Hosted by guest artistic director Mark Waldrop, the Battle of Wits features vocalists La Tanya Hall ( Promises, Promises at Encores!), Jeff Harnar, Edward Hibbert ( The Drowsy Chaperone), Colleen McHugh ("The Colbert Report") and T. Oliver Reid ( Chicago) with special guest Tony winner Harriet Harris ( Thoroughly Modern Millie). Musical director Don Rebic accompanies the singers on piano.
"It's my hope that in this show, we will get to look at their work – and especially their comic numbers – side by side, and offer a fresh perspective on what made them so great," said host Waldrop in a statement. "As a lyricist myself, I can't think of two artists I'd rather celebrate, and I'm thrilled to share the stage with a group of wonderful performers who share my enthusiasm for this material."
A Battle of Wits will be held May 5 at 8 PM, May 6 at 2 PM and 7 PM, and May 7 at 2 PM and 8 PM. There is a special under-35 ticket price of $25 for the Saturday and Sunday evening shows.
Following A Battle of Wits, Lyrics & Lyricists will present It's Magic: 90 Years of Songs From Warner Bros. (June 2-4). Hosted by Rex Reed, the event will feature vocalists Christine Andreas, Polly Bergen, Jason Graae, Sue Raney and Tom Wopat. Charles Repole and Patricia Wilcox are co-stage directors; Mike Renzi is the musical director.
For more information and tickets, visit 92Y.org/Lyrics.