The Tony-winning composers will discuss the many musicals they have created, which include Ragtime, Seussical, A Man of No Importance, Dessa Rose, My Favorite Year, Once on This Island and the recent The Glorious Ones. The evening will also boast performances by former Ragtime co-stars Brian Stokes Mitchell and Marin Mazzie.
Show time is 6 PM. Ira Weitzman will moderate the evening.
Marin Mazzie is a three-time Tony Award nominee for her performances in Kiss Me, Kate; Ragtime; and Passion. Her other theatrical credits include Into the Woods, Big River, The World Goes 'Round, the City Center Encores! productions of Kismet and Out of this World and Off-Broadway's The Trojan Women: A love Story, where she met husband Jason Danieley. Mazzie also starred in the London production of Kiss Me, Kate, where she earned an Olivier Award nomination for her work. She was also seen in the Actors' Fund of America's concert staging of On the Twentieth Century, and she recently completed runs in both the New York and London companies of Spamalot.
Brian Stokes Mitchell, who was seen in the City Center Encores! presentation of Kismet, earned a Tony nomination for his performance in the title role of Man of La Mancha. He won the 2000 Tony, Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk awards for his performance as Fred Graham/Petruchio in Kiss Me, Kate, and his other Broadway credits include lead roles in King Hedley II; Ragtime; Kiss of the Spider Woman; Jelly's Last Jam; Oh, Kay!; Mail; and the City Center Encores! mountings of Do Re Mi and Carnival. Television audiences will be familiar with Mitchell's work from his roles on "Trapper John, M.D.," "Roots" and "Frasier." Mitchell was elected the 12th president of the Actors' Fund of America, and he has performed in concert halls and cabarets around the country including a recent solo turn at Carnegie Hall. His Playbill Records CD is entitled "Brian Stokes Mitchell."
The Bruno Walter Auditorium is located within The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at 40 Lincoln Center Plaza. Admission is free on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information call (212) 642-0142 or visit www.nypl.org/lpaprograms.