Free Concert, With Sally Wilfert, Anne Fraser Thomas, Hannah Elless, Jeremy Morse, Will Celebrate Songs of Jennifer Stafford

By Andrew Gans
March 18, 2013

Broadway's Future Songbook Series — presented by Arts and Artists at St. Paul — will continue March 25 in the Bruno Walter Auditorium at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.

Directed, hosted and produced by John Znidarsic, the free evening will spotlight the songs of up-and-coming lyricist Jennifer Stafford. Show time is 6 PM. Composers featured will include Willem Oosthuysen, Anna K. Jacobs, Brandon Anderson, Will Aronson and Niko Tsakalakos.

Interpreting Stafford's songs will be Sally Wilfert, Anne Fraser Thomas, Hannah Elless, James Sasser, Paul Wyatt, Alyse Alan Louis, Jeremy Morse, Cyrilla Baer, Grace McLean, Margo Seibert, Jahn Sood and Jenny Stafford.

Music director Matthew Webb will be joined by musicians Jahn Sood, James Monaco and Ben Meadors.

Jennifer Stafford is a playwright, bookwriter and lyricist and a graduate of NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. Her work has been featured in New York (Lincoln Center, Merkin Recital Hall, Joe’s Pub, Birdland, Don’t Tell Mama), Chicago (Columbia College, Theatre Building Chicago, Spotlight Youth Theatre, STAGES Festival of New Musicals), and regionally at Barrington Stage, as part of William Finn’s Songs By Ridiculously Talented Composers and Lyricists You Probably Don’t Know, But Should. Her musical Prodigy (with Willem Oosthusyen) recently received a workshop production through NYU and the Two Rivers Theatre Company, and is currently being workshopped at Indiana University.

The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts' Bruno Walter Auditorium is located at 111 Amsterdam Avenue and 65th Street.