The Neon Lights Are Bright Off-Broadway for Songwriters in They Wrote That?, Jan. 15

News   The Neon Lights Are Bright Off-Broadway for Songwriters in They Wrote That?, Jan. 15 "They" are the duo who wrote "They say the neon lights are bright on Broadway," the opening lyric to the ode to The Great White Way "On Broadway." Now, they — Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil — will perform the many other songs they've penned in They Wrote That?, starting Jan. 15.
Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann
Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann

The songwriting team of Mann and Weil present their songbook (which includes"You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'," "Sometimes When We Touch" "Just Once" and more on stage at the McGinn/Cazale Theatre through March 14. The limited engagement will open Feb. 5. Richard Maltby, Jr. directs the new work, which has a book by Weil and Mann, and lets audiences in on the what inspired some of the songs, how they came to be sung by the artists and other stories from the duo. James B. Freydberg and CTM Productions produce.

Mann and Weil perform in They Wrote That? with backup singers and a five piece band led by musical director Fred Mollin. The design team includes Neil Patel (sets), Laurie Churba (costumes) and Heather Carson (lighting).

Among the wide breadth of their work, Mann and Weil have wrote hits including "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling," "We've Gotta Get Out of This Place," "Here You Come Again," "Make Your own Kind of Music," "Sometimes When We Touch," "Who Put the Bomp," "Just Once," "Uptown," "Don't Know Much," "He's So Shy," and "Running With the Night." The team collaborated with Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller on "On Broadway" and "Only in America."

For tickets to They Wrote That? at The McGinn/ Cazale Theatre, 2162 Broadway (at 76th St.), call (212) 239-6200.