Oz is not the only place that has a Yellow Brick Road -- Suffolk University in Boston will soon get its own, when director Eleanor Reissa stages a reading of a new musical revue, Dec. 19-20, titled "Along The Yellow Brick Road: Yip Harburg's America."
Plucked from a catalogue of more than 500 songs, tunes in Road include "Brother Can You Spare A Dime," "April In Paris," "Paper Moon" and songs from the film (and now stage show) The Wizard Of Oz. Lyricist Harburg's many collaborators included Vernon Duke, Jule Styne, Sammy Fain, Jerome Kern, Harold Arlen< Burton Lane and Dana Suesse.
Deena Rosenberg and Mel Marvin, who created Yellow Brick Road, said of Harburg, "the wonder of [his] lyrics is in their range of subject matter and emotion. They are as resonant today as when they were written."
Director Reissa received a Tony nomination for staging Those Were The Days on Broadway and most recently directed Cowgirls at Off Broadway's Minetta Lane Theatre. Other credits include Children Of Paradise and her own play, The Last Survivor, workshopped at the Mark Taper Forum.
Appearing in the Road reading will be Christy Baron, Lawrence Clayton, Peter Flynn (Encores!' One Touch Of Venus), Catrice Joseph and Adam Heller (Victor/Victoria). Lighting is by Kirk Bookman, musical direction by James Roberts, the composer of Off-Broadway's I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change). Tickets to the reading are free, though a $15 donation gets you into a post-play reception to benefit the Boston Music Theatre Project at Suffolk University. For information call the C. Walsh Theatre at (617) 573 8282.
-- By David Lefkowitz