The May 3-5 concerts feature Jeff Harnar as artistic director, host and vocalist. Harnar will also be joined onstage by music director Alex Rybeck as well as singers David Burnham, Sally Mayes and Tony winner Donna McKechnie. The evenings will celebrate the songs that could be heard during the 1959 Broadway season, including tunes from Gypsy, The Sound of Music, Fiorello, West Side Story, The Music Man and My Fair Lady.
Prior to the 1959 concerts will be I've Got Your Number: Romance, The Rat Pack and Carolyn Leigh, which features artistic direction by Deborah Grace Winer and music direction by John Oddo. The March 29-31 concerts will pay tribute to Leigh, the lyricist of such songs as "Young at Heart," "Witchcraft," "The Best Is Yet to Come," "Rules of the Road" and "I Got Your Number." Among those scheduled to entertain are Debby Boone, Loston Harris and Tony winners James Naughton and Karen Ziemba.
The season will conclude with Did the American Songbook End in 1965? under the artistic direction of Andrea Marcovicci. The May 31-June 2 concerts will feature musical director Shelly Markham on piano with vocalists Francesca Amari, Kelly Houston, Lee Lessack, Stacy Sullivan and host Marcovicci. The evenings will include songs written after 1965 that have become popular standards. Audiences can expect to hear tunes by James Taylor, Billy Joel, Joni Mitchell, the Beatles, Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Paul Simon and Stephen Sondheim.
All shows are presented Saturday at 8 PM, Sunday at 3 and 8 PM and Monday at 2 and 8 PM. Individual tickets are $60 and $50; subscriptions to the entire series are $250 and $220.
Deborah Grace Winer is the new artistic director of the Lyrics & Lyricists series. The 92nd Street Y is located in Manhattan at 92nd Street and Lexington Avenue. Tickets are now on sale by calling (212) 415-5500 or by visiting www.92Y.org/lyrics.