William V. Madison, author of MADELINE KAHN: BEING THE MUSIC, A LIFE (upress.state.ms.us/books/1746) hosts an all-star tribute at New York’s Metropolitan Room, featuring several of Kahn’s friends and colleagues, as well as performers from Broadway, opera, and cabaret who have been inspired by her. Director: Peter Napolitano. Music director: Jeff Cubeta. Producer for the “Gone Too Soon” series: Joseph Macchia. Videographer: Rachel Joan. Performance recorded on September 12, 2015.
Starring (in order of appearance): Adam B. Shapiro (MAC Award-winner, HBO’s The Normal Heart), Lawrence Leritz (actor–choreographer–producer, guest star on Cosby), Janice Hall (MAC Award-winner, internationally acclaimed operatic soprano) and Michael Cohen (composer, Yours, Anne; Kahn’s music director at the Upstairs at the Downstairs club), Rosa Betancourt (rising operatic soprano), Steve Ross (“The Crown Prince of Cabaret”), Joan Copeland and Walter Willison (Kahn’s co-stars in Two by Two), Hanna Burke (Met Room favorite), Ann Harada (Avenue Q, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, NBC TV’s Smash), Minda Larsen (winner of the 2015 MetroStar Competition), Julie Feltman (Unauthorized! The Musical), Sarah Rice (original Johanna in Sweeney Todd).