Elaine Paige, Kristin Chenoweth, Donna Murphy and Brian Stokes Mitchell to Sing Bernstein and Schwartz for NY City Opera

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23 Aug 2010

Brian Stokes Mitchell
Brian Stokes Mitchell

Olivier Award-winning actress Elaine Paige and Tony Award winners Brian Stokes Mitchell, Victoria Clark, Christine Ebersole and Donna Murphy will perform in the New York City Opera's upcoming concert series at the Koch Theater.

As previously reported, NYCO will offer concerts celebrating the music of Tony-winning West Side Story composer Leonard Bernstein (Nov. 6-7) and Academy Award and Tony-nominated Wicked composer Stephen Schwartz (April 21, 2011).

Lucky to Be Me: The Music of Leonard Bernstein will boast a lineup including Clark (The Light in the Piazza), Ebersole (Grey Gardens), Murphy (Passion), Tony nominee Kelli O'Hara (South Pacific), Tony winner Michael Cerveris (Sweeney Todd), Darius de Haas (Children of Eden) and Michael Urie ("Ugly Betty"). George Manahan will conduct.

The Bernstein concerts promise selections from Candide, Wonderful Town, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, On the Town, West Side Story and NYCO's production of A Quiet Place.

Paige (Sunset Boulevard, Evita) and Mitchell (Ragtime, Man of La Mancha) will join previously announced Tony-winning actress Kristin Chenoweth (Wicked) and Tony nominee Raúl Esparza (Company) for Defying Gravity: The Music of Stephen Schwartz. Victor Garber will host the gala concert that will be conducted by Ryan McAdams.

As previously announced, NYCO will stage the New York premiere of Stephen Schwartz's opera Séance on a Wet Afternoon in April 2011.

In addition to the concert series, City Opera will present Late Night with LB on Oct 23. The evening promises "a rare recital of Bernstein’s most personal music in a cabaret setting."

NYCO season subscriptions are currently on sale. Single tickets will begin sale Sept. 7. Visit NYCOpera, or phone (212) 496-0600.

New York City Opera stage productions take place at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center.