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Yip Harburg: Follow the Fellow Who Follows a Dream

Yip Harburg: Follow the Fellow Who Follows a Dream

“When all the world is a hopeless jumble…”

These are the opening lyrics to one of the most famous songs in history, “Over The Rainbow.” Indeed, much of Yip Harburg’s long career, on Broadway and in Hollywood, carried an idealistic yearning for America’s golden promise. In a nod to the very first ever Lyrics & Lyricists event, when Harburg himself took to our stage, a stellar cast shows us how time’s perspective has proven his songs and ideas to be enduring antidotes to what can often seem a cynical world.

Jon Marans, writer
Matt Kunkel, director
Paul Masse, music director & piano


Mikaela Bennett
Laura Darrell
Clifton Duncan
Megan Sikora
Nick Spangler

Steve Lyon, woodwinds
Kiku Enomoto, violin/viola
Laura Bontrager, cello
Lynette Wardle, harp
Kory Grossman, percussion

Jon Marans

Jon Marans wrote an entirely new book for Lerner and Loewe’s Paint Your Wagon, which was most recently seen in a production at The Muny last summer …

Matt Kunkel

NYC-based director Matt Kunkel was named a Newsday Rising Star. He recently directed and co-created An Evening with the Stars at the St. Louis Muny …

Paul Masse

Paul Masse: 92Y: Lyrics and Lyricists: “Frank Loesser: Lyricists,” “The Sensational Songs of Cole Porter” and It Shoulda Been You

Mikaela Bennett

A graduate of The Juilliard School, Mikaela Bennett is celebrated as a singer and actress for her work on stage and in the concert hall …

Laura Darrell

Laura Darrell: Lyrics & Lyricists: “Frank Loesser: Lyricist.” Off Broadway: Sweeney Todd (Johanna/Pirelli/BW Standby, Barrow St. Theater) …

Clifton Duncan

Clifton Duncan: Broadway: The Play that Goes Wrong. Off Broadway: Carmen Jones

Megan Sikora

Megan Sikora has been seen on Broadway in Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn (Lila Dixon/Chita Rivera Award winner), The Nance (Standby), How To Succeed In Business (Miss Krumholtz) …

Nick Spangler

Nick Spangler has been seen in the original Broadway casts of The Book of Mormon, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Tootsie, and It Shoulda Been You

Steven Lyon

Steven Lyon is a New York City-based multi-woodwind artist. He regularly works in a wide range of musical settings and styles …

Lynette Wardle

An orchestra harpist, chamber musician, recording artist, and soloist, Lynette Wardle enjoys a varied and rewarding performing career …

Kiku Enomoto

Violinist Kiku Enomoto has a dynamic and versatile career as a multifaceted musician. A native of Las Vegas, she began her studies at the Nevada School of the Arts …

Laura Bontrager

Laura Bontrager received her BA and MA from The Juilliard School. Her commitment to contemporary and other musical idioms led her into jazz, rock, and popular music …

Kory Grossman

Kory Grossman holds an MA from the Manhattan School of Music. He is currently a member of the American Symphony Orchestra …

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George Gershwin: You’ve Got What Gets Me
Mar 21-23

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