MAC Award winner and cabaret legend Marilyn Maye, who frequently includes Lee classics in her shows, will be a special guest.
Give Me Fever, co-written by stage director Mark Waldrop, will be offered Feb. 23 at 8 PM, Feb. 24 at 2 PM and 7 PM, and Feb. 25 at 2 PM and 7:30 PM.
"I've been intrigued with Peggy Lee since first seeing her on TV shows like 'Carol Burnett,' 'Merv Griffin' and 'Johnny Carson' in the early 70s," said host Stritch in a statement. "She had such an original look and singing style but it wasn't until a few years later that I became aware of her incredible work as a songwriter. So Peggy seems like a perfect subject for the Lyrics & Lyricists series and I'm excited to be presenting an evening of her compositions and hit songs with the help of some of the greatest singers I know!"
Lee, born Norma Deloris Egstrom in 1920, joined the Benny Goodman band at age 19. Her hit songs ran the gamut from "It's a Good Day" to "Is That All There Is?," for which she won a Grammy Award. She is also known for her album "Black Coffee" and signature song "Fever." As a lyricist, Lee wrote dozens of songs with jazz and pop legends such as Harold Arlen, Cy Coleman, Quincy Jones and Marian McPartland. She was a lyricist and performer for Disney's "Lady and the Tramp," writing (with composer Sonny Burke) the classics "He's a Tramp" and "The Siamese Cat Song." As an actress, she received an Academy Award nomination for "Pete Kelly's Blues."
For more information on the 2012-13 Lyrics & Lyricists concert series, click here. Concerts in the series will be held at the Kaufmann Concert Hall.
For more information and tickets, visit 92y.org/Lyrics.