American Songbook Season Kicks Off Jan. 11 with Lin-Manuel Miranda's The Hamilton Mixtape
By Andrew Gans
The 14th season of Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series in the Allen Room of Jazz at Lincoln Center kicks off Jan. 11 with Tony-winning In the Heights creator Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Miranda is offering a sneak preview of new songs from a work-in-progress: The Hamilton Mixtape, a hip-hop song cycle about the life and death of American founding father Alexander Hamilton. Miranda first performed part of The Hamilton Mixtape for President Obama at the White House; this one-night-only performance takes place on what would have been Hamilton’s 255th birthday.
The 8:30 PM concert also features the talents of Utkarsh Ambudkar, Gavin Creel, James Monroe Iglehart, Christopher Jackson, Moeisha Mcgill, Mandy Gonzalez, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Jon Rua and Chris "Shockwave" Sullivan.
These artists are backed by musical director and arranger Alex Lacamoire, keyboard; Cian McCarthy, keyboard; Michael Aarons, guitar; Matt Rubano, bass; Sean McDaniel, drums; and Tim Keiper, percussion.
Thomas Kail (In the Heights) directs the evening with assistant direction by Lisa Szolovits.
To read a recent interview with Miranda, click here.
Tickets can be purchased online at Lincoln Center’s website www.AmericanSongbook.org, via CenterCharge at (212) 721-6500, at the Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall Box Office, or at the Frederick P. Rose Hall Box Office.
Details of the other theatre-related American Songbook concerts follow:
Jan. 14 at 8:30 PM: William Finn: Songs of Innocence and Experience
Jan. 19 at 8:30 PM: LaChanze
Jan. 21 at 8:30 PM and 10:30 PM: Michael Cerveris
Feb. 3 at 8:30 PM: Hello, Gorgeous! Leslie Kritzer Sings Jule Styne
Feb. 4 at 8:30 PM and 10:30 PM: Gavin Creel & Stephen Oremus
Feb. 10 at 8:30 PM and Feb. 12 at 6:30 PM: Elaine Paige
Feb. 11 at 8:30 PM and 10:30 PM: Laura Benanti
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