Asch will be assisted by four singers and accompanist Mark York during the 2-4 PM event.
Asch, who complied and annotated “The Complete Lyrics of Oscar Hammerstein II,” will provide a biographical sketch and historical discussion that traces the creation and development of “All The Things You Are,” “It Might As Well Be Spring,” “Do I Love You Because You’re Beautiful” and “Younger than Springtime” as they progressed from ideas to hit songs to timeless standards. Asch will also read Hammerstein’s comments about the lyric-writing problems he faced in each song.
In addition to the singers, who will provide musical illustrations of each song, the audience will be invited to sing along in a medley of Hammerstein hits. Asch also works on the Playbill editorial staff.
The Council Center is located at 241 West 72nd Street on the second floor. A $5 donation is suggested. There will be refreshments after the presentation.
* The Ziegfeld Society, an organization dedicated to honoring the classics of Broadway music, is presenting this event.