American Songbook Season to Celebrate Bernstein, Strouse and Yazbek

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The tenth season of Lincoln Center's acclaimed American Songbook series, which celebrates the diversity of the American popular song, will feature solo concerts by John Lloyd Young, Christine Ebersole and Kelli O'Hara as well as evenings that celebrate the songs of Leonard Bernstein, Charles Strouse and David Yazbek.
Kelli O'Hara
Kelli O'Hara

The 2008 season, which runs Jan. 23-March 1, will be presented in the Allen Room of Frederick P. Rose Hall and will kick off with opera singer Deborah Voigt, who will be singing the songs of The Great White Way as well as a "few vocal surprises." Show times are 7:30 and 9:30 PM.

Rob Fisher Celebrates the Leonard Bernstein Songbook is the title of the Jan. 25 concert, which will be hosted by Fisher, former musical director of the City Center Encores! series. The 8:30 PM will feature an array of vocalists to be announced at a later date.

Kelli O'Hara, who will be seen as Nellie Forbush in the upcoming revival of South Pacific, will go it solo Jan. 26 at 8:30 and 10:30 PM. The two-time Tony nominee will perform songs written by classic and up-n-coming composers.

This Is the Life: Eric Comstock Salutes Charles Strouse @ 80 will be presented Feb. 6 at 8:30 PM. Comstock will be joined by vocalist Barbara Fasano and tenor saxophonist Harry Allen for an evening that will celebrate the work of the composer of Applause, Annie and Bye, Bye Birdie.

Pop songwriter David Yazbek, who also composed the scores for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and The Full Monty, will offer an evening of his own compositions Feb. 9 at 8:30 PM. Yazbek, who will release his fifth album of original songs this winter, will be joined by several friends. Tony Award-winning Jersey Boys star John Lloyd Young will perform music from the 1960s and 70s during his Feb. 23 concerts at 8:30 and 10:30 PM. He will be followed on Feb. 29 at 8:30 and 10:30 PM by another Tony winner, Christine Ebersole, who was most recently seen in Grey Gardens. Ebersole will perform an all-new show for American Songbook audiences, and she will be joined onstage by music director Billy Stritch.

Non-theatre folk who will grace the series include Lori McKenna, Joe Henry (with Brad Meldhau on piano), the Punch Brothers featuring Chris Thile, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Jimmy Scott, k.d. lang and Patti Smith.

The Allen Room of Frederick P. Rose Hall is located at Broadway at 60th Street. Tickets can be purchased by calling (212) 721-6500 or by visiting or in person at the Avery Fisher Hall box office or the Frederick P. Rose Hall box office.

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