Part of the Y's acclaimed Lyrics & Lyricists series, the concerts will be presented Jan. 21-23, 2006, and will feature the talents of Capathia Jenkins, Julia Murney, Steven Pasquale, Mary Testa and Clarke Thorell. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels composer David Yazbek will also make a special appearance. The performances will examine Loesser's contributions to the film world, including his work with composers Hoagy Carmichael, Burton Lane and Jule Styne. Concertgoers can expect to hear such tunes as "Baby, It's Cold Outside," "Heart and Soul," "On a Slow Boat to China" and "The Boys in the Backroom."
Musical director Jeffrey Klitz will be featured on piano. The six-member band will also include Aaron Weinstein on violin, Aaron Heick on reeds, Kevin Kuhn on guitar, David Finck on bass and David Ratajczak on drums.
Born June 29, 1910, Frank Loesser was a producer, lyricist, composer, writer and musical supervisor. His most famous musicals include Guys and Dolls, The Most Happy Fella, Where's Charley? and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Loesser also wrote The Illustrators' Show and Greenwillow, the score to the film "Hans Christian Andersen" as well as the lyrics for more than 100 films.
The 92nd Street Y is located in Manhattan at 1395 Lexington Avenue at 92nd Street. Subscriptions to the Lyrics & Lyricists season are priced at $250 or $220; single tickets range $45-$55. Call (212) 415-5500 for more information or visit www.92Y.org.