Broadway By the Year: 1930 and 1964

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Broadway by the Year:
1930 and 1964

The Town Hall, NYC, February 26, 2018

Reviewed by Ron Forman for Cabaret Scenes

Scott Siegel
Photo: Maryann Lopinto

In this the 18th season of Scott Siegel’s Broadway by the Year one year is not enough. This season, each of his four shows will feature the songs that were being performed on Broadway stages in two different years, each performed in its own act, in order to compare and contrast musical styles from two different eras. Two of Broadway’s greatest years, 1930 and 1964, were chosen to open the new season. Siegel collected an especially talented group of singers and dancers and, as always, his introductory comments were informative, interesting, and often quite funny.

After he started the show describing what conditions were like in 1930, one year after the stock market crash, Tonya Pinkins opened with a lively “Get Happy.” She would return for a soulful “Body and Soul,” and opened the second act with “Before the Parade Passes By,” and, finally, performed a haunting “Night Song.

” Scott Coulter’s voice rose beautifully on “Embraceable You.” Christiane Noll’s very slow “Love for Sale” captured the depressing nature of the Great Depression. Christine Andreas sang “Dancing on the Ceiling” with Danny Gardner dancing gracefully beside her.
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She returned in Act II for a show-stopping “People.
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” Mark Nadler energetically performed “I Happen to Like New York” in Act I and an unplugged “To Life” in Act II. Brazilian vocalist Pedro Copetti sang “If I Were a Rich Man” partially in Portuguese, unplugged. Gardner, Drew Humphrey and Bryan Hunt sang and tap danced brilliantly to close the first act with “I Got Rhythm.” They would be joined by Kelly Sheehan and then the entire company for a rousing closing to the show, ”Strike Up the Band.

Ron Forman

Ron Forman has been a Mathematics Professor at Kingsborough Community College for 45 years. In that time, he has managed to branch out in many different areas. From 1977 to 1994 he was co-owner of Comics Unlimited, the third largest comic book distribution company in the USA. In 1999,after a lifetime of secretly wanting to do a radio program, he began his weekly Sweet Sounds program on WKRB 90.3 FM, dedicated to keeping the music of the Great American Songbook alive and accessible. This introduced him to the world of cabaret, which led to his position as a reviewer for Cabaret Scenes.