The living legends of American musical theatre will be showcased in the 30th anniversary of the popular "Lyrics & Lyricists" series at the 92nd Street Y in New York City in 2000.
Composer Cy Coleman, composer-lyricist Jerry Herman, lyricists Betty Comden and Adolph Green, composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim and composer John Kander and lyricist Fred Ebb will have separate shows devoted to their careers, craft and songs.
Live performances, archival film clips, live interviews and more are part of the series, slated for the following dates in 2000: Jan. 10-18, Feb. 12 14, March 11-13, April 15-17 and June 3-5. Programming for specific dates has not been announced.
"Lyrics & Lyricists" began in 1970 and began a trend of concerts and public appreciations of craft in American popular song -- much of it rooted in musical theatre. Early programs included evenings with living (and now dead) lyricists E.Y. "Yip" Harburg, Sammy Cahn, Alan Jay Lerner, Johnny Mercer and more. As the series grew, theme evenings took hold, including "The Tuneful Thirties," "Great Song Writing Teams Remembered" and "The Glory Days of Tin Pan Alley."
Barry Levitt, the Broadway musical director, orchestrator and vocal arranger, is the L&L artistic director. The final show of the 1999 series was June 12-14, "The Great Hollywood Studios: Songs From Original Movie Musicals (MGM)."
Current subscribers can renew immediately. New subscriptions will be taken in "late June" according to a subscription spokesperson. Call (212) 996-1100.
The 92nd Street Y is at 92nd Street and Lexington Avenue in Manhattan.
-- By Kenneth Jones