On June 10-12 (at 11 PM), June 13 (at 8 PM) and June 14 (at 7:30 PM), CUNY-TV (Channel 75 in the metropolitan area) will rebroadcast "New York in Song," a TV cabaret to raise money for scholarships for children of the victims of the September 11 tragedy.
New York in Song boasts more than 30 of New York's finest singers, musicians and songwriters performing both classic and lesser-known songs about the City of New York. All of the performers as well as the artistic, technical and creative staffs donated their time and services to the program. Of special interest to theatregoers are performances by 42nd Street's Christine Ebersole, who sings "Lullaby of Broadway"; Karen Mason, the Mamma Mia! star, who belts Kander & Ebb's "New York, New York"; Heather Mac Rae, who sings Julie Gold's touching "Goodnight New York"; Liz Callaway, who wraps her rich alto around Sondheim's "Another Hundred People"; and Malcom Gets, who croons another Sondheim tune, "So Many People."
The legendary Kitty Carlisle Hart hosts the 90-minute program, which also features Betty Comden and Adolph Green performing their classic On the Town song, "New York, New York," plus composer Charles Strouse and singer/actress Christine Andreas performing his Annie tune, "N.Y.C." The program also boasts songs rendered by the likes of Mary Cleere Haran, Tovah Feldshuh, David Staller, Phillip Officer, Larry Woodard, Mark Nadler, Eric Comstock, Billy Stritch, KT Sullivan, Craig Rubano, Jeff Harnar and Sidney Myer.
Interested viewers can also purchase a video of the 90-minute show for $39.95. The tax-deductible donation to CSFA—Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund should be sent to CUNY TV, 365 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1400, New York, NY 10016. Michael A. Kerker, head of ASCAP, and the Mabel Mercer Foundation's Donald Smith served, respectively, as creative advisor and creative consultant for the television broadcast, which was produced and directed for CUNY-TV by Ruth Leon and Howard Weinberg.
—By Andrew Gans