Are you a self-proclaimed theater geek? Do you know the lyrics to every showtune on Pandora or Songza? Then run, don’t walk, to the historical Town Hall in New York City for Scott Siegel’s Broadway by the Year, an annual series highlighting musicals from 1916 to today.
Show Business Weekly calls it “…an invaluable and entertaining jewel in the cabaret crown of New York.” while the New York Times says the series is “witty, breezily paced… informative… valuable… the right perspective of lighthearted nostalgia… a reasonably priced alternative to City Center’s Encore Series.”
Author/critic Scott Siegel created the series for Town Hall, which he writes and hosts. Siegel takes audiences of all ages on a musical tour of the Great White Way, offering an entertaining verbal account of Broadway’s history. Each evening celebrates the songs from Broadway shows of a selected year, sung by a cast of talented cabaret and Broadway performers. This marvelous program not only highlights favorite show-stopping numbers, it also features lesser-known gems.
The first installment of this year’s season will highlight shows from 1916 to 1940 and include a legendary line-up of performers including Tony Award winners Chuck Cooper (The Life), Tonya Pinkins (Jelly’s Last Jam), and Karen Ziemba (Contact), along with Emily Skinner, Karen Mason, Stephen Bogardus, and more.
Broadway by the Year
The Town Hall
123 West 43rd Street
March 30, Broadway Musicals of 1941-1965
May 11, Broadway Musicals of 1966-1990
June 22, Broadway Musicals of 1991-2015