Lee Roy Reams brings the dish about the original company of 42nd Street to Feinstein’s/54 Below. Lee Roy originated the role of Billy Lawlor in the Tony Award-winning musical and the tales that happened to this company started when Gower Champion, died before the curtain went up and the cast was told after the 12th curtain call, in front of the press. David Merrick married the young soubrette and the ingenue was having an affair with Gower.
Reams has ten Broadway credits that include; Sweet Charity, Applause, Lorelei, Hello, Dolly!, 42nd Street, La Cage aux Folles, Beauty and the Beast, and The Producers. Come get the theatrical dirt, from a fellow who had a front row seat.
Come here it all on October 6 – 7 at Feinstein’s/54 Below and get a preview here, as t2c talks with this legendary song and dance man.
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Ahead of the Broadway Opening of Lempicka The Longacre Theatre Is Showcasing Art Work By Tamara de Lempicka
The Longacre Theatre (220 W 48th St.), soon-to-be home of the sweeping new musical, Lempicka, is showcasing a curated selection of renowned artist Tamara de Lempicka’s most famous works. Eschewing traditional theatrical front-of-house advertising, the Longacre’s façade now boasts prints, creating a museum-quality exhibition right in the heart of Times Square. The musical opens on Broadway on April 14, 2024 at the same venue.
The Longacre’s outdoor exhibition includes works of Self Portrait (Tamara in a Green Bugatti) (1929), Young Girl in Green (1927), Nu Adossé I (1925), The Red Tunic (1927), The Blue Scarf (1930), The Green Turban (1930), Portrait of Marjorie Ferry (1932), Portrait of Ira P. (1930), Portrait of Romana de la Salle (1928), and Adam and Eve (1932).
Starring Eden Espinosa and directed by Tony Award winner Rachel Chavkin, Lempicka features book, lyrics, and original concept by Carson Kreitzer, book and music by Matt Gould, and choreography by Raja Feather Kelly.
Spanning decades of political and personal turmoil and told through a thrilling, pop-infused score, Lempicka boldly explores the contradictions of a world in crisis, a woman ahead of her era, and an artist whose time has finally come.
Young Girl in Green painted by Tamara de Lempicka (1927). Oil on plywood.