Barbara Cook, Harvey Fierstein, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Tommy Tune, Liz Callaway and More Pay Tribute to Sheldon Harnick Oct. 27
By Andrew Gans
Encompass New Opera celebrates lyricist, librettist and composer Sheldon Harnick's 90th birthday with a Gala Musical Salute Oct. 27 at The National Arts Club.
The evening, which begins with a 6 PM reception, followed by the 7 PM entertainment, features the talents of Kate Baldwin, Liz Callaway, Barbara Cook, Jason Danieley, Harvey Fierstein, David Garrison, Lisa Livesay, Sally Mayes, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Charlotte Rae, Stephen Schwartz, David Shire, Alexandra Silber, Matthew Sklar, Tommy Tune and Lynne Wintersteller as well as the Encompass Singers, Marie Anello, Jennifer Barsamian, Douglas Jabara, Eapen Leubner and Jody Sheinbaum.
The performers will offer songs all with lyrics penned by Harnick.
Music directors/pianists are Beth Ertz, Tedd Firth, Jeffrey Saver and Mara Waldman with Danny Weller on bass. Gala producers are Michael A. Kerker and Nancy Rhodes.
Harold Prince is the Honorary Gala Chairman.
With composer Jerry Bock, Harnick created the lyrics for Fiorello! (Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize), Fiddler on the Roof (two Tony Awards, a Gold and Platinum record), She Loves Me (Grammy), Tenderloin, The Rothschilds, The Apple Tree and The Body Beautiful.
Past honorees include John Kander, Charles Strouse, Jerry Herman, Jerry Bock, Maury Yeston, Joseph Stein, Richard Maltby, Jr., David Shire, John Weidman, Marvin Hamlisch and Alan Menken.
The National Arts Club is located at 15 Gramercy Park South, New York City. Visit encompassopera.org to buy tickets or call (718) 398-4675.
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