American Musicals Project Concerts to Feature Yazbeck, Jacoby, Bergen, Mason and More

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A host of Broadway artists will take part in the upcoming concert series presented by The American Musicals Project, the "creative educational curriculum that promotes the study of history and English through musical theatre to seventh and eighth grade students."
Tony Yazbeck
Tony Yazbeck

The concerts, produced by Pamela Hunt, will be held at the New-York Historical Society. Show time for each concert is 7 PM.

The series will kick off March 9 with Loesser Is More, The Music of Frank Loesser, which will be hosted by Howard Kissel and will feature the talents of Sally Wilfert, Jim Weaver, Rachel DeBenedet and Aaron Ramey. Ted Kociolek will be the evening's musical director.

Tony Yazbeck, Mike McGowan and Mark Jacoby will take part in Songs for Men Only on March 16. Pulitzer-winning lyricist Sheldon Harnick will introduce the evening, which will feature such tunes as "Standing on the Corner," "You Gotta Have Heart," "Little Tin Box" and "Politics and Poker." James Brennan will direct the concert with music direction by Matt Castle.

On March 23 Emmy Award winner Polly Bergen will host a tribute to women songwriters. The evening, simply titled Broadway's Women, will feature the work of Mary Rodgers (Once Upon a Mattress), Lucy Simon (The Secret Garden), Kay Swift (Fine and Dandy), Dorothy Fields (Sweet Charity) and Betty Comden (On the Town). Annette Jolles directs and Sariva Goetz music directs a cast that includes Lynne Wintersteller, Jessica Burrows and Vanessa Lemonides.

The season will conclude April 6 with a gala benefit celebrating the making of Guys and Dolls, the classic musical now enjoying a revival at Broadway's Nederlander Theatre. Pamela Hunt will direct Karen Mason, Michael McGrath, Jeff McCarthy and Garrett Long, who will all offer tunes from the Frank Loesser musical. The evening's special guest will be Loesser's widow, Jo Sullivan Loesser. Evans Haile will be the musical director for the gala. New-York Historical Society is located in Manhattan at 170 Central Park West (at 77th Street). For tickets call (212) 873-3400, ext. 305. For more information visit www.nyhistory.org or www.americanmusicalsproject.org.

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