The Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor, New York, has a good sense of timing. A week after revealing its 2002 season and three days after Randy Newman won his first Oscar, the company has announced that the singer-songwriter will play a one-night-only benefit performance at the theatre on May 4. The concert will launch the new season.
Newman won a 2002 Academy Award for Original Music (Song) for "If I Didn't Have You" from the movie, "Monsters, Inc." He had been nominated 15 times previously, but had never claimed the prize.
Newman is also the author of the stage musical Faust, but is famous for his many albums of satiric, iconoclastic songs in which he theorizes, with his trademark nasal, throaty voice, on subjects ranging from God to racism to Los Angeles.
Tickets are $150. Reservations can be made by calling the Bay Street box office at (631) 725-9500.
—By Robert Simonson