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Lenny’s Lyricists

“Somewhere” … “New York, New York” … “Make Our Garden Grow” … Bernstein’s music wouldn’t be Bernstein’s songs without the lyrics. Join us for a fascinating inside look at his lyric collaborations.

Amanda Green, Tony Award-nominated songwriter, performer and daughter of legendary lyricist and book writer, Adolph Green, joins Rob Fisher for an examination of Bernstein’s extraordinary lyric collaborations. The Greens and the Bernsteins were lifelong friends. Get Amanda Green’s personal view and behind-the-scenes stories about Bernstein’s groundbreaking shows with her father and Betty Comden, his work with the young Stephen Sondheim, the (many!) lyricists for Candide and more.

Rob Fisher, artistic director
Amanda Green, writer and host
Gary Griffin, director

Mikaela Bennett, vocals
Andréa Burns, vocals
Darius de Haas, vocals
Howard McGillin, vocals
Tony Yazbeck, vocals

Ray Wong, piano 
Steve Kenyon, reeds 
Dick Sarpola, bass 
Erik Charlston, drums & percussion 

Corresponding Class: Bernstein and Song

Artistic director’s note

“The Most Beautiful Sound I Ever Heard”

By Rob Fisher

Rob Fisher, artistic director

One of Lyrics & Lyricists’ most popular and creative guest artistic directors, Rob Fisher is making his 12th appearance with the series …

Amanda Green, writer and host

Amanda Green is a two-time Tony Award-nominated lyricist/composer. She is currently writing the lyrics for a new musical, working with Billy Crystal and the composer Jason Robert Brown …

Gary Griffin, director

“Lenny’s Lyricists” is Gary Griffin’s seventh production as a Lyrics & Lyricists director …

Mikaela Bennett

A recent graduate of The Juilliard School, Mikaela Bennett made her professional stage debut starring as Penelope in The Golden Apple with City Center Encores!

Andréa Burns

Andréa Burns is a Drama Desk Award winner and earned an Outer Critics Circle nomination for her show-stopping performance as Gloria Fajardo in On Your Feet!

Darius de Haas

Darius de Haas is happy to return to Lyrics & Lyricists! He has appeared on Broadway in Kiss of the Spider Woman, Rent, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel, Marie Christine, …

Howard McGillin

Best known for his record-setting run in the title role in the Broadway production of The Phantom of the Opera, Howard McGillin has appeared extensively in leading roles on Broadway and London’s West End …

Tony Yazbeck

Tony Yazbeck won the coveted Astaire Award and was nominated for Tony, Drama League, and Outer Critics Circle Awards for his virtuosic performance in the 2014 Broadway revival of On the Town

Ray Wong, piano

Pianist Ray Wong has performed on many of the world’s great stages, making his debut solo recital at Carnegie Hall, performing with The Juilliard Orchestra in Stern Auditorium, chamber and …

Steve Kenyon, reeds

Steve Kenyon has led ensembles performing his original music at the Blue Note (NYC), Birdland, Carnegie Hall and live on WNYC radio …

Dick Sarpola, bass

Bass player Dick Sarpola has played in more than a dozen Broadway shows, including Aladdin and A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

Erik Charlston, drums & percussion

Percussionist Erik Charlston’s diverse, New York-based career has included regular performances with the New York Philharmonic, City Center Encores! and on film soundtracks from Disney’s Aladdin

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