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A Rave Review for George Marcy’s Cabaret Show

Broadwayworld.com published a wonderful review by Stephen Hanks of George Marcy’s I WISH I WERE TWINS. Read the article here: http://www.broadwayworld.com/cabaret/article/At-86-Broadway-Veteran-GEORGE-MARCY-Sings-and-Taps-His-Way-Into-Hearts-At-Dont-Tell-Mama-20131002

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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George Marcy and Carol Lawrence Team Up at Don’t Tell Mama

George Marcy

Congratulations to George Marcy, who will star in his new cabaret I WISH I WERE TWINS at Don’t Tell Mama in NYC on September 23rd and 29th.  Carol Lawrence, his good friend and co-star in Broadway’s original WEST SIDE STORY will direct.

This is the third autobiographical cabaret that I have worked on with George. I gave him some script development advice on the show. It is always a pleasure, and this is a show not to be missed. See you there!

http://www.broadwayworld.com/cabaret/article/Broadways-George-Marcy-and-Carol-Lawrence-Team-Up-for-New-Cabaret-Show-at-Dont-Tell-Mama-923-29-20130916



THE BALLAD OF GEORGIE PORGIE Plays at Don’t Tell Mama

Broadway legend George Marcy performed his musical play THE BALLAD OF GEORGIE PORGIE (co-written with Bob Goldstone, who also serves as Musical Director) on September 12th at Don’t Tell Mama in NYC. Here are his comments: “Anne Hamilton, with her insight, creativity and knowledge, is responsible for guiding THE BALLAD OF GEORGIE PORGIE to where it is today.” Bravo, George!



ScriptForward! #22 – A Specialty Newsletter for Scriptwriting Professionals

Greetings!

Click here to read Hamilton Dramaturgy’s ScriptForward! #22

Welcome to the June issue of ScriptForward!, a specialty E-newsletter prepared for professional and aspiring scriptwriters by Hamilton Dramaturgy. With nineteen years of experience in New York, across the nation, and internationally, I offer this newsletter as a means of support and information to the worldwide scriptwriting community.

This month’s features:
Two of my plays and a poem have been selected for the juried exhibition TRANSITIONS at Pen and Brush, Inc. in NYC. ANOTHER WHITE SHIRT (play), THE STACY PLAY – A LOVE SONG – VOLUME I (play) and GONDOLIER (poem) are appearing in the virtual exhibit at http://www.penandbrush.org through September 3rd.

Anne Hamilton Reads a Monologue from ANOTHER WHITE SHIRT

Ludovica Villar-Hauser, a director/dramaturg, writes an article about Works by Women, a new theatre-going advocacy group she created in New York City.

My audio podcast series TheatreNow!, an oral history of leading American female theatre artists, is available at
https://hamiltondramaturgy.wordpress.com. Guests include: Quiara Alegria Hudes, Ruth Margraff, Kristin Marting, Catherine Filloux, Yvette Heyliger and Yvonne Heyliger, Valentina Fratti, and Claire Lautier.

My Burning An[swer] segment features advice on how a college student can train to become a dramaturg.

My “Recent Successes” section features many new collaborations!- Tina Andrews, George Marcy, Bob Goldstone, and Warren Bodow.

I hope that this issue of ScriptForward! will be useful to you and I welcome your feedback