Tony Winners Peters, Mitchell, White, and Clark Set for 2006 American Songbook Season

News   Tony Winners Peters, Mitchell, White, and Clark Set for 2006 American Songbook Season The upcoming season of Lincoln Center's American Songbook series, which is devoted to the American popular song, has been announced. Highlights include solo concerts with Tony Award winners Bernadette Peters, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Lillias White and Victoria Clark.

The season kicks off Oct. 5, 7 and 8 with Ricky Ian Gordon's Orpheus and Euridice, a song cycle based on the classic Greek myth. Directed and choreographed by Doug Varone, the concerts will feature soprano Elizabeth Futral as Euridice and clarinetist Todd Palmer as Orpheus. Pianist Melvin Chen will also be featured on the stage of the Rose Theater.

The Allen Room of the Frederick P. Rose Hall will offer concert evenings with Ragtime's Brian Stokes Mitchell (Jan. 12, 2006), jazz vocalist Andy Bey (Jan. 13), opera star Deborah Voight (Jan. 25), The Light in the Piazza Tony winner Victoria Clark (Feb. 10), and the Naughton Family (James, Greg and Keira, Feb. 23).

Tributes to several American songwriters are also planned for the Allen Room: Daisy Prince will direct It's Only Life: The Songs of John Bucchino on Jan. 27. That evening will feature performances by Jessica Molaskey and Billy Porter, among others. Eric Comstock will celebrate the centennial of Jule Styne with The Music That Makes Me Dance: A Jule Styne Songbook on Feb. 8, and Feb. 11 will feature the Loser's Lounge Tribute to Burt Bacharach. With musical direction by Joe McGinty, the Bacharach evening is set to include singers John Flansburgh and Nick Danger with others to be announced shortly. Barbara Cook, Brent Barrett and Brian d'Arcy James will lend their vocal magic to the Feb. 24 concert Go the Distance: The Lyrics of David Zippel, and the Allen Room season will conclude with Lillias White in My Guy Cy: Lill' Celebrates Cy Coleman. White's evening is planned for Feb. 25.

Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, the Brooklyn-based Hem, multi-instrumentalist Sufjan Stevens, the pop band Fountains of Wayne and the Grammy-nominated Duncan Sheik will also be part of the Songbook season, which will conclude on May 1 with a concert from two-time Tony Award winner Bernadette Peters. Backed by a 28-piece orchestra, Peters will perform at Avery Fisher Hall, part of Lincoln Center's Spring Gala.

Tickets for the American Songbook season go on sale Sept. 21 by calling (212) 721-6500. Visit www.lincolncenter.org for more information.

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