The five shows at the East Side venue will feature the vocal talents of Nancy Anderson and John Ellison Conlee. Tony Award-winning Fiddler on the Roof lyricist Sheldon Harnick will host the concerts, which will feature artistic director Rob Fisher on piano.
Harnick was part of a similar concert last season at the 92nd Street Y. This year the lyricist, according to press notes, will "turn his attention to the lyrics that inspired him to be a songwriter. He reflects on such classics as 'A Fine Romance' by Dorothy Fields, 'Let's Do It' by Cole Porter, 'There's No Business Like Show Business' by Irving Berlin, 'When I'm Not Near the Girl I Love' by Yip Harburg and 'Baby It's Cold Outside' by Frank Loesser. But he also discusses fine examples of lyric writing in lesser-known songs by Alan Jay Lerner, George Forrest and Robert Wright, Hugh Martin and Meredith Willson."
Nancy Anderson was most recently seen on Broadway as Eileen Sherwood in the revival of Wonderful Town. She made her Broadway debut as Mona in A Class Act and starred in the West End production of Kiss Me, Kate as Lois/Bianca. Off-Broadway she was seen in Fanny Hill (Drama Desk nomination), Jolson & Co. (Drama Desk nomination) and Fables in Slang. Anderson's regional theatre credits include Fanny Hill, Nicolette and By Jeeves. Her solo recording is titled "Ten Cents a Dance."
John Ellison Conlee earned Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations for his performance as Dave Bukatinsky in The Full Monty. He also appeared on Broadway in The Constant Wife and 1776. His other theatrical credits include A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Encores!), The Bald Soprano, The Butter and Egg Man and Once in a Lifetime.
Show times are Feb. 10 at 8 PM, Feb. 11 at 3 and 8 PM and Feb. 12 at 2 and 8 PM. The 92nd Street Y is located in Manhattan at 92nd Street and Lexington Avenue. Tickets, priced $50 and $60, are available by visiting www.92Y.org.