Gossip columnist Liz Smith will host Skitch Henderson Presents New Faces of '04 at 7 PM at Carnegie Hall. Avenue Q's Stephanie D'Abruzzo and John Tartaglia, The Boy From Oz's Mitchel David Federan, Never Gonna Dance's Nancy Lemenager and Noah Racey and Little Shop of Horrors' Michael-Leon Wooley will join 2003 Star Search winner Vickie Natale and New York City Opera soprano Jody Sheinbaum for the all-star celebration. Skitch Henderson will conduct the famed pops orchestra. Avenue Q's Tartaglia will open the evening with "I Wish I Were in Love Again." His co-star, D'Abruzzo, will offer "Anywhere I Wander," and the two will duet on "No Two People." Other songs will be drawn from the Great American Songbook, including works by the Gershwins, Frank Loesser and Richard Rodgers.
In a recent statement, the 85-year-old Henderson said, "We're looking for new talent, especially vocalists, who have what it takes to become big stars and can perform the great music of the American Songbook — the music of Porter, Kern, Arlen, Berlin, Rodgers and Bernstein — and keep this great musical repertory alive." A dinner dance will be held at the Plaza Hotel following the Carnegie Hall concert.
Tickets for Skitch Henderson Presents New Faces of '04 begin at $35 and are available by calling (212) 765-7677. Carnegie Hall is located in Manhattan at 57th Street and Seventh Avenue. For more information, visit www.carnegiehall.org.