The 92 Street Y Tisch Center for the Arts will present its 31st Lyrics and Lyricists Tribute Feb. 10-12. This event, which honors Jule Styne (Gypsy, Funny Girl, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Bells Are Ringing) will be hosted by Rex Reed. "The Songs of Jule Styne" will run Sat., Feb. 10 at 8 PM, Sun. Feb. 11 at 2:30 and 8 PM and on Sun. Feb. 12 at 2 and 8 PM.
Performing are Cheryl Alexander (It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues); Philip Chaffin (Encores' Sweet Adeline); Lorna Dallas; Patrick DeGennaro; Laurent Giroux (Annie); Nina Hennessey; MAC Award winning Karen Saunders; and Carol Channing impersonator, Richard Skipper.
The creative team comprises Jeff Klitz as pianist and musical director with Brian Grice on drums and John Burr on bass.
The set lists include Styne's "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend," "The Party's Over," "Let Me Entertain You," "People," "Everything's Coming Up Roses," "I've Heard That Song Before" and "Let It Snow."
Styne collaborated with such greats as Sammy Cahn, Betty Comden, and Adolph Green and was "championed by the chairman," Frank Sinatra. His songs were influential in the careers of Carol Channing, Judy Holliday, Mary Martin, Ethel Merman, Carol Burnett, Phil Silvers and Barbra Streisand. The 92 Street Y's Lyrics & Lyricists program is "conceived and directed by artistic director Barry Levitt and written by Brenda Levitt. Pamela Sousa is the assistant director and choreographer, John Kelly is the lighting designer, and Kitty Leech is the costume coordinator."
Tickets are $40. For information, tickets or a catalog of 92nd Street Y programs call (212) 415-5500 or visit the 92nd Street Y Box Office (Lexington Avenue at 92nd Street).
—By Murdoch McBride