Clifton Oliver, Virginia Woodruff, Ty Stephens Set for Evening Celebrating Songs of Lee Summers

Cabaret & Concert News   Clifton Oliver, Virginia Woodruff, Ty Stephens Set for Evening Celebrating Songs of Lee Summers
 
John Znidarsic hosts the free evening, part of the Broadway’s Future Songbook Series.
Clifton Oliver
Clifton Oliver

Broadway’s Future Songbook Series—presented by Arts and Artists of Tomorrow—will continue February 26 in the Bruno Walter Auditorium at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.

Lee Summers
Lee Summers

Produced and hosted by John Znidarsic, the free evening will spotlight the songs of Lee Summers, who will also perform. Show time is 6 PM.

Also interpreting Summers' tunes will be Clifton Oliver (The Lion King), Virginia Woodruff (The Color Purple), Ty Stephens (Sophisticated Ladies), Brandi Chavonne Massey (Wicked), Janet Noh, and Ramona Dunlap.

The performers, led by musical supervisor Julianne Davis, will be backed by Timothy Graphenreed on piano, Jacob F. Feldheim on cello, and Baba Donn Babatunde on percussion.

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Lee Summers is a writer whose newest work, Bayard, is an original musical tribute to unsung Civil Rights icon Bayard Rustin. Summers is creator, co-author, co-composer, and lead producer on Off-Broadway's From My Hometown. He is also librettist for Ella: First Lady of Song, conceived and directed by Maurice Hines, and co-librettist-lyricist-composer for The Funkentine Rapture. As a performer, Summers made his Broadway debut in the original Dreamgirls.

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