By Adam Hetrick
31 Jan 2014
|Photo by Monica Simoes|
Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright (Motown), Miller is backed by musical director and arranger James Sampliner, along with musicians John Benthal, Mark Vanderpoel and Rich Mercurio.
The 75-minute concerts, presented at 7:30 PM and 9:30 PM, will be filmed for a March 28 broadcast on "Live from Lincoln Center."
Miller currently stars as the Leading Player in the Tony-winning Diane Paulus-helmed Broadway revival of Stephen Schwartz's 1972 musical, Pippin. Miller earned the Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical and an Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical. She made her Broadway debut in Sister Act, a role which garnered her a 2011 Tony Award nomination. Miller was recently cast as Commander Paylor in the upcoming "Hunger Games: Mockingjay" film.
The music of Dreamgirls and Side Show composer Henry Krieger will be celebrated in a Feb. 13 concert featuring his new Side Show leading ladies, Erin Davie and Emily Padgett, as well as Tony nominee Rebecca Luker and musical director Andy Einhorn.
Original Spring Awakening star Jonathan Groff will be joined by musical director Mary-Mitchell Campbell on Feb. 15; followed by a Feb. 20 concert featuring Jessica Molaskey exploring the songs of Joni Mitchell. Cinderella and Avenue Q actress Ann Harada will take the stage Feb. 22; and performance artist Taylor Mac will offer his 24-Decade History of Popular Music Concert Series March 5.
On March 7, American Songbook will host Jim Caruso's Cast Party Goes to the Movies, with special guests Billy Stritch, Marilyn Maye, Jane Monheit, Christina Bianco and Jeffry Denman; and Tony Award-nominated Porgy and Bess actor Norm Lewis will offer a tribute to the singers, performers and songwriters who inspire him March 8.
Peformances in the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse include Passing Strange and Murder Ballad actress Rebecca Naomi Jones April 4; and UnsungMusicalsCo., which will offer an evening of Unsung Carolyn Leigh April 5, with rare songs from the scores to Gatsby, How Now Dow Jones and the original, unproduced version of Smile. Guests include Jenny Powers, Max von Essen and Drew Gehling.
For tickets visit AmericanSongbook.org or phone (212) 721-6500.