I Feel a Song Coming On: A Peek at the Eclectic Season of Lincoln Center's American Songbook

By Barry Singer
05 Jan 2013

Alice Ripley
Photo by Dirty Sugar Photography

In a tidy segue, perhaps Broadway's equivalent to Lost in the Trees' jangling mysticism arrives on March 1 with the songs of composer Tom Kitt and lyricist Brian Yorkey. The duo's blisteringly original score for Next to Normal, their very unconventional Broadway musical about bipolar disorder, not only won the team a Tony Award in 2010 but the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Their Songbook evening will feature the lauded original stars of Next to Normal, Alice Ripley and Brian d'Arcy James.

The Allen Room portion of the series concludes on March 2 with an appearance by singer/songwriter Ingrid Michaelson, network television's favorite indie popster, who has composed music for "The Vampire Diaries," "Scrubs," "Grey's Anatomy" and many more. "She's a local girl made good — so talented, so successful and really overdue for a visit," says Songbook's Cermele.

In recent years, that would wrap it up for American Songbook, whose season traditionally ended the first week of March. In 2013, however, the party moves to the Kaplan Penthouse with six concerts from March 29 to April 20.

Penthouse programming includes Dogfight and Godspell actress Lindsay Mendez and musician Marco Paguia on March 29; edgy international cabaret artist Meow Meow, with musical director Lance Horne March 30; Once Tony nominee Cristin Milioti April 5; the music of Ricky Ian Gordon April 6; the music of songwriters Kate Kerrigan and Brian Lowdermilk April 19, featuring Michael Arden, Nikki M. James, Carrie Manolakos and Josh Young; and singer-songwriter, cellist and composer Ben Sollee April 20.


American Songbook is a presentation of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Major support for American Songbook is provided by Fisher Brothers, in memory of Richard L. Fisher Amy and Joseph Perella Additional corporate support is provided by Bank of America and PVH Corp.

For more information, visit AmericanSongbook.org.

A version of this roundup appears in the January 2013 Playbill for Lincoln Center.