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A Rave Review for George Marcy’s Cabaret Show published a wonderful review by Stephen Hanks of George Marcy’s I WISH I WERE TWINS. Read the article here:

George Marcy -  I WISH I WERE TWINS

At 86, Broadway Veteran GEORGE MARCY Sings and Taps His Way Into Hearts At Don’t Tell Mama

by Stephen Hanks, October 2, 2013

Cabaret Reviews and Commentary by Stephen Hanks

Now that the legendary Elaine Stritch and Julie Wilson have retired from performing, the only celebrity 80-plusers who are still regulars on the cabaret circuit are the equally legendary Barbara Cook and Marilyn Maye. But now there’s another octogenarian on the scene and while he may not be a legend, George Marcy is an 86-year-old former Broadway musical theater actor/dancer who recently staged a totally charming and entertaining show at Don’t Tell Mama.

Marcy was the understudy to Ken LeRoy in the role of “Bernardo”–opposite Chita Rivera’s “Anita”–in the original Broadway production of West Side Story in 1957 and subsequently played in more than 850 performances between Broadway and various out-of-town productions. Marcy also appeared in the original Broadway productions of Damn Yankees (1955), Carnival! (1961), Billy (1969), and played Conrad Birdie in out-of-town productions of Bye, Bye, Birdie (1967).

Marcy certainly didn’t seem 86, let alone over 40, during the second night of his recent show I Wish I Were Twins at Don’t Tell Mama (September 23 and 29). Wonderfully and sensitively directed by his close friend Carol Lawrence, West Side Story’s original “Maria,” Marcy bounded onto the stage wearing a black vest and red hat and opened with the up-tempo Lee Adams/Charles Strouse song “Stick Around,” from the 1964 musical Golden Boy and set the tone for the evening: “Stick around, things are gonna happen . . . Fireworks, stick around and see . . .” Fireworks? This veteran hoofer performed as if he was shot out of a cannon, producing the energy and spirit of a man, well, 60 years younger. “I’m 86 and I don’t need a walker,” Marcy proudly proclaimed and then proceeded to prove it by tapping his way through Johnny Mercer and Harry Warren’s “I Wanna Be a Dancin’ Man.”

There probably isn’t a more honest and heartfelt reading of Herbert Kretzmer’s lyric of the Charles Aznavour ballad “Yesterday When I Was Young” then when it comes from someone with almost a century of life experience and Marcy’s take on the song was the ideal mix of emotion laced with tenderness. He then donned a black sequin jacket and black top hat and returned to Fred Astaire mode, showing off his still finely tuned rhythmic sense on Irving Berlin’s “Putting On The Ritz,” with a little bit of Cole Porter’s “Too Darn Hot” tacked on for good measure. Another hat change came–purple this time–for Leonard Cohen’s “I’m Your Man,” with Marcy’s Musical Director/Pianist Christine Sutin (who did a fine job throughout, as did Boots Maleson on bass and Aaron Russell on drums) leading him on a lounge lizardy arrangement that Marcy pulled off with a solid rendition of Cohen’s seductive lyrics.

It would be a total upset if someone of Marcy’s background didn’t nail Stephen Sondheim’s “Broadway Baby” and the old trooper came through, knocking it out of the park with energy to spare. Marcy and Lawrence made a savvy choice having the performer speak-sing the lyric to “I Understand,” turning it into a number of wistfulness and longing. But that was nothing compared to the emotional reaction Marcy engendered as he dramatically alternated from singing to talking on Charles Aznavour’s transgender soliloquy “What Makes a Man a Man.”

Marcy showed off remarkable endurance and resilience for a man his age with a finale on the up-tempo “Happy Ending,” the Danny Kaye number from the 1951 film On The Riviera. “Performing is what I have to do to feel alive,” Marcy told a supportive audience, before offering a heartfelt version of Peter Allen’s “Once Before I Go.” And what could be more self-revealing than an 86-year-old Broadway musical theater warhorse still spry enough to tap dance around a stage singing this lyric: Once before I go, I want you to know . . . That I would do it all again . . . I’m sure I’d make the same mistakes . . . But I could make it through, the pains and joys and aches . . . I knew back then, I’d do it all . . . I’d do it all again

Something tells me that before he goes, George Marcy will be doing it all again, not once but many times. Keep on tappin’, George.

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November 13, 2011, 11:48 am
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Here is an invitation from Randy Gener, Senior Editor of AMERICAN THEATRE magazine.

Would you like to meet in person
Samuel L. Jackson (actor, THE MOUNTAINTOP)?
David Henry Hwang (playwright, CHINGLISH)?
David Ives (playwright, VENUS IN FUR)?
Douglas Carter Beane (librettist, LYSISTRATA JONES)?
Kenny Leon (director, STICK FLY and THE MOUNTAINTOP)?

I cordially invite you to an all-star Broadway panel discussion I am organizing and moderating in collaboration with Fordham University Theatre Program and the Drama Desk association. It takes place 6:30PM Sunday Nov. 13th at Fordham University Theatre’s Lincoln Center Campus.

We are offering a ticket price of $5 for senior citizens and for students from any school with valid ID.

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Or pass it on to a friend who might be interested. I thank you.

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Randy Gener


Panelists Include
Douglas Carter Beane, Lewis Flinn, David Henry Hwang, David Ives,
Samuel L. Jackson, Dan Knechtges, Kenny Leon, Jennifer Lim, Liz Mikel, and Leigh Silverman

Organized and moderated by Randy Gener
The Drama Desk and the Fordham University Theatre Program will present a special panel discussion at 6:30 PM on Sunday, November 13th, titled “Anatomy of a Breakout,” reflecting the remarkable trend of breakthrough productions and breakout performances on the New York stage.

The panelists include (in alphabetical order): Douglas Carter Beane (book writer, LYSISTRATA JONES), Lewis Flinn (composer/lyricist, LYSISTRATA JONES), David Henry Hwang (playwright, CHINGLISH), David Ives (playwright, VENUS IN FUR), Samuel L. Jackson (actor, THE MOUNTAINTOP), Dan Knechtges (director/choreographer, LYSISTRATA JONES), Kenny Leon (director, THE MOUNTAINTOP and STICK FLY), Jennifer Lim (actor, CHINGLISH), and Leigh Silverman (director, CHINGLISH).

This special panel discussion will be moderated by Randy Gener, the George Jean Nathan Award winning editor and writer.

It will be held at Fordham University’s Lincoln Center campus (Pope Auditorium, 113 W. 60th Street, corner of Columbus Avenue).

Ticket prices:
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