The 9:30 PM concert is created and directed by Ben West ( Unsung Carolyn Leigh, The Fig Leaves Are Falling, At Home Abroad).
Tony Award nominee Liz Larsen ( Beautiful, Hairspray) lends her voice to the evening in a special appearance with a premiere recording of "I Just Ain't Lucky With Men," a cut song from the 1957 musical New Girl in Town. Unsung Bob Merrill will also feature live performances of four songs written for the never-produced MGM film version, which pre-dates the stage musical.
Listen to "I Just Ain't Lucky With Men," performed by Larsen, below:
In addition to Wopat, Unsung Bob Merrill will feature live performances by Anastasia Barzee ( Jekyll & Hyde, White Christmas), Erin Davie ( Side Show, A Little Night Music, Grey Gardens), Rebecca Faulkenberry ( Rock of Ages, Spider-Man), Drama Desk nominee Karen Mason ( Mamma Mia!, Hairspray) and Drama Desk nominee Christine Pedi ( Chicago, Forbidden Broadway), among others. Musical direction and arrangements are by Fran Minarik ( Unsung Carolyn Leigh, At Home Abroad).
According to UMC, "From his signature pop standards such as 'Mambo Italiano' and 'People' to his award-winning Broadway musicals Carnival and Funny Girl, Bob Merrill constructed a distinguished catalogue of timeless musical treasures: vivacious, chic, and frequently outrageous. Unsung Bob Merrill highlights the Tony-nominated icon’s little-known works including rare musical material from the infamous Breakfast at Tiffany's, cut songs from New Girl in Town and Carnival, and several of his sensational 1950s novelty songs written for such artists as Rosemary Clooney, Doris Day, and Frank Sinatra. UnsungMusicalsCo. produces the intimate evening celebrating this singular artist and featuring rare audio clips of the songwriter himself."