The Allen Room series will launch Jan. 28, 2014, with Tony Award winner James Naughton performing the songs of Randy Newman. Additional highlights include Pippin Tony Award winner Patina Miller, who will make her New York solo concert debut Jan. 31; and five-time Tony Award nominee Michael John LaChiusa (Giant, Marie Christine, Hello Again, The Wild Party), who will be joined by Emily Skinner, Marc Kudisch and Mary Testa for a Feb. 1 evening that will focus on the composer-lyricist's exploration of the American experience.
Both Naughton and Miller's concerts will be filmed for a spring 2014 broadcast on PBS' "Live from Lincoln Center."
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.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.