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Cabaret & Concert News Karen Ziemba, Stephanie Pope, Bianca Marroquín, More Will Celebrate The Rink

The concert at 54 Below will also pay tribute to the late, original Rink star, Chita Rivera.

Karen Ziemba, Stephanie Pope, and Bianca Marroquín

54 Sings The Rink, an evening celebrating the 1984 musical The Rink, will be presented at 54 Below July 22 at 7 PM.

Charles Kirsch, the 16-year-old host of the theatre podcast Backstage Babble, will host and produce the concert, which will feature songs from the John Kander and Fred Ebb score as well as memories from original cast and creative team members. Michael Lavine is the musical director.

Those taking part in the evening are scheduled to include John Bolton (Dames at Sea), Tony Honoree Ben Davis (New York, New York), Tony nominee Scott Ellis (Doubt), Sara Gettelfinger (Water for Elephants), Ilene Graff (I Love My Wife), Tony nominee Mark Jacoby (Ragtime), Nikka Graff Lanzarone (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown), Bianca Marroquín (Chicago), Karen Mason (Sunset Boulevard), Caroline O’Connor (Anastasia), Stephanie Pope (Pippin), Tony nominee Mary Testa (Oklahoma!), and Tony winner Karen Ziemba (Contact) plus a male ensemble comprising Quinn Corcoran (Lucky Stiff), Danny Gardner (Flying Over Sunset), Bruce Landry (Anastasia), and Andrew Leggieri (Bandstand).

The concert will also celebrate the memory of late theatre icon Chita Rivera, who won her first Tony for creating the role of Anna in The Rink.

The Rink, which premiered on Broadway in 1984, has a book by Tony winner Terrence McNally. A. J. Antoon directed the musical with choreography by Graciela Daniele. The original cast included Rivera, Liza Minnelli, Jason Alexander, Ronn Carroll, Ellis, Kim Hauser, Scott Holmes, Frank Mastrocola, and Mel Johnson, Jr. The production was nominated for five 1984 Tony Awards, including Best Original Score.

In the musical, Anna, an Italian housewife who runs a roller-skating rink on the Eastern seaboard, is about to sell it to developers until her estranged daughter Angel returns after a long absence, hoping to save the rink and patch things up with her mother.

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Look Through the 1984 Opening Night Playbill of The Rink Starring Liza Minnelli and Chita Rivera

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