Photo Coverage: Lorna Luft, Elizabeth Stanley, et al. at Town Hall's Judy Garland Tribute
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by Stephen Sorokoff
THE TOWN HALL'S Seventh Annual Broadway Cabaret Festival concluded with A TRIBUTE TO Judy Garland AND THE ART OF AMERICAN DANCE on Friday, October 28th. Produced by The Town Hall, the festival wass created, written and hosted by Scott Siegel. The evening was also co-hosted by Lorna Luft, Susan Stroman. Check out photos from the event below!
A TRIBUTE TO Judy Garland AND THE ART OF AMERICAN DANCE featured many of Garland's most famous songs from the movies performed by Elizabeth Stanley(Million Dollar Quartet, Cry-Baby), and Town Hall favorite, Carole J. Bufford( Broadway by the Year, All Singin' All Dancin', ) Their performances of famous Garland numbers like "The Trolley Song", "The Man That Got Away", "Zing Went the Strings of my Heart", and of course, " Over the Rainbow" highlighted the festivities.
IN THE ART OF AMERICAN DANCE, Scott Siegel and Susan Stroman discussed the grandeur of American movie dance, particularly the brilliant solo, and duet work of such stars as Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Gene Kelly, Ray Bolger, Jimmy Cagney and Judy Garland. The performers included: Jeffry Denman (Irving Berlin's White Christmas, Yank!), Nancy Lemengar (Movin' Out, Never Gonna Dance), and Meredith Patterson ( Irving Berlin's White Christmas) the New York Song and Dance Company and Noah Racey (Curtains, Never Gonna Dance),The evening will feature iconic dance numbers including "Once in Love with Amy"," Give My Regards to Broadway","Get Happy",among others. The show was directed by Scott Siegel, with choreography by Noah Racey and musical direction by Ross Patterson.
Now celebrating its 90th Anniversary Season, The Town Hall was built in 1921 by a group of suffragettes and began as a lecture hall and public forum for debates where America'sTown Meetings on The Air was broadcast live for 25 years. Over the decades, the stage has been graced by Eleanor Roosevelt, Carl Sandberg, Margaret Sanger, Billie Holiday, Igor Stravinsky, Bob Dylan, MiLes Davis and most recently, The Dalai Lama and President Obama. Today the hall flourishes as a popular, affordable venue, boasting the hottest acts in rock, pop, folk, cabaret, world music, comedy and dance, including Billy Joel, Blondie, Elvis Costello, Natalie Merchant, Graham Nash, Liza Minnelli, Cyndi Lauper, Norah Jones, Andre Watts, Henry Rollins, Joe Jackson, Pink Martini, Regina Spektor, Bryan Adams, Aimee Mann, Robin Williams, Dawn Upshaw, Woody Allen, Alec Baldwin, Al Gore, Bruce Springsteen, Johnny Mercer, Don Rickles, Jay Leno, Dave Matthews, Vanessa Williams, and Ben Folds. For over a decade, The Town Hall has hosted live broadcasts of Garrison Keillor's Prairie Home Companion. 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. The Town Hall Educational Outreach Program helps schools build their arts programs and advance student learning through standards-based, collaborative arts residencies. Over the past two-and-a-half decades, The Town Hall has produced the Feature Film Seminar Series and a number of new and critically acclaimed musical series, which include the Spring Series, Broadway By The Year®, The Broadway Cabaret Festival and The Summer Broadway Festival.
Photo Credit: Stephen Sorokoff