Zippel and Yazbek Featured in Broadway Close Up Series; Gravitte, Kaye and Scott to Perform | Playbill

News Zippel and Yazbek Featured in Broadway Close Up Series; Gravitte, Kaye and Scott to Perform
Three evenings will comprise the fall Broadway Close Up series at Merkin Concert Hall: "David Zippel," "Ambivalent Broadway: David Yazbek" and "Bound for Broadway VII."

The David Zippel evening, which will feature the Tony-winning lyricist presenting and discussing his work, will be held Sept. 25. Hosted by Sean Hartley, the 8 PM concert will boast the talents of Debbie Gravitte, Judy Kaye, Andrew Halliday, Jenny Fellner, Lindsay Mendez, Anne Letscher and Becky Gulsvig. John Znidarsic will direct the program, which will feature musical direction by Chris Marlowe.

David Yazbek will also be on hand for "Ambivalent Broadway," which will be presented Oct. 30 at 8 PM. Tony Award winner Michael Cerveris, currently on Broadway in the acclaimed revival of Sweeney Todd, will host the evening, which will include performances by Sherie Rene Scott, Sean Altman and the GrooveBarbers. Marco Paguia will be the music director.

The fall series will conclude with "Bound for Broadway VII" on Nov. 27. The 8 PM concert will be hosted by Baby's Liz Callaway and will feature songs from new musicals.

David Zippel penned the lyrics for the Broadway musicals The Woman in White, City of Angels and The Goodbye Girl. He has also written for such films as "Hercules," "Mulan," "The Swan Princess," "Frankie and Johnny" and "The Wedding Planner." He is also the lyricist and director of the Broadway-bound musical Princesses. Tony Award winner Zippel has received two Academy Award, two Grammy and three Golden Globe nominations.

David Yazbek wrote the scores for the Broadway musicals Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and The Full Monty. He received Tony nominations for Best Score for both Scoundrels and Monty and received a Drama Desk Award for the latter. Also a singer/songwriter, his recordings are titled "Tape Recorder (Collected Works)," "The Laughing Man," "TOCK" and "Damascus." Visit for more information. Merkin Concert Hall is located in Manhattan at 129 West 67th Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue. Tickets are available by calling (212) 501-3330 or by visiting

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