Songbook Series Pays Tribute to Late Dick Gallagher April 26

News   Songbook Series Pays Tribute to Late Dick Gallagher April 26
A free concert celebrating the life of composer-lyricist-musical director Dick Gallagher will be held April 26 at the Donnell Library Theatre.

The 6 PM evening, part of the acclaimed Songbook series, will feature many of Gallagher's award-winning songs performed by a host of Broadway and cabaret favorites. Among those scheduled to appear are Charles Busch, Karen Mason, Phillip Officer, Laura Kenyon, David Staller, Eric Michael Gillett, Teri Lynn Paul, Rock Albers, Peppy Greene, Betsy Craig, John Eagen, Bobby Peaco, Phillip Fortenberry, Jay Rogers, Patrick DeGennaro, Rick Jensen and Peter Yawitz.

Produced by John Znidarsic, the concert's special guest hosts are Lina Koutrakos and Mark Waldrop.

Dick Gallagher was a musical director and accompanist for some of the city's most prominent performers, including Tony and Olivier Award winner Patti LuPone. He was also a songwriter and penned music and lyrics for Have I Got a Girl for You — The Frankenstein Musical and Whatnot. He also wrote most of the music for the Off-Broadway hit Whoop-dee Doo and wrote all the music for another Howard Crabtree musical, When Pigs Fly. Gallagher died Jan. 20 in Manhattan after a long illness; he was 49.

The Donnell Library Center is located at 20 West 53rd Street. Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 5 PM.

* The Songbook series, now in its 14th year, presents "the newest music of Broadway in live performance by today's brightest talents." The works of Jason Robert Brown, Andrew Lippa, Gerard Alessandrini and John Bucchino have all been part of the acclaimed series.

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