PHOTO CALL: If It Only Even Runs a Minute 11, With Brynn O'Malley, Brandon Victor Dixon, André De Shields, Jake Epstein and More
By Matthew Blank
The 11th edition of the Bistro Award-winning series If It Only Even Runs a Minute was held April 22 at (le) Poisson Rouge. This edition featured a cast reunion of the entire original cast of Maltby & Shire's Starting Here, Starting Now: Loni Ackerman, George Lee Andrews and Margery Cohen.
If It Only Even Runs a Minute 11, which began at 9:30 PM, featured rare songs, behind-the-scenes tales and photos from Broadway musicals that may not have been fully appreciated the first time around.
Ackerman, Andrews and Cohen shared stories about creating Starting Here, Starting Now and sing numbers that they originated in 1977.
Also scheduled to perform were Kacie Sheik (Hair, February House), Cale Krise (The Book Of Mormon, Fat Camp), Daniel Everidge (Grease, Fat Camp), Bret Shuford (The Little Mermaid, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang), Bertilla Baker (Titanic, Asylum), Marlene Danielle (Cats, West Side Story), André De Shields (The Wiz, The Full Monty), Brandon Victor Dixon (Motown, The Scottsboro Boys), Jake Epstein (American Idiot, Spider-Man), Scott Fagan (writer of Soon), Danielle Gimbal (Pool Boy, The Fix), Leah Hocking (Billy Elliot, All Shook Up), Christopher Ketner (The Sound of Music), Kelvin Moon Loh (American Idiot, Here Lies Love), Brynn O'Malley (Annie, Sunday in the Park with George), Michon Peacock (Chicago, Georgy), Monet Julia Sabel (6 The Musical), Amanda Michelle Savan (Fancy Nancy, Cruel Shoes), Ryan Speakman (Camelot, Oliver), Larry Spivack (Metamorphosis, Triumph of Love), Taylor Trensch (Matilda, Bare), Renee Claire Bergeron (A Man Of No Importance, Whistle Down The Wind), and Freida Williams (Starmites, Jesus Christ Superstar), among others.
According to press notes, "The show features performances, as well as stories, from original cast members and writers of several of the featured shows."
If It Only Even Runs a Minute 11 featured songs from and stories about A Broadway Musical, Georgy, Greenwich Village USA, Haarlem Nocturne, La Strada, The Last Resorts, Rockabye Hamlet, The Scottsboro Boys, Soon and Starting Here, Starting Now.
If It Only Even Runs A Minute is created and produced by Jennifer Ashley Tepper and Kevin Michael Murphy. Caleb Hoyer is the musical director.
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