Easter Bonnet and Gypsy of the Year festivities aside, perhaps the most eagerly awaited Broadway concerts are those in the Broadway By The Year series, now in its sixth season at New York City's Town Hall.
It's a simple premise: get a bunch of notable Broadway and cabaret performers to sing showtunes from a particular year. Since its first "year," 1933, the series has featured such stars as Mary Testa, Rob Evan, Alison Fraser, Liz Callaway, Amanda McBroom, Eddie Korbich, Marc Kudisch, Sutton Foster, Douglas Sills, Kerry Butler and Karen Mason, to name but a few.
Slated for the next "year," 1938, are series regular Emily Skinner (Side Show), as well as Barbara Walsh(now in Company), Andy Blankenbuehler (choreographer of In the Heights),Sarah Uriarte Berry (The Light in the Piazza), Christiane Noll (Jekyll & Hyde),Aaron Lazar, Shannon Lewis, Martin Vidnovic (the current Fantasticks), Ray McLeod,Hugh Panero and Connie Pachi.
As for shows and songs represented in the concert, visitors to Town Hall on March 26 should expect to hear "September Song" and "It Never Was You" (from Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson's Knickerbocker Holiday), "Falling in Love with Love" and "This Can't Be Love" (from Rodgers and Hart's The Boys from Syracuse), and "Spring is Here" (from the same duo's I Married an Angel).
Scott Siegel, the series' creator and host, said in a statement that the 1938 group is "a wonderful mix of Broadway By The Year veterans...and new stars who have never done it before. It's especially rich." A critic for TheaterMania and TalkingBroadway.com (for which he collaborates with his wife, Barbara), Siegel also created the popular Broadway Unplugged series.
Upcoming in the current BBTY season at Town Hall (the-townhall-nyc.org): 1959 (April 30), to be directed by Marc Kudisch; and a 1964 revisit (June 18), with Dan Foster directing. Previous Year concerts have been preserved on the Bayview Record Company label (bayviewrecords.com).