The 92 Street Y Tisch Center for the Arts presents its 31st Lyrics and Lyricists Tribute Feb. 10-12. Honoring Jule Styne (Gypsy, Funny Girl, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Bells Are Ringing), the tribute features a variety of performances, hosted by Rex Reed. "The Songs of Jule Styne" will run Feb. 10 at 8 PM, Feb. 11 at 2:30 and 8 PM and on Feb. 12 at 2 and 8 PM.
As reported earlier, the performers include Cheryl Alexander (It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues), Philip Chaffin (Encores' Sweet Adeline), Lorna Dallas, Patrick DeGennaro, Laurent Giroux (Annie), Nina Hennessey, MAC Award winning Karen Saunders, and Carol Channing impersonator, Richard Skipper.
The creative team comprises Jeff Klitz as pianist and musical director with Brian Grice on drums and John Burr on bass.
The set list include Styne's "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend," "The Party's Over," "Let Me Entertain You," "People," "Everything's Coming Up Roses," "I've Heard That Song Before" and "Let It Snow."
Styne collaborated with such greats as Sammy Cahn, Betty Comden, and Adolph Green and was championed by Frank Sinatra. His songs were influential in the careers of Carol Channing, Judy Holliday, Mary Martin, Ethel Merman, Carol Burnett, Phil Silvers and Barbra Streisand. The 92 Street Y's Lyrics & Lyricists program is conceived and directed by artistic director Barry Levitt and written by Brenda Levitt. Pamela Sousa is the assistant director and choreographer, John Kelly the lighting designer, and Kitty Leech the costume coordinator.
Tickets are $40. For information, tickets or a catalog of 92nd Street Y programs call (212) 415-5500 or visit the 92nd Street Y Box Office (Lexington Avenue at 92nd Street).
—By Murdoch McBride