New York Festival of Song—Fats & Fields is the title of the evening, which begins at 8 PM at the famed concert hall on West 67th Street. Jennifer Aylmer, Judy Kaye, Jason Graae, James Martin and Steven Blier will all be part of the event; Blier is the evening's artistic director and Michael Barrett the associate artistic director.
Fats & Fields is a centenary tribute to the legacies of lyricist Fields and singer-songwriter Waller. The evening, according to production notes, will trace "their wide-ranging, occasionally criss-crossing musical paths from the Cotton Club to Broadway to Hollywood, via Tin Pan Alley."
Judy Kaye played the role of Rosie in the Broadway company of Mamma Mia!, a part for which she received a 2002 Tony Award nomination. Kaye won the Tony for her performance as Carlotta in the New York production of The Phantom of the Opera and also received a Theatre World Award for her work in On the Twentieth Century. Kaye also starred on Broadway in Ragtime, and her two solo recordings are titled "Diva by Diva" and "Songs from the Silver Screen." Kaye is currently starring in the York Theatre's production of Souvenir.
Jason Graae starred on Broadway in A Grand Night for Singing, Falsettos, Stardust and Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?, and appeared in the Hollywood Bowl concert version of The Music Man as Marcellus Washburn. His Off-Broadway credits include roles in Forever Plaid; Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh; Olympus On My Mind; and All in the Timing. Graae also starred in the Reprise! concerts of Of Thee I Sing!, Anything Goes and The Boys from Syracuse. Graae is now playing Helen's Hideaway Room on Eighth Avenue through Dec. 18.
Merkin Concert Hall is located within the Kaufman Center at 129 West 67th Street. Tickets, priced at $45, are available by calling (212) 501-3303. Visit www.kaufman-center.org for more information.