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Broadway Close Up: Broadway's One-Hit Wonders

Monday | November 14 2016 | 5:30 pm

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There are still tickets left for the second performance on Tue, Nov 15. Click here for info.
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Co-presented by Kaufman Music Center and One Day University
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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 concert will be repeated on Tue, Nov 15. Get tickets. The second performance on Nov 15 is general admission and is not part of the Broadway Close Up subscription package.

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