Tony Winner Krakowski and Emmy Winner Mullally Join American Songbook Season

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Theatre and television favorites Jane Krakowski and Megan Mullally have joined the star-studded line-up for Lincoln Center's American Songbook series.

From Top: Jane Krakowski and Megan Mullally
From Top: Jane Krakowski and Megan Mullally

Krakowski, a Tony Award winner for her performance in the revival of Maury Yeston's Nine, will make her solo concert debut Feb. 1, 2005, at the Allen Room in Frederick P. Rose Hall at the Time Warner Center. Mullally, of TV's "Will & Grace" fame, will also perform at the Allen Room on Feb. 11. The singer-actress will be accompanied by her band, the Supreme Music Program. Also new to the Songbook line-up is singer/songwriter Lisa Loeb, who will play the Allen Room Feb. 3.

Jane Krakowski won the 2003 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance in Nine. Krakowski made her Broadway debut in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Starlight Express and later appeared in Tartuffe, Company, Once Upon a Mattress and Grand Hotel, earning Tony and Drama Desk nominations for her work in the latter. Other theatrical credits include the City Center Encores! production of One Touch of Venus, Henceforward and a concert version of Mack and Mabel. Perhaps best known for her work as Elaine Vassal on TV's "Ally McBeal," Krakowski's additional screen credits include "Life Happens," "Mrs. Winterbourne," "Stepping Out," "Fatal Attraction," "The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas," "Go," "Due South" and "Search for Tomorrow."

Best known for her role as Karen on the Emmy-winning NBC series "Will & Grace," Mullally appeared on Broadway opposite Matthew Broderick in the revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and portrayed Marty in the most recent revival of Grease! Her one woman musical, Sweetheart, played a sold-out run in Los Angeles.

Tickets for the concerts are available at the Alice Tully Hall box office (Broadway and 65th Street), by calling (212) 721-6500 or by visiting www.lincolncenter.org.

* The seventh season of the acclaimed American Songbook series, devoted to the American popular song, has been announced. Among the offerings: a concert version of Sondheim's Passion and solo shows from Elaine Stritch, Tonya Pinkins and Audra McDonald. The series, which will be presented in its new home at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall (in the Time Warner Center), begins Jan. 6, 2005, with a one-woman show from four-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald. McDonald, who received her fourth Tony last season in the acclaimed revival of A Raisin in the Sun, will perform her evening of song through Jan. 8 at the Rose Theater.

Another highlight of the upcoming season is a semi-staged concert of the Tony Award-winning musical Passion, which will be presented March 30-April 1. Tony Award winners Patti LuPone (Fosca), Audra McDonald (Clara) and Michael Cerveris (Giorgio), who starred in the Stephen Sondheim-James Lapine musical at Chicago's Ravinia Festival, will re-create their performances for Lincoln Center audiences at the Rose Theatre. The threesome will be backed by a 56-piece orchestra.

Several evenings of "Classic Cabaret" will be presented in the Allen Room of Rose Hall, the new 470-seat space that overlooks Central Park. Rebecca Luker, seen on Broadway in Show Boat, The Music Man and The Sound of Music, will make her New York solo concert debut Feb. 12 with an evening of Broadway and popular standards. Ann Hampton Callaway will host "Café Society, Table for Three" on Feb. 25. That evening will reunite Blossom Dearie and Julie Wilson and will feature performances from all three cabaret greats. And, Tony and new Emmy Award winner Elaine Stritch will offer her one-woman show March 4.

Staged readings will also be part of this year's American Songbook series. On Feb. 2 Michael Mayer will direct a staged concert reading of Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater's Spring Awakening, a new musical based on Frank Wedekind's 1891 tragedy. And, Joan Morris and Jason Danieley will head the cast of a staged reading of Casino Paradise, a new musical by William Bolcolm and Arnold Weinstein. Lisa Peterson will direct the Feb. 9 evening, also in the Allen Room.

Tony Award winner Tonya Pinkins, recently on Broadway in Caroline, or Change, will celebrate the Harold Arlen centenary with an evening devoted to the late composer. On Feb. 26 Pinkins will interpret such Arlen classics as "The Man That Got Away," "That Old Black Magic" and "I've Got the World on a String."

Black History Month will be celebrated in February with two special events. On Feb. 4, singer-actor Darius de Haas will reprise his acclaimed tribute to Steve Wonder, entitled "The Stevie Wonder Songbook." De Haas will wrap his soaring tenor around "As," "Signed, Sealed, Delivered," "I'm Yours," "Visions" and "Summer Soft." De Haas will also be one of the participants in the Feb. 23 evening, "New York Festival of Song's At Harlem's Height." That evening will combine spoken word and music, featuring the songs of Eubie Blake, Duke Ellington, Fats Waller and others. Joining de Haas will be pianists Michael Barrett and Steven Blier and vocalists Dana Blanchard and James Martin.

Other highlights in the Allen Room: Grammy Award winner Rosanne Cash performs her one-woman show Feb. 10; singer/songwriter Laura Cantrell offers a concert of country and folk Feb. 24; and Dar Williams, who blends folk and pop, will perform March 3. Also, singer/songwriter Nellie McKay performs March 1 and an evening of spoken word and music — titled "McSweeney's vs. They Might Be Giants" — will be presented March 2.

The Frederick P. Rose Hall is located within the Time Warner Center at Broadway at 60th Street. All events will be held in either the Rose Theater or the intimate Allen Room.

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