The concert event is part of Town Hall’s Broadway by the Year series.
Carolee Carmello, Mary Testa, Robert Cuccioli, Beth Malone, and Jill Paice will headline The Broadway Musicals of the 1920s, as part of Town Hall’s Broadway by the Year Series, February 27.
Created, written, directed, and hosted by Scott Siegel, the evening will begin at 8 PM.
At The Broadway Musicals of the 1920s, according to press notes, the performers “will sing the timeless and exquisite songs written for Broadway in the 1920s by the likes of Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, The Gershwins, Rodgers & Hart, and Sigmund Romberg (among many others). They will fill Town Hall with beautiful melodies, smart lyrics, and ultimately bring back the joy of hearing some of the most famous songs ever written.”
Additional casting and a specific song list will be announced later.
The following shows in the series will be March 27 at 8 PM (the 1940s), May 22 at 8 PM (1997-2006), and June 19 at 8 PM (2007-2016).
The Town Hall is located at 123 W. 43rd Street. Tickets are $50–$60 and can be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com or by phone at (800) 982-2787.
Scott Siegel will produce, write, and host both shows, back-to-back on Thursday, March 2nd. Both shows will each feature exciting, All-Star casts (see below). Both shows will continue Scott’s extraordinary reputation for consistently providing the highest quality of audience-friendly entertainment. His critically acclaimed shows are always highlights on the Feinstein’s/54 Below schedule. Here, is what each show on March 2nd will be about…
The Greatest Songs of the Great American Songbook – 7 PM
A show that honors the treasure trove of popular music written by American composers from Tin Pan Alley, Broadway, Hollywood, Vaudeville, Radio, and Recordings includes all of America’s great songs of the 20th Century. Our show will present the very best, most enduring, most beloved of these songs. One hit after another, one classic song after the other, one great performance – one after the other – brought to you by Broadway and nightclub stars of the very first rank. The most popular music of our time can all be found in The Greatest Songs of The Great American Songbook.
The Great Broadway Belt Show – 9:30 PM
Broadway Show Tunes That Should be Belted…And the Broadway singers who can Belt Them!
There is nothing more thrilling on the Broadway stage than seeing a performer step forward and belt the beejeesus out of a great song. Usually, however, there is only one — maybe two, if you’re lucky — of those moments in any one Broadway show. But not on this night at Feinstein’s/54 Below! You’re going to get a whole show of the greatest Broadway belting numbers from across the length and breadth of the Great White Way — and they’ll be performed for you by Broadway performers who have the chops to to sing them.
7 PM Cast
Douglas Ladnier (Jekyll & Hyde)
Jillian Louis (It Shoulda Been You)
William Michals (South Pacific)
Brian Charles Rooney (The Threepenny Opera)
And Featuring: Francesca Capetta, Allyson Haley, Renee Gagner
9:30 PM Cast
Farah Alvin (The Marvelous Wonderettes)
Lianne Marie Dobbs (Himself & Nora)
Laurel Harris (In Transit)
Lisa Howard (It Shoulda Been You)
And More Stars to be Announced!
These Feinstein’s/54 Below concert events are exclusively created for the club by Scott Siegel, the creator of more than 300 major concerts and nightclub acts that have been produced all over the world. He has produced/written/directed concerts for Michael Feinstein but he is perhaps most well-known as the creator/writer/director/host of Town Hall’s signature series, Broadway by the Year which begins its 17th critically acclaimed season on February 27, 2017.
Hi, folks – Hope you can attend. This is a special concert event, my first production at Temple Emanuel’s Streicker Center on East 66th Street (between Madison & Fifth Avenues). I’ll be producing/writing/directing/hosting with this incredible cast that includes Special Guest Star Tovah Feldshun (4 Tony Nominations), Carolee Carmello (3 Tony Nominations), Christine Andreas (2 Tony Nominations), Jarrod Spector (Tony Nominee), Amanda Green (Tony Nominee), Farah Alvin (Drama Desk Nominee). And more!
From the 1889 opening of Hammerstein’s Victoria Theater to the just-closed Fiddler on the Roof (the musical’s fifth Broadway revival), the long-term relationship between Jews and Broadway has produced countless icons. Come enjoy an entire show’s worth, including songs by Stephen Sondheim, Marvin Hamlisch and Alan Menken—and numbers made famous by Fanny Brice, Al Jolson and Barbra Streisand. Channeling the greats is a cast of modern Broadway stars who practically defy you to sit still in your seat.
2-time Tony Nominee
My Fair Lady
On Your Toes
La Cage Aux Folles
3-time Tony Nominee
Jekyll & Hyde
4-time Tony Nominee
Lend Me a Tenor
Cast Subject to Change.
Check out the Theater Pizzazz Review of 54 Sings Broadway’s Greatest Hits Vol. 8:
by Matt Smith
“Can I just say, Scott and Barbara Siegel, thank you so much for letting us do this?” says character actor Eddie Korbich, upon arriving onstage and launching into his set. “It’s just great. You let us do stuff that nobody else would let us do.”
While there’s no exact confirmation to the validity of Korbich’s statement — it’s certainly true that those in attendance at Scott Siegel’s Broadway’s Greatest Hits Vol. 8 — performed last Saturday at Feinstein’s/54 Below — were in for an unforgettable, perhaps once-in-a-lifetime treat, as Siegel assembled the best of the best Broadway alums to perform a selection of the groundbreaking showstoppers you know and love from shows new, old, and in-between — and even some of the lesser-known staples from shows that have flopped, or stars that have yet to get their big break. All in all, an incredible evening out — Scott Siegel has done it again!
With Ryan Shirar on piano as musical director, the evening kicked off with a bang, with Farah Alvin (Fame, Nine) delivering the quintessential greatest hit if there ever was one: Funny Girl’s “Don’t Rain on My Parade” — which Siegel quipped was fitting, considering it began to downpour as the last few audience members trickled in from the outside. A slew of equally fantastic performances followed, including the tongue-twisting “Getting Married Today” (effortlessly delivered by Avenue Q’s Stephanie D’Abruzzo), the cheery and uplifting “I Can’t Be Bothered Now,” (which, to this theatre buff’s delight, included a full-out tap dance break, performed by Dames at Sea standout Ian Knauer), and “Not Your Grandma’s Matchmaker,” a completely unique take on the Fiddler favorite, performed entirely as a tap number (because, as Siegel says “no show devoted to the great music of Broadway is complete without at least one, full-on tap number,” by the incomparable Michela Marino Lerman, a current faculty member within Broadway Dance Center, who more than fills the quotient with her unmatched (see what I did there? Ha!) performance (No, seriously… the end of the number left me speechless).
Equally praiseworthy was Pepe Nufrio’s performance of Ragtime’s “Make Them Hear You.” One of the acclaimed performers as Broadway’s Rising Stars, it’s safe to say the golden-voiced AMDA graduate got his message across — we definitely heard him, and I, for one, can’t wait to hear him again soon. (To that end, as Nufrio left the stage, Siegel advises, “Remember that name.”) And of course, I’d be remiss to not mention D’Abruzzo’s second offering of the evening, everyone’s favorite Les Miz ballad, “I Dreamed A Dream,” which, sung with passion and power, also left me without words at its conclusion (I’m a sucker… it gets me every time!!!)
Having been to my fair share of Scott Siegel’s brilliant Broadway variety shows, I knew going in that one of the most exciting elements of the evening is the “backstage stories” the performers tell about their time in a particular show. As a diehard musical theatre buff, and a budding Broadway insider, it’s a great way for me to feel connected with the performers on a deeper level — especially, too, if I know the performer and the show to which they’re referring within their stories. So, naturally when Korbich took the stage to perform his Little Mermaid showstopper, “Positoovity,” and recalled an instance wherein he was forced to perform the number during tech rehearsals, having indulged in copious amounts of Indian food just hours before… it had me in stitches!! (It didn’t hurt that he said, wryly, “You know where this is going,” as the details of the story unfolded). I also giggled when Alvin mouthed “Cover your ears” to a young patron on her father’s lap before deadpanning the lyric, “I’m tired of being your bitch.”
But while the evening was mostly fun and games, in light of recent events, it was brilliantly capped off with a song of hope — which we all know we could use right now — that iconic Annie anthem of looking toward to a brighter day, “Tomorrow,” sung with flair and panache, once again by Alvin.
A great ending to a greater evening — proving you can’t get any better than Broadway… especially when the best of the best are singing Broadway’s greatest hits!!