Rebecca Luker & More Featured on NJTV's AMERICAN SONGBOOK Airing This January
American Songbook at NJPAC, a new music performance series from NJTV, New Jersey's public television network, and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), will be broadcast throughout the tri-state area on NJTV and WNET affiliates beginning this January.
The six-part series, taped before a live audience at NJPAC's Victoria Theater, features performances from eight stars of stage, screen and concert halls: Tom Wopat, Valerie Simpson, Rebecca Luker, Sandy Stewart and Bill Charlap, Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley, and Maude Maggart. Each performs their favorite American Songbook standards followed by a Q&A session conducted by Ted Chapin, president and executive director of Rodgers & Hammerstein: An Imagen Company.
AMERICAN SONGBOOK AT NJPAC begins its six-week run on Sunday, 1/5 at 12:30pm on THIRTEEN and 3:30pm on WLIW21 Long Island. The series will have its prime-time debut Wednesdays beginning January 8th at 8pm on NJTV as part of the network's specially-designated NJmade local programming block.
"Arts programming is a priority for NJTV," said John Servidio, General Manager of NJTV. "We are one of the few broadcast outlets bringing the arts to the small screen, and to be able to Capture this performance genre, with entertainers of this caliber, is very exciting. We aim to do more shows like this at venues across the state."
"The Great American Songbook is the soundtrack of our lives. We are excited to partner with public television on the chance to present the music's greatest interpreters to the widest possible audience," said John Schreiber, President and CEO of NJPAC.
"The American Songbook is endlessly fascinating, and the combination of first-rate and focused performances by some of our most talented singers with interviews was too alluring to pass up," added Chapin.
AMERICAN SONGBOOK AT NJPAC is a production of The New Jersey Performing Arts Center and Public Media NJ, Inc..
The American Songbook performance series at NJPAC was presented, in part, through the generous support of the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation.
Funding for the American Songbook performance series at NJPAC has been provided by The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation and The Sylvia and David Steiner Charitable Foundation.
Visit NJTVonline.org/songbook for full episodes of the shows, previews of upcoming shows, video segments, scheduling information and links to social media.
Full episodes of the show will also be available on the THIRTEEN Explore iPad App.
Series photos and information available on NJTV's pressroom: njtvonline.org/pressroom.
Visit NJPAC online at njpac.org, Facebook and Twitter @NJPAC.
AMERICAN SONGBOOK AT NJPAC Airdates and Episode Descriptions
Episode #101 featuring Rebecca Luker
THIRTEEN: Sunday, 1/5/14 at 12:30pm and WLIW21 at 3:30pm
NJTV: Wednesday, 1/8/14 at 8pm
Broadway actress and singer Rebecca Luker takes the stage at NJPAC, performing a selection of music written by the legendary songwriter, Jerome Kern. With classics like "Bill" and "Can't Help Loving that Man" (Kern/Hammerstein II), Luker dazzles as she celebrates the Kern's everlasting presence in the world of musical theater.
Episode #102 featuring Tom Wopat
THIRTEEN: Sunday, 1/12/14 at 12:30pm and WLIW21 at 3:30pm
NJTV: Wednesday, 1/15/14 at 8pm
Tom Wopat may be best known for his starring role in the '80s hit television series The Dukes of Hazzard, but his career has spanned from TV to film to Broadway. Onstage at NJPAC he explores new, intriguing musical twists in such Great American Songbook classics as "The Good Life" (Distel/Reardon) "Call Me Irresponsible" (Cahn/Van Heusen), "I Won't Dance" (Kern/Fields/McHugh/Hammerstein II) and, "I've Got Your Number" (Coleman/Leigh).
Episode #103 featuring Valerie Simpson
THIRTEEN: Sunday, 1/19/14 at 12:30pm and WLIW21 at 3:30pm
NJTV: Wednesday, 1/22/14 at 8pm
Valerie Simpson, one half of the beloved and legendary songwriter/producers and performers Ashford & Simpson, returns to the stage at NJPAC in a special performance of classic Motown music. Performing Ashford & Simpson hits such as "I'm Every Woman," "Remember Me," "Solid," and "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," Simpson dazzles audiences in this electrifying retrospective of her chart-topping career.