Who said you can’t go home again? At Town Hall nearly two dozen Broadway veterans gathered to re-create a handful of memorable theatrical moments in “Broadway Originals,” a tuneful and nostalgic revue, hosted by scribe Scott Siegel. The concert concluded the fourth annual three-day Broadway Cabaret Festival.
The show kicked off, and I mean kicked big time, with a leggy Lucie Arnaz in a sparkling red mini dress. Dazzling would best describe her turn with the title song from her appearance in “They’re Playing Our Song.” Robert Cuccioli, an actor equally at home with the Bard of Avon at the Shakespeare Theater of N.J., revisited his tandem performance as “Jekyll and Hyde” with a pensive reading of “This Is the Moment.”
Jerry Lanning has retained a generous touch of his once boyish charm and a voice still both richly mellow and boldly sonorous. He was the original Patrick Dennis and nephew of “Mame.” Lanning sang Jerry Herman’s “My Best Girl” with all the affectionate charm of that long ago 1966 debut performance.
Rita Gardner read a casting notice in Variety from nearly a half century ago and ended up as the Girl in “The Fantasticks,” America’s longest running chamber musical. She remembered swallowing a good deal of confetti before offering a poignant recall of “They Were You.”
No Broadway retrospective would be complete without a serving of Stephen Sondheim, and the rewards were doubly rendered by D’Jamin Bartlett, the original love starved maid of “A Little Night Music,” who revived the saucy and spirited saga of “The Miller’s Son” from “Music” and Pamela Myers, who gave a vigorous account of the city’s clamor with “Another Hundred People” as introduced in “Company.”
Liz Callaway, who sings with silvery allure, asked the eternal query “(What’s It All About) Alfie?” from the Burt Bacharach jukebox tuner, “The Look of Love,” and Joan Copeland bedded down with the original naughty Lorenz Hart lyrics to Richard Rodgers’ “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered.”
Karen Morrow, a showbiz treasure who is long overdue for her own Broadway hit, closed the concert with the title song from ’64 Coney Island confection, “I Had a Ball.” With a voice as big as Merman, Morrow sent the song soaring to the heights and brought the audience to their feet. The concert was a veritable bounty of white way memories.