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Bernstein on Broadway: A Celebration of Leonard Bernstein – 9/27 7 PM ET
Join us at 54 as we celebrate the Broadway musicals of the genius composer/conductor Leonard Bernstein. Produced and hosted by theater journalist and historian Michael Portantiere, with Matthew Martin Ward as musical director/pianist, our event will showcase great songs from Bernstein’s first Broadway hit, On The Town, as well as Wonderful Town, Candide, and 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. We will also feature some rarities, including samples of the score for which Bernstein wrote both music and lyrics for a 1950 Broadway production of Peter Pan. The centerpiece of our show will be a tribute to Bernstein’s greatest masterpiece, West Side Story, marking the 65th anniversary of that immortal musical’s Broadway opening in 1957.
Our cast includes Nikita Burshteyn (Romeo & Bernadette Off-Broadway), Samantha Rose Cárdenas (Follies at San Francisco Playhouse), Alex Getlin (Anything Can Happen in the Theater – The Songs of Maury Yeston), Ben Jones (54 Sings Broadway’s Greatest Hits), Jay Aubrey Jones (Cats and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying on Broadway), Albert Nelthropp (54 Sings Sinatra, 54 Sings Liza), and Megan Styrna (The Boys from Syracuse in Concert at 54 Below).
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