Monday, September 22, 2014

Concert Staging of Smile at 54 Below Tonight

Ok.  So, this post isn't exactly about Broadway or the Tony Awards, but I want to put it up here regardless.  A friend of mine in the theater community, Jennifer Ashley Tepper, is producing a concert tonight at 54 Below -- the new "it" venue of New York's theater community.  And by new, I mean it's been open for over 2 years now and is still the hottest place in town for a certain crowd.  By which I mean, go there NOW!  You won't regret it.

Anyhow … the concert there tonight, at 7 and 9:30 (yes, that's right, TWO showings!), will be a reunion concert of Marvin Hamlisch and Howard Ashman's 1986 musical Smile.  The concert will be directed by Richard Biever and musical directed by Roberto Sinha, and will feature original cast members Jodi Benson, Anne Bobby, and Mana Allen.  The musical, with a score by Hamlisch and book and lyrics by Ashman, is being described as "a satirical portrait that follows the intrigue and exploits onstage and behind-the-scenes as Santa Rosa, California, plays host to the Young American Miss Pageant."  Tickets range from $35 to $70 and there is also a $25 food/drink minimum.

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