"DANNY and SYLVIA: THE Danny Kaye MUSICAL", the long-running musical at St. Luke's Theatre, 308 West 46th Street, which opened May 13, 2008, will close tonight, April 27th after a special added performance at 1 PM. The musical would have celebrated its 3rd anniversary this May.
The musical love story, with book and lyrics by Robert mcElwaine and music by Bob Bain, stars Helen Hayes Award-winner Brian Childers as Danny Kaye and Kimberly Faye Greenberg as his wife and creative partner, Sylvia Fine who wrote many of his most famous songs. Produced by Hy Juter and Edmund Gaynes, directed by Pamela Hall with choreography by Gene Castle, the musical follows the duo from the time the young undisciplined comic Danny Kaminsky meets aspiring songwriter Sylvia Fine at an audition in the 1930s. Under Sylvia's guidance as mentor, manager and eventually, wife, Kaye rises from improvisational comic to international film star. Many of Danny's hit songs are featured including "Tchaikovsky," "Anatole of Paris," "Minnie the Moocher" and "Deenah." The musical has also been presented successfully in London and Washington, DC.
ROBERT MC ELWAINE (book and lyrics) was director of Advertising and Publicity for the Goldwyn Studios in the 1950s, where he met Danny Kaye and became his publicist and confidant for 20 years. As member of the Board of John F. Kennedy Productions, Mr. McElwaine worked on more than 80 stage productions for the Kennedy Center. He was also Chairman of the Board of the Writers Center, an organization dedicated to the development of new writers. Bob Bain has composed music for three musicals in collaboration with Bob McElwaine.
Brian Childers received the 2002 Helen Hayes Award for "Outstanding Leading Actor in a Musical" and the 2001 Mary Goldwater Award for his performance as Danny Kaye in Danny and Sylvia: A Musical Love Story. He also received the 2005 Star-Ledger Award for "Best Actor in a Musical" for his portrayal of Harry Witherspoon in Lucky Stiff at the Forum Theater. Brian will next be starring in the upcoming musical Obama in Naples at the June Havoc Theatre. His other NY credits include Miracle on 34th Street: The Musical (Marvin Shellhammer), Promenade (Prisoner 105) with Legacy: The Musicals of Off-Broadway, Scandalous Behavior (Joseph Surface), On the Town (Gabey), Meester Amerika (Joey). NATIONAL TOUR: The Kid from Brooklyn (Danny Kaye - Original), The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Tom Sawyer). REGIONAL: Lucky Stiff (Harry Witherspoon), Becoming George (The Prince), The Boys in the Band (Emory), The Robber Bridegroom (Jamie Lockhart), Joseph and the Amazing... (Joseph), My Fair Lady (Freddy Eynsford Hill), Assassins (The Balladeer), West Side Story (Tony). SOLOIST: Hollywood Bowl (Featured Performer) A Ball at The Bowl, Dodger Stadium (Special Guest Entertainer), Lincoln Center (A Tribute to Danny Kaye), Kennedy Center (Not a Day Goes By).
Kimberly Faye Greenberg, who plays Sylvia Fine, has performed across the United States in national tours, regional theatres, cabarets and theatre for young audiences. She recently starred in two off-Broadway musicals simultaneously – Danny & Sylvia and in the solo show One Night With Fanny Brice for which she received critical acclaim including a nomination for Best Solo Performance, 2011 Patrick Lee ITBA Award (Cast Album on Original Cast Records). Other notable credits during her run as Sylvia Fine have included playing Fanny Brice, again, in the new musical Ghostlight at NYMF 2011, as well as starring as Doris Walker in Miracle on 34th Street (Here's Love) and as Nell Henderson in Mr. President (Actors Fund Benefit). Other roles include Sylvia Fine in The Danny Kaye Story (Maltz Jupiter Theatre and Broward Stage Door Theatre), Fiddler On The Roof (Tzeitel and Hodel), Mary Magdalene in The Passion Play, The Musical (the oldest Passion Play in the U.S. at the Park Theatre, NJ), and the Off-Broadway revival of Al Carmines' Christmas Rappings at Theatre at Judson. On TV Kim was featured on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Charmed and ER and as the host of the Educational TV Series, Personal Best. Kimberly is Creator/Executive Producer of www.BroadwayBlogspot.com, an educational theatrical website featuring Broadway professionals who work both onstage and behind-the-scenes.