The 8 PM evening of song is presented as part of the 4th annual Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project, running June 21-27 on the Evanston campus of Northwestern University.
The week, which offers young songwriters the opportunity to work with award-winning writers, boasts a previously announced line up including Tony Award-winning composer Lin-Manuel Miranda, Tony nominee Craig Carnelia and Grammy winner Lari White.
The Johnny Mercer Celebration Concert will feature the talents of Miranda (In the Heights), Carnelia (Sweet Smell of Success, Is There Life After High School?), White (Ring of Fire, "Green Eyed Soul"), Callaway (Baby, Miss Saigon) and Jenkins (Caroline, or Change) as well as the participating student songwriters.
A presentation of Girls vs. Boys: A LOUD New Musical (July 10-Aug. 2) will be showcased as part of the Summer Music Theatre Festival at Northwestern. The new work, described as a modern day school-set "Lord of the Flies," has book and lyrics by Chris Mathews, Jake Minton and Nathan Allen, with music by Kevin O'Donnell, choreography by Tommy Rapley and direction by Nathan Allen.
The presentation was developed through a partnership between the American Music Theatre Project at Northwestern University and The House Theatre of Chicago. Additional Summer Music Theatre Festival productions include Bye Bye Birdie (July 24-Aug. 9), and the concert Divas! Divas! Divas! (Aug. 3-4), featuring Chicago stage veterans Hollis Resnick, Alene Robertson and Paula Scrofano.
A reading of the new musical The Doctor in Spite of Himself, from Tony-winning composer Sheldon Harnick (Fiddler, She Loves Me), will be offered as a special presentation to ticket subscribers on Aug. 8. Harnick adapted and composed the new musical based on the Molière comedy. J.B. Poquelin penned the musical's book.
Tickets and further details are available by phoning (847) 491-7282.