Karen Ziemba and James Naughton Take Part in Lyrics & Lyricists' El Morocco, April 30-May 2

By Michael Gioia
30 Apr 2011

Karen Ziemba
Karen Ziemba

Karen Ziemba, Billy Stritch and James Naughton, along with La Tanya Hall and Debby Boone, are part of 92Y's Lyrics & Lyricists presentation of The Crowd's at El Morocco: The Heyday of the New York Nightclubs, April 30-May 2. 

Tony Award nominee Julie Wilson will also be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Cole Porter family at the opening performance.

Deborah Grace Winer acts as artistic director, writer and host for the production about "swanky hotel supper clubs, zebra-striped celebrity showcases, smoky after-hour boîtes" that ruled New York City "once upon a time." The concert is inspired by "places like The Stork Club, Copacabana, Persian Room and Latin Quarter (run by Lou Walters, father of Barbara) [which] were meccas where songwriters, singers and society mingled and fueled American popular music," according to press notes.

John Oddo musically directs, plays piano and leads a band that includes Jay Leonhart (bass), James Saporito (drums), Bob Mann (guitar), Aaron Heick (reeds) and George Rabbai (trumpet). Mark Waldrop is the stage director.



Show times are April 30 at 8 PM, May 1 at 2 PM and 7 PM and May 2 at 2 PM and 8 PM.

For more information and tickets, visit www.92Y.org.