Klea Blackhurst, Corey Cott, Jason Graae, Kara Lindsay, Ron Raines Will Be Part of Kennedy Center's ASCAP Centennial Celebration
By Andrew Gans
The Kennedy Center, under the auspices of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), will present a free, five-night ASCAP Centennial Celebration on the Millennium Stage Nov. 16-18 and Nov. 20-21.
Curated by Michael Kerker, the performances will highlight "the breadth and depth of the past century of musical theatre with each night of the celebration focusing on a certain era from the last 100 years," according to press notes.
The event kicks off Nov. 16 with a concert focusing on works relating to Broadway Today and Tomorrow. The Nov. 17 performance will feature works from the years 1914-1938, to be followed Nov. 18 with songs from “The Golden Era” of Broadway (1939-1963). Selections from the 1964-1988 era will be highlighted Nov. 20; with the final night of the celebration, Nov. 21, focusing on selections from 1989-2013.
Performers are currently scheduled to include Klea Blackhurst, Shelly Burch, Corey Cott, Jason Graae, Kara Lindsay, Jessica Phillips, Tony nominee Ron Raines, pianist Ben Rauhala and jazz violinist and arranger Aaron Weinstein.
Attendees can expect to hear works by composer and lyricist John Bucchino, Martin Charnin, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, Donald Pippin, Sam Willmott and Amanda Yesnowitz and Deborah Abramson.
The performances will be streamed live on the Kennedy Center website and archived for future viewings. It is the first in a series of events across the country that will celebrate ASCAP’s upcoming 100th birthday on Feb. 13, 2014.
A schedule for the ASCAP Centennial Celebration follows:
Nov. 16 at 6 PM: Broadway Today and Tomorrow, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, Jessica Phillips, Sam Willmott, and Amanda Yesnowitz and Deborah Abramson
Nov. 17 at 6 PM: Selections from 1914-1938, Klea Blackhurst and Aaron Weinstein
Nov. 18 at 6 PM: Selections from 1939-1963 (“The Golden Era”), Ron Raines and Donald Pippin
Nov. 20 at 6 PM: Selections from 1964-1988, Shelly Burch, Jason Graae and Martin Charnin
Nov. 21 at 6 PM: Selections from 1989-2013 Corey Cott, Kara Lindsay, John Bucchino and Ben Rauhala
For more information about the Millennium Stage, visit www.kennedy-center.org/programs/millennium.
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