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How about a singing, dancing, Technicolor celebration of the silver screen’s greatest musicals! Melodic nuggets from unforgettable movies like The Wizard of Oz, Meet Me in St. Louis and Gigi, in a concert created exclusively for 92Y by three-time Tony Award®-winning director/choreographer Kathleen Marshall. We promise you’ll go home singin’, even if it isn’t in the rain.

JUST ANNOUNCED: A sample list of songs from the show. Click on the Program Notes tab above.

Kathleen Marshall, artistic director & host

Starring
Cameron Adams
Renée Elise Goldsberry
Joshua Henry
Rob McClure
Jeremy Jordan
Rachel York


David Chase, music director & piano
David Eggers, associate stage director & choreographer

Steve Kenyon, woodwinds
Brian Pareschi, trumpet
Neal Caine, bass
Paul Pizzuti, drums

 

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The Jan 12 afternoon performance is underwritten by The Henry Nias Foundation, courtesy of Dr. Stanley Edelman.

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Artistic Director’s note

By Kathleen Marshall

“More Stars Than There Are In Heaven,” boasted the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer slogan in the 1940s, and those stars never shone brighter than in the glorious movie musicals produced by Arthur Freed.

The list of artists that Freed discovered, nourished or championed is astonishing. He helped shape the careers of Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Frank Sinatra, Vincente Minnelli, Lena Horne, June Allyson, Esther Williams, Howard Keel, Cyd Charisse, Ann Miller, Jane Powell and Stanley Donen, among dozens of others. Freed produced more than 45 films under his legendary “Freed Unit,” which in essence was a production company within MGM. He assembled an amazing array of talent—writers, composers, lyricists, directors, choreographers and designers—and gave them the freedom and the resources to dream up lavish and original musicals. The result was some of the most magical, memorable and innovative musical films of all time, including Meet Me in St. Louis, Easter Parade, On the Town, Show Boat, The Band Wagon and Singin’ in the Rain.

Freed started on the MGM lot as a songwriter with his collaborator, Nacio Herb Brown, and you’ll hear many of their songs in our lineup. After writing the scores for films including The Broadway Melody and Going Hollywood, he got his first assignment as an associate producer on The Wizard of Oz. It was Freed who hired Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg and then suggested that they write a ballad to act as a transition between Kansas and Oz. The studio wanted to cut the song, but Freed insisted it stay in the picture. In 1940 “Over the Rainbow” won the Oscar for Best Song. Three other songs from MGM musicals produced by Freed won Oscars and two of his films, An American in Paris and Gigi, won the Academy Award for Best Picture.

Being a lyricist himself, Freed revered songwriters, and so it’s no wonder that the movies he produced are filled with songs by a veritable Who’s Who of the American Songbook—George and Ira Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein, Harold Arlen, E. Y. Harburg, Burton Lane, Johnny Mercer, Alan Jay Lerner, Arthur Schwartz, Betty Comden and Adolph Green—all of whom are represented in our program.

The words “MGM Musical” conjure up images as clear and potent for us today as they did in the heyday of the Freed Unit. We imagine skipping down a yellow brick road, jumping onto a lamppost while singin’ in the rain, dancing on the ceiling, strolling down Fifth Avenue in Easter finery, celebrating the night they invented champagne or going out on the town with three sailors on leave in New York, New York. The remarkable and timeless films of the Freed Unit still have the ability to charm and delight us and to transport us to musical heaven. Now that’s entertainment.

© 2014 Kathleen Marshall

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Selected Song List

As a special preview, here is a selection of songs from
Going Hollywood: MGM Musicals

GET HAPPY
Lyrics by Ted Koehler; music by Harold Arlen
From Summer Stock (1950)

GIGI
Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner; music by Frederick Loewe
From Gigi (1958)

HAPPINESS IS JUST A THING CALLED JOE
Lyrics by E. Y. Harburg; music by Harold Arlen
From Cabin in the Sky (1943)

I GUESS I’LL HAVE TO CHANGE MY PLAN
Lyrics by Howard Dietz; music by Arthur Schwartz
From The Band Wagon (1953)

THE LAST TIME I SAW PARIS
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II; music by Jerome Kern
From Lady Be Good (1941)

ON THE ATCHISON, TOPEKA AND THE SANTA FE
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer; music by Harry Warren
From The Harvey Girls (1946)

SHINE ON YOUR SHOES
Lyrics by Howard Dietz; music by Arthur Schwartz
From The Band Wagon (1953)

SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN
Lyrics by Arthur Freed; music by Nacio Herb Brown
From Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

STEPPIN’ OUT WITH MY BABY
Lyrics & music by Irving Berlin
From Easter Parade (1948)

THE TROLLEY SONG
Lyrics by Hugh Martin; music by Ralph Blane
From Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)

Musical numbers subject to change

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Artist Bios

Kathleen Marshall, artistic director

Three-time Tony Award winner Kathleen Marshall is making her Lyrics & Lyricists debut with “Going Hollywood: MGM Musicals.” She most recently worked on Broadway on the Gershwin show Nice Work If You Can Get It, earning 2012 Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations for direction and choreography. She garnered Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics awards for best choreography and nominations for best director for Anything Goes (2011), The Pajama Game (2006) and Wonderful Town (2004). Kathleen’s other Broadway choreography credits include Kiss Me, Kate, earning her Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics and Astaire Award nominations; Grease; Little Shop of Horrors; Follies; Boeing-Boeing; Seussical; Ring Round the Moon; 1776; and Swinging on a Star.

Beyond Broadway, Kathleen is an artistic associate of New York City Center Encores!, where she was the artistic director for four seasons. For Encores!, she directed and choreographed I’m Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road, Bells Are Ringing, Applause, 70 Girls 70, House of Flowers, Carnival, Hair, Wonderful Town and Babes in Arms. She directed and choreographed Two Gentlemen of Verona for the New York Shakespeare Festival and the New York premiere of Stephen Sondheim’s first musical, Saturday Night, for Second Stage Theatre. Among her other Off-Broadway credits, Kathleen choreographed Violet for Playwrights Horizons and As Thousands Cheer for the Drama Dept. Outside the US, Kathleen earned an Olivier Award nomination for her choreography of the 2002 West End revival of Kiss Me, Kate.

Among her film and television credits, Kathleen has choreographed the musical sequences of My Week with Marilyn, starring Michelle Williams. For Disney/ABC she directed and choreographed Once Upon a Mattress, starring Tracey Ullman and Carol Burnett, and she received an Emmy nomination for her choreography of The Music Man, starring Matthew Broderick. She has also directed concerts for Kristin Chenoweth at many venues, including the Metropolitan Opera House and Disney Concert Hall.

A native of Pittsburgh, Kathleen has received the George Abbott Award, the Richard Rodgers Award and the Pennsylvania Governor’s Award for the Arts, and she was recently named a Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania. She is an associate artist of the Roundabout Theatre Company and has served on the executive board of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers. She lives in Manhattan with her husband, Scott Landis, and their three-year-old twins, Ella and Nathaniel.

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Cameron Adams, vocals

Making her Lyrics & Lyricists debut is Cameron Adams. Cameron most recently appeared on Broadway in Nice Work If You Can Get It, directed and choreographed by Kathleen Marshall. Cameron has been dancing since the age of 4. As a teenager she attended the Broadway Theatre Project in Tampa, Florida, where she studied with Gwen Verdon, Gregory Hines and Ann Reinking. During her high school’s Homecoming week in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, she was invited to audition for the Broadway revival of The Music Man, directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman. She was cast in the revival and at the age of 17, moved to New York City.

Cameron’s other Broadway credits include Oklahoma!; Hairspray; Cry-Baby; Shrek; Promises, Promises; and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. She has frequently understudied roles in the above shows. Two of her favorite understudy roles have been Billie Bendix in Nice Work If You Can Get It opposite Matthew Broderick and Rosemary in How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying opposite Daniel Radcliffe. She was also Young Hattie in the New York City Center Encores! presentation of Follies. Cameron’s regional credits include The Most Happy Fella at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre, The 60s Project at Goodspeed Opera House and Cry-Baby at La Jolla Playhouse. On television, Cameron played Zaneeta in ABC/Disney’s The Music Man, starring Matthew Broderick, and was in the cast of last month’s highly rated “The Sound of Music Live!” on NBC.

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Renée Elise Goldsberry, vocals

This past summer Renée Elise Goldsberry starred as Heather in I’m Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road, the final New York City Center Encores! Off-Center presentation of the 2013 season, directed by Kathleen Marshall. She last appeared on Broadway in David Lindsay Abaire’s play Good People, receiving an Outer Critics Circle nomination for her performance as Kate. Among her other Broadway credits, Renée originated the role of Nettie in The Color Purple, starred as Nala in The Lion King and closed Rent on Broadway as the final Mimi. The last performance was a Sony theatrical release and is now available on DVD.

Off-Broadway, Renée was named one of New York magazine’s “Performers of the Year” for her portrayal of Sylvia in the Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park production of Two Gentlemen of Verona, also directed by Kathleen Marshall. She returned to the Delacorte Theater as Celia in As You Like It in 2012, after starring in the Public’s 2011 production of Love’s Labour’s Lost.

Renée can be seen on television as ASA Geneva Pine in the hit CBS drama “The Good Wife.” She is a two-time Daytime Emmy Award nominee and a two-time NAACP Image Award nominee for her portrayal of Evangeline Williamson on ABC’s “One Life to Live.” Other credits include “The Following,” “Law & Order: SVU” and the feature film All About You; she received the grand prize for Rock Song of the Year in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest.

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Joshua Henry, vocals

Joshua Henry returns to Lyrics & Lyricists, having made his debut in February 2011 with “On A Clear Day: The Musical Vision of Burton Lane.” Joshua made his acting debut in the 2006 Paper Mill Playhouse production of Godspell. His Off-Broadway debut came with In the Heights, winning a Drama Desk Award as part of outstanding ensemble performance; he then went with the show to Broadway. In 2010 Joshua was nominated for a Tony Award as Haywood Patterson in The Scottsboro Boys. His other Broadway credits include American Idiot as Favorite Son and The Gershwins’ Porgy & Bess as Jake.

This past July Joshua starred in the New York City Center Encores! presentation of Violet. Additional Encores! credits include The Wiz as Tin Man and Cotton Club Parade as Emcee. Joshua’s regional credits include The Scottsboro Boys at the Guthrie Theatre and American Idiot at The Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

Joshua’s film and television credits include the Lifetime series “Army Wives,” CBS’s “Kings” and Sex and the City. He made his debut as a solo artist with the show “Soul Weakness” at the Triad Theatre in February 2012. He is also a composer, and his current project is the children’s musical, Amigo Duende, which premiered at El Museo del Barrio in October 2012. Joshua’s website is joshuahenry.net.

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Jeremy Jordan, vocals

Jeremy Jordan was born in Corpus Christi, Texas, and received a BFA from Ithaca College. He got his professional start as understudy to the lead in Broadway’s Rock of Ages and then starred as Tony in the revival of West Side Story. Jeremy received a Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League and Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for the lead role of Jack Kelly in the 2012 Broadway musical, Newsies; the cast album also received a Grammy nomination. That same season he won a Theatre Award and received a second Drama League nomination for his performance of Clyde Barrow in the Broadway musical, Bonnie & Clyde.

Jeremy recently completed filming the lead role in Richard LaGravenese’s The Last 5 Years, opposite Anna Kendrick, and he was featured in the HBO TV movie, Six by Sondheim. In 2012 he starred alongside Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton in the Warner Bros. film, Joyful Noise. This past season Jordan starred as an upstart songwriter in the Steven Spielberg-produced musical drama, “Smash,” on NBC. He was also a guest star in the CBS mystery series, “Elementary,” and NBC’s “Law & Order: SVU.”

Last November Jordan appeared in the Stephen Sondheim and Wynton Marsalis-staged concert performance of A Bed and a Chair for New York City Center Encores! Among his other credits, Jordan starred as Alex in The Little Dog Laughed at Hartford Theatreworks, for which he received a Connecticut Critics’ Circle nomination, and he played Tom Sawyer in Big River at the Goodspeed Opera House.

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Rob McClure, vocals

Another 92Y debut artist, Rob McClure received Tony, Drama League, Astaire and Outer Critics Circle nominations and won Theatre World and Clive Barnes awards for his performance in the title role of Chaplin: The Musical on Broadway last season. He had similarly charmed audiences with his performance in the title role of Where’s Charley? for New York City Center Encores! in 2011. Rob’s other Broadway credits include the 2002 revival of I’m Not Rappaport, opposite Judd Hirsch and Ben Vereen, and the roles of Princeton and Rod in Avenue Q; he later received a Helen Hayes Award nomination for his performance on the Avenue Q national tour.

Rob has just finished a run of the two-man musical, The Story of My Life, at the Delaware Theatre Company, opposite his longtime friend Ben Dibble. He had previously starred opposite Tony Danza at the Paper Mill Playhouse in the world premiere of Jason Robert Brown’s Honeymoon in Vegas, which is scheduled to move to Broadway. He also appeared in the world premiere of Ken Ludwig’s The Game’s Afoot at the Cleveland Playhouse and Robert and Willie Reale’s Johnny Baseball at the American Repertory Theatre.

Rob has been particularly active in the Philadelphia theater scene. He has won two Barrymore Awards for best actor in a musical, and he starred as Mozart in Amadeus at the Walnut Street Theatre. Rob recently made his film debut in the short film Recursion, directed by Sam Buntrock, which will play the film festival circuit. Rob’s website is robmcclure.com.

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Rachel York, vocals

Rachel York is best known for her critically acclaimed Broadway performances in City of Angels; Les Misérables; Victor/Victoria, with Dame Julie Andrews, where she won a Drama Desk Award; The Scarlet Pimpernel; Sly Fox, with Richard Dreyfuss; and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, opposite Jonathan Pryce and Norbert Leo Butz. Rachel also turned heads on television with her portrayal of Lucille Ball in the CBS movie, Lucy.

Most recently, Rachel starred as Reno Sweeny in the national tour of the Tony Award-winning production of Anything Goes. She starred as Guenevere in Camelot, opposite Michael York, winning a Carbonell Award); and portrayed Lilli Vanessi/Kate in Kiss Me, Kate in the US and on London’s West End. Off-Broadway, Rachel has starred in The Best Is Yet to Come: The Music of Cy Coleman; Stephen Sondheim’s Putting It Together at the Manhattan Theatre Club, also with Julie Andrews, and earning a Drama Desk nomination; and Dessa Rose at the Lincoln Center Theater, receiving another Drama Desk nomination. She played Dorothy Shaw in the acclaimed New York City Center Encores! production of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

In concert, Rachel has performed with The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall; the National Symphony and the Pittsburgh Pops under the direction of Marvin Hamlisch; Broadway Showstoppers with Peter Nero and the Philly Pops; The Sound of Music at the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic; the San Francisco Symphony; and the Jerusalem Symphony, among others. Rachel has also performed her cabaret For the Love of It to rave reviews nationwide. Her website is rachelyork.com.

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David Chase, music director & piano

Last month David Chase was the musical director for NBC’s “The Sound of Music Live!,” which drew 18.5 million viewers during its live broadcast. A Broadway veteran of nearly 20 years, David is currently music supervisor and arranger for Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella. He has been musical director or music supervisor for Nice Work If You Can Get It, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Billy Elliot, The Pajama Game, Flower Drum Song, The Music Man, Side Show, Little Me and Damn Yankees.

David has further served as dance arranger on Broadway for Anything Goes; Elf; Promises, Promises; The Little Mermaid; Cry-Baby; Curtains; The Wedding Singer; Thoroughly Modern Millie; Kiss Me, Kate and Seussical. Off-Broadway, he was musical director of the New York City Center Encores! production of House of Flowers and of The Voysey Inheritance. On London’s West End, David was dance arranger for productions of Evita and Guys and Dolls.

Nationally, David did the dance arrangements for the 2013 US tour of Evita and 2012 US tour of Anything Goes, as well as arrangements for tours of Doctor Doolittle and On the Record. Beyond the theater, David has done arrangements for the Boston Pops, including its popular parody of “The Twelve Days of Christmas”; the BBC Concert Orchestra; Kennedy Center Honors tributes to Barbara Cook, Jerry Herman, Meryl Streep and Shirley MacLaine; the Radio City Christmas Spectacular; Disney’s On the Record; and the Bobby Darrin biopic Beyond the Sea, starring Kevin Spacey. David holds a degree in biology from Harvard University.

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David Eggers, associate stage director & associate choreographer

David Eggers has worked with Kathleen Marshall as associate choreographer for Broadway’s Nice Work If You Can Get It and Anything Goes, and New York City Center Encores! Off-Center’s I’m Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road, where he also served as associate director. He was assistant choreographer to Kathleen for Shakespeare in the Park’s production of the musical Two Gentlemen of Verona, and he was her associate for the workshops of the upcoming musicals Diner and Ever After, as well as the upcoming film, Broadway 4D!

David is one of the choreographers for Burlesque to Broadway, which plays at the Gramercy Theatre next month. This past fall, he was choreographer and assistant director for Off-Broadway’s Possibility Junkie, by “That Guitar Man from Central Park,” David Ippolito. He also choreographed the musicals Bye Bye Birdie in Indiana and The Last Starfighter for the New York Music Theater Festival, and he co-choreographed Town Hall’s “Broadway by the Year: 1965.”

As a dancer, David has been in ten Broadway shows, including Billy Elliot, Curtains, The Pajama Game, The Wedding Singer and Wonderful Town. His other performing credits include the national tours of Cats and Chicago; the 10th anniversary cast of Cats in Germany; A Connecticut Yankee and Tenderloin at New York City Center Encores!; Follies at Paper Mill Playhouse; and Forever Plaid in Minneapolis, Las Vegas and Cincinnati. David is a guest teacher for several dance programs, including Front & Center Performing Arts in Springfield, New Jersey, and American Theatre Dance Workshop in New Hyde Park, New York.

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Steve Kenyon, woodwinds

Woodwinds player Steve Kenyon is currently playing in Matilda on Broadway. He has played with many Broadway shows and New York City Center Encores!, and he can be heard on albums with such artists as Barbara Cook, Audra McDonald, Judy Collins and Maury Yeston. Steve is co-leader, composer and lead saxophonist with the NewYorkestra big band, and he plays tenor with the New York Saxophone Quartet. He has led ensembles performing his original music at the Blue Note, Birdland and Carnegie Hall, and live on WNYC. Steve has played with the New York Philharmonic, New York Pops, Maria Schneider, Garrison Keillor, Chuck Mangione, Aretha Franklin and Beyoncé.

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Brian Pareschi, trumpet

Trumpeter Brian Pareschi can be heard in Broadway’s Motown: the Musical and on Barbra Streisand’s latest CD, Back to Brooklyn; he toured with her this past year. He leads his own jazz orchestra and the octet BP Express. Brian is prominent in the New York jazz/commercial music scene and has performed at the world’s leading jazz festivals. His many film and television credits include the new film The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, “Late Show with David Letterman,” “Smash” and the 2013 Tony Awards. As a composer, Brian has written for the US Marines’ “The President’s Own,” Bruce Springsteen and the Max Weinberg Big Band. His website is brianpareschi.com.

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Neal Caine, bass

Bassist Neal Caine has been a member of Harry Connick, Jr.’s big band for more than a decade. His Broadway credits include Harry Connick, Jr. in Concert on Broadway, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever and The Pajama Game. In 2005 Neal released his first CD as a leader, Backstabber’s Ball on Small’s Records, a compilation of original compositions. He has worked with artists like Wynton Marsalis, Mulgrew Miller and the Boston Pops in venues ranging from the Blue Note to The Grand Ole Opry to the Sydney Opera House. Neal’s extensive TV credits include PBS specials, morning and late-night talk shows, sports and official events. His website is nealcaine.com.

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Paul Pizzuti, drums

Drummer Paul Pizzuti has played in bar bands, big bands and show bands throughout his career. His first Broadway show was Candide in 1976, and he has continued through to the recent On a Clear Day You Can See Forever and this past year’s The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Paul is a member of Swingadelic, a jazz/blues/swing band that plays throughout the New York metro area and has released six CDs. He has also appeared with St. Luke’s Orchestra, New York City Ballet Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic. Paul has played and recorded with Patti LuPone and Betty Buckley and has also worked with artists like Elaine Stritch, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Jane Krakowski and Barbara Cook.

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