Rodgers, Rodgers & Guettel
A Century of American Musical Theater
Tuesday, November 1, 2016, 8pm
Thursday, November 3, 2016, 8pm
Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center, 129 West 67th Street, New York, NY
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Lauren Worsham, soprano; Mary Testa, mezzo-soprano;
Hal Cazalet, tenor; John Brancy, baritone
Steven Blier and Michael Barrett, pianists
Richard Rodgers’ legacy included not only his sophisticated, street-wise songs written with Lorenz Hart and his groundbreaking work with Oscar Hammerstein III but also the indispensable music of his descendants: daughter Mary Rodgers (Once Upon a Mattress) and grandson Adam Guettel (The Light in the Piazza). Their songs are like a hundred-year history of American mores, from the Jazz Age to the Information Era. Filled with intelligence, humanity, and breathtaking melody, the Rodgers family sings of the America we know—and the America we dream of. NYFOS is thrilled to include rare, unpublished material from both Mary and Adam. See the full program in our press release >
A remarkable quartet of vocalists joins NYFOS for the evening, including Lauren Worsham, whose Broadway debut in A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder won her a Drama Desk Award and a Tony Nomination; and Mary Testa, whose many appearances on Broadway include On the Town, Xanadu, Forty-Second Street, and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Rounding out the foursome are baritone John Brancy, whose recent recital at the Kennedy Center won accolades from critic Anne Midgette in The Washington Post, including praise for his “consummate singing, a warm, vivid baritone with a lot of color”; and Hal Cazalet, whose “bright, yet burnished, lyric tenor voice” (Theater Jones) has delighted audiences throughout Europe and America in a wide range of opera, musical theater, and cabaret. Cazalet is the great-grandson of the iconic writer P. G. Wodehouse, and carries on his great predecessor's tradition of comic charm and stage savvy.
Complimentary wine reception with the artists to follow.
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