Tony Award-winning actress Phyllis Newman will host the Styne evening, which will include songs from High Button Shoes, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Funny Girl, Bells Are Ringing, Peter Pan and Gypsy. Newman is also scheduled to sing the Styne/Susan Birkenhead tune "Hey Look, No Crying." The series, which kicked off March 1 with an evening devoted to the songs of Harold Rome, honors "the songwriters who kept the tradition of great American musicals and led Broadway into the second half of the 20th century." Broadway Babies concludes March 22 with a benefit for The American Musicals Project. Cy Coleman will host the evening of his own music. Titled "Cy Coleman: The Best Gets Better," the program will feature songs from Sweet Charity, Little Me, On the 20th Century, The Will Rogers Follies, Wildcat, Barnum, The Life and City of Angels.
Phyllis Newman made her Broadway debut in 1952 in the original musical comedy Wish You Were Here. She received a Tony Award for her performance in Subways Are for Sleeping and a Tony nomination for her work in Neil Simon's Broadway Bound. Her other Broadway credits include Bells Are Ringing, First Impressions, Moonbirds, The Apple Tree, On the Town, The Prisoner of Second Avenue, The Madwoman of Central Park West and Awake and Sing! She married the late Adolph Green in 1960 with whom she has two children, Amanda and Adam. Newman is also the founder of the Phyllis Newman Women's Health Initiative.
The New York Historical Society is located at 2 West 77th Street at Central Park West. Tickets are available by calling (212) 485-9269. For more information visit www.nyhistory.org.