Debby Boone, Jeffry Denman, Howard McGillin, Karen Ziemba, Barbara Carroll Set for Lyrics & Lyricists Jerome Kern Celebration
By Andrew Gans
The 92nd St. Y's Lyrics & Lyricists series will continue May 4-6 with The Song is You: Jerome Kern Coast to Coast.
The artistic director/writer/host for the upcoming concerts is Lyrics & Lyricists series artistic director Deborah Grace Winer, and the evenings will boast the talents of Karrin Allyson, Debby Boone, Jeffry Denman, bassist Jay Leonhart, Howard McGillin, Paula West and Karen Ziemba, with special guest Barbara Carroll.
Music director John Oddo will be featured on piano; Mark Waldrop is the stage director.
“Kern was the oracle for all the oracles of the American Songbook,” said Deborah Grace Winer in a statement. “The Gershwins, Richard Rodgers, Cole Porter and the rest worshipped at his feet not just because of his brilliance as a melodist, but because in essence he had invented that uniquely American sound that defined Broadway and popular standards. He revolutionized musical theatre with shows like Show Boat, and elevated Hollywood musicals with masterpieces like the Astaire-Rogers 'Swing Time.' His melodies are so fresh, sophisticated and universal that today, Kern’s music transcends time and style, so that interpreters of every stripe continue to make it a living part of our contemporary life.”
Performances are scheduled for May 4 at 8 PM, May 5 at 2 PM and 7 PM and May 6 at 2 PM and 7:30 PM.
Tickets from $52 (35 and Under tickets, $25) are available by visiting www.92Y.org/Lyrics.
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