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92Y Will Present George Gershwin Tribute Featuring Kara Lindsay With New Arrangements Photo 92Y Will Present George Gershwin Tribute Featuring Kara Lindsay With New Arrangements For Piano by Paul Masse
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Feb 20, 2020

In George Gershwin's short 38 years, he and his brother Ira wrote dozens of the most beloved songs of all time, changing the art of songwriting forever.

LYRICS & LYRICISTS at 92Y Opens Season Celebrating Yip Harburg Photo LYRICS & LYRICISTS at 92Y Opens Season Celebrating Yip Harburg
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 16, 2019

Lyrics & Lyricists opens its new season with a salute to Yip Harburg, who appeared on the 92nd Street Y stage for L&L's first show in December 1970. Harburg was a master lyricist, poet, and book writer who worked with more than 40 composers in writing over 600 songs, including such classics as 'April in Paris,' 'Old Devil Moon,' 'Lydia, the Tattooed Lady,' 'Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?,' 'Paper Moon,' and, of course, 'Over the Rainbow.' Mikaela Bennett, Clifton Duncan, Desi Oakley, Megan Sikora and Nick Spangler bring Harburg's story to life-from his Lower East Side childhood to being blacklisted by HUAC. Matt Kunkel's direction, with musical direction by Paul Masse and a script by Jon Marans, weaves together Harburg's comedic and political sides.

Mo Rocca, Ana Gasteyer & More Join Line-Up for Lyrics & Lyricists' LIVE AND IN LIVI Photo Mo Rocca, Ana Gasteyer & More Join Line-Up for Lyrics & Lyricists' LIVE AND IN LIVING COLOR!
by Nicole Rosky - May 14, 2019

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.

Melissa Errico, Lesli Margherita, Ruthie Ann Miles, and More Set for SONDHEIM WORDPLA Photo Melissa Errico, Lesli Margherita, Ruthie Ann Miles, and More Set for SONDHEIM WORDPLAY at 92Y
by Julie Musbach - Mar 5, 2019

Though Stephen Sondheim has written both music and lyrics for some of the finest scores of the 20th century Lyrics & Lyricists puts Sondheim's lyrics in the spotlight for its next production Sondheim: Wordplay.

Santino Fontana, Lilli Cooper, and More to Celebrate Rodgers & Hart Photo Santino Fontana, Lilli Cooper, and More to Celebrate Rodgers & Hart
by Julie Musbach - Jan 3, 2019

"We'll turn Manhattan into an isle of joy," wrote Lorenz Hart in 1919, at the beginning of his partnership with Richard Rodgers. Now 100 years later Lyrics and Lyricists begins its 49th season with We'll Have Manhattan: Rodgers and Hart in New York, celebrating the team who brought us such enduring classics as "My Funny Valentine," "Isn't It Romantic?," "I Could Write A Book," "It Never Entered My Mind" and over 600 others.

New Cast & Creatives Announced For 92Y's Lyrics & Lyricists Photo New Cast & Creatives Announced For 92Y's Lyrics & Lyricists
by A.A. Cristi - Nov 15, 2018

92Y announces more cast names and new creative team members for Lyrics & Lyricists 2019. Under the helm of L&L producer Ted Chapin, the series brings artists from theater and beyond to present original revues featuring award-winning Broadway and cabaret performers illuminating the American Songbook.

Santino Fontana Joins the Cast of 92Y's 'Lyrics & Lyricists' Photo Santino Fontana Joins the Cast of 92Y's 'Lyrics & Lyricists'
by Kaitlin Milligan - Nov 15, 2018

92Y announces more cast names and new creative team members for Lyrics & Lyricists 2019. Under the helm of L&L producer Ted Chapin, the series brings artists from theater and beyond to present original revues featuring award-winning Broadway and cabaret performers illuminating the American Songbook.

92Y Announces Lyrics & Lyricists 2019 Season Photo 92Y Announces Lyrics & Lyricists 2019 Season
by Stephi Wild - Aug 1, 2018

92Y announces Lyrics & Lyricists 2019, the 49th season of the country's preeminent American Songbook series. L&L producer Ted Chapin brings a variety of artists from theater and beyond-including Santino Fontana, Mo Rocca, Rob Berman and Chase Brock-to present original revues featuring award-winning Broadway and cabaret performers.

Photo Coverage: Carolee Carmello and More Turn Out for Town Hall's BROADWAY BY THE YE Photo Photo Coverage: Carolee Carmello and More Turn Out for Town Hall's BROADWAY BY THE YEAR
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - May 22, 2018

This week the third concert in this landmark 18th season of Town Hall's signature series, Broadway by the Year drew out some of Broadway's finest performers including Tony-nominee Carolee Carmello, Drama Desk nominee Cheryl Freeman, Luke Grooms (Jerry Springer: The Opera), Douglas Ladnier (Jekyll & Hyde), Maxine Linehan (South Pacific), Kyle Selig(Mean Girls), Oakley Boycott (Bells Are Ringing), Joshua Israel (Annie). Check out photos from the even below!

James Snyder, Samantha Massell, & More to Celebrate Frank Loesser at 92Y Photo James Snyder, Samantha Massell, & More to Celebrate Frank Loesser at 92Y
by Macon Prickett - May 7, 2018

'Luck Be a Lady.' 'My Heart is So Full of You.' 'A Secretary is Not a Toy.' We know and love Frank Loesser, composer. But 'Snug as a Bug in a Rug?' 'I Get the Neck of the Chicken?' 'Bloop, Bleep?' 92Y's 48th season of Lyrics & Lyricists culminates with a look at the lesser-known side of Loesser - his Hollywood career collaborating with such composers as Hoagy Carmichael, Jule Style, Burton Lane and Jimmy McHugh - as well as a fresh look at songs from Guys and Dolls and his Broadway best, in Frank Loesser: Lyricist. L&L favorite David Loud, who most recently helmed acclaimed shows celebrating Stephen Sondheim and Cole Porter, returns as artistic director and host, with a cast featuring Farah Alvin (It Shoulda Been You, Nine); Lewis Cleale (The Book of Mormon, Spamalot); Laura Darrell (Encores! The Golden Apple; The Vineyard Theater Kid Victory); Samantha Massell (Fiddler on the Roof); and James Snyder (In Transit, If/Then, Encores! Grand Hotel).

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BWW TV: Ebersole & More at the Nightlife Awards
by Robert Diamond - Feb 1, 2011

The Nightlife Awards has no acceptance speeches -- it's just pure entertainment provided by the winners and special guest stars. The show has been hailed by The New York Times as 'The equivalent of The Tony Awards for New York Nightlife.' As always the vast majority of the winners, chosen by the press, agreed to come to Town Hall and perform, as well as a growing list of guest stars. The show was hosted by Emmy Award Winner Bruce Vilanch.