Rodgers, composer of Once Upon a Mattress, will talk with Schumacher about her music, her muses and the world of musical theatre starting at 6 PM.
"I have always had enormous esteem for Mary Rodgers, who has been a player throughout much of Broadway’s golden age,” said Schumacher in a statement. "So naturally when [I was] offered the opportunity to conduct this interview, I leapt at the chance.”
In addition to the interview, four songs composed by Rodgers will be performed throughout the evening: “Shy” and “Yesterday I Loved You” from Once Upon a Mattress, “The Boy From...” from The Mad Show and “William's Doll” from Free to Be… You and Me. The songs will feature vocals by Theresa McCarthy (Titanic) and John DiPinto with piano accompaniment by DiPinto.
Rodgers contributed to the score of Working, which received a Tony nomination in 1978. She has also worked on other musicals including The Madwoman of Central Park West, Side by Side by Sondheim, Hot Spot and From A to Z.