Luker and Garrison to Sing Gershwin at Fisher's Wit and Wisdom Concert

News   Luker and Garrison to Sing Gershwin at Fisher's Wit and Wisdom Concert Rebecca Luker and David Garrison will interpret the songs of Ira Gershwin at the June 12-14 concerts The Wit and Wisdom of Ira Gershwin.
Rebecca Luker
Rebecca Luker

Conceived by artistic director Rob Fisher, the concerts are part of the 92nd Street Y's famed "Lyrics & Lyricists" series. Fiddler on the Roof lyricist Sheldon Harnick will host the performances, which feature Fisher and Chris Fenwick on piano. The June 12 and 13 concerts will be held at 8 PM, the June 14 performances at 2 and 8 PM.

The concerts will include the songs Ira Gershwin wrote with his brother George as well as his subsequent collaborations with Burton Lane and Kurt Weill. In a statement, artistic director Fisher said, "There’s a certain joie de vivre in Ira’s work with George, which comes partly from George’s music. They were a perfect team for the 20 years they worked together, and although he never found an equally perfect partner, he continued to grow and develop as a lyricist. I’m interested in how he was a different lyricist with different composers, and in how the music changed his approach to words."

Rebecca Luker was most recently on The Great White Way in the Tony winning revival of Nine. She starred opposite Craig Bierko in the acclaimed revival of The Music Man, garnering Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations for her role as Marian. Luker also appeared with Michael Cerveris and Judy Kuhn in the Kennedy Center production of Stephen Sondheim's Passion, and her other theatrical credits include roles in The Sound of Music, Show Boat, The Secret Garden and The Phantom of the Opera.

David Garrison was most recently on Broadway in the short-lived revival of Bells Are Ringing. He received a Tony nomination for his role in A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine, and his other theatrical credits include Titanic, The Pirates of Penzance, Torch Song Trilogy, I Do! I Do!, Randy Newman's Faust, Merrily We Roll Along and You Never Know. His television credits are numerous and include "Murphy Brown," "Murder, She Wrote," "Married with Children," "L.A. Law" and "Law & Order."

The 92nd Street Y is located in Manhattan at 92nd Street and Lexington Avenue. Tickets, priced at $45, are available by calling (212) 415-5500. Visit www.92Y.org for more information.

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