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The Manhattan Transfer (The Kennedy Center)

The Manhattan Transfer

It’s been more than thirty years since Tim Hauser paid his bills by working both as a marketing executive and a New York cabbie with dreams of creating a vocal group. One night in 1972, Hauser's taxi fare was an aspiring singer named Laurel Massé. A few weeks later Hauser met Janis Siegel at a party and convinced her and Massé to be part of his nascent group. At the same time, Alan Paul was appearing in the original production of Grease on Broadway. When he met with Hauser, Siegel, and Massé, the groundwork was laid for The Manhattan Transfer, which was officially “born” in the fall of 1972.

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