Celebrate Meredith Willson with Dale, Cuccioli, Willison and the Ziegfeld Society: This Saturday, December 9

Tony Award winner Jim Dale and Tony nominee/ Drama Desk Award winner Robert Cuccioli headline Here’s Love to the Music Man: A Celebration of Songwriter Meredith Willson, the opening event of The Ziegfeld Society’s ninth season. The holiday musical tribute will be presented for one performance only, on Saturday, December 9 at 3:00 PM at The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Theater, 120 West 46 Street in Manhattan. The program is hosted, written and directed by Tony nominee/ Theatre World Award winner Walter Willison, Artistic Director of The Ziegfeld Society.

       Meredith Willson

Here’s Love to the Music Man will include songs from Willson’s Broadway musicals Here’s Love (the name later reverted to the title of the Christmas-themed movie it was based on, Miracle on 34th Street), The Unsinkable Molly Brown and, of course, The Music Man, winner of the 1958 Tony Award for Best Musical. Additionally, one of the highlights of the program will be “Ask Not”, the rarely heard tribute composed by Willson in memory of his friend, President John F. Kennedy.

Joining Dale and Cuccioli are performers Cheryl Ann Allen, Aaron Lee Battle, Katie Dixon, John Drinkwater, Matthew Drinkwater, Shana Farr, Elise Godfrey, Melinda Hopkins, Joanna Rush, Cynthia Thomas, Sheila  Wormer, Carole & Paula (Carole Demas and Paula Janis, the stars of the popular, long-running WPIX-TV show “The Magic Garden”) and The City Sliders: Alex Jeun, Nate Sutton and Gina Trombetta, as well as  The Gotham Four: Anderson Daniel, Rafi Hasib, BJ Hillnick and Richard Townsend.

All proceeds from admission benefit The Ziegfeld Society of New York City, a not-for-profit organization that aspires to enlighten, entertain and educate current and future generations of theatergoers and young artists about the legendary performers, songwriters and creators of our musical theater heritage. TZS presents monthly performances featuring Broadway stalwarts performing alongside young up-and-coming artists, as well as presentations by authors and screenings of lost film and television musicals, for seniors, students and the public at modest, affordable prices.

Tickets are $25 for general admission, $17 for seniors, and $12 for students. All contributions are tax-deductible. For reservations, call 917-371-5509 or visit www.theziegfeldsociety.com

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