Lineup Announced for Mary Martin: A Centennial Celebration
By Andrew Gans
Urban Stages in association with producer/director/lyricist Peter Napolitano will kick off its Fifth Annual Winter Rhythms Benefit Series Dec. 3 at 7 PM with Mary Martin: A Centennial Celebration.
Hosted by author Stephen Cole, this evening will celebrate the centenary of one of the musical theatre's greatest stars, the late Mary Martin, whose Broadway resume included The Sound of Music, South Pacific and Peter Pan.
Cabaret artists Liam Forde, Janice Hall, Marissa Mulder, Barbara Porteus, Julie Reyburn, Corinna Sowers-Adler, Susan Winter and Bill Zeffiro will interpret some of Ms. Martin’s signature songs, including “I’m in Love With a Wonderful Guy,” “Neverland,” “My Heart Belongs to Daddy,” “My Favorite Things” and “The Sound of Music.” Audiences can also expect selections from One Touch of Venus and I Do! I Do! as well as shows that Ms. Martin toured in or performed on television, including Hello, Dolly! and Annie Get Your Gun.
The concert will feature musical direction by Matthew Martin and direction by Peter Napolitano.
Cole, a noted lyricist, librettist, author and musical theatre historian, will also share rare video footage of Ms. Martin from his private collection. A highlight of the evening will be a recreation of the legendary Mary Martin/Ethel Merman duet medley telecast live in 1953 as part of the "Ford 50th Anniversary Television Show."
Urban Stages Theatre is located at 259 West 30th Street. Tickets are $50 and include a champagne reception. Tickets may be purchased by visiting www.smarttix.com (search for Winter Rhythms 2013) or calling (212) 868-4444.
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