Two-time Tony winner Patti LuPone will offer a concert evening entitled Don’t Monkey with Broadway April 19 at Symphony Space in Manhattan. The 8 PM performance is part of the famed venue's two-week celebration of Broadway, titled Project B-Way/95, which begins April 7 with a performance titled Broadway Premieres.
The acclaimed singing actress, according to press notes, will explore "through indelible interpretations of classic Broadway show tunes by the likes of Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart, Jule Styne, Stephen Schwartz, Charles Strouse, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, Cole Porter, and Irving Berlin, how her life-long love affair with Broadway began, and her concern for what the Great White Way is becoming today."
Highlights of the tribute to The Great White Way, curated and produced by Joel Fram and Annette Jolles, also include a free, day-long tribute to the work of Oscar-winning composer Stephen Schwartz; a discussion of race and diversity found on the New York stage; screenings of the recent London revival of Gypsy; and more.
Details about the celebration, according to Symphony Space, follow:
Thursday, April 7 (7:30 PM, Leonard Nimoy Thalia): Broadway Premieres
World-premiere songs written by Broadway's finest composers and lyricists, including:
Jason Robert Brown (The Bridges of Madison County)
John Bucchino (A Catered Affair)
Stephen Flaherty & Lynn Ahrens (Ragtime)
Wayne Kirkpatrick & Karey Kirkpatrick (Something Rotten!)
Tom Kitt (Next to Normal)
Lisa Lambert (The Drowsy Chaperone)
Andrew Lippa (Big Fish)
Steven Lutvak (A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder)
Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast)
Chris Miller & Nathan Tysen (Tuck Everlasting)
Benj Pasek & Justin Paul (A Christmas Story)
Matthew Sklar (Gotta Dance)
Alan Zachary & Michael Weiner (First Date)
Featuring Peter Benson, Kennedy Caughell, Caitlin Kinnunen, Jessica Phillips, Elena Shaddow, Justin Scott Brown, Laura Osnes, Nancy Ticotin, Sally Wilfert and Josh Young, and performances by Jason Robert Brown, Tom Kitt, and Andrew Lippa. Music direction by Grant Wenaus.
Friday, April 8 (7:30 PM, Leonard Nimoy Thalia): Young Lions of Broadway
Symphony Space becomes the place to discover up-and-coming creators who will define Broadway for years to come. Hosted by Tony and Grammy nominated composer Andrew Lippa, songwriters include:
Ty Defoe & Tidtaya Sinutoke
Alexander Sage Oyen
Tim Rosser & Charlie Sohne
Pete Seibert & Patrick Lundquist
Don't miss this joyful look at the young writers who are creating the sound of Broadway’s next generation—performed by musical theater’s future stars: Erika Anclade, Philippe Arroyo, Jamie Bogyo, Sam Bolen, Lexi Butler, Sarah Chapin, Lilli Cooper, Virginia Doyle, Arielle Jacobs, Erin Krebs, Aaron McAleavey, Jamen Nanthakumar, Celeste Rose, Simon Schaitkin, Ariella Serur, Sally Wilfert, Luke Zimmerman. Summer Boggess will perform on cello.
Monday, April 11 (8 PM, Peter Jay Sharp Theatre): All in the Family
This sparkling event proves that talent runs in families – and in couples too! Some of Broadway’s most notable power duos and clans take the stage, including:
Sierra and Summer Boggess, with Brian Hertz
Chuck, Eddie, Alex, and Lilli Cooper
Nikki Renée Daniels and Jeff Kready
Arielle and Adam Jacobs
James, Greg, and Keira Naughton, with Kelli O'Hara
Alanna, Claire, Heath, and Trent Saunders
Zachary Prince and Brandon Uranowitz
Music direction by Greg Anthony Rassen
Additional vocals by Lacey Angerosa, Rachel Mackenzie, and Ginna Le Vine
Thursday, April 14 (7:30 PM, Leonard Nimoy Thalia): Sh-K-Boom Records presents…
Symphony Space partners with multi-nominated and Grammy Award-winning Sh-K-Boom Records, as producer Kurt Deutsch celebrates top-selling artists from the label in concert.
Saturday, April 16 (3-11 PM, Peter Jay Sharp Theatre): Wall to Wall Stephen Schwartz
Symphony Space's annual extravaganza celebrates the music and lyrics of Broadway legend Stephen Schwartz. For five decades, his groundbreaking works have garnered him three Academy Awards, four Grammys, and a place in the Theater Hall of Fame and The Songwriters Hall of Fame. The composer and lyricist of such theatrical milestones as Godspell, Pippin and Wicked, he has also made significant contributions to the worlds of animated film, opera, and concert music. At this time, performers include:
Alvin Hough, Jr.
Nikki M. James
Rachel Bay Jones
TADA! Resident Youth Ensemble
Meredith Kaye Clark
Judith Clurman's Essential Voices USA
Kyle Dean Massey
Darius de Haas
Greg Anthony Rassen
Max Von Essen
Liz Callaway and more.
Behind the Curtain (Talks and Performances):
Sunday, April 10 (3 PM, Leonard Nimoy Thalia): The King and I: From Book to Stage to Film
An in-depth look at The King and I exploring the fascinating journey this story took from autobiography, to novel, to film, to musical, and then to film musical. Featuring film clips, live performances, and discussions with Broadway actresses Karen Ziemba (Bullets Over Broadway) and Marni Nixon (Follies), actor Francis Jue and theater historian Michael Portantiere. Curated and hosted by Ted Chapin, President and Executive Director of the Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization. Music direction by Grant Wenaus.
Wednesday, April 13 (7:30 PM, Leonard Nimoy Thalia): The Changing Face of Broadway: Race and Diversity in the American Musical Theater
An exploration of the challenges and rewards of nontraditional casting and the changing landscape of ethnic diversity on the Broadway stage, featuring live performances, film clips and a panel discussion. Hosted by Christine Toy Johnson—actor, writer, and award-winning activist on issues of diversity and discrimination in the arts. With appearances and performances by Kat Nejat, Raymond J. Lee, LaChanze (Tony Award winner for The Color Purple; Once on This Island, If/Then, Dessa Rose), Alvin Hough, Jr. (Pianist & current associate conductor of The Color Purple), Tara Rubin (Casting director, School of Rock - The Musical, Bullets Over Broadway, Les Misérables, Aladdin), Jack Viertel (Artistic director of Encores!, senior vice president of Jujamcyn Theaters).
Close Encounters (Interactive Events):
Friday, April 8 (10:30 PM, BAR Thalia): Broadway Open Mic
Following Young Lions of Broadway at 7:30 pm, the excitement continues in this late-night event when Mat Eisenstein (conductor for Broadway's Something Rotten, Newsies, The Book of Mormon) hosts an open mic night featuring Broadway’s greatest music, accompanied by some of the Great White Way’s finest music directors. Audience members are invited to belt out favorites in the presence of Broadway royalty. Admission is free.
Sunday, April 10 (11 AM, throughout Symphony Space): Composers by Chance
Both fans and aspiring songwriters will have a rare opportunity to converse with some of Broadway’s most gifted creators. Positioned throughout Symphony Space, composers and lyricists Nell Benjamin & Laurence O’Keefe (Legally Blonde: The Musical, Bat Boy, Mean Girls), Tom Kitt (Next to Normal, If/Then), and Matthew Sklar (Gotta Dance, Elf), host intimate discussions on life in the Broadway theatre. Audiences draw lots for two of the three sessions, with time for all to mingle at a bagel nosh in Bar Thalia in between. Space is strictly limited.
Saturday, April 9 (1 PM) and Wednesday, April 20 (7 PM): Gypsy (filmed live in London)
Leonard Nimoy Thalia
Gypsy is considered by many to be one of the greatest of Broadway musicals, with book by Arthur Laurents, music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. The score features such musical theater classics as Everything’s Coming Up Roses, Some People, Let Me Entertain You, and Rose’s Turn.
Suggested by the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, Gypsy tells the true story of ambitious showbiz mother Momma Rose, who treks across America with her daughters Baby June and Louise in search of success with their homespun vaudeville act. As times change, Momma Rose is forced to accept the demise of vaudeville and the rise of burlesque, as well as her daughters’ quest for autonomy. This critically acclaimed West End production features Imelda Staunton as Momma Rose, with powerful turns by Lara Pulver as Louise and Peter Davison as Herbie. Directed by Jonathan Kent. Presented by Ellen M. Krass Productions.
Tuesday, April 12 (7 PM) and Wednesday, April 20 (3 PM): Company
Leonard Nimoy Thalia
Following five couples and their friend Robert (Neil Patrick Harris), the perpetual bachelor, this HD recording of Stephen Sondheim's Company explores the true meaning of being in a relationship through a series of vignettes. Harris (How I Met Your Mother, Rent) leads a star-studded cast which includes Patti LuPone, Stephen Colbert, Jon Cryer, Christina Hendricks, Craig Bierko and Martha Plimpton.
Company's plot revolves around Bobby (a single man unable to commit fully to a steady relationship, let alone marriage), his three girlfriends, and the five married couples who are his best friends. It's a concept musical composed of short vignettes, presented in no particular chronological order, linked by a celebration for Bobby's 35th birthday. Featuring the New York Philharmonic, conducted by Paul Gemignani. Presented by Ellen M. Krass Productions.
Artists are subject to change. For more information, visit symphonyspace.org.