More Stars Added to Abingdon’s 25th Anniversary Gala Honoring Bebe Neuwirth

Cabaret & Concert News   More Stars Added to Abingdon’s 25th Anniversary Gala Honoring Bebe Neuwirth
Nick Adams, Sebastian Arcelus, and Christine Pedi are among those who will perform a Kander & Ebb revue.
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Off-Broadway’s Abingdon Theatre Company has added Nick Adams, Sebastian Arcelus, Christine Pedi, and other stars to the lineup of its upcoming 25th Anniversary Gala honoring Tony- and Emmy Award-winning Broadway veteran Bebe Neuwirth October 23 at The Edison Ballroom in New York City.

These and other guest stars will perform a special concert version of the Kander & Ebb song revue And the World Goes Round. Neuwirth won one her two Tony Awards for playing Velma Kelly in the 1996 revival of Kander & Ebb’s Chicago. She also won a Tony for her performance in the 1986 revival of Sweet Charity, and is widely known for her performances on TV’s Cheers and its spinoff, Frasier.

And the World Goes ’Round will feature a cast of Broadway favorites: Tony Award nominee Brenda Braxton (Smokey Joe’s Café, Chicago), Olivier Award winner Ruthie Henshall (Crazy For You, Chicago), Tony Award winner Cady Huffman (The Producers, The Nance), Telly Leung (Aladdin, Allegiance), Kecia Lewis (Once On This Island, Ain’t Misbehavin’), Bianca Marroquin (Chicago, In the Heights), Drama Desk Award nominee Julia Murney (The Wild Party, Wicked), two-time Tony Award nominee Mary Beth Peil (Anastasia, The Visit), and Angie Schworer (Something Rotten, The Producers).

Among those newly announced to honor Neuwirth’s work at the gala: Adams (Priscilla Queen of the Desert, A Chorus Line), Arcelus (Madam Secretary, Wicked), and Pedi (Talk Radio, Chicago), plus Hunter Ryan Herdlicka (A Little Night Music, Cabaret), Jeannette Bayardelle (The Color Purple, Hair), Michael Cunio (Hairspray), Tyler Hanes (Cats), Morgan James (The Addams Family, Godspell), Jelani Remy (The Lion King), Carrie St. Louis (Wicked), Ali Stroker (Glee, Spring Awakening), Katie Thompson, (Giant, Big Fish), Sally Ann Triplett (Finding Neverland, The Last Ship), Pierre Marais (Saturday Night Fever), Ilda Mason (Cinderella, West Side Story), and Lily Kaufmann (Newsies, Hairspray).

The concert will be choreographed by Deidre Goodwin, with musical direction by Kevin David Thomas and direction by Chad Austin.

“It is my great honor to celebrate the extraordinary talents of Bebe Neuwirth at this year’s gala,” said Abingdon Artistic Director Tony Speciale. “I had the distinct privilege of directing her in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Classic Stage Company a few years ago, and it remains one of the most collaborative highlights of my career. I can’t think of a better way to kick off our 25th anniversary season than honoring Ms. Neuwirth, who has contributed so much to the American theatre, with a special presentation of Kander and Ebb’s And the World Goes ‘Round.”

Individual gala tickets, starting at $500, can be ordered at The Edison Ballroom is located at 240 W. 47th Street in Manhattan.

Christine Pedi and Brenda Braxton have been special guest performers on three of Playbill’s Broadway on the High Seas cruises. Cabins are available for Broadway on the Danube River with Michael Feinstein for November 3–13, 2017, also featuring Rachel Bay Jones, Julia Murney, Christopher Fitzgerald, Marc Kudisch, Christopher Sieber, Brandon Uranowitz, and Seth Rudetsky, as well as other exciting talent to be announced.

Tickets are also now on sale for Playbill’s Broadway on the High Seas July 2018 cruise to Iceland, accompanied by Judy Kuhn, Christine Ebersole, Rob McClure, Jarrod Spector, Carmen Cusack, and Sierra Boggess. Visit for booking and information.


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