American Songbook Season Launches Jan. 14 with Cole Porter Celebration

News   American Songbook Season Launches Jan. 14 with Cole Porter Celebration Lincoln Center's American Songbook series, which is held in the Allen Room at the Frederick P. Rose Hall and celebrates the diversity of American popular song, kicks off Jan. 14 with Night & Day: Rob Fisher Celebrates Cole Porter.
Victoria Clark
Victoria Clark Photo by Susan Shacter

The 8:30 PM concert, hosted by musical director Rob Fisher, boasts the talents of Tony Award winners David Hyde Pierce (Curtains) and Victoria Clark (The Light in the Piazza).

Other highlights of the series, which runs through March 6, follow:

  • Jan. 24 at 8:30 PM: South Pacific Tony winner Paulo Szot will perform in concert
  • Feb. 4 at 8:30 PM: Soul Deep: An Anthology of Black Music will celebrate African-American music's contribution to popular music. The evening will feature the talents of Tony winners Phylicia Rashad, Adriane Lennox and Chuck Cooper as well as Ryan Shaw, Aisha de Haas, Sophia Nicole, Antonique Smith, Destan Owens, Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens.

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  • Feb. 7 at 8:30 and 10:30 PM: Cabaret Tony winner Alan Cumming will perform two concerts featuring "songs that have influenced him during his eclectic, electric career."
  • Feb. 19 at 8:30 PM: Tony winner Sutton Foster, who is back on Broadway in Shrek the Musical, will offer a solo evening, including songs from her upcoming recording, "Wish."
  • Feb. 20 at 8:30 PM: An Evening with Alan Menken will feature the composer of Little Shop of Horrors and The Little Mermaid performing "songs both known and unknown from his vast repertoire."
  • Feb, 21 at 8:30 and 10:30 PM: With a Song in My Heart: John Pizzarelli Salutes Richard Rodgers. Pizzarelli will be joined by his wife, singer-actress Jessica Molaskey, for an evening of Rodgers tunes.
  • March 6 at 8 PM: Passing Strange co-creators Stew and Heidi Rodewald will reteam for an evening of song. The concert will feature tunes from Passing Strange and new material. (This evening will be held in Alice Tully Hall as part of the Alice Tully Opening Nights Festival.) The American Songbook series, which was launched in 1998, "traces the history and charts the course of the American song from its past and current forms to its future direction."

    Tickets for the series are available by calling (212) 721-6500 or by visiting www.lincolncenter.org. Tickets are also available at the Frederick P. Rose Hall box office, which is located at Broadway at 60th Street.