A group of young Broadway performers will gather December 9 at The Triad theatre in New York City to pay homage to The Women Who Compose for Broadway, featuring the music of Nell Benjamin (Legally Blonde), Mary Rodgers (Once Upon a Mattress), Lucy Simon (The Secret Garden), Jeanine Tesori (Shrek), and others.
Conceived and directed by Marjorie Hayes, the 4 PM concert will also feature songs by Micki Grant (Your Arms Too Short to Box With God), Nancy Ford (I’m Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road), Brenda Russell (The Color Purple), and Kay Swift (Fine and Dandy).
Performing their songs will be Rachel Zatcoff (Christine Daaé in Broadway’s The Phantom of the Opera), Brandi Chavonne Massey (Caroline or Change), Marc delaCruz (If/Then), Peter Kendall Clark (New York City Opera), Marjorie Hayes, and Madelyn Claire Lego. Music direction by Kristen Lee Rosenfeld.
Hayes says, “Over the course of the last century little recognition has been given to the women who compose Broadway scores and the barriers they have faced.” Hayes says she was inspired by their stories and decided “to shine a light on these ground-breaking women who have made their mark on the Broadway stage. By using only these women’s songs, with a bit of historical context, the show celebrates the depth, breadth, and wit of their heart-stopping music.”
The event is being presented by the Metropolitan Room, which is producing shows at the Triad (158 West 72nd Street in Manhattan) while its new club space is under construction. Tickets cost $20 ($10 for students with ID) plus a two-drink minimum and can be ordered here or by calling (212) 279-4200.