Ring Them Bells!, Featuring Chita Rivera, Joel Grey, Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley, Broadcast on PBS Feb. 15
By Adam Hetrick
Ring Them Bells! Rob Fisher Celebrates Kander & Ebb, featuring Tony Award-winning Broadway veterans Joel Grey and Chita Rivera, as well as Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley, is broadcast on PBS Feb. 15 as part of "Live from Lincoln Center."
David Garrison wrote and directed the 75-minute concert that featured Fisher as musical director and pianist, alongside musicians Steve Kenyon, Anneke Schaul-Yoder, Greg Utzig, Dick Sarpola and Erik Charlston.
The concert was filmed Feb. 6 as part of the American Songbook Series at the Allen Room. Playbill was there. Read our earlier report.
Grey originated the role of the Emcee in Kander and Ebb's Cabaret, earning a Tony Award for his performance. He also received an Academy Award for repeating his work in Bob Fosse's film adaptation, which also starred Liza Minnelli.
Rivera has originated roles in Kander and Ebb's Chicago, The Rink, Kiss of the Spider Woman and The Visit. She earned Tony Awards for her work in The Rink and Spider Woman.
The evening also features Mazzie (And the World Goes 'Round; Kiss Me, Kate; Next to Normal) and Danieley (Curtains; Next to Normal).
Tony Award winners John Kander and the late Fred Ebb first collaborated on the song "My Coloring Book" in 1962. The team would go on to create their first musical with Hal Prince, Flora, The Red Menace, starring a young Minnelli. Their works also include Cabaret, The Happy Time, Zorba, Chicago, The Act, The Rink, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Curtains, The Scottsboro Boys and The Visit. The duo have also seen Cabaret and Chicago adapted into successful films.
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