Jonathan Groff, Norm Lewis, Patina Miller, Ann Harada & More Set for AMERICAN SONGBOOK's 2014 Season!
Now in its 16th season, Lincoln Center's acclaimed series American Songbook will continue to expand its scope celebrating the best in American singing and songwriting. New this year, the opening night concert will befree, in the David Rubenstein Atrium, on Wednesday, January 22, 2014. "Live From Lincoln Center," the Emmy Award-winning program broadcast nationally on PBS stations, will shoot four of the first week's American Songbook concerts in The Allen Room: by James Naughton, Lawrence Brownlee, Jason Isbell, and Patina Miller. These performances will be broadcast nationally beginning in Spring 2014. In addition, American Songbook concerts taking place in the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse at Lincoln Center will be live-streamed via http://watch.lincolncenter.org.
American Songbook is sponsored by Prudential Investment Management
Another new initiative for the 2014 season of American Songbook will be a partnership with Prudential Investment Management to "Invest in the Future of American Song." Information about this program will be announced at a later date.
"We are proud of our new partnership with American Songbook--an investment that celebrates the history of America's music and supports its future," said David Hunt, CEO and president of Prudential Investment Management, which ranks among the world's largest asset managers. "The opportunity to support outstanding artists who meet their audiences in intimate settings on some of the world's most important stages reflects the values our business and clients hold dear--strong relationships, a strong community and a vibrant culture."
"American Songbook in The Allen Room" will run from January 28 through March 8, 2014 and will present 17 nights of music from Broadway old and new, country, pop, gospel, rock, and folk. From March 19 through April 5 American Songbook will continue with "American Songbook in the Penthouse," a series of concerts by performers and composers presented in the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse, an intimate yet elegant venue that brings artists closer to the audience in a cabaret-style setting. With a seating capacity of just 225, the Kaplan Penthouse allows an acoustic performer such as Matt Alber to be heard to best advantage - near to the audience and without elaborate amplification. Complimentary glasses of wine and bottled water will be served to audience members, who will be seated at cocktail tables. The Kaplan Penthouse shares with The Allen Room stunning city views.
The "American Songbook in The Allen Room" series starts off with the warm baritone of Tony Award-winner James Naughton, who will sing the music of Randy Newman in the first of American Songbook's evenings honoring composers and lyricists. Others being celebrated this season in The Allen Room are Michael John LaChiusa, one of the most heralded composers of musical theater and a master storyteller, New York's own Henry Krieger (Dreamgirls, SideShow), and the timeless Joni Mitchell, who will be honored by singer Jessica Molaskey.
The stunning voice of Lawrence Brownlee, one of the most in-demand operatic tenors in the world, will perform an evening of American spirituals. In the mix of musical genres are two nights of country singing at its best: veteran stars of the Grand Ole Opry husband and wife Marty Stuart and Connie Smith, who rarely appear together, and relative newcomer Jason Isbell, whose CD, Southeastern, has been earning critical acclaim in 2013.
The Allen Room series will feature several popular singer-songwriters: folktronica star Beth Orton and Brooklyn-based Aoife O'Donovan, along with rising star bluegrass instrumentalist and singer Sarah Jarosz, who will appear with the singing and playing duo The Milk Carton Kids. Indie band Deer Tick will bring its rousing rock, written by founder John McCauley, to The Allen Room as well.