This season, some of the most influential and beloved American popular music comes alive when musical-theater director Rob Fisher trains his expert focus on Cole Porter, iconic vocalist Kurt Elling offers a sublime interpretation of the collaboration between saxophone giant John Coltrane and balladeer Johnny Hartman, and the engaging singer-guitarist John Pizzarelli salutes Richard Rodgers.
The music of Broadway and beyond is highlighted as South Pacific showstopper Paulo Szot appears in a highly anticipated solo performance, the adored Broadway star Sutton Foster returns to Songbook with songs from her debut album, and award-winning composer Alan Menken plays a selection of his film and theater scores.
In addition, the inimitable Scottish performer Alan Cumming captivates the audience with his seemingly limitless talents, and Stew, the creator of the Broadway sensation Passing Strange, returns to the Songbook stage.
Also this season, a selection of Andy Warhol’s famous Screen Tests is set to music by alt-rock veterans Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips, an all-star lineup of musicians pays tribute to the Grateful Dead with The American Beauty Project, acclaimed and emerging Broadway, R&B, and gospel stars celebrate Black artists’ contributions to popular song in Soul Deep: An Anthology of Black Music, and classically trained composer and arranger Nico Muhly [w/ Maira Kalman, Doveman and Sam Amidon] showcases his genre-defying music.
Soul-folk artist Amos Lee and charming chanteuse Lizz Wright appear in evenings that mark the ascension of a new generation of singer-songwriters, The Del McCoury Band brings its scorching brand of bluegrass to the Big Apple, and Nashville’s legacy is represented by country-music legends Patty Loveless and Rodney Crowell.