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Legs Diamond 30th Anniversary Concert

Legs Diamond 30th Anniversary Concert
Christine Andreas

Christine Andreas

Feinstein’s/54 Below presented the Original Broadway cast in Legs Diamond 30th Anniversary Reunion Concert on Sunday, December 3 at 7:00 pm and 9:30 pm. The concert was produced and directed by original cast member Jonathan Cerullo and associate producer Carol Baxter.

Carol Ann Baxter

Carol Ann Baxter

After a 6-week workshop, Legs Diamond opened and flopped, The score was conceived and written by Grammy and Academy Award winner Peter Allen. The show had a record-breaking 72 previews in which critics relentlessly reported the endless production problems. These reviewers plunged their knives deep, killing the show well before it opened at the Mark Hellinger Theater on December 26, 1988. After another 62 performances, Legs Diamond closed on February 19, 1989. This would mark not only the end of the show but the end of the beautiful Mark Hellinger as a theater. The theater became the Times Square Church.

Willa Kim, Jennifer Paulson Lee , Norman Wendall Kauahi

Original Willa Kim costumes worn by Jennifer Paulson Lee and Norman Wendall Kauahi

Despite its short run, Legs Diamond was highly acclaimed, garnishing three Tony Award nominations, including costuming by the legendary Willa Kim for her glorious 20’s designs, choreography by the brilliant Alan Johnson, and a nomination for the divine Julie Wilson for her show-stopping number “The Music Went Out of My Life.”

Brenda Braxton

Brenda Braxton

Set in a speakeasy during the Prohibition Jazz age, Legs Diamond presented for the first time ever on a Broadway stage fully automated and with computerized scenery. This unique show featured dancers oozing out of a piano, with Brenda Braxton emerging to reveal the forbidden speakeasy, showgirls dripping in diamonds and lounging in giant champagne glasses, and the Gangland Ballet.

Jennifer Paulson Lee

Jennifer Paulson Lee

The Cast-Norman Wendall Kauahi, Brenda Braxton, Kevin Weldon, Jennifer Paulson Lee, Adrian Bailey, Shaelynn Parker, Jim Fyfe, Ruth Gottschall, Mark Manley, Randall Edwards, Bob Stillman, Christine Andreas

The Cast-Norman Wendall Kauahi, Brenda Braxton, Kevin Weldon, Jennifer Paulson Lee, Adrian Bailey, Shaelynn Parker, Jim Fyfe, Ruth Gottschall, Mark Manley, Randall Edwards, Bob Stillman and Christine Andreas

Randall Edwards, Brenda Braxton,Ruth Gottschall

Randall Edwards, Brenda Braxton and Ruth Gottschall

Randall Edwards

Randall Edwards

Randall Edwards

Randall Edwards

Christine Andreas

Christine Andreas

Kevin Weldon, Adrian Bailey,Mark Manley

Kevin Weldon, Adrian Bailey and Mark Manley

Mark Manley

Mark Manley

Bob Stillman

Bob Stillman

Phil Hall

Phil Hall

Jennifer Paulson Lee, Kevin Weldon,Jim Fyfe, Peter Alan

Jennifer Paulson Lee, Kevin Weldon and Jim Fyfe with an original Peter Alan mask that was used in the show

Shaelynn Parker

Shaelynn Parker

Ruth Gottschall

Ruth Gottschall

Ruth Gottschall

Ruth Gottschall

Ruth Gottschall

Ruth Gottschall

Brenda Braxton, Mark Manley

Brenda Braxton and Mark Manley

Kevin Weldon

Kevin Weldon

Adrian Bailey

Adrian Bailey

Norman Wendall Kauahi

Norman Wendall Kauahi

Mark Manley, Shaelynn Parker

Mark Manley and Shaelynn Parker

Norman Wendall Kauahi, Jennifer Paulson Lee, Kevin Weldon

Norman Wendall Kauahi, Jennifer Paulson Lee and Kevin Weldon

Legs Diamond

The poster

Randall Edwards

Randall Edwards

Shaelynn Parker, Ruth Gottschall, Carol Ann Baxter, Brenda Braxton, Jennifer Paulson Lee, Gwen Sarnoff, Christine Andreas, Colleen Dunn,Randall Edwards

The Ladies- Shaelynn Parker, Ruth Gottschall, Carol Ann Baxter, Brenda Braxton, Jennifer Paulson Lee, Gwen Sarnoff, Christine Andreas, Colleen Dunn and Randall Edwards

Christine Andreas, Bob Stillman

Christine Andreas and Bob Stillman

Brenda Braxton Christine Andreas, Bob Stillman, Randall Edwards

Brenda Braxton Christine Andreas, Bob Stillman and Randall Edwards

Paul Nunes, Mark Manley, Jonathan Cerullo, Norman Wendall Kauahi, Adrian Bailey, Bob Stillman,Kevin Weldon

The Gentlemen of the cast- Paul Nunes, Mark Manley, Jonathan Cerullo, Norman Wendall Kauahi, Adrian Bailey, Bob Stillman and Kevin Weldon

 

 

 

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