The five concerts salute the jazz chops of Broadway's multiple Tony Award-winning composer who wrote Barnum, Sweet Charity, The Will Rogers Follies, City of Angels and other shows.
In addition to his Broadway work, Coleman wrote pop standards made famous by such singers as Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Nat King Cole, and partnered with lyricists like Carolyn Leigh, Dorothy Fields and Peggy Lee. It's this side of Coleman's career that the concert series celebrates. Stritch serves as host, director, co-writer, pianist and singer, with a script co-written by Coleman biographer Andy Propst.
Lyrics & Lyricists shows are Saturday at 8 PM, Sunday at 2 and 7 PM, and Monday at 2 and 7:30 PM. Tickets start at $58 and can be ordered via phone at (212) 415-5500 or online at 92Y.org/Lyrics.
Stritch posted this video of the cast rehearsing:
Sneak Peek at Cy Coleman's "Witchcraft"
The stars of this weekend's Lyrics & Lyricists—a tribute to the jazz magic of Cy Coleman—give us a sneak peek at the show in this rehearsal of Coleman's "Witchcraft." Thanks to Billy Stritch, Nicolas King, Debby Boone, Gabrielle Stravelli and La Tanya Hall for sharing this moment with us! Join us for more starting this Sat: bit.ly/1UAqmVS ������Posted by 92nd Street Y on Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Here's a closer look at the balance of the 2016 Lyrics and Lyricists series and the artists:
Everything's Coming Up Ethel: The Ethel Merman Songbook
Ted Sperling, Artistic Director & Host
Momma Rose, Annie Oakley--nobody belted the big roles like Broadway titan Ethel Merman. George Gershwin told her never to take voice lessons, and he and his fellow Songbook scribes--from Berlin to Porter— worshipped Merman as a muse. Celebrate the songs, the songwriters and their larger-than-life leading lady with Tony Award-winning music director Ted Sperling.
I Have Confidence: Rodgers After Hammerstein
Ted Chapin and Bill Rudman, Co-Artistic Directors & Hosts
Rodgers and...Sondheim? Harnick? Charnin? Late in life, Richard Rodgers, one of Broadway’s greatest composers, partnered with an amazing array of talent. See video interviews, hear unearthed writings and delve deep inside these rich collaborations, with R&H authority Ted Chapin and SiriusXM host Bill Rudman.