92nd Street Y announces casting for the 2013 season of Lyrics & Lyricists™. Jason Danieley, Rebecca Luker, Barbara Carroll and James Naughton are among the performers from the worlds of Broadway, jazz and cabaret presenting a panoramic journey through the American Songbook via New York, London, Hollywood, and Stratford-on-Avon. L&L's shows this season explore Shakespeare on Broadway, iconic singer/lyricist Peggy Lee, a fresh take on Jerome Kern, and our look at Vernon Duke's and W. S. Gilbert's influence on Broadway. The season is curated by series artistic director Deborah Grace Winer (also returning as artistic director for one of the shows), and a line-up of guest artistic directors – Rob Fisher (with host Sheldon Harnick), Billy Stritch, David Loud and Mark Lamos.
L&L shows are Saturday at 8 pm, Sunday at 2 and 7 pm, and Monday at 2 and 7:30 pm. 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.
Lyrics & Lyricists is produced by the 92nd Street Y Tisch Center for the Arts under Director Hanna Arie-Gaifman.
Deborah Grace Winer says about the country's preeminent American Songbook series: "Part of the excitement for us is to program shows that let us dive into a subject in a whole new way...and then see how each of those shows plays against what comes before and after it in the season. So this year we had fun shaping a season as varied as Peggy Lee and Shakespeare, or W.S. Gilbert and his Broadway spawn. And were thrilled to realize that in fact our 2013 season has a theme of transformation. Whether it's a White Russian piano virtuoso named Dukelsky morphing into American tunesmith Vernon Duke, or the way that, in a new millennium, Jerome Kern's songs are continuously reinvented by performers of every possible stripe. The really nice part is that the members of our L&L artistic family, who put these shows together, are simply the very best in the business."
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 & Piano
Sheldon Harnick, Host & Writer
Gary Griffin, Stage Director
From Porter to Sondheim, theater's lyricists took a lesson from W.S. Gilbert's intricate rhymes and skewering wit. Trace the comic DNA from The Mikado to My Fair Lady and beyond in a celebration of Broadway humor and satire.
Jason Danieley, vocals
Singer/actor Danieley has been hailed by The New York Times as "the most exquisite tenor on Broadway." After making a splash in the theater world in Adam Guettel's Floyd Collins, Danieley has gone on to appear on Broadway in Next to Normal (alongside his wife Marin Mazzie), Curtains, The Full Monty and Candide.
David Garrison, vocals
Singer/actor Garrison has collaborated with Rob Fisher on several L&L productions as both host and performer. He received a Tony® Award nomination for A Day in Hollywood / A Night in the Ukraine and has also appeared on Broadway in Wicked, Titanic, and Torch Song Trilogy. He is also widely known for his role on TV's Married… With Children.