They faced down studio heads, gossip columnists and shorter leading men, and they always came back star!

We bring you a cavalcade of stories and songs about the legendary women of Hollywood’s movie musicals from 1930 to 1960. Each studio had its own style and stars to match: MacDonald, Garland, Powell (Eleanor and Jane), Keeler, Rogers and Grable. Whether an MGM glamour girl or a Warner Bros. gold digger, these musical legends were made to be adored—and still are.

Created by Charles Busch and Carl Andress
Charles Busch, artistic director, co-writer & host
Carl Andress, stage director & co-writer
John McDaniel, music director, arranger & orchestrator
Nancy Anderson, vocals
Andréa Burns, vocals
Jennifer Cody, vocals
Cady Huffman, vocals

Zakiya Young, vocals

Mitzi Gaynor, special guest

 

"Here's to the Girls! Hollywood's Leading Ladies" is underwritten by Gilda and Henry Block.

Artist Bios

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Charles Busch

Charles Busch is the author and star of such plays as The Divine Sister, The Lady in Question, Red Scare on Sunset and Vampire Lesbians of Sodom; one of the longest running plays in the history of Off-Broadway. His play The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife ran for777 performances on Broadway; it won the Outer Circle Critics’ John L. Gassner Award for playwriting and received a Tony nomination for Best Play. He wrote and starred in the film versions of his plays, Psycho Beach Party and Die Mommie Die, the latter of which won him the Best Performance Award at the Sundance Film Festival. For two seasons, he appeared as Nat Ginzburg on the HBO series "OZ" and is the author of the auto-biographical novel Whores of Lost Atlantis.

Charles has directed two films; the Showtime short subject, Personal Assistant, and a feature, A Very Serious Person, which won an honorable mention at the Tribeca Film Festival. Due to his love and knowledge of film and theatre history, he has appeared in numerous documentaries for Turner Classic Movies and has lectured and conducted master classes at many colleges and universities including NYU, Harvard, UCLA and Amherst College.

This marks Charles’ Lyrics & Lyricists debut; in October 1996, he participated in a conversation with playwright Christopher Durang, and in January 2001 he was part of a talk with Joy Behar and cast members of Tales of the Allergist’s Wife. He is a two-time Manhattan Cabaret Award Winner and has performed his cabaret act in New York at 54 Below and at Provincetown, San Francisco, Palm Springs, Atlanta, New Orleans, London, Paris and elsewhere. In 2003 he received a special Drama Desk Award for career achievement as both performer and playwright and was given a star on the Playwrights Walk outside the Lucille Lortel Theatre. He is also the subject of the acclaimed documentary film The Lady in Question is Charles Busch. Charles is a graduate of Northwestern University, and his website is Charlesbusch.com.

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Carl Andress

Carl Andress is an American theater director whose credits include the world premieres of Charles Busch’s critically acclaimed comedies The Tribute Artist and The Divine Sister, as well as The Third Story, starring Kathleen Turner, in both New York and La Jolla, California; Judith of Bethulia; Bunnicula the Musical and Shanghai Moon in New York and on Long Island.

Carl is also the director of such plays as Die! Mommie Die!; Queen Amarantha; Crush the Infamous Thing—The Adventures of the Hollywood Four in Miami; Carmen Pelaez's Rum & Coke; and Douglas Carter Beane’s The Cartells. Other credits include the New York concert premiere of Kander, Ebb and McNally's musical, The Visit, starring Chita Rivera and John Cullum; Sheldon Harnick and Joe Raposo’s A Wonderful Life; Charles Busch & Julie Halston Together on Broadway; productions of The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife at the Paper Mill Playhouse, Coconut Grove Playhouse in Miami and Royal Poinciana Playhouse in Palm Beach; the annual Times Square Angel; It's Not My Fault, It Was On Fire When I Got There; productions of Tenderloin, Harold & Maude, I Love My Wife and The Mad Show for “Musicals in Mufti”—York Theater Co.; and numerous galas and special events, including Valley of the Dolls and A Party for Comden & Green for The Actor’s Fund.

He made his Lyrics & Lyricists debut in May 2011 as stage director for Phyllis Newman’s “Carried Away: Being Comden & Green.” Carl is also the co-writer and costar of the independent feature, A Very Serious Person, which played at the Tribeca Film Festival and is currently available on DVD. His website is carlandress.com.

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John McDaniel

Making his Lyrics & Lyricists debut, conductor-composer-record producer-pianist John McDaniel may be best known as the music director and lead composer for the entire six-year run of “The Rosie O’Donnell Show.” He won two Emmy Awards and received four other nominations for his work on the show and performed with such artists as Tony Bennett, Bette Midler, Neil Diamond, Dolly Parton, Liza Minnelli and Madonna. He had first worked with Ms. O’Donnell when he conducted and created new arrangements for the Broadway revival of Grease, in which she played Rizzo.

Among Mr. McDaniel’s other Broadway credits, he was producer and musical supervisor of the musical Brooklyn, music director of Catch Me if You Can, and musical supervisor of Bonnie and Clyde. As supervising musical director of the revival of Annie Get Your Gun with Bernadette Peters, he received a Grammy Award for producing its cast album. He arranged the music for 1995’s Patti LuPone on Broadway, and he has collaborated with other stars like Carol Burnett, Cab Calloway, George Burns, Shirley MacLaine and Frederica von Stade. Mr. McDaniel has recorded thee solo CDs—John McDaniel at the Piano: Broadway; John McDaniel at the Piano: Christmas and John McDaniel at the Piano: Compositions. His most recent release is John McDaniel Live at Joe’s Pub. His website is johnmcdaniel.com.

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Nancy Anderson

This will be Nancy Anderson’s sixth appearance on the Lyrics & Lyricists series: she made her debut in the 2005 show, “A Celebration of Sheldon Harnick and Rob Fisher”; and she most recently appeared in Robert Kimball’s salute to the songwriting team of DeSylva, Brown & Henderson. Nancy made her Broadway debut as Mona in A Class Act, and she played the roles of Helen and Eileen in the Broadway revival of Wonderful Town.

Off Broadway, Nancy was seen last year in Far From Heaven at Playwrights Horizon. She received Drama Desk Award nominations for her portrayal of all the women in Jolson & Co and the title role in Fanny Hill. Other off-Broadway credits include all the female roles in Yank! as well as the New York revival of Ionescopade, both at the York Theatre. Among her many regional credits, Nancy played Peter in Peter Pan, Ilona in She Loves Me and Gloria in Damn Yankees at Papermill Playhouse, and Oolie/Donna in City of Angels at The Goodspeed Opera House. She received a Helen Hayes Award nomination for her performance in Side by Side by Sondheim at the Signature Theater in Arlington, Virginia. She was the 2011 winner of the Noël Coward Cabaret Award Competition, and her debut album, Ten Cents a Dance, is an homage to the Depression-era songs of the 1930s. Her website is nancyanderson.name.

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Andréa Burns

Andréa Burns co-starred with Nathan Lane in Douglas Carter Beane’s Broadway play, The Nance. She was in the original Off-Broadway production of In the Heights and moved with the show to Broadway, where it won the Tony Award for Best Musical. She made her Broadway debut as a townsperson and understudy for Belle in Beauty and the Beast and also appeared in The Full Monty and The Ritz. Andréa was in the original company of Jason Robert Brown’s critically acclaimed Songs for a New World at the WPA Theatre, and she created the role of Celeste in Stephen Sondheim’s Saturday Night at Second Stage Theatre.

Andréa received a Touring Broadway Awards nomination for Best Actress for her role of Lucille Frank in Parade, directed by Harold Prince, and a Joseph Jefferson Award nomination for Best Leading Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Dot in Sunday in the Park with George at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Her debut solo album, A Deeper Shade of Red, received critical acclaim, and she appeared on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play charts with “100 Stories,” a single she co-produced with her brother Mike Burns.

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Jennifer Cody

Jennifer Cody was last seen on Broadway as the Shoemaker’s Elf in Shrek: The Musical. Other Broadway credits include The Pajama Game, Taboo, Urinetown and Seussical. Off-Broadway, she received a Drama League Award nomination for her performance in Henry and Smudge and played Junie in Junie B. Jones, both at the Lucille Lortel Theatre. This past September she participated in a reading of Ron Pallio’s play, The Lost Boy, at the Manhattan Theatre Club, and she was in the New York City Center Encores! production of No, No Nanette.

In regional theatre, earlier this year Jennifer played one of the Pigeon Sisters in The Odd Couple at The Cape Playhouse on Cape Cod and the Geva Theatre Center in Rochester, New York; other Cape Playhouse productions include Lend Me a Tenor and Moon Over Buffalo. At the Paper Mill Playhouse she appeared as one of the evil stepsisters in Cinderella and Hildy in On the Town. At the Sacramento Music Circus, Jennifer starred in productions of West Side Story, Bye Bye Birdie, A Chorus Line, 42nd Street and Oklahoma!

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Cady Huffman

Cady Huffman won Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards for performance as Ulla in The Producers, opposite Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick. She received an Outer Critics Circle nomination for her performance with Mr. Lane in Douglas Carter Beane’s The Nance and a Tony nomination for playing Ziegfeld’s Favorite in The Will Rogers Follies. Her other Broadway credits include Steel Pier, Dame Edna: The Royal Tour, La Cage aux Folles and Bob Fosse’s last original musical, Big Deal.

Cady had an unforgettable recurring role on HBO's “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” where she almost became Larry David's 10th anniversary present. She also had a recurring role on “The Good Wife,” and was a guest on “Law & Order: SVU,” “Law & Order: CI,” “Frasier” and “Mad About You.” She served as a judge at the Food Network's kitchen stadium on “Iron Chef America” for ten consecutive seasons. On the big screen Cady appeared in The Company Men, John Turturro’s star-studded musical film Romance & Cigarettes and The Nanny Diaries opposite Scarlett Johansson. She also produced and starred in the film festival favorite, Sunday on the Rocks. Her website is cadyhuffman.com.

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Zakiya Young

Zakiya Young made her Broadway debut in The Little Mermaid, after auditioning in an open call, and can be heard on the cast recording; she later served as female understudy for the Broaday play Stick Fly. Earlier this year Zakiya appeared off-Broadway in the musical The Lightning Thief for Theatreworks USA and in a reading of Tenderloin, as part of the York Theatre’s Musicals in Mufti series celebration of the work of Sheldon Harnick. She made her Off-Broadwaay debut last year in another new musical, Storyville.

This past summer Zakiya was heard in a special broadcast of the popular radio program, "This American Life," at BAM and participated in a reading of the new musical, The War Department, at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center. She has also performed at 54 Below twice in 2014: for the Broadway Spotted Fifth Anniversary concert and the York Theatre’s 45th Anniversary celebration. Zakiya’s regional theater credits include Kiss Me Kate, Cabin in the Sky, The Mikado, Carousel and Little Shop of Horrors. As a concert artist, she was female soloist for the New Haven Symphony’s “Americana” concert series, conducted by Gerald Steichen. Her website is zakiyayoung.com.

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Mitzi Gaynor

Emmy Award-winning and Golden Globe Award-nominated actress, comedienne and musical performer, Mitzi Gaynor made her motion picture debut alongside her idol Betty Grable in the 20th Century Fox film production My Blue Heaven and went on to star in some of the most revered musicals of Hollywood’s “Golden Age” including There’s No Business Like Show Business, Les Girls, Anything Goes, and most notably as “Ensign Nellie Forbush” in Rodgers & Hamerstein’s South Pacific, for which she received a Golden Globe nomination as Best Actress.

On television, Miss Gaynor’s acclaimed annual musical variety specials including Mitzi…and a 100 Guys and Mitzi…Zings Into Spring won seven Emmy Awards and received ten additional nominations. The specials were celebrated in documentary Mitzi Gaynor Razzle Dazzle! The Special Years which aired nationwide on PBS.

A stage performer since her theatrical debut at age 13 with the Los Angeles and San Francisco Civic Light Operas, Miss Gaynor has performed at the nation’s top theatrical and concert venues in her headlining stage and nightclub reviews. Additional stage credits include the national tour of the Broadway production of Anything Goes. She continues to tour extensively worldwide, sharing her fabled brand of showmanship. Her website is missmitzigaynor.com.

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  • Lyrics & Lyricists: Here’s to the Girls!

    Date: Sat, Feb 7, 2015, 8 pm

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