"It Was a Very Good Year": The 1959 Broadway Songbook Presented May 3-5

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Tony Award winner Donna McKechnie, Broadway actors Sarah Uriarte Berry, David Burnham and Sally Mayes, as well as cabaret favorite Jeff Harnar, will celebrate the 1959 Broadway season May 3-5 at the 92nd Street Y.
Donna McKechnie
Donna McKechnie

Part of the Y's famed Lyrics & Lyricists series, The 1959 Broadway Songbook features direction by Sara Louise Lazarus and musical direction and piano accompaniment by Paul Greenwood. Harnar, who was born in 1959 and is artistic director of the concerts, also hosts. The 1959 Broadway Songbook, according to press notes, "has a classic 'boy meets girl' plot line as well as an 'Overture,' 'Intermission,' 'Entr'acte' and 'Curtain Call.'" Audiences can expect to hear tunes from Gypsy, The Sound of Music, Fiorello, West Side Story, Jamaica, Take Me Along, The Music Man and My Fair Lady, among others. Music supervisor Alex Rybeck penned the arrangements of the songs.

Marge Beddow, Gwen Verdon's understudy in the Broadway production of Redhead, has re-created some of the original choreography from that musical for Tony winner McKechnie, who will perform a number from the show that won Verdon her first Tony Award.

Show times are May 3 at 8 PM, May 4 at 3 and 8 PM and May 5 at 2 and 8 PM.

Deborah Grace Winer is the new artistic director of the Lyrics & Lyricists series.

The 92nd Street Y is located in Manhattan at 92nd Street and Lexington Avenue. Tickets are now on sale by calling (212) 415-5500 or by visiting www.92Y.org/lyrics.


The season will conclude with Did the American Songbook End in 1965? under the artistic direction of Andrea Marcovicci. The May 31-June 2 concerts will feature musical director Shelly Markham on piano with vocalists Francesca Amari, Kelly Houston, Lee Lessack, Stacy Sullivan and host Marcovicci. The evenings will include songs written after 1965 that have become popular standards. Audiences can expect to hear tunes by James Taylor, Billy Joel, Joni Mitchell, the Beatles, Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Paul Simon and Stephen Sondheim.

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