Lyrics & Lyricists: Yes I Can — The Sammy Davis Jr. Songbook - 92Y, New York

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Yes I Can: The Sammy Davis Jr. Songbook

Yes I Can: The Sammy Davis Jr. Songbook

“I’ve got to be a star like another man needs to breathe,” said Sammy Davis, Jr.

Known as “Mr. Show Business,” Davis was an electrifying entertainer, with a career that was dazzling in its range and reach: song-and-dance man, Rat Pack member alongside Frank Sinatra, and beyond. It was a career that also triumphed over the oppressive challenges of racism. We’ll journey through Davis’ remarkable career, looking backward and forward from 1964’s Golden Boy—the Broadway musical that earned Davis a Tony nomination for Best Actor. And we follow Davis’ struggle for identity in 20th century America with the songs that illuminate the complex stages of his life: “Mr. Bojangles,” “The Birth of the Blues,” and the one that defined him best, “I’ve Gotta Be Me.”

Laurence Maslon, artistic director
Tazewell Thompson, director
Michael O. Mitchell, music director

Harriett D. Foy
Jared Grimes
Max Kumangai
Matthew Saldivar
Betsy Wolfe

Steve Kenyon, reeds
Brian Pareschi, trumpet
Sherrod Barnes, guitar
Jeff Hanley, bass
Abdullah Rahman, drums

Laurence Maslon

Laurence Maslon is an arts professor at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, as well as associate chair of the Graduate Acting Program …

Tazewell Thompson

Tazewell Thompson is an internationally acclaimed director of opera: Europe, Asia, Africa, Canada, US …

Michael O. Mitchell

Michael O. Mitchell is an award-winning pianist, music director, and arranger with an eclectic style drawing from his classical training, …

Harriett D. Foy

Harriett D. Foy: Broadway: Amelie; Amazing Grace; The American Plan; Mamma Mia; Once on This Island

Jared Grimes

Jared Grimes: Signature Theatre (choreography): Ain’t Misbehavin’, Scottsboro Boys, Jelly’s Last Jam (Helen Hayes Award) …

Max Kumangai

Max Kumangai makes his 92Y debut with this production. He was recently seen in the premiere of Alanis Morissette’s Broadway-bound musical, Jagged Little Pill

Matthew Saldivar

Matthew Saldivar: Broadway: Bernhardt/Hamlet; Saint Joan; Junk; Act One; Honeymoon in Vegas; …

Betsy Wolfe

Betsy Wolfe has established herself as one of the most versatile and keenly intelligent Broadway performers of her generation …

Steve Kenyon

Steve Kenyon currently plays Reed 1 in Mean Girls on Broadway. He has performed his original music at the Blue Note, Birdland, and Carnegie Hall …

Brian Pareschi

Originally from Rochester, NY, trumpeter/composer/arranger Brian Pareschi is one of the most in-demand trumpeters on Broadway …

Sherrod Barnes

Raised in a family of gospel singers and musicians, Sherrod Barnes has an extensive musical history that includes gospel, pop, rock, and R&B …

Jeff Hanley

Jeff Hanley is a bassist who has performed with many musicians in a wide variety of genres …

Abdullah Rahman

A favorite among peers and a generous and tasteful accompanist, Abdullah Rahman’s career has taken him from concert halls and theaters to festivals …