From April 4-6 guest artistic director Rombert Kimball will present Sunny Side Up: Roaring Through the Twenties with DeSylva, Brown & Henderson. The concerts, which will feature the vintage big band Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks, will focus on the songs of DeSylva, Brown & Henderson, whose tunes include "You're the Cream in My Coffee," "Button Up Your Overcoat" and "The Best Things in Life Are Free." Randy Skinner will direct and choreograph a cast that boasts Nancy Anderson, Jeffry Denman, Jason Graae, Randy Graff and Meredith Patterson. Charles Osgood will host the concerts, which feature co-musical direction by Giordano and Joe Thalken.
The Man That Got Away: Ira After George is the title of guest artistic director Rex Reed's show, which will be seen at the East Side venue May 9-11. The concerts will include songs penned by Ira Gershwin after the untimely death of his brother George. Expect to hear such classics as "Long Ago and Far Away," "The Man That Got Away" and "My Ship," among others. Musical director Tedd Firth will accompany Lucie Arnaz, Polly Bergen, Linda Purl, Kurt Reichenbach and Tom Wopat. Caitlin Carter directs.
The L&L season will conclude with Sunday in New York: Mel Tormé in Words and Music. The June 6-8 concerts, under the artistic direction of Billy Stritch, will honor "the incomparable singer and songwriter Mel Tormé." Mark Waldrop will direct the concerts, which will feature the talents of La Tanya Hall, Hilary Kole, Marilyn Maye and Johnny Rodgers.
Lyrics & Lyricists shows are presented over a single weekend with show times Saturday at 8 PM, Sunday at 3 and 8 PM and Monday at 2 and 8 PM.
Individual tickets are priced $60 and $50; subscriptions to the entire series are priced $250 and $220. L&L will inaugurate an under-35 ticket price for the Saturday and Sunday evening performances, with $25 individual tickets and $100 for a season subscription. The 92nd Street Y is located in Manhattan at 92nd Street and Lexington Avenue. For more information call (212) 415-5500 or go to www.92Y.org/lyrics2009.