Celebrating Birds of Paradise with a FREE READ

Celebrating Birds of Paradise with a FREE READ

Birds of Paradise, the hilariously moving 1987 Off-Broadway musical about a small-town community theater presenting a musicalized version of Anton Chekov's The Seagull recently received a concert-revival at NYC's famed supper-club, Feinstein's/54 Below. The celebrated concert was sung by former cast members of Broadway's mega-hit Wicked, whose Tony-nominated librettist, Winnie Holzman, also co-wrote the hilarious book and lyrics for Birds of Paradise.

Both Winnie Holzman and the musical's composer and co-book writer, David Evans, were in attendance for the event - celebrating a show whose original 1987 production was directed by the legendary Arthur Laurents (West Side Story).  

Critics and audiences lauded the event, as Theater Pizzazz wrote: "..this performance proved that its quirky charm really withstands the test of time." (Read the full review here.) The cast of Broadway favorites included Nancy Opel, Alli Mauzey, Bonnie Milligan, and Alex Wyse.

Photos from Feinsteins/54 Below

(Nancy Opel and Jeff McCarthy)

(Alex Wyse and Brittney Johnson)

(Steve Routman and Bonnie Milligan)

(The cast with Winnie Holzman and David Evans)
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The original Off-Broadway production of Birds of Paradise boasted a cast so stellar, many of its stars are still headlining Broadway shows and Academy Award-winning films to this day. The original cast included: 

  • Two-time Tony Award-winning actress, Donna Murphy.
  • Academy Award-winning actor, JK Simmons.
  • Tony Award-nominated actress and star of TV and film, Mary Beth Peil.
  • Broadway favorite and Tony Award-nominated actress, Barbara Walsh. 

(The original Off-Broadway cast with Arthur Laurents. Photo © Martha Swope.) 

New Yorker review for the original Off-Broadway Production.


Watch the Feinsteins/54 Below Concert

A flock of Broadway veterans landed at NYC's intimate cabaret space on March 18, 2019, bringing Birds of Paradise to a brand-new audience. You can watch more songs here.

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