BroadwayWorld.com - 31 January 2007
Photo Coverage: Andrews and Hamilton in 'Spelling Bee'
Emmy, Grammy and Academy Award-winning actress Julie Andrews and her daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton - both National Ambassadors for Kid's Night on Broadway - joined the gang at The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee on stage as guest spellers at the Tuesday, January 30th 7:00 p.m. performance. Spelling Bee plays at The Circle in the Square Theatre (1633 Broadway).
Kids' Night on Broadway, an audience development program of The League of American Theatres and Producers, Inc., where young people attend the theatre free of charge, takes place in New York on January 30 and 31.
An internationally recognized actress, singer and author, Andrews originally rose to fame for her legendary star turns in the original Broadway productions of My Fair Lady and Camelot. She later became an American treasure when she created the title role of Mary Poppins and Maria von Trapp in The Sound of Music on film. Hamilton is a founder of the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor, NY, where she is the theatre's director of education and programming for young audiences. Together, Andrews and Hamilton have collaborated on a number of books, including The Great American Mousical, which underscores the important connection between young people and Broadway.
Spelling Bee is the Tony Award-winning musical with music and lyrics by William Finn, book by Rachel Sheinkin, conceived by Rebecca Feldman and directed by James Lapine. "A hilariously hip musical comedy, Spelling Bee features six young people in the throes of puberty, overseen by grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves, learning that winning isn't everything and that losing doesn't necessarily make you a loser," according to production notes. The show currently stars Barrett Foa, Jessica-Snow Wilson, Deborah S. Craig, Sarah Saltzberg, Jose Llana, Jared Gertner, Derrick Baskin, Lisa Howard and Greg Stuhr.
For more information, please visit www.spellingbeethemusical.com or www.kidsnightonbroadway.com for more on Kids Night on Broadway.