Part of the 92nd Street Y's "Lyrics & Lyricists" series, Beyond the Rainbow: 'Yip' Harburg was conceived by musician-actor Sperling, who will also host the weekend of concerts. The program will also boast the talents of Caroline, or Change's Marva Hicks and Capathia Jenkins, Hairspray's Clarke Thorell, The Full Monty's Romain Frugé and The Look of Love's Eric Jordan Young. The evenings will feature Jeffrey Klitz on piano, Antoine Silverman on violin, Aaron Heick on clarinet and saxophone, Peter Donovan on bass, Dave Ratajczak on drums and Jay Berliner on guitar. A few numbers will include two pianos with artistic director Sperling on the second piano.
E. Y. Harburg wrote the lyrics for Finian's Rainbow and "The Wizard of Oz." Among his most famous songs are "April in Paris," "Brother Can You Spare a Dime" and "It's Only a Paper Moon." About the concerts, Ted Sperling said in a statement, "The show reflects Harburg's puckish sense of humor as well as his talent for sassy political commentary."
Beyond the Rainbow will be presented March 20 at 8 PM, March 21 at 2:30 and 8 PM and March 22 at 2 and 8 PM. Tickets, priced at $45, are available by calling (212) 415-5500. Visit www.92y.org for more information. The 92nd Street Y is located in Manhattan at Lexington Avenue at 92nd Street.