Feinstein’s/54 Below commemorate Ballroom’s 40th anniversary, for one night only.
Based on the 1975 CBS television movie The Queen of the Stardust Ballroom, Ballroom tells the story of aging widow Bea Asher who meets middle-aged mailman Al Rossi at the Stardust Ballroom. When Bea discovers Al is married she is forced to choose between her head and her heart.
Ballroom, opened on December 14, 1978 at the Majestic Theatre, where it ran for 116 performances. The cast included Dorothy Loudon as Bea and Vincent Gardenia as Alfred. In the chorus was Marilyn Cooper and Mary Ann Niles The sets were by Robin Wagner, and Theoni V. Aldredge designed the costumes.
The production was Michael Bennett’s first project following A Chorus Line three years earlier. He won a Tony for Best Choreography.
The marvelous score by Alan and Marilyn Bergman and Billy Goldenberg features such songs as “A Terrific Band and a Real Nice Crowd,” “One by One,” “Somebody Did Alright for Herself”, “I’ve Been Waiting All My Life,” and “Fifty Percent.”
Loni Ackerman (Evita, Cats)
Klea Blackhurst (Merman’s Apprentice, Everything the Traffic will Allow)
Jim Brochu (Zero Hour, Character Man)
Natalie Douglas (MAC Award winner, The People Vs. Mona)
Billy Goldenberg (Composer of Ballroom)
Diane Findlay (Hello Dolly OBC, Fish in the Dark, Tales of the City)
Don Johanson (Cats, Jelly’s Last Jam)
Patti Mariano (The Music Man, Bye Bye Birdie)
Marilyn Maye (MAC Award winner, “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson”)
Jill O’Hara (Promises, Promises, George M!)
Lee Roy Reams (42nd Street, Hello, Dolly!)
Steve Schalchlin (The Last Session, The Big Voice: God or Merman)
Neva Small (Fiddler on the Roof, Something’s Afoot)
Jim Walton (Merrily We Roll Along, Sunset Boulevard)
Lennie Watts (MAC Award winner, The Music Man)
Deborah Zecher (Broadway Bible, A Taste of the American Songbook)
Produced and Directed by Robert W. Schneider
Music Directed by Joshua Zecher-Ross