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Deborah Grace Winer

 
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Writer, dramatist and concert/revue creator Deborah Grace Winer is a leading expert on the American Songbook and Musical Theatre. She collaborates with institutions such as Jazz at Lincoln Center, her Classic American Songbook Series at Feinstein's/54 Below supper club launched in March, 2018 to ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
Writer, dramatist and concert/revue creator Deborah Grace Winer is a leading expert on the American Songbook and Musical Theatre. She collaborates with institutions such as Jazz at Lincoln Center, her Classic American Songbook Series at Feinstein's/54 Below supper club launched in March, 2018 to ... (read complete bio)

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Deborah Grace Winer Biography

Writer, dramatist and concert/revue creator Deborah Grace Winer is a leading expert on the American Songbook and Musical Theatre. She collaborates with institutions such as Jazz at Lincoln Center, her Classic American Songbook Series at Feinstein's/54 Below supper club launched in March, 2018 to rave reviews and her musical revue New York Big City Songbook (which the New York Times called "A triumph") has become a monthly highlight at Birdland Theater. She recently completed a nine-season run as Artistic Director of the 92Y‚Äôs venerable Lyrics & Lyricists American Songbook concert series, presiding over 50 original shows there and steering the nearly 50-year-old N.Y. tradition to rejuvenated success, while collaborating with the top creative and performing talent from Broadway, jazz and cabaret. Earning audience and critical acclaim, the New York Times dubbed one of her personally led and written shows, ‚ÄúA home run‚Ķpropelled by Ms. Winer‚Äôs best script ever.‚ÄĚ



She recently created the centerpiece musical entertainment for 2019's famed Diner en Blanc in NYC, for an outdoor audience of more than 5,000. Her show, Baby, Dream Your Dream celebrates the great women writers of the American Songbook, and that and other shows continue to be booked into venues in New York and regionally. She has written and created musical shows across the spectrum of subject and material, from dogs, to magic, to Shakespeare, to classic American Songbook greats like the Gershwins, Rodgers and Hart and Jerome Kern. She has worked with venues including Birdland Theater, NJPAC and the Schimmel Center at Pace U. Projects with Jazz at Lincoln Center include collaborating with Kennedy Center honoree Carmen de Lavallade creating her show, Life of a Legend and with Wynton Marsalis on the 2019 gala; as well as scripting the concert celebrating Brooks Brothers 200th anniversary. Working with the top tier artists from Broadway and music, she creates special presentations for corporate and private events.

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Her book, On the Sunny Side of the Street: The Life and Lyrics of Dorothy Fields (Schirmer Books/Simon and Schuster Macmillan, foreword by Betty Comden), was recently re-released on Amazon. Other books include: The Night and the Music: Rosemary Clooney, Barbara Cook and Julie Wilson Inside the World of Cabaret (Schirmer Books, foreword by Rex Reed); Sing Out Louise!:150 Stars of the Musical Theatre Remember 50 Years on Broadway (co-author/Schirmer); and I Remember Too Much: 89 Opera Stars Speak Candidly of Their Work, Their Lives and Their Colleagues (co-author/Wm Morrow). The Dictionary of Literary Biography special volume on American songwriters includes her entries on both Dorothy Fields and Carolyn Leigh. She authored three coffee table books accompanying a 3-box, 22 CD set of the complete early recordings of Rosemary Clooney (Bear Family). Her articles on music have appeared in the New York Times, Town and Country, and numerous other publications.



She was featured on PBS‚Äôs special, Jimmy Van Heusen: Swingin‚Äô with Frank and Bing, the PBS American Masters special, Yours for a Song: The Women of Tin Pan Alley, on the A&E Biography of Rosemary Clooney, on NPR‚Äôs ‚ÄúFresh Air‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúMorning Edition.‚ÄĚ



As a dramatist, her plays and musical theatre writing (including Sing For Your Shakespeare, The Real Tabasco, (an O’Neill finalist) and Little Shows) have been variously developed at Lincoln Center Theatre, Primary Stages, The Westport Country Playhouse, the Lark and the Actors Studio (where she is Artistic Adviser to the Playwrights-Directors Workshop), among other theatres.



Among the favorite gala shows she has written for venues like New York City Center and Town Hall are Fans!: the Sally Rand Centennial Celebration, and Gotta Dance: A Dance Tribute to Hollywood, during which she wrote for, among many, Cyd Charisse, Esther Williams and Mary Tyler Moore.



She is a native of Manhattan and a graduate of Swarthmore College.






Deborah Grace Winer News

Songbook Sundays Returns Next Month at Lincoln Center's Dizzy's Club Photo Songbook Sundays Returns Next Month at Lincoln Center's Dizzy's Club
by Stephi Wild - Jan 24, 2023

Songbook Sundays, created and hosted by Deborah Grace Winer celebrating the American Songbook will continue at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Dizzy's with BEWITCHED, BOTHERED AND RODGERS AND HART on Sunday, February 5th at 5 PM and 7:30 PM at Dizzy's Club.  

Latest Standings Released For The For 2022 BroadwayWorld Cabaret Awards Photo Latest Standings Released For The For 2022 BroadwayWorld Cabaret Awards
by BWW Awards - Dec 27, 2022

The final standings have been announced as of Tuesday, December 27th for the 2022 BroadwayWorld Seattle Awards! Don't miss out on making sure that your favorite theatres, stars, and shows get the recognition they deserve!

12 Days Left To Vote For The 2022 BroadwayWorld Cabaret Awards Photo 12 Days Left To Vote For The 2022 BroadwayWorld Cabaret Awards
by BWW Awards - Dec 19, 2022

The latest standings as of Monday, December 19th, have been released for the 2022 BroadwayWorld Cabaret Awards! Nominations were reader-submitted and now our readers get to vote for their favorites.

Latest Standings Released For The For 2022 BroadwayWorld Cabaret Awards Photo Latest Standings Released For The For 2022 BroadwayWorld Cabaret Awards
by BWW Awards - Dec 12, 2022

Voting is now open for the 2022 BroadwayWorld Cabaret Awards! Nominations were reader-submitted and now our readers get to vote for their favorites.

Photos: 30 Days Of Cabaret Gratitude Final Roundup Photo Photos: 30 Days Of Cabaret Gratitude Final Roundup
by Stephen Mosher - Nov 30, 2022

After thirty days, we conclude the Broadway World Cabaret look at artists for whom our team feels thanks. Here they all are, together, with some thanks of our own.

Review: SONGBOOK SUNDAYS Closes Out Spectacular First Season at Dizzy's Club With ALW Photo Review: SONGBOOK SUNDAYS Closes Out Spectacular First Season at Dizzy's Club With ALWAYS, IRVING BERLIN
by Stephen Mosher - Nov 28, 2022

Deborah Grace Winer has done it again: ALWAYS, IRVING BERLIN was the perfect way to close out the first season of SONGBOOK SUNDAYS.

Chalfant, Morgan, Winer, and More Will Celebrate The Life Of Susan L. Schulman Photo Chalfant, Morgan, Winer, and More Will Celebrate The Life Of Susan L. Schulman
by Stephi Wild - Nov 11, 2022

On Saturrday, 11/12 at 2 PM EST, noted interviewer Richard Skipper will join forces with 15-year-old theater podcaster Charles Kirsch to celebrate the life of one of Broadway's best, veteran press agent Susan L. Schulman.

Jazz At Lincoln Center Presents ALWAYS IRVING BERLIN Photo Jazz At Lincoln Center Presents ALWAYS IRVING BERLIN
by Stephi Wild - Nov 8, 2022

 Songbook Sundays, created and hosted by Deborah Grace Winer celebrating the American Songbook will continue at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Dizzy's with ALWAYS IRVING BERLIN on Sunday, November 20th at 5 PM and 7:30 PM at Dizzy's Club.  

Feature: 30 Days Of Cabaret Gratitude - Day Four: The Curators Photo Feature: 30 Days Of Cabaret Gratitude - Day Four: The Curators
by Stephen Mosher - Nov 4, 2022

Broadway World Cabaret is looking at the work of four producers we call THE CURATORS.

Review: IN AN ELLINGTON MOOD Creates A Winning Streak For Songbook Sundays at Dizzy's Photo Review: IN AN ELLINGTON MOOD Creates A Winning Streak For Songbook Sundays at Dizzy's Club
by Stephen Mosher - Sep 15, 2022

Helmed by Jazz at Lincoln Center and curated by Deborah Grace Winer, the latest installment of SONGBOOK SUNDAYS is proof of a pattern of great entertainment.

Deborah Grace Winer Videos

BWW TV: Chita Rivera, Bebe Neuwirth & More Preview What's Coming This Spring at Feins Videoplay
BWW TV: Chita Rivera, Bebe Neuwirth & More Preview What's Coming This Spring at Feinstein's/54 Below!

by TV - Press Previews - Mar 3, 2018

Earlier this week, Feinstein's/54 Below welcomed stars from some of its upcoming shows- two-time Tony Award-winner Chita Rivera (March 6-22); two-time Tony and Emmy Award-winner Bebe Neuwirth (March 28-31); Christiane Noll with writer, host and creator Deborah Grace Winer (March 27), and The Book of Mormon's Donell James Foreman (March 19). Below, watch as the full gang gives us a sneak peek of what's to come!

BWW TV: Karen Ziemba Previews THE SONG IS YOU at Lyrics & Lyricists
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 1, 2013

The greatest songwriters revered him. And his songs-from 'All the Things You Are' to 'The Way You Look Tonight'-remain a vital part of our cultural conversation. It is no accident that Jerome Kern is also known as 'The Dean.' Author and Lyrics & Lyricists series artistic director Deborah Grace Winer takes the helm as artistic director/writer/host for The Song is You: Jerome Kern Coast to Coast, on May 4, 5 and 6. Winer is joined by vocalists Karrin Allyson, Debby Boone, Jeffry Denman, bassist Jay Leonhart, Howard McGillin, Paula West and Karen Ziemba, with special guest Barbara Carroll. BroadwayWorld brings you a preview of Karen Ziemba singing 'Can't help Lovin Dat Man' below!