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Broadway Close Up: Broadway's One-Hit Wonders

Tuesday, November 15, 2016  |  7:30pm


Eye-opening interviews & bring-down-the-house performances

Co-presented by Kaufman Music Center and One Day University
Click here to read about this new partnership.

Musical theater is known as the domain of super-talents with strings of hits: Stephen Sondheim, Rodgers and Hammerstein, the Gershwins, etc. Most writers who create one great show go on to create another. But there is a fascinating subset of writers who, for one reason or another, hit it big once and never repeat. Sometimes it’s a once-in-a-lifetime idea. Sometimes it’s a collaboration that falls apart. Some writers keep trying with diminishing returns, some milk their first big hit for all it’s worth, and some walk away to pursue other goals. Of course, some unfortunately pass away too early.

This performance will examine 10 shows – The Boy Friend, Grease, Hair, Man of La Mancha, The Music Man, Oliver!, Promises, Promises, Rent, 1776 and The Wiz – to understand what made them great, and why their creators couldn’t or didn’t repeat. Theater@Kaufman Director SEAN HARTLEY will tell some of the most fascinating back stories in American musical history, providing commentary, anecdotes and conjecture to explore these fascinating anomalies.

Tony nominee MARK JACOBY (Show Boat) will lead a cast interpreting the classic songs including MATTHEW SCOTT (Sondheim on Sondheim), AMY JUSTMAN (Company), JEFFREY DENMAN (The Producers), KIRSTEN SCOTT (Big Fish), ALLISON BLACKWELL (A Night with Janis Joplin), SHAWN PLATZKER, MARY MALANEY, RACHEL KARA PEREZ, DERRICK COBEY and NATHANIEL DOLQUIST. Music directed by DAVID LOUD; directed by MARCIA MILGROM DODGE.

This performance is not part of the Broadway Close Up subscription package. Seating is general admission. The Mon, Nov 14 performance of "Broadway's One-Hit Wonders" is part of the Broadway Close Up subscription package, and seating is ticketed.

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Merkin Concert Hall

Tel: 212 501 3330

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