Mo Rocca, Ana Gasteyer & More Join Line-Up for Lyrics & Lyricists' LIVE AND IN LIVING COLOR!
Television through the years: shared musical memories through a magical box. Lyrics & Lyricists™ closes its 2019 season with a loving look at the songs written for or introduced on the small screen that shaped our culture and connected us all. The set we watched together in the den gave us songs by great musical theater writers such as Rodgers & Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim and Cole Porter, specials by Judy Garland and Frank Sinatra, nights with Ed Sullivan and theme songs whose lyrics have a permanent place in our hearts. Live and In Living Color includes songs such as "Love and Marriage", Steve Allen's "This Could Be the Start of Something", songs from Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, and a medley of beloved TV theme songs.
The cast-whose credits span Broadway and television-is led by CBS Sunday Morning's Mo Rocca, Ana Gasteyer, Marcy Harriell, Christine Allado, Paolo Montalbán
and David Turner. The Chase Brock Experience, the dance company of choreographer Chase Brock, adds what The New York Times calls "stylized showbiz mayhem."
Co-artistic directors Rob Berman and Chase Brock comment: "So many great songs were written for television- songs from original musicals like Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella or Sondheim's Evening Primrose, songs from variety shows and children's programming, not to mention classic theme songs and commercial jingles that became a part of our collective consciousness. Many styles of music have been brought into our homes through our television sets. Our show, hosted by the exuberant Mo Rocca, will celebrate all of these ways in which music has touched our lives through the medium of TV."
This show won't be available in re-runs-see it "Live and in Living Color!"
Ted Chapin adds his new role to his current position as President & Chief Creative Officer of Rodgers and Hammerstein. During Chapin's tenure at R&H, he has overseen major productions on Broadway (seven Tony Awards for Best Revival), in London, and around the world, and has encouraged newly created shows including the recent Holiday Inn, Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, State Fair, and Irving Berlin's White Christmas. He has curated three programs at Lyrics & Lyricists, was the co-founder of the Encores! series at City Center and served as chairman of the American Theater Wing. His book Everything Was Possible: The Birth of the Musical "Follies ," was published by Knopf in 2003. His career began as production assistant for the Broadway productions of Follies, The Rothschilds, and The Unknown Soldier and His Wife, and associate to director Alan Arkin on the original Broadway production of Neil Simon's The Sunshine Boys and the CBS-TV production of Twigs with Carol Burnett. He is a visiting lecturer at many universities including Pace, NYU, Duke and Yale.
Since 1970, Lyrics & Lyricists™, the pioneering American Songbook series, and one of 92Y's signature series, has celebrated the work of songwriters like Irving Berlin, Frank Loesser, Lynn Ahrens, Jerome Kern, Cole Porter, Dorothy Fields, Betty Comden & Adolph Green, and Sheldon Harnick. Artist who have championed and interpreted the American Songbook include Rob Fisher, David Loud, Jonathan Groff, John Pizzarelli, Amanda Green, Alex Timbers, Jason Danieley, Billy Stritch, Mary Testa, Jeremy Jordon and Laura Osnes. 92Y Lyrics & Lyricists receives support from Gilda Block; The Hite Foundation; The Edythe Kenner Foundation; The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation; Ellen F. Marcus; and Howard and Eleanor Morgan.
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