Ebersole and Cleale Join "Lyrics & Lyricists" Concerts; McNair Withdraws

News   Ebersole and Cleale Join "Lyrics & Lyricists" Concerts; McNair Withdraws
Tony Award winner Christine Ebersole, who is currently enjoying rave reviews for her work in the hit Off-Broadway musical Grey Gardens, and Broadway actor-singer Lewis Cleale have joined the cast for the 92nd Street Y's upcoming "Lyrics & Lyricists" program, Johnny Mercer at the Movies.

Directed by musical theatre historian Robert Kimball, Mercer at the Movies will be presented May 6 at 8 PM, May 7 at 3 and 8 PM and May 8 at 2 and 8 PM. Performers will also include the previously announced Jason Graae and Amber Edwards with Margaret Whiting as a special guest. Charles Osgood will serve as narrator.

Sylvia McNair, who was originally scheduled to be part of the evening, has withdrawn due to illness, according to a press notice.

Lyricist Johnny Mercer wrote more than 1,200 songs, including "On the Atcheson, Topeka and the Santa Fe," "In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening," "Moon River" and "Days of Wine and Roses." The "Lyrics & Lyricists" evenings will celebrate Mercer's contributions to the movie musical.

Christine Ebersole received a 2003 Tony nomination for her performance in Lincoln Center’s production of Dinner at Eight. She also received a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical for her work as Dorothy Brock in the hit revival of 42nd Street. Ebersole’s other Broadway credits include The Best Man, Getting Away with Murder, Harrigan 'n Hart, Camelot, Oklahoma!, On the Twentieth Century, I Love My Wife, Angel Street and the City Center Encores! productions of A Connecticut Yankee, Ziegfeld Follies of 1936, Lady in the Dark and Allegro. She was also seen Off-Broadway in Talking Heads and can be seen through the end of April in Grey Gardens.

Lewis Cleale has been seen on Broadway in Amour, Once Upon a Mattress and Swinging on a Star, earning a Drama Desk nomination for his work in the latter. His other stage credits include A New Brain, Time and Again and the City Center Encores! mounting of Call Me Madam. The 92nd Street Y is located in Manhattan at 92nd Street and Lexington Avenue. Tickets, priced $45 and $55, are available by calling (212) 415-5500. For more information visit www.92Y.org/Lyrics.

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