Some Broadway shows run for years, and some run just a few weeks. But there is a smaller group—often created by major talents—which close during tryouts or even during previews and never get to open at all.
These shows will get a second chance in the limelight at Broadway Bound: The Musicals That Never Came to Broadway, for two performances, 7 and 9:30 PM October 25, at Feinstein’s/54 Below in New York City. The two performances will each feature different performers and different songs.
Produced and directed by Robert W Schneider, the show will feature stage stars Klea Blackhurst, Loni Ackerman, Jill Paice, Amanda Green, Jim Walton, Todd Buonopane, Kara Lindsay, Carolyn Mignini, and Rita Gardner (the original Girl in The Fantasticks), performing songs from the little-known shows written by the likes of Cy Coleman, Charles Strouse, Frank Loesser, Marvin Hamlisch, Carolyn Leigh, Richard Maltby Jr, David Shire, Barry Manilow, Bob Merrill, and Harold Rome.
Here is a complete list of the planned musicals to be unearthed (subject to change):
At the 7 PM Show
Richard Adler’s A Mother’s Kisses
Strouse & Charnin’s Annie 2: Miss Hannigan’s Revenge
Legrand & David’s Brainchild
Cy Coleman’s The Great Ostrovsky
Schmidt & Jones’ Grover’s Corners
Jacobson & Robert’s Hot September
Jack Herrick’s Lone Star Love
Maltby & Shire’s Love Match
Strouse & Birkenhead’s Minsky’s
Colby & Urbont’s Mrs. McThing
Hamlisch & Carnelia’s The Nutty Professor
Performers scheduled to appear at the 7 PM show include Ackerman (Cats), Blackhurst (Everything the Traffic Will Allow), Buonopane (Cinderella), Gardner (The Wedding Singer), Lindsay (Wicked), Mignini (Tintypes), Paice (Curtains), and Kevin Zak (Clinton: The Musical).
At the 9:30 PM Show
Cy Coleman’s 13 Days to Broadway
Comden & Green’s Bonanza Bound
Harold Rome’s Gone With The Wind
Barry Manilow’s Harmony
Maltby & Shire’s How Do You Do, I Love You
Bob Merrill’s The Prince of Grand Street
Leslie Bricusse’s Say Hello to Harvey
Hamlisch & Leigh’s Smile
Dubey & Karr’s We Take The Town
Pockriss & Hackady’s Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?
Dempsey & Rowe’s The Witches of Eastwick
Performers scheduled to appear at the 9:30 PM show include Green (Hands on a Hard Body), Buonopane, Walton (Merrily We Roll Along), Mary Callanan (Bandstand), Michael Hajjar, Nic Rouleau (The Book of Mormon), Will Blum (The Book Of Mormon), George Salazar (The Lighting Thief), Neva Small (Henry, Sweet, Henry), Rebecca Spigelman (Hairspray), and Kevin David Thomas.
This will be the second edition of Broadway Bound: The Musicals That Never Came To Broadway; a similar show with different songs was performed at the cabaret this past spring.
Feinstein’s/54 Below programming director Jennifer Ashley Tepper will co-host the evening with Schneider, introducing renditions and anecdotes from some of the shows’ original cast members and creators.
Tickets, which cost $35 to $75 plus a $25 food/drink minimum, can be ordered by clicking here.