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by Michael Portantiere

    All Singin' All Dancin'

    On Monday, July 27, as part of the 2009 Summer Broadway Festival at The Town Hall, Scott Siegel presented the third annual All Singin' All Dancin' concert. Co-directed (with Siegel) and choreographed by Josh Prince, the one-night-only event showcased the talents of hoofers Cameron Adams, Kevin Bernard, Jessica Lee Goldyn, Kendrick Jones, Joe Komara, Spencer Liff, Erica Mansfield, Michael Mindlin, Bobby Pestka, Jeffrey Schecter, Ali Solomon, Amber Stone, and Ryan Worsing. Also on hand were powerhouse singers Liz Callaway, Alexander Gemignani, Douglas Ladnier, Karen Murphy, and the ever-young, golden-age chanteuse Marilyn Maye. Here are my pix of this fabulous show.



    Jeffrey Schecter and Jessica Lee Goldyn, "Me and My Girl."


    Liz Callaway sounded great, as always, in "Cheek to Cheek."


    Marilyn Maye offered a "Dancing" lesson to Spencer Liff (see next two photos) by way of that delightful song from "Hello, Dolly!"


    "When there's someone you hardly know..."


    "...but wish you were closer to!"


    "Just Another Rhumba" for Karen Murphy.


    Kevin Bernard and Jeffrey Schecter as the irrepressible brothers Benny and Bernie Buchsbaum in "Be a Performer," from the Cy Coleman-Carolyn Leigh-Neil Simon musical Little Me.


    In this series of four photos, we see Jessica Lee Goldyn and company in Josh Prince's spiffy re-conception of the "I Want to Go to Hollywood" number from Grand Hotel.





    "You gotta have heart, miles and miles and miles of heart!"


    Douglas Ladnier wowed the crowd with Cole Porter's "Begin the Beguine" and two songs by Ervin Drake, who was in attendance at Town Hall: "Good Morning Heartache" (pictured here) and "I Believe."


    Alexander Gemignani made the point that "Leading Men Don't Dance."


    Kendrick Jones, "I Wanna Be a Dancin' Man."


    Here are Marilyn Maye and the women in a unique performance of the old standard "Mean to Me."


    And here are two parting shots of the finale, "Broadway Melody."


    Tuesday, July 28, 2009 at 8:48 PM | Item Link

    Michael Portantiere comes to BroadwayStars with more than 30 years' experience as an editor and writer for such media outlets as TheaterMania.com, InTHEATER magazine, and BACK STAGE. He has also contributed articles and reviews to AfterElton.com, Playbill, and Stagebill, and has written notes for several major cast albums. Additionally, Michael is a professional photographer whose pictures have been published by THE NEW YORK TIMES, the DAILY NEWS, and several notable websites. (Visit www.followspotphoto.com for more information.)
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    The last five columns written by Michael Portantiere:

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    06/29/2010: High School Stars

    06/21/2010: Falling in Love Again

    06/17/2010: A Meeting of the 'mos (and Their Friends)

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