Part of the Broadway Up Close series, the evening will feature songs and stories from the various winners of the Richard Rodgers Development Award. Founded in 1980, the award acknowledges promising young theatre writers; recipients have included the writers of Rent, Nine, Bat Boy and Juan Darien. Those taking part in the April 28 performance include James Valcq (The Spitfire Grill), Jeanine Tesori and Brian Crawley (Violet), Douglas J. Cohen (No Way to Treat a Lady), Brad Ross (The Times) and Robert Lindsey Nassif (Opal). Michael McElroy and Callaway will also perform.
Liz Callaway made her Broadway debut in the original cast of Stephen Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along, and she also took part in the recent anniversary concert of that musical. For her work in the musical Baby, she received a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Musical, and her other Broadway credits include The Three Musketeers, Miss Saigon and Cats. With her sister Ann Hampton Callaway, she created "Sibling Revelry," an acclaimed cabaret act that the duo continue to showcase around the country. Her solo recordings are numerous and include "The Beat Goes On," "Anywhere I Wander: Liz Callaway Sings Frank Loesser" and "The Story Goes On."
The Merkin Concert Hall is located at 129 West 67th Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenues. Tickets are priced at $22 and are available by calling (212) 501-3330. For more information, go to www.ekcc.org.