Broadway’s Broadhurst Theatre is approaching its 100th anniversary on September 27, and Feinstein’s/54 Below is planning to mark the milestone August 16 with “an evening of songs and stories, performed by the legends themselves who were lucky enough to grace the Broadhurst stage.”
Among those legends will be dancer-choreographer Wayne Cilento, director-actor Walter Bobbie, Judy Kaye, Lewis J. Stadlen, Carole Demas, Anita Gillette, and others.
The West 44th Street theatre has hosted the original productions of Cabaret, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Fiorello!, its current tenant Anastasia, and dozens more shows, with the stars crossing its stage over the years including Katharine Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart, Chita Rivera, Ingrid Bergman, Tom Hanks, and Nathan Lane.
The celebration is scheduled for two performances: 7 and 9:30 PM. Tickets cost $25, $35, and $60, plus a $25 food/beverage minimum.
Here are the guests announced so far:
Appearing at the 7 PM show: Jerry Adler (Oh What a Lovely War), Carole Demas (Grease), Wayne Cilento (Dancin’), Sarah Charles Lewis (Tuck Everlasting), Howard McGillin (Kiss of the Spider Woman), Don Scardino (Godspell, Lennon), and Kevin David Thomas (Les Misérables).
Appearing at the 9:30 PM show: Walter Bobbie (Grease) video appearance, Anita Gillette (Cabaret, Kelly) Judy Kaye (Mamma Mia!), Lewis J. Stadlen, (The Front Page, The Odd Couple), and Jodi Stevens (Urban Cowboy).
As special guests representing the legendary musical Rachael Lily Rosenbloom and Don’t You Ever Forget It (which closed in previews at the Broadhurst in 1973) are Kathryn Allison, Charlie Franklin, Anastacia McCleskey, Bonnie Milligan, Jeremy Morse, Kevin Michael Murphy, Jason Veasey, and Natalie Walker.
Other major productions at the Broadhurst through the years include Fosse, Amadeus, Men in White, Victoria Regina, Flahooley, Auntie Mame, 110 in the Shade, Beggar on Horseback, The Sunshine Boys, Broadway Bound, and Play It Again, Sam.
LOVE THEATRE? CHECK OUT THE NEW ARRIVALS AT THE PLAYBILL STORE!