The 92nd Street Y's "Lyrics & Lyricists" tribute to Broadway composer Cy Coleman Jan. 8-10, 2000, will include lyricist David Zippel (City of Angels) as host-narrator.
Also scheduled to appear are Debbie Gravitte, Julie Wilson, Jan Horvath, Mike Burstyn, Beau Gravitte, Deborah Tranelli, Jane Scheckter, Sal Viviano and music director Fred Wells.
The Jan. 9 matinee is sold out at the Y's Kaufman Hall.
Coleman is the onetime jazz performer who became a pop song and musical theatre composer, first with Carolyn Leigh ("Witchcraft," Wildcat, Little Me) and later with Dorothy Fields (Sweet Charity, Seesaw), Betty Comden and Adolph Green (On the 20th Century, The Will Rogers Follies), Michael Stewart (I Love My Wife, Barnum), Zippel (City of Angels) and Ira Gasman (The Life).
The 92nd Street Y is at 92nd Street and Lexington Avenue in Manhattan. Call (212) 996-1100 for ($40) ticket information. *
Seven of Broadway's most prolific songwriters have been assigned to spots in the 30th anniversary season of the popular "Lyrics & Lyricists" series at the 92nd Street Y in New York City in 2000.
The following living-legend composers and lyricists will be celebrated in separate shows devoted to their careers, craft and songs: Coleman (Jan. 8 10, 2000), John Kander & Fred Ebb (Feb. 12-14), Stephen Sondheim (March 11-13), Betty Comden & Adolph Green (April 15-17), Jerry Herman (June 3-4).
Live performances, archival film clips and live interviews with the songwriters (when available) are usually part of the series. Some past evenings have been preserved on recordings, offering a glimpse of the process.
The casts will include veterans of stage and screen, as well as newcomers. A special guest host guides the audience through the life and work of the composers and lyricists.
Projects planned or mentioned for the songwriters who are being spotlighted include a Las Vegas musical called Miss Spectacular (Herman); Broadway stagings of the revue, Putting It Together and the new musical, Wise Guys (Sondheim); a musical version of The Visit (Kander & Ebb); a possible revival of Bells Are Ringing (Comden & Green) and a national tour of On the 20th Century (Coleman, Comden & Green).
"Lyrics & Lyricists" began in 1970 and started a trend of concerts and public appreciations of craft in American popular song -- much of it rooted in musical theatre. Early programs included evenings with living (and now dead) lyricists E.Y. "Yip" Harburg, Sammy Cahn, Alan Jay Lerner, Johnny Mercer and more. As the series grew, theme evenings took hold, including "The Tuneful Thirties," "Great Song Writing Teams Remembered" and "The Glory Days of Tin Pan Alley."
Barry Levitt, the Broadway musical director, orchestrator and vocal arranger, is the L&L artistic director.
Celebrating its 125th anniversary in 1999, the 92nd Street Y -- formally, the 92nd Street Young Men's & Young Women's Hebrew Association -- is one of the country's leading cultural and community centers, serving 300,000 people annually.
-- By Kenneth Jones