The new season will kick off Oct. 5 at 8 PM with Girls Like Us, which is based on the best-selling book by Sheila Weller and features the music of Carole King, Joni Mitchell and Carly Simon. Those interpreting the songs of King, Mitchell and Simon are scheduled to include Liz Callaway, Barbara Walsh, Capathia Jenkins, Jessica Molaskey and Ann Hampton Callaway. Weller, according to the Kaufman Center website, will read from her book and "discuss the three artists, whose music influenced and reflects the women's revolution in the '60s and '70s." Broadway Close Up: John Kander will be presented Oct. 26 at 8 PM. The evening will feature songs by the award-winning composer of Cabaret, Chicago and Kiss of the Spider Woman, among others. Tony winner David Hyde Pierce will be joined by fellow Tony winners and Kander veterans Karen Ziemba and Debra Monk along with Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley.
The ninth annual Bound for Broadway concert — spotlighting several up-and-coming musicals — will be presented Nov. 16 at 8 PM. Liz Callaway will again host; details will be announced at a later date.
The work of Forbidden Broadway creator Gerard Alessandrini will be saluted Dec. 7 at 8 PM. "While revisiting some of the gems from [Forbidden's] 25 years of inspired spoofery, you'll find out how he really feels about Broadway's past and future, and some of the non-Forbidden shows he's written, too," according to press notes.
The Broadway Close Up season will conclude Dec. 31 at 8 PM with a performance of Striking 12 performed by its writers, the band GrooveLily. Striking 12 is described as "a cross between a rock concert and a holiday show for people who don't like holiday shows."
The Merkin Concert Hall is located at 129 West 67th Street in Manhattan. For tickets to the Broadway Close Up series call (212) 501-3330 or visit kaufman-center.org.