Lyrics & Lyricists to Celebrate Stephen Sondheim and Harold Prince Collaboration

By Adam Hetrick
30 May 2014

Stephen Sondheim
Stephen Sondheim

The 92Y's 2015 season of Lyrics & Lyricists will celebrate the collaboration between theatrical pioneers Stephen Sondheim and Harold Prince, as well as the 50th anniversary of the Tony-winning 1964 musical Fiddler on the Roof.

The popular series invites guest artistic directors to curate individual concerts. The season will feature David Loud on the Sondheim-Prince collaboration, Deborah Grace Winer on New York City in song, Sheldon Harnick and Rob Fisher on the 50th anniversary of Fiddler on the Roof, as well as Charles Busch celebrating the legendary women of Hollywood musicals. A fifth concert will be announced at a later date.

The season follows:

A Good Thing Going: The Stephen Sondheim and Harold Prince Collaboration
Jan. 10, 11, 12, 2015
David Loud, artistic director and host
"Join us to explore one of the most creative and productive partnerships in Broadway’s history. From 1970 to 1981, Stephen Sondheim and Hal Prince collaborated on a series ­of new musicals that would forever redefine what was possible in musical theatre. As composer/lyricist and director, they devised an astonishing series of groundbreaking works —Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, Pacific Overtures, Sweeney Todd and Merrily We Roll Along— that remain as exciting today as when they first appeared."



New York: Songs of the City
March 21, 22, 23
Deborah Grace Winer, artistic director and host
"There are eight million stories in the Naked City—and a song to go with each of them. For decades, songwriters like Porter, Rodgers & Hart, Ellington, Bernstein and Coleman have been fueled by this city’s places ('Manhattan,' 'Lullaby of Broadway') and roller coaster existence ('Sophisticated Lady,' 'Another Hundred People'). A show for New Yorkers—or anyone who’s ever wanted to be one."

Here's to the Girls!: Hollywood's Leading Ladies
May 2, 3, 4
Charles Busch, artistic director and host
Carl Andress, stage director
"They faced down studio heads, gossip columnists and shorter leading men, and they always came back a star! We bring you a cavalcade of stories and songs about the legendary women of Hollywood’s movie musicals from 1930 to 1960. Each studio had its own style and stars to match: MacDonald, Garland, Powell (Eleanor and Jane), Keeler, Rogers and Grable. Whether an MGM glamour girl or a Warner Bros. gold digger, these musical legends were made to be adored—and still are."

To Life! Celebrating 50 Years of Fiddler on the Roof with Sheldon Harnick
May 30, 31, June 1
Rob Fisher, artistic director
Sheldon Harnick, writer and host
"Generations all over the world have grown up with Fiddler on the Roof. The unforgettable songs, characters and conflicts in Fiddler offer universal insights into family, home, tradition and transformation, as we watch Tevye and his family live, love and ultimately leave the 'intimate, obstinate' village of Anatevka. Lyricist Sheldon Harnick takes you inside the creation and history of this cultural landmark, revealing the twists and turns of the creative process he shared with Jerry Bock, Jerome Robbins and Harold Prince, and sharing his behind-the-scenes stories of how it became the show and score we love."

Subscriptions are on sale now. Individual tickets go on sale Aug. 1. Phone (212) 415-5500 or visit 92Y.org/Lyrics for tickets and more information.