Thursday January 10, 2013

SAXTONS RIVER -- The Great White Way comes to Main Street Arts on Thursday at 6 p.m., when Broadway singer Cass Morgan shares her experiences of more than 30 years in the theater.

The third of four Taste of the Arts, Tales from a Community events, the evening begins with supper before Morgan relates her adventures playing feature roles in eight Broadway musicals and many off-Broadway productions.

Among her accomplishments was a starring role in "Pump Boys and Dinettes," which she co-wrote and which was nominated for a Tony award as Best Musical in 1982. It is returning to Broadway this spring.

Some of Morgan’s roles were in "Beauty and the Beast," "Floyd Collins," "Ring of Fire," "Mary Poppins" and "Memphis," which is billed as the story of the birth of rock ‘n’ roll in the 1950s.

Morgan said recently that she obtained her Equity card about 40 years ago as a company member at the old Front Street Theatre in Memphis, Tenn. Although she was born in Rochester, N.Y., she has continued the Southern connection by playing a number of Southern characters, including one of the sassy waitresses in "Pump Boys" and, most recently, in a full circle, Gladys Calhoun, the mother in "Memphis."

After a career as a composer, performer, writer, conceptionist and lyricist, Morgan has left behind her life in the theater to retire to a home outside Saxtons River so she can be closer to her children and grandchildren.


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Reservations for the supper and talk are required and can be made by contacting MSA at 802-869-2960 or e-mailing info@mainstreetarts.org.

Tickets are $15. Children accompanied by an adult are $5.

The next event in the series features Love Songs with the musical group House Blend on Thursday, Feb. 14.