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The Town Hall has announced its 2014 Summer Season, a trio of unforgettable one-night-only events featuring music from some of Broadway’s most beloved songwriters, critically acclaimed musical performers, and fresh-faced talent on the brink of discovery.
THE AMBASSADOR REVUE – Friday, June 27 at 8PM
The American Premiere of a 1928 musical revue by COLE PORTER
Musical direction and arrangements by Grammy-winner VINCE GIORDANO
Directed by KEN BLOOM
and featuring VINCE GIORDANO AND THE NIGHTHAWKS ORCHESTRA & special guests
When the Jazz Age crossed over to France in the 20s, Cole Porter was in the middle of it. In 1928, he created a revue for the Café des Ambassadeur, Paris’ hottest night club, which became quite the sensation. Later that year, Porter had his first hit on Broadway and The Ambassador Revue fell into oblivion. The production boasts new arrangements by Grammy Award-winning bandleader Vince Giordano that mirror the original sounds of the late 1920s. He will be joined by vocalists as well as a tap dance team and a ballroom dance couple; a line up similar to that of the original 1928 production.
Giordano is the leading interpreter of popular music of the 1920s and 30s. Along with his band, the Nighthawks, he has supplied music for such notable projects as HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire,” Woody Allen’s Radio Days, and Martin Scorcese’s The Aviator.
BROADWAY RISING STARS – Monday, July 14 at 8PM
Directed by SCOTT COULTER
Created, hosted and written by SCOTT SIEGEL
In its annual show, Broadway Rising Stars, The Town Hall gives recent graduates from the nation’s leading performing arts schools a chance to showcase their talents and perform on the legendary stage. Host, Scott Siegel, says, “Many great classical artists began their career with a Town Hall debut. In keeping with that spirit of discovery, The Town Hall and I are committed to Broadway’s future and the idea of presenting talented newcomers to The Great White Way. We’re pleased that we can give these future stars their New York debuts, while also providing our audience with a rich and rewarding night of entertainment.” The cast – which includes the brightest talent from AMDA, CAP 21, Circle in the Square, Juilliard, Marymount, The New School, NYU’s Steinhardt, and Tisch, Pace University, and more – will perform over two dozen show tunes, under the direction of Nightlife Award-winner, Scott Coulter.
MAESTRO BERNSTEIN – Thursday, July 17 at 8PM
A play with music written and performed by HERSHEY FELDER
Music and lyrics by LEONARD BERNSTEIN and others
Directed by Joel Zwick
Hershey Felder, critically acclaimed master entertainer and virtuoso pianist brings one of America’s greatest musical legends to life in Maestro Bernstein. Conductor, composer, pianist, author, teacher, librettist, television star, and composer of West Side Story, Candide, On the Town, and Wonderful Town, Bernstein pushed all boundaries to become the world’s first serious musical media superstar. Felder combines first-person narrative with the compositions of Bernstein and others to draw us deeply into a fascinating life—a life filled with tragedy and triumph…and music. The Boston Globe wrote “in his finely wrought portrait, Felder captures Bernstein’s restless energy, his combination of self-confidence and vulnerability, and his flair for drama.” The Chicago Sun-Times raves “you will walk out of the theater realizing you’ve barely breathed for the duration of this astonishing musical and theatrical transmigration of souls.”
SUBSCRIBE TO THE TOWN HALL 2014 SUMMER SERIES: Beginning April 15, a $125 three-show subscription series can be purchased by mail-order-only. Mail order forms are www.TheTownHall.org. Save 20% by purchasing a “Gold Circle” subscription for $150 and get the best seats in the house. INDIVIDUAL TICKETS TO THE TOWN HALL 2014 SUMMER SERIES: Beginning May 1, individual tickets go on sale to the public at The Town Hall Box Office, 123 West 43rd Street, (noon-6pm, Mon-Fri) and Ticketmaster.com, 800.982.2787. Tickets range from $30 – 65.
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Founded in 1921 by suffragettes, The Town Hall began as a lecture hall and public debate forum and grew to be a landmark institution for arts, culture, and education. Over the decades, Eleanor Roosevelt, Margaret Sanger, Billie Holiday, Igor Stravinsky, Bob Dylan, and Miles Davis have graced the stage. Today the Hall boasts the hottest acts in rock, pop, folk, cabaret, world music, comedy, and dance. Recent artists include Elvis Costello, Larry David, Ani DiFranco, Amanda Palmer, Rodriguez, Pat Metheny, Norah Jones, Brandi Carlile, Joe Jackson, Pink Martini, Regina Spektor, and Lang Lang. For over twenty-five years, The Town Hall has hosted live broadcasts of Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion and produced a number of new and critically acclaimed musical series, including Century of Change, Not Just Jazz, Broadway by the Year, Broadway Cabaret Festival and, recently, Newish Jewish Music Festival and Leyendas: Latin Music Legends.