Liz Callaway and Todd Graff Will Host Baby Concert for Transport Group

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16 Apr 2012

Liz Callaway
Liz Callaway

Liz Callaway and Todd Graff, who received Tony Award nominations for their performances in the original Broadway production of Baby, will host the Transport Group's one-night-only, all-star concert version of that 1983 musical.

Directed by Jack Cummings III with musical direction by Chris Haberl, the concert is scheduled for June 18 at 7 PM at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, 121 Christopher Street.

Casting will be announced at a later time.

Artistic director Cummings III said in a statement, "Baby has always been one of my absolute favorite musicals and Transport Group is thrilled to revisit this beautiful score and story that is funny, timeless, and deeply poignant. We’re excited to be gathering a star-studded group of actors to pay tribute to the stunning achievement of Baby and all the original artists who created this magnificent show.”

In Baby, according to press notes, "three couples, each newly expecting a child, have different but familiar reactions to the life-changing news of pregnancy.  Lizzie and Danny are university juniors who have just moved in together.  Athletic Pam and her husband, Nick, a sports instructor, have had some trouble conceiving.  Arlene, already the mother of three grown daughters, is unsure of what to do, contemplating abortion while her husband Alan is thrilled with the thought of a new baby.  Throughout the show they experience the emotional stresses and triumphs— the desperate lows and the comic highs—that accompany the anticipation and arrival of a baby."



Baby, with a score by Richard Maltby Jr. and David Shire and a book by Sybile Pearson, played Broadway's Ethel Barrymore Theatre, Nov. 8, 1983-July 1, 1984. The original cast boasted Liz Callaway, Todd Graff, James Congdon, Martin Vidnovic, Beth Fowler and Catherine Cox. The Maltby/Shire score includes such tunes as "At Night She Comes Home to Me," "I Chose Right," "The Story Goes On," "Easier to Love," "Two People in Love," "With You," "I Want It All" and "And What If We Had Loved Like That."

Read more about the original Broadway production of Baby in the Playbill Vault.

The Transport Group concert will feature a follow-up discussion with Shire and Maltby as well as members of the original cast.

Premium reserved seats are $100; general admission tickets are available at a special $45 early bird price until May 1; regular general admission prices start at $55 thereafter.  Tickets may be purchased by visiting www.transportgroup.org or by phoning (212) 564-0333.