The evening, entitled Stormy Weather: Harold Arlen's Cotton Club Years, will feature the vocals of White as well as those of the jazz vocal group Monday Off (Amy Cervini, Richard Roland, Raymond Sage and Sarah Solie). In a statement conductor Skitch Henderson said, "The Cotton Club was a breeding ground of great joy and incredible talent. From 1930 until 1934, a young pianist — always impeccably dressed — named Harold Arlen wrote the shows for that magnificent night club."
Concertgoers can expect to hear such Arlen tunes as "I've Got the World on a String," "Last Night When We Were Young," "Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea," "Blues in the Night," "It's Only a Paper Moon," "My Shining Hour," "What's Good About Goodbye," "If I Only Had a Brain," "Over the Rainbow" and "Stormy Weather."
Lillias White, who starred in the award-winning revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, garnered a Tony Award for her work in Cy Coleman's The Life. She also starred on Broadway in Barnum and Once on This Island and the revival of Dreamgirls. She also repeated her role as Effie for the sold-out concert of Dreamgirls to benefit the Actors' Fund of America.
Tickets for the 8 PM concert are priced $24-$90 and are available at the Carnegie Hall box office (57th Street and 7th Avenue) or by calling CarnegieCharge, (212) 247-7800. For more information, visit www.carnegiehall.org.