Broadway Close Up Series Kicks Off at Merkin Hall October 7

Manhattan’s Merkin Concert Hall puts a spotlight on the Great White Way this autumn with its “Broadway Close Up” series. The series will start off on October 7 with the venue’s annual Bound for Broadway concert. Hosted by Tony Award nominated performer Liz Callaway, the event will highlight five brand new shows and feature interviews with their creators. Adam Overett’s My Life is a Musical, Dan Elish and Douglas J. Cohen’s Nine Wives, and Andy Monroe’s Drive are among the musicals scheduled to be featured.

Liz Callaway

Liz Callaway

The series continues on October 28 with A Party with Amanda Green, a concert event in which Tony nominated songwriter Amanda Green (Hands on a Hardbody, Bring It On) sings a few of her songs and talks about her collaborations with other songwriters, such as Tom Kitt (Next To Normal) and Phish’s Trey Anastasio.

Karen Ziemba will be among the performers honoring a Broadway great on November 18 with Cy Coleman, Ladies Man, a concert event that will celebrate some of Coleman’s best work.

The “Broadway Close Up” series concludes on December 9 with Sing for Your Supper, hosted by Sean Hartley. Featuring music direction by David Loud, the concert will provide an overview of American musical history as told through duets, trios, and quartet. Songs by classic composers like Irving Berlin, Frank Loesser, and Rodgers & Hart will be featured. Lewis Cleale, Erin Mackey, and Heidi Blickenstaff are among those currently scheduled to perform.

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