John Lithgow and Amanda McBroom Find "A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening" Feb. 12

By Ernio Hernandez
12 Feb 2007

John Lithgow, Jason Graae, Amanda McBroom and more celebrate the songs of Jimmy McHugh in "A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening" Feb. 12. Michael Feinstein hosts the benefit evening.



Center Theatre Group marks its 15th anniversary of the annual songfest Salon at the Taper with the 8 PM event. Salon alum Gordon Hunt directs and Susan Clines produces.

Also slated to appear are Terence Blanchard, Kevin Earley, Freda Payne, Amy Pietz, The Alley Cats, Mike Greensill, Channing Cook Holmes and Wesla Whitfield.

Feinstein created and has traditionally anchored the benefit, which this year pays tribute to American songwriter McHugh, who created the music for the musicals Blackbirds of 1928, Happy Go Lucky, Four Jills in a Jeep, Bring On the Girls, Sugar Babies, Lucky in the Rain as well as other revues. McHugh's work has been featured in such recent musicals as Ain't Misbehavin', Swing! and Never Gonna Dance.

Among his celebrated songs to be heard at the Salon include "Dinner at Eight," "Doin' the New Low Down," "I Can't Give You Anything But Love," "I'm in the Mood for Love," "It's a Most Unusual Day," "Too Young to Go Steady" and "When My Sugar Walks Down the Street."

Tickets for "A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening" at The Mark Taper Forum at the Music Center, 135 North Grand Avenue in Los Angeles, CA, are available by calling (213) 972-7564. For more information, visit centertheatregroup.org.