For the first time ever ... a concert of American Songbook classics picked by you, our audience!

Featured songs include "Over the Rainbow," "Someone to Watch Over Me," "I Got Rhythm," "Oklahoma," "Some Enchanted Evening" and more!

To see a full list of songs, click here.

Join us for this one-night-only special event led by Lyrics & Lyricists guest co-artistic directors Ted Chapin and Ted Sperling, with performances from some of Broadway’s biggest stars!

Ted Chapin & Ted Sperling, co-artistic directors & hosts
Conceived by Israela Margalit
Jeffrey Klitz, music director & piano
Noah Racey, stage director

Victoria Clark, vocals
Ben Davis, vocals
Capathia Jenkins, vocals
Lindsay Mendez, vocals
Billy Porter, vocals
Clarke Thorell, vocals
Nicholas Ward, vocals
Betsy Wolfe, vocals

Kevin Kuhn, guitar
Peter Donovan, bass
Warren Odze, drums

Major Support for Lyrics & Lyricists Favorites: Your Choice! is provided by Gilda and Henry z”l Block.

92Y Lyrics & Lyricists receives support from Gilda and Henry z”l Block; The Hite Foundation, Inc.; The Harold W. and Ida L. Goldstein Lecture Fund through the Estate of Sanford Goldstein; The Edythe Kenner Foundation; The Frederick Loewe Foundation; and The Henry Nias Foundation, courtesy of Dr. Stanley Edelman z”l.

Meet the Artists

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Ted Chapin, co-artistic director & host

Ted Chapin, creator of Lyrics & Lyricists shows “I Have Confidence: Rodgers After Hammerstein,” “Stage Door Canteen: Broadway Responds to World War II” and “Rodgers & Hammerstein: Getting to Know You,” is proud to return for this one-night-only event. Ted is President & Chief Creative Officer of Rodgers & Hammerstein. The organization is currently represented by three national tours: The King and I, Cinderella and the Jack O’Brien-directed The Sound of Music. Coming to Broadway in spring 2018 is the highly anticipated revival of Carousel, directed by Jack O’Brien, choreographed by Justin Peck, and starring Tony Award winner Jessie Mueller, Tony nominee Joshua Henry and opera star Renée Fleming.

Ted serves on several boards, including the American Theater Wing, Goodspeed Musicals, New Music USA and New York City Center, where he took part in the creation of the Encores! series. He is a member of the Tony Administration Committee. Early credits include the original Broadway productions of The Sunshine Boys, Molly, The Rothschilds and Follies. He currently sits on the 92Y Tisch Center for the Arts’ Advisory Council, and holds emeritus status on the board of Connecticut College.

Ted’s book, Everything Was Possible: The Birth of the Musical “Follies” (Knopf) was cited recently by Lin-Manuel Miranda in The New York Times as one of the best books ever written about theater.

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Ted Sperling, co-artistic director & host

Ted Sperling has enjoyed a successful career in the theater and concert worlds for more than 30 years. He served as music director of the hit revivals of Fiddler on the Roof, The King and I, South Pacific, Guys and Dolls and How to Succeed... Other Broadway credits include Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Full Monty, My Favorite Year and The Light in the Piazza, for which he won 2005 Tony and Drama Desk Awards for Best Orchestrations.

Off Broadway credits include The Other Josh Cohen, Red Eye of Love, Striking 12, See What I Wanna See, A Man of No Importance, Wise Guys, A New Brain, Saturn Returns, Floyd Collins, Falsettoland and Romance in Hard Times. Mr. Sperling is the artistic director of New York’s MasterVoices, principal conductor of the Westchester Philharmonic and a frequent guest conductor with the New York Philharmonic, most recently for the orchestra’s televised production of Show Boat.

This is Ted’s eighth Lyrics & Lyricists show. Other shows include “Everything’s Coming Up Ethel: The Ethel Merman Songbook,” a salute to Fanny Brice, and celebrations of the music of “Yip” Harburg, Frank Loesser, Sammy Cahn and Hoagy Carmichael. In 2006 Ted received the Shen Family Foundation Award for leadership in the musical theater. His website is tedsperling.net.

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Jeffrey Klitz, music director & piano

Music director and pianist Jeffrey Klitz has been music director and/or conductor of the Broadway shows Priscilla, Queen of the Desert; Lennon; Hot Feet; Guys and Dolls; Song and Dance; and On Your Toes. In 2015, he served as music director and conductor of the York Theatre’s Rothschild & Sons, a reimagining of Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick’s musical, The Rothschilds. Regionally, Jeffrey won the Joseph Jefferson Award for his music direction of The House of Martin Guerre at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre. He has been music director and pianist for such artists as Betty Buckley, Judy Collins, Joanna Gleason, Joel Grey, Paulo Szot and Tommy Tune. As a producer and arranger, he has worked with the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Paul McCartney’s publishing house, MPL, among others. This is Jeffrey’s ninth Lyrics & Lyricists show.

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Noah Racey, stage director

Noah Racey returns to direct his second Lyrics & Lyricists program of the year. A New York-based performer, director, choreographer and educator, Noah made his Broadway debut in the 2001 revival of Follies. He has appeared in the Tony Award-winning Thoroughly Modern Millie (for which he was also associate choreographer), Never Gonna Dance and Curtains. He starred in the world premiere of Holiday Inn at Goodspeed Musicals, and later, at the Muny in Saint Louis. Other recent acting credits include The Odd Couple (Felix Unger) at the Geva Theatre Center on Cape Cod. Television credits include Boardwalk Empire and Person of Interest. Noah has been resident director and choreographer for Town Hall’s Broadway by the Year for more than 10 years. Additional choreography credits include Show Boat and Annie Get Your Gun at Goodspeed Musicals. Noah is the founder and artistic director of the New York Song & Dance Company.

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Victoria Clark, vocals

Victoria Clark is delighted to be reunited with her friend and collaborator Ted Sperling for tonight’s event! Broadway: The Light in the Piazza (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Awards), Gigi (Tony, Helen Hayes Award nominations), Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Tony, Outer Critics Circle nominations), Sister Act (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle nominations), The Snow Geese, Titanic, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Urinetown, Cabaret, Guys and Dolls, A Grand Night for Singing, Sunday in the Park With George. Off Broadway: When the Rain Stops Falling (Drama Desk nomination), Prayer for My Enemy, The Marriage of Bette and Boo, The Agony and the Agony, Marathon Dancing, Follies (Los Angeles), Ma Joad in The Grapes of Wrath (Carnegie Hall), Sousatzka in the world premiere of Sousatzka (Toronto). Film: Wanderland, Cradle Will Rock, Archaeology of a Woman, Harvest, The Happening, Tickling Leo, Main Street. Television: Law & Order: SVU, The Good Wife, Mercy, Homeland. Director: Newton’s Cradle, NAMT Festival (Best Director Award), The Trouble With Doug (Fredericia Theatre, Denmark). Educator: Yale University, Juilliard, CCM. Artist-in-Residence, Pace School of the Performing Arts (Director, The Light in the Piazza). Website: victoriaclark.me

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Ben Davis, vocals

Ben Davis recently starred in Jack O’Brien’s touring production of The Sound of Music. He appeared in Kiss Me Kate in London as part of the BBC Proms with the John Wilson Orchestra. Broadway credits include Violet, A Little Night Music, Les Misérables, and Thoroughly Modern Millie. He received a Tony Honor and Ovation Award for his work in Baz Luhrmann’s Broadway production of La Bohème. Tours include Spamalot; regional shows include Jesus Christ Superstar (The MUNY), The Sound of Music (Paper Mill Playhouse), Oklahoma (The Muny) and South Pacific (The Muny, Asolo Repertory Theatre). Davis performed opposite Kelli O’Hara and Victor Garber in Knickerbocker Holiday at Lincoln Center, and opposite Ms. O’Hara in concert under the baton of Ted Sperling. Additional credits: the New York City Opera production of Anna Nicole at BAM. Film and TV credits: the Kenneth Branagh-directed The Magic Flute, A Hand of Bridge, 30 Rock, Numb3rs and others. Davis has performed with the RTÉ Orchestra in Dublin, The Boston Pops at Tanglewood and at the Hollywood Bowl.

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Capathia Jenkins, vocals

Capathia Jenkins’s Broadway credits include Newsies; Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me; Caroline, or Change; The Look of Love; and The Civil War. Additional stage credits include Nora Ephron’s Love, Loss, and What I Wore; (mis)Understanding Mammy: The Hattie McDaniel Story (Drama Desk nomination); Caroline, or Change; Godspell; and The Colored Museum (Huntington Theatre Company). Capathia has been featured on original cast recordings of Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me; Caroline, or Change; Godspell; and Children of Eden. Her television and film credits include The Wiz Live! (NBC), 30 Rock, The Practice, Law & Order, The Sopranos, Third Watch, Law & Order: SVU, Top Five and Musical Chairs. Capathia has appeared as soloist with orchestras including The Cleveland Orchestra, Cincinnati Pops, Philly Pops, National Symphony Orchestra and Hong Kong Philharmonic. She is also featured on the soundtracks for Smash (seasons 1 and 2), Nine, Chicago, Mission to Mars and Legally Blonde 2. Website: capathiajenkins.com.

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Lindsay Mendez, vocals

Lindsay Mendez was most recently seen as Laura in Broadway’s Significant Other, a role she created in the original Off Broadway production at Roundabout Theatre Company. Also on Broadway, she starred as Elphaba in Wicked, appearing on Today and Katie in celebration of the show’s 10th anniversary. She made her Broadway debut in the 2007 revival of Grease, and appeared in Everyday Rapture and the 2011 revival of Godspell. Lindsay received Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Drama League nominations for Outstanding Actress in a Musical for the Off Broadway musical Dogfight. Other New York credits include The Winter’s Tale at Shakespeare in the Park, 21 Chump Street as part of This American Life LIVE at BAM, 35MM and Off Broadway’s The Marvelous Wonderettes. Regionally, she has appeared in The Rose Tattoo at Williamstown Theater Festival, Footloose at the Sacramento Music Circus, and Princesses at Goodspeed Musicals and Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theater. Lindsay is also part of a music duo with pianist Marco Paguia. Their debut album, This Time, is available on iTunes. Twitter: @LindsayMendez.

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Billy Porter, vocals

Billy Porter is a Tony and Grammy Award-winning singer, composer, actor, playwright and director from Pittsburgh. He originated the role of Lola in the Broadway hit Kinky Boots, which earned him 2013 Tony, Grammy, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards. Other theater: Shuffle Along, Miss Saigon, Five Guys Named Moe, Grease, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Dreamgirls, Angels in America, The Merchant of Venice, Radiant Baby, Birdie Blue, Songs for a New World, Ghetto Superstar (one-man show), Topdog/Underdog and King Lear. His play While I Yet Live premiered in 2015 at Primary Stages. As a director, his credits include Topdog/Underdog and The Colored Museum (both for Huntington Theatre Company). Film/TV credits include Law & Order: SVU; So You Think You Can Dance (guest judge); The Broken Hearts Club; Shake Rattle & Roll; The Big C; The Humbling, starring Al Pacino, and Baz Luhrmann’s The Get Down. Porter’s solo albums include Untitled (A&M Records), At the Corner of Broadway + Soul – LIVE (Sh-K-Boom Records) and Billy’s Back on Broadway (Concord Records). Website: billyporter.com.

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Clarke Thorell, vocals

A San Diego native, Clarke Thorell made his Broadway debut in The Who’s Tommy. He originated the roles of Corny Collins in Hairspray and Jim Farrell in Titanic, and starred in the New York City Center Encores! production of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and the Broadway revival of Annie. Clarke recently appeared in the acclaimed Broadway revival of The Front Page, opposite Nathan Lane and John Goodman. Off Broadway and regional credits include Satellites, Lone Star Love, Sondheim’s Saturday Night, Twelfth Night and Floyd Collins and Sondheim’s Wise Guys, both under the musical direction of Ted Sperling. Film and television credits include Men in Black 3, House of Cards, 30 Rock, The Good Wife, The Knick, Law & Order: SVU and Boardwalk Empire. Clarke gave his debut solo concert “Songs I Wish I’d Written” at Birdland, and appears at Feinstein’s/54 Below and across the US. As a vocalist, he has performed with Sting, Dave Brubeck, Liza Minnelli, ABBA and Pete Townshend, among others. He is a proud member of Michael McElroy’s Broadway Inspirational Voices.

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Nicholas Ward, vocals

Nicholas Ward is thrilled to be making his Lyrics & Lyricists debut with this concert. He was a featured soloist in Andrew Lippa’s debut performance of the iconic musical suite I Am Harvey Milk, starring Tony Award winner Kristin Chenoweth, and hosted by Whoopi Goldberg at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall. Broadway: In Transit, On the Town, New York City Center’s Encores! productions: The Golden Apple, 1776, Cabin in the Sky, Annie Get Your Gun, Paint Your Wagon, Zorba, Pipe Dream. European tour: Porgy & Bess. National tour: Show Boat. Regional: Big River, Chicago, Big Fish, Ring of Fire, Once on This Island, Ragtime, Little Shop of Horrors, The Who’s Tommy, Smokey Joe’s Café, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Guys and Dolls, Man of La Mancha. So much love and thanks to family and friends for their endless support!

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Betsy Wolfe, vocals

Betsy Wolfe is currently starring in Broadway’s Waitress, after her leading role in this season’s acclaimed revival of Falsettos. Betsy has appeared on Broadway in Bullets Over Broadway, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Everyday Rapture (also Off Broadway), and 110 in the Shade. Her regional credits include the world premiere of Up Here at La Jolla Playhouse, Tales of the City and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Betsy made her Metropolitan Opera debut in Douglas Carter Beane’s adaptation of Die Fledermaus, and has been a guest artist with more than 35 symphonic and pops orchestras, including The New York Pops, New York Philharmonic and Chicago Symphony. Betsy was also a guest soloist for New York City Ballet, performing at Lincoln Center and at The Coliseum in London. She can be seen in the film adaptation of The Last Five Years.

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Kevin Kuhn, guitar

Kevin Kuhn has been guitarist on Broadway for Aladdin, The Lion King and The Who’s Tommy, among other shows. He has performed with such artists as Sutton Foster, Jane Krakowski, Elton John and Quincy Jones. He can be heard on recordings by Audra McDonald, Lucie Arnaz, Rebecca Luker and Liz Callaway, and the soundtracks of the Oscar-nominated animated film Anomalisa, The Informant, Gangs of New York and more. As a composer, Kevin has been on the staff of numerous production companies. He is one half of the rock duo The Kuhn Brothers; their latest CD, Iron-head, is available on thekuhnbrothers.com.

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Pete Donovan, bass

Bassist Pete Donovan currently plays in the house band for School of Rock: The Musical. He has worked with such artists as Sting, Bono, Quincy Jones, The Who, The Manhattan Transfer and Wynton Marsalis; in classical music, Joshua Bell, Renée Fleming, Dawn Upshaw and Placido Domingo; and from Broadway, Marvin Hamlisch, Jane Krakowski, Patti LuPone and Kelli O’Hara. He has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, National Symphony, Detroit Symphony and Boston Pops. Website: petedonovanmusic.com.

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Warren Odze, drums

Drummer Warren Odze has been in the music business for more than 40 years. He has played on Broadway in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; An American in Paris; Rocky; Priscilla, Queen of the Desert; Come Fly Away; The Wedding Singer; Lennon and more. He has performed and recorded with such artists as Judy Collins, Barbara Cook, Hank Jones, Audra McDonald, Phoebe Snow, Art Garfunkel and Rod Stewart. Warren was drummer for The Dick Cavett Show. Other television credits include broadcasts of the Tony Awards, and the Memorial Day and “A Capital Fourth” concerts with the National Symphony on PBS.

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    Date: Mon, Jun 26, 2017, 7:30 pm

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