Buckley, Kuhn, Lemper, Molaskey and More to Be Part of American Songbook Series

News   Buckley, Kuhn, Lemper, Molaskey and More to Be Part of American Songbook Series The eclectic array of artists lined up for Lincoln Center's ninth annual American Songbook series, which is dedicated to celebrating the popular American songwriter, has been announced.

As previously reported, four-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald will kick off the season Oct. 11 and 12 with concerts celebrating such contemporary American singer-songwriters as Neil Young, Elvis Costello, Nellie McKay, Rufus Wainwright, Laura Nyro, Ricky Ian Gordon and Adam Guettel. Tony and Olivier Award winner Patti LuPone and recent Threepenny Opera star Nellie McKay will join McDonald for her concerts, which will feature musical direction by Ted Sperling. The Oct. 12 performance of Audra McDonald & Friends: Build a Bridge will be broadcast live on PBS' "Live from Lincoln Center" series.

The Composer Series will continue Jan. 18, 2007, with an evening saluting the work of composer-jazz pianist Fred Hersch. Jessica Molaskey, Michael Winther, Peter Eldridge and Kate McGarry will all be on hand to perform selections from Hersch's Leaves of Grass and Light Years.

Howard Fishman will pay homage to Bob Dylan on Feb. 1 with songs from Dylan's "Basement Tapes," and a 50th anniversary celebration of Alan and Marilyn Bergman's work will be offered Feb. 2. That evening will include performances by Melissa Errico and Jessica Molaskey and such Bergman favorites as "The Way We Were," "You Don't Bring Me Flowers," "Nice n' Easy" and "Papa Can You Hear Me?"

The Composer Series will conclude Feb. 9 with an evening with Tony Award-winning Parade composer Jason Robert Brown.

Three concerts will comprise the Cabaret Series in the Allen Room: Three-time Tony nominee Judy Kuhn will perform the works of Laura Nyro, Carole King, Joni Mitchell and Burt Bacharach Jan. 19; Ute Lemper will offer some of her original compositions as well as tunes by Kurt Weill, Tom Waits and Van Morrison Feb. 21; and jazz singer Jane Monheit will present American tunes Feb. 24. The American Popular Song series will present Mos Def's Big Band Jan. 17, John Pizzarelli Feb. 3 and Betty Buckley Feb. 10. Mos Def's evening will feature the introspective rapper putting his own spin on works by Gil Scott-Heron and Miles Davis. Pizzarelli's show, Dear Mr. Sinatra, will celebrate Ol' Blue Eyes with such tunes as "Witchcraft" and "You Make Me Feel So Young." And, Tony Award winner Betty Buckley's new jazz-influenced show will feature long-time musical director Kenny Werner and her band Quintessence.

Others scheduled for the American Songbook season include Michael Franks (Jan. 20); Josh Ritter (Jan. 31); Calexico (Feb. 8); Sasha Dobson, Richard Julian and Jesse Harris (Feb. 22); The Cherryholmes (Feb. 7) and Neko Case (Feb. 23).

The Allen Room is located in the Frederick P. Rose Hall at Broadway and 60th Street. Tickets will go on sale to the general public Oct. 11 by calling (212) 721-6500. Visit www.lincolncenter.org for more information.

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