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Anita Gillette and Jim Brochu Steal the Show At The Broadhurst Theatre’s 100th Birthday Celebration

Anita Gillette and Jim Brochu Steal the Show At The Broadhurst Theatre’s 100th Birthday Celebration
Robert W Schneider, Jennifer Ashley Tepper

Robert W Schneider, Jennifer Ashley Tepper

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.

Carole Demas

Carole Demas  photo Maryann Lopinto

Christina Noll

Christiane Noll  photo Maryann Lopinto

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). 

Eli Bolin

Eli Bolin photo Maryann Lopinto

The 9:30pm performance started with Eli Bolin (Found, Volley Girls) and Mike Pettry original song, comparing brockworth sausages to the Broadhurst Theatre.

Brian Michael Henry,  Paris Alexander Nesbitt

Jason Veasey, Paris Alexander Nesbitt photo Maryann Lopinto

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.”

 Flahhooly

Stephen Cole and the doll from Flahooley photo Maryann Lopinto

Ruby Shadley

Ruby Shadley photo Maryann Lopinto

A graduate from AMDA Ruby Shadley, brought to mind the dulcet tones of Barbara Cook as she sang from Flahooley.

Alice Ripley

Alice Ripley photo Maryann Lopinto

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

Rob Maitner photo Maryann Lopinto

Rob Maitner (Urinetown) followed.

Walter Bobbie “mooning from Grease making a video appearance.

Lewis Stadlen

Lewis J. Stadlen photo Maryann Lopinto

Lewis J. Stadlen (The Front Page, The Odd Couple) recalled stories of productions past.

Rachael Lily Rosenbloom and Don’t You Ever Forget It…, Anastacia McCleskey, Boonie Milligan

Rachael Lily Rosenbloom and Don’t You Ever Forget It…with Anastacia McCleskey and Boonie Milligan photo Maryann Lopinto

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

Nathan Gardner photo Maryann Lopinto

Nathan Gardner (Big Fish) sang a rather high “Love Heals Everything” from Aspects of Love.

Jodi Stevens

Jodi Stevens photo Maryann Lopinto

Jodie Stevens

Jodie Stevens photo Maryann Lopinto

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

Judy Kaye photo Maryann Lopinto

Sarah Charles Lewis

Sarah Charles Lewis photo Maryann Lopinto

Judy Kaye sang from Mamma Mia! and Sarah Charles Lewis from Tuck Everlasting sang a very pitch “Journey To The Past” from Anastasia.

Anita Gillette, Jim Brochu

Anita Gillette, Jim Brochu photo Maryann Lopinto

Anita Gillette, Jim Brochu

Anita Gillette, Jim Brochu photo Maryann Lopinto

Anita Gillette, Jim Brochu

Anita Gillette, Jim Brochu photo Maryann Lopinto

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.

Anita Gillette, Jim Brochu

Anita Gillette, Jim Brochu photo Maryann Lopinto

Anita Gillette, Jim Brochu

Anita Gillette, Jim Brochu photo Maryann Lopinto

Anita Gillette, Jim Brochu

Anita Gillette, Jim Brochu photo Maryann Lopinto

Anita Gillette, Jim Brochu

Anita Gillette, Jim Brochu photo Maryann Lopinto

Anita Gillette, Jim Brochu

Anita Gillette, Jim Brochu photo Maryann Lopinto

Happy Birthday Broadhurst Theatre, we will be honoring you September 27th.

 

 

 

Broadway

Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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