Theatrical doyenne Kitty Carlisle Hart will host and narrate a tribute original movie musicals in the 92nd Street Y "Lyrics & Lyricists" series, June 12-14 in New York City.
Patrick A'Hearn, Bridgid Brady, Terry Klausner, Ty Stephens, Deborah Tranelli and Douglas Webster, joined by jazz and cabaret stars Billy Stritch and Carol Woods, will sing in The Great Hollywood Studios: Songs From Original Movie Musicals.
Unlike film versions "Bye Bye Birdie," "Oliver!" and "My Fair Lady," which plucked scores from the stage source material, the scores being celebrated were written specifically for film. On the song list are "Broadway Melody," "The Trolley Song," "Happiness is a Thing Called Joe," "Be a Clown," "Rock Around the Clock," "How About You," "Over the Rainbow" and more.
The program will include film clips from "Royal Wedding" (with tunes by Burton Lane and Alan Jay Lerner), "Singin' in the Rain" (Arthur Freed and Herb Nacio Brown), "High Society" (Cole Porter) and "The Wizard of Oz" (Yip Harburg and Harold Arlen).
Fred Wells is music director. Reservations are encouraged. The 92 Street Y is at 92nd Street and Lexington Avenue. Tickets are $38-$40. Call (212) 996-1100.
Although popular song series are rampant around the country the 92nd Street Y was a forerunner of the craze, beginning the "Lyrics & Lyricists" series in 1970. Early shows in the series had the living writer themselves looking back at their work.
In the 2000 season, the separate shows in the series will be devoted to the following Broadway songwriters: Cy Coleman, Jerry Herman, Betty Comden and Adolph Green, Stephen Sondheim, John Kander and Fred Ebb.
-- By Kenneth Jones