Live From Lincoln Center's winter and spring broadcast season kicked off with a special concert from Lincoln Center's 2013 American Songbook series celebrating the legendary songwriting duo of John Kander and Fred Ebb. The broadcast, "Ring Them Bells! A Kander & Ebb Celebration," was hosted by Audra McDonald and aired on PBS stations last night, February 15, 2013.
Joel Grey sang, "If You Could See Her", a song he originated in the Broadway and film versions of CABARET. Click below to watch his performance!
"All That Jazz," "Mister Cellophane," "Wilkommen," "A Quiet Thing," "Maybe This Time" and the incomparable "New York, New York" are some of the dozens of songs written by Kander and Ebb over the course of their creative collaboration. These songs are also some of the great works that Broadway stars Marin Mazzie (Kiss Me Kate, Next to Normal) and Jason Danieley (Curtains, Next to Normal) performed, along with theater legends Joel Grey and Chita Rivera, in a review conceived and conducted by creative director and musical host Rob Fisher. Fisher, who works extensively on Broadway and in concert halls across the country, presented three previous composer celebrations for American Songbook, which were joyous explorations of the work of Cole Porter, Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin.
Live From Lincoln Center is in its 38th broadcast season. The series has received 13 Emmy Awards to date. Live From Lincoln Center has made the world's greatest artists on Lincoln Center's renowned stages accessible to home viewers in virtually every corner of the United States. This episode is directed by Lonny Price. The executive producer is Andrew C. Wilk. Lincoln Center's Chief Media and Digital Officer, Elizabeth W. Scott, is executive in charge of the series' production.
"RingThem Bells! A Kander & Ebb Celebration" is the first of six recently announced Live From Lincoln Center programs to air this winter and spring on PBS, part of an expanded 2013 broadcast season. The next episode of Live From Lincoln Center features Kristin Chenoweth's "The Dames of Broadway...All of 'Em!!!" on March 24 at 8 p.m. (ET).