Broadway’s Broadhurst Theatre turns 100 on September 27, and Feinstein’s/54 Below cabaret mark the milestone with “an evening of songs and stories, performed by the performers who grace the Broadhurst stage. Jennifer Ashley Tepper ( The Untold Stories of Broadway) and Behind the Curtain’s Robert W Schneider shared trivia and anecdotes about the theatre that has been home to such legends as Daniel Radcliffe, Nathan Lane, Elaine Stritch, Stephen Sondheim, and Neil Simon.
Putting on two shows the 7pm performance included Carole Demas the original Sandy and Ilene Kristen from Grease, Wayne Cilento (Dancin’) and Christiane Noll (Ragtime).
The 9:30pm performance started with Eli Bolin (Found, Volley Girls) and Mike Pettry original song, comparing brockworth sausages to the Broadhurst Theatre.
Jason Veasey (The Lion King) and Paris Alexander Nesbitt (The Book of Mormon) brought back Fats Waller’s “The Ladies Who Sing With The Band.”
A graduate from AMDA Ruby Shadley, brought to mind the dulcet tones of Barbara Cook as she sang from Flahooley.
Brian Michael Henry, performed a song called “The Road To Paradise” from Maytime by Siegmund Romberg which openend in 1917.
Alice Ripley (Next To Normal) tried to recreate “Raunchy” from 110 in The Shade, but in my mind Inga Swenson from the album can not be beat.
Rob Maitner (Urinetown) followed.
Walter Bobbie “mooning from Grease making a video appearance.
Lewis J. Stadlen (The Front Page, The Odd Couple) recalled stories of productions past.
One of the best moments of the show was a song by one night wonder Rachael Lily Rosenbloom and Don’t You Ever Forget It…Anastacia McCleskey (Waitress), proved she was a force to be reckoned with and kicked it out of the park as did Bonnie Milligan (Kinky Boots), and cast members Kathryn Allison (Aladdin), Charlie Franklin (The Secret Garden), Kevin Michael Murphy (The Book of Mormon), Jason Veasey (The Lion King), and Natalie Walker (Puffs the Play).
A trivia contest was done by a video with Tony Award winner Jason Alexander (Seinfeld, Broadway Bound).
Nathan Gardner (Big Fish) sang a rather high “Love Heals Everything” from Aspects of Love.
Jodi Stevens brought back two songs from Jason Robert Brown’s Urban Cowboy.
Don Scardino (Godspell, Lennon) and Mozart in the Jungle’s John Miller sang a haunting “Imagine” from Lennon. Turns out Miller puts together the bands for Broadway.
Judy Kaye sang from Mamma Mia! and Sarah Charles Lewis from Tuck Everlasting sang a very pitch “Journey To The Past” from Anastasia.
But the highlight of the night was birthday babies Anita Gillette (Cabaret, Kelly) and Jim Brochu (Zero Hour) who showed what a Broadway star is like on “The Pineapple Song” and “Married” from Cabaret.
Happy Birthday Broadhurst Theatre, we will be honoring you September 27th.