The American Theatre Wing threw a jolly bash Monday night time honoring Andrew Lloyd Webber, who’s endowed a program to deliver arts into colleges.
Lloyd Webber had the very best line of the night time when he identified that Amy Winehouse and Adele attended the identical publicly funded performing arts faculty in London. These two careers, he added, have generated sufficient cash for the music trade to justify authorities assist for arts in colleges.
Katrina Lenk, Tony winner for “The Band’s Go to,” held the black-tie crowd rapt along with her rendition of “Inform Me on a Sunday” from Lloyd Webber’s “Track and Dance.”
I do not know what Lenk plans to do when she leaves “The Band’s Go to,” however her efficiency stirred talk a couple of doable revival of “Track and Dance.” The musical, which opened on Broadway in 1985, was nominated for eight Tony Awards. Its star, Bernadette Peters, received Finest Actress in a Musical.
True to its title, the present is a hybrid of music and dance. The primary act tells the story of an English girl making her method in New York and Hollywood. The second, advised by way of dance, facilities on a younger man who can’t decide to any of the ladies flitting by way of his life.
The rating has some fairly tunes — together with the haunting “Nothing Like You’ve Ever Identified” — and a number of issues. It was choreographed by Peter Martins, who retired from New York Metropolis Ballet this yr amid allegations of sexual misconduct (which weren’t corroborated after an investigation), so could be clever to let another person have a go. A sensible choice could be Justin Peck, who received the Tony this yr for his work on “Carousel.”
Emma, the English girl within the present, is a cipher, floating from one sad love affair to the following. Strains reminiscent of “I’m a lady who lets males reap the benefits of me” must be tweaked for immediately. However Lenk’s efficiency confirmed the songs have energy.
A revival of “Track and Dance,” by the best way, is touring China, the place it’s proving extraordinarily widespread. If a Broadway revival isn’t viable proper now, how a couple of run at Metropolis Middle’s Encores!, starring Lenk? That may be a sizzling ticket.
Talking of the American Theatre Wing: Patrick Pacheco has put collectively a nifty oral historical past of the group to have a good time its centennial. Pacheco interviewed dozens of Broadway personalities who’ve benefited from and supported the Wing, which holds the copyright on the Tony Award.
Angela Lansbury, a British battle refugee who attended drama faculty in New York in 1939 on a Wing scholarship, wrote the introduction.
The ebook abounds with memorable anecdotes. My favourite includes a playwright named Arnold Schulman, who was surviving on espresso and day-old bread whereas taking a category on the Wing taught by “Tea and Sympathy” writer Robert Anderson. Throughout one class, Schulman almost fainted from starvation.
Round midnight, there was a knock on his door.
“There was Bob … with two monumental paper luggage of groceries,” Schulman recalled. “Within the morning, I discovered an envelope he had caught into my mailbox. Within the envelope have been 5 $100 greenback payments.”
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