Karen Ziemba, Karen Akers and More Pay Tribute to Late Stage Star Mary Martin Today | Playbill

News Karen Ziemba, Karen Akers and More Pay Tribute to Late Stage Star Mary Martin Today
The Ziegfeld Society presents Some Enchanted Evenings: The Glittering Life and Times of Mary Martin.
Mary Martin
Mary Martin John Swope/New York Public Library
Karen Akers
Karen Akers Heather Sullivan

The Ziegfeld Society of New York City launches its eighth season September 17 at 3 PM at Hunter College with an afternoon celebrating the late Broadway musical theatre star Mary Martin (The Sound of Music, South Pacific, Peter Pan).

Entitled Some Enchanted Evenings: The Glittering Life and Times of Mary Martin, the performance is written and hosted by David Kaufman, based on his best-selling biography of the same name. The event takes place at Lang Recital Hall (68th Street between Park and Lexington Avenue).

Tony nominee Walter Willison directs with musical direction by Mark York.

Some Enchanted Evenings stars Tony Award nominee Karen Akers (Nine, Grand Hotel), Erin Cronican (Getting Out), Marcy DeGonge Manfredi (Phantom of the Opera, Cats), Chelsie Nectow (Grand Hotel: The 25th Anniversary Reunion Concert), Candice Oden (Getting Out), Meg-Tolin Piper (The Sound of Music, Grand Hotel, My Fair Lady), Virginia Wing (Chu Chem) and Tony Award winner Karen Ziemba (Contact, Bullets Over Broadway, Curtains).

The concert will feature songs from Martin’s classic Golden Age musicals, including South Pacific, The Sound of Music, Peter Pan, Annie Get Your Gun, Leave It To Me, Lute Song and One Touch of Venus.

Martin received four Tony Awards and created the iconic roles of Nellie Forbush in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Pulitzer Prize-winning South Pacific, Maria Von Trapp in The Sound of Music and will forever be remembered to millions of television viewers as Peter Pan in the three landmark live broadcasts of the classic musical.

The Ziegfeld Society’s 2016-17 season continues October 29 with Call My Publicist: A Theatrical Life, written and performed by Josh Ellis and directed by Gretchen Cryer; Cheryl Ann Allen in Sophie Tucker in Person, directed by Ian Finkel, November 12; Call On Dolly: A Brief History of Dolly Gallagher Levi on Stage and Screen, hosted by Richard Skipper, February 25; Steve Ross in his new show, Steve Ross: On Screen March 25; Thou Swell, Thou Witty!: The Songs of Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, written and hosted by Aaron Gandy, April 29; and a June production still to be announced. The Ziegfeld Society will present as its first annual fundraiser, an original musical, Ziegfeld Follies of the Air: The 1934 Live from Broadway Broadcast Revue, with musical direction and arrangements by Mark York, written and directed by Walter Willison, featuring an all-star cast at The Cutting Room December 18.

All proceeds benefit The Ziegfeld Society of New York City, a “not-for-profit organization that aspires to enlighten, entertain and educate current and future generations of theatergoers and young artists about the legendary performers, songwriters and creators of our vast musical theater heritage.”

Tickets are $23 for general admission, $15 for seniors and $10 for students and can be purchased at theziegfeldsociety.com or by calling (917) 371-5509.

(September 17, 2016)

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