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October 29, 2014

American Songbook 2015: January 21-March 28

American Songbook

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Contact: Kate Merlino


[email protected]


January 21 – March 28, 2015

Highlights from the series in The Appel Room and the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse:

Composer and lyricist spotlights:

Reich and Sondheim: In Conversation and Performance;

Judy Kuhn sings songs of Richard Rodgers/Mary Rodgers/Adam Guettel; and

The Songs of Ben Toth, featuring Cheyenne Jackson, Lindsay Mendez, Darius de Haas

From Broadway: Norm Lewis and Tony Award-winner Billy Porter,

both shows to be broadcast nationally on Live From Lincoln Center

Jazz powerhouse Lea DeLaria; and Meshell Ndegeocello: A Dedication to Nina Simone

The legendary Barbara Cook

Hip-hop master Talib Kweli

Solo concert debut of Allison Williams (Girls, Peter Pan Live!)

Opening Night Free Concert at David Rubenstein Atrium on January 21

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Now in its 16th season, Lincoln Center’s acclaimed series American Songbook will continue to expand its scope in celebrating the best in American singing and songwriting, beginning with a free opening night concert in the David Rubenstein Atrium on Wednesday, January 21, 2015. Live From Lincoln Center, the Emmy Award-winning program broadcast nationally on PBS stations, will shoot two of the first week’s concerts by Broadway stars Norm Lewis and Billy Porter in The Appel Room. These performances will be broadcast nationally in the Spring of 2015.

For the 2015 season, American Songbook will again partner with Prudential Investment Management with “Invest in the Future of American Song.” This program empowers the public to pick who will give the opening American Songbook concert in the David Rubenstein Atrium on January 21. Three performers have been nominated by American Songbook curators, these three are then voted for via social media, primarily through a Facebook tab on the American Songbook Facebook page. The three artists selected for the program this year are chamber pop group Owel, singer-composer Grace McLean, and Americana stars The David Mayfield Parade. The voting starts on October 29 and the selection of the winner will be announced on December 12. The two runner-up artists will perform in the David Rubenstein Atrium in the spring or early summer of 2015.

American Songbook is a unique, exciting series that celebrates the breadth of American music performed by a blend of legendary performers and emerging talent. It reflects the best of American music past and present, music that deserves to be preserved, promoted and performed in one of the world's finest venues,” says David Hunt, CEO and President of Prudential Investment Management. “We are proud to partner with Lincoln Center to keep this legacy of the American Songbook growing and vibrant.”

American Songbook in The Appel Room will run from January 28 through February 28, 2015 and will present 16 nights of music from Broadway old and new, jazz, Americana, pop, Latin, hip hop, and folk. From March 11 ? 28, American Songbook will continue with American Songbook in the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse, a series of 6 concerts presented in an intimate, elegant venue that brings artists closer to the audience in a cabaret-style setting. With a seating capacity of just 225, the Kaplan Penthouse allows acoustic performers to be heard to best advantage – near to the audience and without elaborate amplification. Complimentary glasses of wine and bottled water will be served to audience members, who will be seated at cocktail tables. The Kaplan Penthouse has stunning city views.

The “American Songbook in The Appel Room” starts off with the incredible voice of Tony Award-winner Billy Porter, who will sing music from his latest album of jazz-inflected Broadway standards, Billy’s Back on Broadway. The music of Broadway gets added exposure from a performance by one of its most sought-after leading men, Norm Lewis. Lewis will do an encore performance of his American Songbook show last year.

There will be a night of Latin music, whose rhythms have infused so much of the American songbook canon. “The National Voice of Puerto Rico,” Danny Rivera, along with guitarist Nelson González, will present Obsesión, a celebration of classic bolero love songs. In the mix of musical genres will be an evening of country classics performed by John Reilly and Friends, featuring actor John C. Reilly, joined by Becky Stark of Lavender Diamond and folksinger Tom Brosseau. Folk music will be winningly performed by Dawn Landes, whose latest recording, Bluebird, will be the musical focus.

Two tributes will be celebrated this season: Meshell Ndegeocello will perform a tribute to the great Nina Simone, and downtown denizen Joey Arias will bring his vocal skill and dramatic theatricality to his celebration of Lady Day, Billie Holiday. Another downtown doyenne, Lea DeLaria, will bring her impressive voice and terrific scatting technique for an evening of jazz.

The enduring popularity of hip-hop has earned it a place in the American songbook. Internationally-known rapper Talib Kweli

will bring his verbal gymnastics and hard-hitting lyrics to The Appel Room stage. People Get Ready’s Steven Reker will bring his unique brand of choreographed rock to the series, and the duo Shovels & Rope will perform their award-winning Americana. Baroque pop’s San Fermin, the project of composer-performer Ellis Ludwig-Leone, will join with Metropolis Ensemble for a night of orchestral, fanciful pop.

In the American Songbook tradition, composers and lyricists will be honored with nights highlighting their contributions to the canon of American popular music. Three generations of the Rodgers family – Richard Rodgers, his daughter Mary Rodgers Guettel, and her son Adam Guettel – will be celebrated with the lush voice of Broadway star Judy Kuhn. And two giants of American music – theater composer Stephen Sondheim and classical composer Steve Reich – will appear together on stage for the first time for an evening of conversation and performance.

The Appel Room series closes with a night with Barbara Cook, called “the greatest singer in the world” (Financial Times) performing upbeat tunes with a swinging band. The legendary Cook has found new ways to explore the rhythm and lyrics of America’s best popular songs.

American Songbook in the Penthouse” will embrace contemporary Latin music with an evening of incendiary violins and vocals by The Villalobos Brothers. Magos & Limón, a duo made up of “the Cassandra Wilson of Mexico” singer Magos Herrera and Spanish flamenco guitarist Javier Limón, will perform a program of elegant jazz.

The composer Ben Toth will be in the spotlight when Broadway performers Cheyenne Jackson, Lindsay Mendez, Darius de Haas, Alexandra Silber, and others premiere several exciting new musical works by Toth. Also from the musical theater world is Jose Llana, known for his “chillingly seductive” (New York Times) portrayal of Ferdinand Marcos in the David Bryne and Fatboy Slim collaboration, Here Lies Love. Shaina Taub, a rising star in musical theater for both her singing and composing, will perform an evening of original songs. The Kaplan Penthouse series will close with the New York solo concert debut of Allison Williams, one of the stars of HBO’s Girls who also has the leading role in Peter Pan Live! on NBC.

TICKETS can be purchased online beginning November 17, 2014 at Lincoln Center’s website for the series at, via CenterCharge at 212-721-6500, at the Alice Tully Hall and Avery Fisher Hall Box Offices, or at the Frederick P. Rose Hall Box Office. Tickets for the Friends of Lincoln Center go on sale November 3 at select levels and to the general public beginning November 17.

Premium packages—including wine, dinner, and the best seats in the house—are available beginning at $200. More information at

Lincoln Center’s American Songbook 2015 Season

January 21 –March 28, 2015

American Songbook Opening Night in the

David Rubenstein Atrium, on Broadway between 62nd & 63rdSts.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015, 7:30 pm Performer to be announced on December 12.

Free seats on first-come, first-served basis

“American Songbook in The Appel Room” Frederick P. Rose Hall, Broadway at 60th Street

Wednesday, January 28, 2015, 7:30 and 9:30 pm Billy Porter

Tony and Grammy Award-winner Billy Porter is a singer, composer, actor, playwright, and director. A native of Pittsburgh, Porter first emerged as a gospel singer before transitioning to theater. After making his Broadway debut in the original company of Miss Saigon in 1991, starring as the Teen Angel in the 1994 revival of Grease and performing in Smokey Joe’s Café, Porter took a self-imposed 13-year break from Broadway, making his triumphant return in the role of a lifetime as ‘Lola’ in the smash hit Kinky Boots, a role he still plays eight times a week at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. Along the way, Porter recorded three solo albums and wrote an autobiographical play, While I Yet Live, that is currently in production at Primary Stages in New York. His latest solo CD, Billy’s Back on Broadway, brings his prodigious talents to the great American songbook.

Tickets for the 7:30 pm show start at $55

Tickets for the 9:30 pm show start at $55

Thursday, January 29, 2015, 7:30 and 9:30 pm Norm Lewis: Who Am I?

There are two more chances to see what the New York Times said was the 2014 American Songbook “high point of the year.” Norm Lewis holds the distinction of being the first African-American to play the title role in The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway. For two decades he has brought his powerful timbre and creamy tone to roles such as Porgy opposite Audra McDonald in The Gershwin’ Porgy and Bess for which he received a 2011 Tony nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Musical, Javert in the Broadway and 25th Anniversary London productions of Les Miserables, the Broadway revue Sondheim on Sondheim, Billy Flynn in Chicago, and Valentine in Two Gentlemen of Verona in Shakespeare in the Park. In 2005, he captured particular attention, and a Drama Desk Award nomination, in the Lincoln Center Theater’s production of Dessa Rose. On television, Lewis can be seen playing Senator Edison Davis on the ABC hit series Scandal, and reprising the role of Javert in the star-studded 25th Anniversary O2 Arena Concert. This year he will appear with the New York Philharmonic in their production of Showboat, and their New Year's Eve: A Gershwin Celebration co-starring Dianne Reeves, both of which will air on PBS. Lewis also released a solo CD of Broadway, pop, and classical songs entitled This Is the Life.

Tickets for the 7:30 pm show start at $55

Tickets for the 9:30 pm show start at $35

Friday, January 30, 2015, 8:30 pm John Reilly and Friends, featuring Becky Stark and Tom Brosseau

The John Reilly of John Reilly and Friends is best known as John C. Reilly, one of America’s most compelling character actors. With an extensive list of film and theater credits, Riley stunned audiences with his singing voice when he performed “Mr. Cellophane” in the movie Chicago in 2002. He was nominated for an Academy Award for that role, and in the same year appeared in the Oscar-nominated films Gangs of New York and The Hours. In 2007 Reilly again was singing in a movie, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, and the songs he wrote and performed were nominated for a Grammy. He then released a couple of singles produced by Jack White, one each with Tom Brosseau and Becky Stark, who now form the band John Reilly and Friends. Neo-folk singer Becky Stark is the voice and creative force behind the band Lavender Diamond, and Tom Brosseau is an American musical storyteller and guitarist. The trio’s appearance at the Newport Folk Festival was a recent triumph.

Tickets start at $50

Saturday, January 31, 2015, 8:30 pm Reich and Sondheim: In Conversation and Performance

Featuring Paul Gemignani, George Lee Andrews, Kate Baldwin, Michael Cerveris, Ensemble Signal, Alexander Gemignani, and Derek Johnson

Two giants of American music – Steve Reich and Stephen Sondheim – will appear together on stage for the first time to discuss how they have been influenced by each other’s work as well as the admiration and respect they share. Sondheim, known for Into the Woods, Sunday in the Park with George, Company, Sweeney Todd, and A Little Night Music, to name only a few, has been working as a composer and lyricist for 60 years. During that time he has changed the direction of American musical history. He is the winner of an Academy Award, eight Tony Awards including the Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre, eight Grammy Awards, and a Pulitzer Prize. He is working on a new musical, with playwright David Ives, based on two films by Luis Buñuel. Reich, known for Music for 18 Musicians, Drumming and Different Trains among many others, has won the Pulitzer Prize, two Grammys, and the Golden Lion from the Venice Bienniale. His latest work, Quartet, for percussionist Colin Currie sold out two consecutive concerts at Queen Elizabeth Hall shortly after tens of thousands at the Glastonbury Festival heard Jonny Greenwood (of Radiohead) perform Electric Counterpoint. “"There's just a handful of living composers who can legitimately claim to have altered the direction of musical history and Steve Reich is one of them," states The Guardian. The composers will be in a conversation moderated by John Schaefer of WNYC, and a host of superb artists will perform selections of their work.

Tickets start at $55

Wednesday, February 4, 2015, 8:30 pm Judy Kuhn Sings Richard Rodgers/Mary Rodgers/Mary Guettel/Adam Guettel

Judy Kuhn brings a wealth of Broadway experience (She Loves Me, Chess, The Mystery of Edwin Drood), three Tony nominations, and a captivating voice to this special evening. Most recently in Kander & Ebb’s The Visit, Kuhn will perform an evening of the music of Richard Rodgers’ musical dynasty. Winner of every award in the entertainment industry – the Grammy, the Emmy, the Oscar, the Tony, as well as the Pulitzer ? Richard Rodgers is the composer of more than 900 songs and 43 Broadway musicals. His collaboration with Oscar Hammerstein II marked the beginning of the most successful partnership in American musical theater, starting with Oklahoma! in 1943 and including Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I, and many others. His daughter, Mary Rodgers Guettel, went into “the family business” and became a composer as well, writing the Tony-nominated musical Once Upon a Mattress in 1959, as well as Working, The Madwoman of Central Park West, and others. Her son, Adam Guettel, took up music composition while in his teens and has written film scores, pop songs, and musical theater pieces, and no less an authority than Stephen Sondheim has referred to Guettel’s work as “dazzling.” His musical The Light in the Piazza won the Tony Awards for Best Original Score and Best Orchestrations in 2005.

Tickets start at $35

Thursday, February 5, 2015, 8:30 pm Lea DeLaria

Lea DeLaria seems to have achieved overnight stardom with her stand-out role as Big Boo in the Netflix hit series, Orange is the New Black. However, DeLaria’s multi-faceted career as a comedian, actress, and jazz musician, has in fact spanned decades. She has been in countless TV series (Awkward, Californication, Law and Order SVU, Will and Grace, and Friends to name a few), and movies (First Wives Club, Dear Dumb Diary, Edge of Seventeen.) And she’s received Obie and Theater World Awards, and a Drama Desk nomination for her appearance as “Hildy” in the Public Theatre’s revival of On The Town, an Ovation nomination for The Boys from Syracuse, and has played both Eddie and Dr. Scott in the gender bending musical The Rocky Horror Show. DeLaria’s jazz, alternating between powerful and subtle, focuses on be-bop and swing, and her five records out on the Warner Jazz and Classics label feature unique interpretations of standards (Night and Day), Broadway classics (All That Jazz and The Ballad of Sweeney Todd) and Top 40 (I’m Just a Girl and Black Hole Sun). New York Times’ Ben Brantley describes DeLaria as “every inch a star,” while Time Out New York says “the gal can certainly swing."

Tickets start at $35

Friday, February 6, 2015, 8:30 pm Megan Hilty

Broadway performer and television actress Megan Hilty has had a fast ride to the top. After graduating from Carnegie Mellon with a degree in theater she immediately landed the role of Glinda in Wicked on Broadway, later performing the role on tour and in the Los Angeles production. Her next role was Doralee in 9 to 5: The Musical, for which she was nominated for Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League, and Ovation Awards for Best Actress in a Musical. Busy making guest appearances on TV shows, in 2011 Hilty joined the cast of NBC’s Smash as Ivy Lynn, an actress desperate to land the lead in a Broadway musical about Marilyn Monroe. The New Yorker wrote of her performance, “Hilty has built a character who feels like a real Broadway diva: sexy, funny, ambitious, insecure, at once selfish and giving.” During the hiatus between the first and second seasons of Smash, Hilty starred in the New York City Center Encores production of Gentleman Prefer Blondes, earning her stellar notices. Ben Brantley in The New York Times called the opening performance “…one of those single, golden nights, so cherished by theatergoers, that thrust its leading lady into the firmament of musical stardom.” Megan regularly performs with orchestras and symphonies across the country and her solo show -- including her sold out Carnegie Hall debut -- has received critical acclaim. Her solo album, It Happens All the Time, was released last year.

Tickets start at $55

Saturday, February 7, 2015, 8:30 pm Danny Rivera & Nelson González: Obsesión

The American Songbook story includes the contributions of Latin composers and performers, from Central and South America, the Caribbean, and within the U.S. Two noted Puerto Rican musicians whose passionate music informs the Latin American Songbook are Danny Rivera – a vocalist known as “the National Voice of Puerto Rico” – and Nelson González, a master of the Cuban tres guitar. Working together for the past 12 years they have reinvigorated the classic bolero – sultry, slow-moving music sung to the accompaniment of guitar and acoustic instrumentation. The result of their collaboration – the recording Obsesión - highlights Rivera’s “rich bel canto voice, sensuous and vulnerable” (Jazz Weekly) balanced with González’s tres guitar musings, while treating these classic songs of love, emotion and desire with due respect.

Tickets start at $35

Wednesday, February 11, 2015, 8:30 pm Meshell Ndgeocello: Pour Une Âme Souveraine?A Dedication to Nina Simone

Singer, songwriter, producer, and bassist Meshell Ndgeoccello’s music incorporates many influences: soul, hip-hop, rock, and jazz, and she’s regarded as the spark of the neo-soul sound in the early 1990s. She started her career playing bass in go-go bands in her hometown of Washington, DC, but she later turned to singing. Her “coolly ethereal vocals” (New York Times) have graced many albums, both her own and for such performers as Madonna, jazz’s Jason Moran, and John Mellencamp. She has recorded tributes to artists as diverse as Dolly Parton and Fats Waller, and in The Appel Room she will honor Nina Simone with an evening devoted to the music one of the most extraordinary artists of the 20th century. Simone was the consummate musical storyteller, whose rich, deep velvet vocals earned her the moniker “High Priestess of Soul.” To her fans Simone could weave a spell so seductive and hypnotic that the listener lost track of time and space as they became absorbed in the moment.

Tickets start at $35

Thursday, February 12, 2015, 8:30 pm San Fermin With Metropolis Ensemble

San Fermin is the name of the debut album of the band of the same name, created by Brooklyn composer and songwriter Ellis Ludwig-Leone. San Fermin’s music has been labeled “Baroque pop,” and the album was described by NPR as “one of the year’s most surprising, ambitious, evocative and moving records.” NPR praised Ludwig-Leone (a former acolyte of composer Nico Muhly) for his ability to write a collection of songs “as easy to love as they are to admire.” San Fermin will be performing with Metropolis Ensemble, a New York-based chamber orchestra dedicated to performing contemporary classical music.

Tickets start at $30

Friday, February 13, 2015, 8:30 pm Talib Kweli

Rap comes to American Songbook with the lyrically gifted and socially aware Talib Kweli. An internationally known artist, Kweli is based in Los Angeles. His critically acclaimed CD, Prisoner of Conscious AKA P.O.C., is the result of three years of work with a number of noted collaborators, including the rappers Nelly and Busta Rhymes. The songs on the CD explore new areas of music for Kweli such as rock, jazz, and Brazilian beats, but they all feature his ever-impressive, clever verbal gymnastics. Kweli is continuing to stretch his wings musically as well as working in the political arena, most recently by lending his support to the residents of Ferguson, Missouri during its stand-off with the police department. His latest studio album is entitled Gravitas.

Tickets start at $35

Saturday, February 14, 2015, 8:30 pm Dawn Landes

“Ambition. Focus. Sweetness. Goofiness. An ability to go from fun to serious in one twang of her guitar. And one extra spoonful of talent that makes all the difference,” so goes a description of singer-songwriter Dawn Landes in the Huffington Post. A Brooklynite by way of Louisville, KY, Landes has had a relatively short but busy career as a recording artist, releasing six full-length albums since 2005 ? including the acclaimed Bluebird in early 2014. “Bluebird is Landes’ best and most honest…a straightforward, beautiful album” (Washington Post). The New York Times noted, “A calm uncertainty flutters through Bluebird, the lovely new album by Landes.” Her exquisite voice sings songs of an indie-folk bent, and her songs have been featured in popular films and TV shows such as House and Gossip Girl. She plays the glockenspiel with an American roots band called Hem, and she is also a member of an all-girl trio named The Bandana Splits. Touring the world extensively, she has shared the stage with artists including Feist, Suzanne Vega, Josh Ritter, and most recently, Bryan Ferry. She currently is writing a musical about Tori Murden McClure, the first woman to row across the Atlantic Ocean.

Tickets start at $30

Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 8:30 pm Joey Arias: A Centennial Tribute to Billie Holiday

Performance artist and gender-bending chanteuse, Joey Arias is a performer who defies categorization. Signed to Capital Records at the age of 14 with the rock band Purlie, he became shortly thereafter one of the original members of the Groundlings, the famous comedy troupe in LA. A cross-country drive with Kim Haistreter (longtime editor of Paper magazine) proved life-changing, as he landed in New York and was quickly swept up in the burgeoning 1980s downtown scene of artists and musicians including Keith Haring and Ann Magnuson. He developed a cabaret act channeling the vocal style and mannerisms of the legendary Billie Holiday, and in the early 1990s he covered the songs of Lady Day in a show called Strange Fruit that ran for over a year. He also performed buzzed-about weekly shows at the Bar d’O for a decade, earning him the title “demigod of the demimonde” (Time Out New York). In 2003 he left New York for Las Vegas, to star as the MC in Cirque du Soleil’s Zumanity. After six years he returned to New York and starred in Arias with a Twist, a collaboration with puppeteer Basil Twist that played for six months and toured Los Angeles, Washington, DC, Stockholm and Paris.

Tickets start at $35

Thursday, February 26, 2015, 8:30 pm Shovels & Rope

Performing music that is “darkly humorous and rollicking” (Wall Street Journal), Shovels & Rope is both the name of the group and the title of the first album by the husband & wife duo of Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent. Each of them had solo careers and released solo albums before meeting in 2008 and recording Shovels & Rope. They married in 2009 and continued their solo careers before deciding to join up permanently and release O’ Be Joyful (2012), which brought them both critical and commercial success. The album yielded the hit single, Birmingham, which won “Song of the Year” at the Americana Music Awards in Nashville in 2013, when they also won “Best Emerging Artist.” Their latest CD, Swimmin’ Time, came out in August 2014 and features their signature country-punk/rock blend, coupled with the collision of the duo’s voices, that has been described as “earthly magic.”

Tickets start at $35

Friday, February 27, 2015, 8:30 pm People Get Ready’s Steven Reker

Brooklyn-based People Get Ready is a four-piece band founded by Steven Reker in 2009. They are known primarily for their live performances, which are choreographed musical events that combine their indie rock sound with performance art. Reker, who has appeared either as a dancer or musician with a number of artists including David Byrne and Miranda July, plays guitar and sings, often while squatting, jumping, or generally adding movement to his music, making “each song a miniperformance” (New York Times). In July 2011, the band recorded its first album with help from musician Jherek Bischoff. Following the release of the self-titled album in 2012, they toured the US and Europe, earning critical acclaim for their live performances. The second CD, Physiques, came out in June 2014 and it was chosen for streaming by The New York Times on its website.

Tickets start at $30

Saturday, February 28, 2015, 8:30 Barbara Cook

Barbara Cook has been called “the greatest singer in the world”(Financial Times) and six decades after her professional debut, her voice still astounds. Cook changed the way we listen to the American songbook, treating popular tunes as the art songs they are and investing the lyrics with an actor’s understanding and sensitivity. Her turn on Broadway in “Sondheim on Sondheim” in 2010 reminded everyone of her place in American musical history. The recipient of a Kennedy Center Honor in 2011, Cook has also won the Tony, Grammy, Drama Desk and New York Drama Critics Circle Awards.

Tickets start at $55

“American Songbook in the Penthouse” Stanley H.Kaplan

Penthouse, 165 West 65th Street

Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 8:00 pm In Need of Music: The Songs of Ben Toth, with Cheyenne Jackson and Lindsay Mendez, featuring Alexandra Silber, Darius De Haas and special guests

Composer Ben Toth has been hailed as “part of the new American songbook” by Michael Feinstein. Considered a singer’s composer, Toth has served as musical director and vocal coach for an unparalleled list of Broadway stars: Kristin Chenoweth, Idina Menzel, Mandy Patinkin, and Cheyenne Jackson. Toth’s "Mad Girl’s Love Song" has been performed by Jackson at the Kennedy Center, Tanglewood, and Walt Disney Concert Hall – and “everybody afterwards talks about it” (Los Angeles Magazine). Toth has also composed music for acclaimed productions of Twelfth Night and As You Like It. This intimate showcase will be an evening of premieres: Marriage and Out West, created with Pulitzer Prize and Oscar-winning playwright John Patrick Shanley; a song cycle developed with Tony Award-winning lyricist Michael Korie; and works from Mr. Toth’s in-development musical with Todd Almond. Directed by Marlo Hunter (Unlock’d), Toth will be joined by Cheyenne Jackson (Finian’s Rainbow, Xanadu, Glee), Lindsay Mendez (Wicked, Everyday Rapture), Alexandra Silber (Master Class, West Side Story), Darius De Haas (Running Man, Marie Christine), and more for his Lincoln Center debut.

Tickets start at $50

Thursday, March 12, 2015, 8:00 pm Jose Llana

In Here Lies Love, Jose Llana plays the former president of the Philippines, Ferdinand Marcos, with charismatic charm even though his activist, Filipino parents once vehemently opposed the Marcos dictatorship and fled to America to escape it. The new musical, written by David Bryne and Fatboy Slim, takes the dark political tale of Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos and gives it a disco spin. Llana’s clear, beautiful tenor haunts his performance, seducing the audience as Marcos once seduced the people of the Phillippines. Llana previously performed in a number of Broadway productions, including Flower Drum Song, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and The King & I.

Tickets start at $45

Friday, March 13, 2015, 8:00 pm The Villalobos Brothers

The Villalobos Brothers perform high-octane Mexican fiddling, blending the indigenous rhythms and melodies of their native Veracruz, Mexico with the harmonies of both jazz and classical music. A trio of actual brothers, they are violinists, singer-songwriters, composers, and arrangers. Now based in New York, The Villalobos Brothers were the first band from Mexico to play The Apollo Theater as featured guest artist, and in 2013 they won the “Battle of the Boroughs,” one of National Public Radio’s competitions. They have performed at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Shea Stadium, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and they have collaborated and recorded with Dolly Parton, Pierre Boulez, and Eddie Palmieri, to name only a few. Their latest CD Aliens of Extraordinary Ability, is described by fellow musician Dan Zanes as “a crazy ball of sound.”

Tickets start at $45

Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 8:00 pm Shaina Taub

Singer-songwriter-actor Shaina Taub is having an amazing career. Her evocative songwriting won her the Jonathan Larson (Rent) Grant, she was Ars Nova’s 2012 Artist-in-Residence, and she received a Lucille Lortel Award nomination for her performance in Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812. She is currently writing the scores for two new musicals, and regularly plays concerts with her trio. WNYC/NPR described her music as “a playful blend of Billy Joel’s piano-driven pop, Aretha’s soul, and Regina Spektor’s whimsy. Taub’s imaginative lyricism is all her own, though. She has creativity in spades.” She recently returned from an acclaimed West Coast run of Old Hats, singing and playing her songs and co-starring with Bill Irwin and David Shiner, in a performance that the San Francisco Chronicle described as “sort of a young Judy Garland meets grown-up Lisa Simpson.”

Tickets start at $45

Thursday, March 26, 2015, 8:00 pm Magos & Limón

“Magos Herrera is without a doubt the best jazz singer to come out of Mexico” (Jazz Times), and Javier Limón is a noted flamenco guitarist from Spain. Together they make music that is a convergence of jazz with minimalist flamenco. Their CD, Dawn, has a restrained beauty, with Herrera’s expressive voice moving from breathy to sultry to mystically elegant, often in the same song. Limón backs her up with just the right rhythm. They have cited as influences musicians as different as Miles Davis and Mongo Santamaria, but in their music one can hear both the jazz language and flamenco’s timeless sensuality.

Tickets start at $45

Friday, March 27, 2015, 8:00 pm Allison Williams

Saturday, March 28, 2015, 8:00 pm

Actress Allison Williams is making her New York solo concert debut in American Songbook. She will be seen next playing the title role in NBC's live musical television event, Peter Pan Live!, airing in December 2014. Williams also stars as the character Marnie Michaels on the award-winning HBO series Girls. Williams is a graduate of Yale, and while there she was a member of the improv comedy group, Just Add Water. It was her experience in that group, as well as her viral YouTube video, Man Men Theme Song with a Twist, that led to her casting in Girls. For her Kaplan Penthouse performances, Williams plans to sing a selection of her favorite songs to tell her life story thus far.

Tickets start at $50


Since its launch in 1998, American Songbook has been dedicated to celebrating the extraordinary achievements of the popular American songwriter from the turn of the 20th century to the present day. Spanning all styles and genres from Tin Pan Alley and Broadway to the eclecticism of today’s songwriters working in pop, cabaret, rock, folk and country, American Songbook traces the history and charts the course of the American song from its past and current forms to its future direction.

For a list of artists that have performed in American Songbook over the years, as well as the composers that have been honored by evenings of their music, please click here:

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