The star of Caroline, or Change will celebrate the Harold Arlen centenary in her 7:30 and 9:30 PM shows at the Time Warner Center's Allen Room. Pinkins will welcome special guest Sam Arlen, the world-famous saxophonist and son of the late composer. Pinkins will be backed by musical director Daryl Waters on piano with Mary Ann McSweeney on bass, John Hart on guitar, Chris Rogers on trumpet and Anthony Pinciotti on drums and percussion. Concertgoers can expect Pinkins to deliver passionate versions of such Arlen tunes as "Get Happy," "Anyplace I Hang My Hat Is Home," "Napoleon," "I Had Myself a True Love," "I've Got the World on a String," "One for the Road," "The American Negro Suite," "The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea," "Come On, Midnight," "Blues in the Night," "Stormy Weather," "Black Magic," "Push De Button" and "Right as the Rain." Tonya Pinkins, a recent Tony nominee for her performance in Caroline, or Change, received her Tony Award for her performance in Jelly's Last Jam. Her other Broadway credits include Merrily We Roll Along, Chronicle of a Death Foretold, Play On! (Tony nomination) and The Wild Party. She starred in the City Center Encores! mounting of Harold Arlen's House of Flowers, and she is currently reprising her role as Livia Frye Cudahy on the ABC serial "All My Children."
Harold Arlen, perhaps best known for his score to "The Wizard of Oz," also wrote the music for Broadway's Bloomer Girl, St. Louis Woman, House of Flowers, Jamaica and Saratoga.
Tickets for the concerts — priced at $30, $40 and $60 — 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 Allen Room, located within The Frederick P. Rose Hall, is located at the Time Warner Center at Broadway at 60th Street.