By Barry Singer
05 Jan 2013
After 14 seasons of acclaimed eclecticism showcasing the richness of American popular music — most on one of the loveliest stages in New York City, The Allen Room, with its shimmering, backdrop of Central Park — Lincoln Center's American Songbook series expands its musical vistas in 2013 to include a second room with a spectacular view, the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse.
This is both a return and an expansion. "Over the years, we've been very successful at The Allen Room," says Jon Nakagawa, one half of Songbook's production team alongside his booking partner, Charles Cermele. "We also feel that with our success, we've gotten a little safe."
The first installment of the newly expanded season commences on Jan. 30 with an opening Allen Room concert by Lea Salonga, the silvery-voiced Tony Award winner. She became a star at the age of 20 as the Vietnamese bar girl Kim, the humane heart of the original 1991 Broadway production of Miss Saigon. Salonga is now a mature artist, yet her voice retains its childlike luster.Continued...