By Adam Hetrick
21 Oct 2012
|Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN|
The evening begins with cocktails at 6 PM, followed by a 7 PM performance celebrating Menken's life and career in the theatre. Sheldon Harnick and Maury Yeston are the honorary chairs for the event.
The evening promises performances and recollections by Julia Murney (Wicked, Closer Than Ever), lyricist David Zippel (City of Angels), Malcolm Gets (Story of My Life), Tony Award winner Karen Ziemba (Contact, Curtains), Tituss Burgess (The Little Mermaid), Tony-winning composer Maury Yeston (Nine, Grand Hotel), Lindsay Mendez (Dogfight), Tony-winning Newsies lyricist Jack Feldman, Tony-nominated Sister Act and Leap of Faith lyricist Glenn Slater, Ron Raines (Follies), Scott Coulter, Lisa Livesay (Wicked), Klea Blackhurst and Jason Graae.
The music director/pianist is Beth Ertz, who is joined by John Miller on bass.
Menken's Academy Award-winning compositions include "Under the Sea" from Disney's "The Little Mermaid," "A Whole New World" from "Aladdin," the title song from "Beauty and the Beast" and "Colors of the Wind" from "Pocahontas." His screen musicals also include "Newsies," "Hercules," "Enchanted" and "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," which was later adapted for the stage.
For tickets phone (718) 398-4675. The National Arts Club is located at 15 Gramercy Park South.