What makes us laugh at a song in a musical? Sometimes it's the brilliant wordplay in a lyric (Yip Harburg's "Lydia, the Tattooed Lady"). Sometimes it's the shenanigans of an outrageous performer (Nathan Lane), or the character being played by that performer (Max Bialystock). Or sometimes it's all three, like Bert Lahr bellowing his way through the Cowardly Lion's "If I Were King of the Forest" in The Wizard of Oz. When that happens, we connect more deeply with our dreams, joys and frustrations. In short, our laughter brings us closer to ourselves. In this concert, TMTP explores great comedy songs going back as far as Eddie Cantor's "Makin' Whoopee" (1928) and as far forward as John Cullum's "Don't Be the Bunny," written 83 years later for Urinetown. It's quite a tradition, and they'll celebrate it with live performances and video clips.
Hosted by Bill Rudman and Nancy Maier
Featuring Douglas F. Bailey II, Ursula Cataan and Sheri Gross
Children under two years old are generally not permitted in the theaters. However, everyone regardless of age must have a ticket. All children must be seated with an adult. Any person disrupting a performance or inhibiting the enjoyment of an event for guests may be removed from the theater without refund.