Playbill Video Exclusively Visits Rehearsal for Kerrigan-Lowdermilk's Star-Studded American Songbook Concert
19 Apr 2013
Nikki M. James
Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN
Composers Kait Kerrigan and Brian Lowdermilk offer a star-studded American Songbook Series concert April 19 at Lincoln Center. Here's a glimpse into rehearsals, including performances from Tony Award winners Nikki M. James and Sutton Foster and Tony Award nominees Jeremy Jordan and Josh Young.
Joining James (The Book of Mormon), Foster (Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Drowsy Chaperone, Anything Goes), Jordan (Newsies, Bonnie & Clyde) and Young (Jesus Christ Superstar) at the 8 PM concert are Michael Arden (Big River, The Times They Are A-Changin'), Jennifer Cody (Shrek, Taboo, The Pajama Game, Urinetown), Carrie Manolakos (Mamma Mia!), Andy Mientus ("Smash," Carrie) and Laura Michelle Kelly (Mary Poppins, Fiddler on the Roof).
The evening is held at the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse.
Audiences can expect to hear tunes from the duo's coming-of-age musicals The Unauthorized Autobiography of Samantha Brown and Tales from the Bad Years as well as new material from Republic, an adaptation of Shakespeare's Henry IV set in Northern Ireland in the 1970s.
Playbill.com has learned that song titles in the evening include "The World Is Ending," "Avalanche," "Not a Love Story," "Vegas" and "My Party Dress," among others. New orchestrations are by Bruce Coughlin, Alex Lacamoire and Andy Einhorn.
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