Piazza’s Bartlett Sher directs and Ted Sperling musical directs the 8:30 and 10:30 PM concerts in the Allen Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Clark, who has titled her evening How Can I Keep From Singing?, recently told Playbill.com, “I am featuring the songs of Jeff Blumenkrantz and Jane Kelly Williams in the 'American Songbook' concert, but there will also be some standards and some surprises.
“All the songs speak about love in various forms,” she said, “seeing as how we are very close to St. Valentine's Day — love for a child, love for friends, love for lovers, love for ex-lovers, love for God, love for friends, looking for love, etc. Ted Sperling . . . is assembling a fantastic band, including my brother Rod Clark, who is flying in from San Francisco to play with us.”
Victoria Clark received a 2005 Tony Award for her performance in The Light in the Piazza. Her other Broadway credits include Cabaret, Urinetown, Titanic, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Guys and Dolls and A Grand Night for Singing. Among Clark's screen credits are "Cradle Will Rock," "Law & Order," "Law & Order: SVU" and "Sweeney Todd in Concert." As a director, she recently helmed the 92nd Street Y's "Lyrics & Lyricists" series Serenade in Blue: The Mack Gordon Song Calvacade.
The Allen Room is located within Jazz at Lincoln Center at Broadway and 60th Street. Tickets for the "American Songbook" performances can be purchased by calling (212) 721-6500. Visit www.lincolncenter.org for more information.
Launched in 1999, the American Songbook is “dedicated to celebrating the extraordinary achievements of the popular American songwriter from the turn of the 20th century to the present day.”