Broadway's Legendary Ladies Oct 2 thru Oct 26, 2008

Broadway's Legendary Ladies
Oct 1 thru Oct 26, 2008

Ordway Center for the Performing Arts

Legendary Ladies returned last fall to honor broadway's best!

Ethel Merman, Angela Lansbury, Julie Andrews, Mary Martin, Elaine Stritch, Chita Rivera, Liza Minnelli, Bernadette Peters, Barbara Cook, Carol Channing, Betty Buckley, Patti LuPone, Barbra Streisand, Heather Headley & Audra McDonald

photo: Craig Stellmacher

A sparkling new production of Broadway's Legendary Ladies played last fall at the Ordway McKnight Theatre and featured members of the original cast, lavish new costumes and scenery and a live band on stage.

"Pizazz and panache, style and swing -- Perrin Post's salute to Broadway's Legendary Ladies has still got it... it is still a thrill, with beautiful performances by such singing actors as Jen Burleigh-Bentz, back from a spell of Mamma Mia! on Broadway; Ann Michels, fresh off her much-praised turn in Hedwig and the Angry Inch at the Jungle Theater, and bankable vocal powerhouse Jody Briskey... Burleigh-Bentz's smooth rendition of The Hostess With the Mostes' and Michelle Carter's slyly comical You Can't Get a Man With a Gun are still satisfying... The show has many highlights, including Michels' knowing and fun turn on Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend (from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,) and Holly Schroeder's performance of Why Do the Wrong People Travel (Elaine Stritch in Sail Away)... In singing and performing steps re-created from Bob Fosse and Jack Cole by choreographer Michael Matthew Ferrell, they sell their numbers with sass. And they make the production a sweet valentine to some of Broadway's leading ladies."

-Rohan Preston, Star Tribune

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"Broadway Ladies' captivates as only divas do... You don't win a Tony Award just for being a great actor on Broadway- you've also got to possess the pipes to put a musical on the map. All of Broadway's Legendary Ladies do and so do the women who portray them in Perrin Post's latest production...
Holly Schroeder is most captivating while mugging for such songs as The Ladies Who Lunch and Why Do the Wrong People Travel. Kathleen Bloom remains the queen of operatic high notes, most impressively on Glitter and Be Gay from Candide... Ann Michels conveys a delightful slinkiness in songs such as Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend and Vanilla Ice Cream. Michelle Carter charms with her impish grin on Neverland from Peter Pan and You Can't Get a Man With a Gun from Annie Get Your Gun. Newcomer Jen Burleigh-Bentz packs vocal and emotional power into her version of songs such as Your Daddy's Son, from Ragtime...
Michael Matthew Ferrell's choreography also has classic panache, making good use of everything from cafe' chairs to bowler hats...
Legendary Ladies captures the spirit of Broadway's grand dames of fame. In other words, it's pure entertainment."

-St. Paul Pioneer Press

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Producer: Perrin Post
Production Company: Buffalo Gal Productions
Created and Directed by: Perrin Post
Musical Director and Arranger: David Lohman
Choreography: Michael Matthew Ferrell (Ivy Awards 2007 Honorary)

Originally produced in 2004 at the Loring Playhouse:
Click here to read about January 2004 show
Click here to read about April 2004 show
Click here to read about the Legendary Ladies Tour
Click here to read about meeting the real Legendary Ladies