidnovic, Beth Fowler and Catherine Cox. The Maltby/Shire score includes such tunes as "At Night She Comes Home to Me," "I Chose Right," "The Story Goes On," "Easier to Love," "Two People in Love," "With You," "I Want It All" and "And What If We Had Loved Like That."
The Lortel is at 121 Christopher Street. Tickets may be purchased by visiting transportgroup.org or by phoning (212) 564-0333.
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