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Kids and adults alike will thrill to see the two and only Carole and Paula, along with special guest The Original Sherlock and musical director Ian Herman. …We hold onto The Magic Garden so ferociously not to wax nostalgic about the magic of childhood, but to keep the magic of childhood with us through adulthood.” Joanna Colangelo, The Huffington Post“Emblematic of a seemingly simpler era.” Dave Itzkoff, The New York Times Join Broadway Stars and friends Carole Demas (Grease original "Sandy") & Sarah Rice (Sweeney Todd original "Johanna") in their musical celebration of Broadway's Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt (The Fantasticks, I Do, I Do, 110 In The Shade, Celebration, Colette, more).
Carole & Sarah, who each played "Luisa" in The Fantasticks at NYC's Sullivan Street Playhouse, share their unique and often hilarious backstage/onstage stories, photos and appreciation of their professional work and personal friendships with Tom & Harvey.
Willson was also a familiar face to TV audiences in the 50s and 60s.
The Ziegfeld Society's raison d'être could be described as special, unique, fantastical, show-stopping,and extraordinary; AND on top of all that, it is centered on honoring the “Golden Age of Broadway,” atime when Florenz Ziegfeld was at the height of his career as a show business impresario.
Meredith Willson was one of the most popular and acclaimed songwriters, conductors, arrangers and radio and TV personalities of the 20th Century.
Born in Mason City, Iowa (immortalized in THE MUSIC MAN as River City), he traveled the United States three times with John Phillip Sousa, played flute and piccolo for the New York Philharmonic under Toscanini, conducted symphony orchestras, wrote best-selling books, composed symphonies and wrote pop tunes that rose to number one on the Hit Parade.
One of the highlights will be "Ask Not", the rarely heard tribute composed by Willson in memory of his friend, President John F. Tony Award and Drama Desk Award winner Jim Dale (JUST Jim Dale, THE THREEPENNY OPERA, SCAPINO) and Tony nominee and Drama Desk Award winner Robert Cuccioli (JEKYLL AND HYDE, SPIDERMAN: TURN OFF THE DARK, LES MISERABLES) star alongside Cheryl Ann Allen, Aaron Lee Battle, Katie Dixon (CATS), John Drinkwater, Matthew Drinkwater, Shana Farr, Elise Godfrey, Melinda Hopkins, Joanna Rush (KICK), Cynthia Thomas (AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' starring The Pointer Sisters, MEMPHIS), Sheila Wormer, Carole & Paula (Carole Demas and Paula Janis, the stars of the popular long running WPIX-TV show "The Magic Garden"), "The City Sliders": Alex Jeun, Nate Sutton, Gina Trombetta, and The Gotham Four: Anderson Daniel, Rafi Hasib, BJ Hillnick and Richard Townsend, from Voices of Gotham, the 10th highest rated barbershop quartet organization in the world.
The Meredith Willson tribute is hosted, written and directed by Tony Award nominee and Theatre World Award winner Walter Willison (GRAND HOTEL, TWO BY TWO, PIPPIN), with musical direction and special arrangements by Executive Producer and TZS co-founder Mark York (Jim Dales' on stage sidekick and accompanist in JUST Jim Dale).
And he received the first Grammy Award ever presented for Best Original Cast Album.
Each monthly meeting includes live performances on a variety of topics including Stars of the Broadway stage, material from stage productions, movies, and special presentations of the early part of the 20th century drawn from The World of Florenz Ziegfeld and featuring a variety of performers of all ages from the Broadway stage, the cabaret world, TV, and film.