An Evening with Lynn Ahrens - 92Y, New York

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Lyrics & Lyricists

Lynn Ahrens: A Lyric Life

Ragtime. Anastasia. Once on This Island. Schoolhouse Rock! Get a close-up and personal look at Lynn Ahrens’ extraordinary life in lyrics.

Lynn Ahrens’ lyrics are so smart, imaginative, tender and clever, they earned her the “triple crown” of Broadway awards — Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle. Under the direction of L&L favorite Jason Danieley, we’ll celebrate Ahrens in song, and she’ll share stories about how Schoolhouse Rock! launched her career, and about being a lyricist in a world where few women have thrived.

Lynn Ahrens, featured lyricist and host
Jason Danieley, director
Mary-Mitchell Campbell, music director
Michael Gacetta, co-music director 

Featuring

Nikki Renée Daniels
David Harris
Margo Seibert
Brandon Uranowitz
Alton Fitzgerald White

Aaron Heick, reeds
Monica Davis, violin
Nate Brown, guitar
Pete Donovan, bass
Clint de Ganon, drums 

Matthew Haber, projection design

A Note from Lynn Ahrens

I can’t decide whether being featured in the Lyrics & Lyricists series makes me feel very young or very old …

Artistic Director’s Note

By Jason Danieley

When Lynn asked me to direct this celebration of her work I didn’t hesitate to say YES …

Lynn Ahrens

Lynn Ahrens won Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards, and received two Grammy nominations for the score of Broadway’s Ragtime

Jason Danieley

Broadway actor, singer, concert soloist and recording artist Jason Danieley has appeared twice in the Lyrics & Lyricists series and is now making his directing debut with “Lynn Ahrens: A Lyric Life.”

Mary-Mitchell Campbell

Mary-Mitchell Campbell is a music director, conductor, orchestrator, composer and arranger in the Broadway community. Her New York credits include: Mean Girls, My Love Letter to Broadway with Kristin Chenoweth …

Nikki Renée Daniels

Nikki Renée Daniels is currently starring in The Book of Mormon on Broadway. Other Broadway credits include The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess (Clara); Les Miserablés (Fantine); Nine; Aida; Little Shop of Horrors; Promises, Promises; Anything Goes and Lestat

David Harris

David Harris: US: Rags (Bronfman: Goodspeed), Ragtime (Father: Barrington Stage), Next to Normal (Dan: TheaterWorks, CCC Best Actor nomination), Anything Goes (Billy: Goodspeed), Les Misérables (Valjean: CT Rep) …

Margo Seibert

Margo Seibert is thrilled to be returning to 92Y to help honor the illustrious Lynn Ahrens! Margo's work includes Broadway: Rocky (Drama League Award nomination), In Transit 

Brandon Uranowitz

Brandon Uranowitz most recently appeared as Otto Kringelein in the acclaimed New York City Center Encores! production of Grand Hotel (dir. Josh Rhodes). Broadway: Mendel in Falsettos (Tony and Drama Desk nominations; dir. James Lapine); Adam Hochberg in An American in Paris …

Alton Fitzgerald White

Alton Fitzgerald White performed a record-breaking 4,308 performances as King Mufasa in Disney’s The Lion King on Broadway. He has also added motivational speaker and author to his growing list of titles with his recent book release, My Pride: Mastering Life's Daily Performance

Aaron Heick

Originally from Seattle, Aaron Heick is a saxophonist and woodwind player currently living in New York City. In 2012, he became a permanent member of the CBS Orchestra, the house band for The Late Show with David Letterman

Monica Davis

Monica Davis is a NYC-based violinist and violist. A sought-after collaborator, her playing has been described as "refined and attractive" by The New York Times

Nate Brown

Nate Brown has spent the last 20 years playing Broadway guitar books. He is currently playing eight shows a week at the Palace Theater in SpongeBob SquarePants

Pete Donovan

Bassist Pete Donovan has performed/recorded with Sting, Beck, Rufus Wainwright, Bono, Quincy Jones, Phil Ramone, The Who, The Manhattan Transfer, Take 6, Wynton Marsalis, Joshua Bell, Renée Fleming, Dawn Upshaw, Jose Carreras, Placido Domingo …

Clint de Ganon

Drummer Clint de Ganon grew up in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY. He performed for Buddy Rich, Stan Getz and Dave Brubeck, and was given a pair of drumsticks by Gene Krupa himself, all before graduating high school …

Matthew Haber

Matthew Haber is a New York-based stage and multimedia experience designer. Selected projection design credits: Rite of Spring (Production Design, Oregon Symphony); Grease (Winter Garden,); Channeling the King (Soho Playhouse); “I Have Confidence: Rodgers After Hammerstein” (92Y); Little Women (Madison Opera)…