92nd Street Y today announced the 2013 line-up for Lyrics & Lyricists™, 92Y's celebrated American Songbook series. Deborah Grace Winer returns for her fifth season as artistic director of the series, as well as one of the shows. Guest artistic directors leading the individual concerts are Rob Fisher (with host Sheldon Harnick), David Loud, Billy Stritch and Mark Lamos in his L&L debut.
Individual tickets and subscriptions are on sale now, with single ticket prices from $52. Please call 212-415-5500 or go to www.92Y.org/Lyrics for more information.
As Deborah Grace Winer says about the country's preeminent American Songbook series "we're really proud that the best of Broadway, jazz and cabaret talent has chosen to make Lyrics & Lyricists their home. It means we get to present concerts that are always musically top-flight. But what makes L&L different is that we get to present concerts that have something to say, because words are half our story, whether it's Sheldon Harnick explaining the art of a lyric or Tony Award-winning director Mark Lamos clueing us into Broadway's love affair with Shakespeare. Happily, critics and audiences have been as excited as we are about L&L's new directions."
L&L shows are Saturday at 8 pm, Sunday at 2 and 7 pm, and Monday at 2 and 7:30 pm. Subscriptions to the five-concert series running from January to June start at $225. Individual tickets start at $52; 92nd Street Y will also offer an "under-35" ticket price for all performances, with $25 individual tickets and $100 season subscriptions.
Lyrics & Lyricists: 2013 Season
January 12, 13, 14
THE VERY MODEL OF A MODERN MAJOR LYRICIST: W. S. Gilbert AND THE BROADWAY HE INSPIRED
Rob Fisher, Artistic Director
Sheldon Harnick, Host
"We all come from (W. S.) Gilbert," said Johnny Mercer. Broadway and pop lyricists worshipped at the feet of the original master of intricate rhyme and skewering wit. In this celebration of Broadway humor and satire, Rob Fisher (Anything Goes, Chicago), and Sheldon Harnick (Fiddler on the Roof, Fiorello!) trace the comic DNA that found its way from The Mikado to My Fair Lady.
February 23, 24, 25
GIVE ME FEVER: THE MANY VOICES OF Peggy Lee
Billy Stritch, Artistic Director
As arguably the coolest singing icon of the times, Peggy Lee made hits of "Fever" and "Is That All There Is?" As a prolific lyricist, she teamed with legends like Harold Arlen and Duke Ellington to produce songs like "I'm Gonna Go Fishin'" and "He's a Tramp." Billy Stritch (Liza's at the Palace, 42nd Street) tours the hip musical landscape of Miss Peggy Lee.
April 6, 7, 8
TAKING A CHANCE ON LOVE: THE MUSIC OF Vernon Duke
David Loud, Artistic Director
David Loud (Ragtime, Curtains) returns to salute Vernon Duke-who wrote songs like "April in Paris" and landmark shows like Cabin in the Sky (and led a double life as the classical composer and pianist Vladimir Dukelsky). Loud will celebrate Duke's remarkable story and enduring hits from "I Can't Get Started" to "Autumn in New York."