Jeffry Denman, Brandon Victor Dixon, Debra Monk, Betsy Wolfe Set for Stage Door Canteen Concerts

News   Jeffry Denman, Brandon Victor Dixon, Debra Monk, Betsy Wolfe Set for Stage Door Canteen Concerts
The 92nd Street Y's popular Lyrics and Lyricists series will celebrate the 75th anniversary of America's entry into World War II with Stage Door Canteen: Broadway Responds to WWII.

Brandon Victor Dixon
Brandon Victor Dixon

The March 12-14 concerts will feature vocalists Anderson Davis, Jeffry Denman, Brandon Victor Dixon, Tony winner Debra Monk and Betsy Wolfe.

The concert will be written and hosted by Ted Chapin, in his debut as a Lyrics & Lyricists artistic director. Andy Einhorn will serve as music director with Caitlin Carter as stage director.

Audiences can expect to hear songs by Irving Berlin, Frank Loesser and more. The Stage Door Canteen was a club in the theatre district, run by the American Theatre Wing, featuring a volunteer staff and operating during World War I and World War II. It offered food, drinks, dancing, entertainment and a chance to spend time with stage and screen notables like Helen Hayes, Tallulah Bankhead, Walter Pidgeon and Lauren Bacall, who volunteered their services for the cause.

Chapin, who is the chairman of the American Theatre Wing and president of the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization, said in a statement, “On the one hand, before Pearl Harbor Broadway provided escapist entertainments in which, for example, Winsocki was urged to ‘buckle down,’ and Cole Porter listed what celebrities might do when they go ‘Farming.'...Then Broadway began to respond to the war with shows like Irving Berlin’s extraordinary This Is the Army. In the middle of the war, Oklahoma! opened and really captured the spirit of the country we were fighting for. Lyrics & Lyricists gives me a chance to explore the American Songbook of this era and to see the lasting effect WWII had on Broadway.”

Performance times are Saturday at 8 PM, Sunday at 2 PM and 7 PM and Monday at 8 PM.

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