Stephanie D'Abruzzo, Jeremy Kushnier, Alli Mauzey Set for UNSUNG CAROLYN LEIGH, VOL. 2 at 54 Below
UnsungMusicalsCo. (UMC) will present Unsung Carolyn Leigh, Vol. 2 at 54 Below on Thursday, November 20 at 7 PM and 9:30 PM. The evening, showcasing songs by the Tony- and Grammy-nominated lyricist of Peter Pan, Little Me, and How Now Dow Jones, is created and directed by Ben West (Unsung Carolyn Leigh, The Fig Leaves Are Falling).
Unsung Carolyn Leigh, Vol. 2 will feature performances by Obie Award winner Donna Bullock (Ragtime), Tony Award nominee Stephanie D'Abruzzo (Avenue Q), Jenn Gambatese (Wicked, Is He Dead?), Autumn Hurlbert (Legally Blonde), Jeremy Kushnier (Jersey Boys, Next to Normal), Alli Mauzey (Wicked, Cry-Baby), Jonathan Rayson (Legally Blonde), Sarah Stiles (Hand to God, On a Clear Day), and Kirsten Wyatt (Annie, A Christmas Story). Additional casting will be announced shortly.
With an illustrious catalogue boasting such popular standards as "The Best is Yet to Come," "Witchcraft," and "Hey, Look Me Over," legendary lyricist Carolyn Leigh spent three decades perfecting her own indelible brand of smart, sexy, sophisticated songwriting. UnsungMusicalsCo. continues its celebration of the Tony- and Grammy-nominated icon with Unsung Carolyn Leigh, Vol. 2, an all-new, jazz-infused evening that highlights the inimitable artist's little-known works including several items written with Jule Styne for the 1976 revue Hellzapoppin', a trunk song from How Now, Dow Jones, and a lost musical number penned with Elmer Bernstein for the troubled tryout of I Do! I Do! Interspersed with a handful of Ms. Leigh's early career hits, the intimate evening features rare audio clips of the lyricist and more than twenty remarkable melodies.
UnsungMusicalsCo. (UMC) is a New York-based not-for-profit production company dedicated to the preservation of musical theatre through the research, development, and revitalization of obscure but artistically sound works with the aim of giving each piece new life as part of the modern repertory. Focusing primarily on overlooked projects from the Golden Age of musical theatre (1931-1971), UMC treats each property as a new work thereby providing a unique collaboration between the artists of today and those of the past. Founded in 2009, recent UMC projects include Unsung Carolyn Leigh, a sold-out, critically acclaimed concert for Lincoln Center's American Songbook; critically acclaimed, newly conceived productions of Make Mine Manhattan by Arnold B. Horwitt and Richard Lewine, and The Fig Leaves Are Falling by Allan Sherman and Albert Hague; a starry concert production of At Home Abroad featuring Bruce Vilanch and Julie Halston; an acclaimed world premiere concert of Gatsby by Hugh Wheeler, Lee Pockriss, and Carolyn Leigh; a world premiere concert of Nothing is Forever by Morton Gould and Carolyn Leigh; and the critically acclaimed New York Int'l Fringe Festival production of How Now, Dow Jones. Devoted also to researching, assembling, and ultimately preserving rare musical material for future generations, UMC is receiving its own collection in the Billy Rose Theatre Division of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, where the company's developmental reading series is also in residence at the Bruno Walter Auditorium.