Rita Moreno Lights Up Lincoln Center's American Songbook Concert Series Tonight | Playbill

News Rita Moreno Lights Up Lincoln Center's American Songbook Concert Series Tonight The 2016 American Songbook series, featuring evenings dedicated to Maltby & Shire and the late Peggy Lee, as well as solo concerts from Liz Callaway, Vanessa Williams, Andy Karl, Orfeh and Mario Cantone, continues Jan. 23 at 8:30 PM with a concert by multiple award winner and recent Kennedy Center Honoree Rita Moreno.

A presence on stage and screen for more than 70 years, Moreno has won all four of the most prestigious awards in show business: the Oscar, the Tony, two Emmys and a Grammy. The actress was the first Latina woman to win an Academy Award, which she earned for her epic portrayal of Anita in the film version of West Side Story. Moreno has starred on Broadway and the West End, appeared in more than 40 feature films, and countless television shows. Her five-decade streak of awards and achievements culminated in December 2015 when she was recognized with a Kennedy Center Honor. 

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Presented January through April 2016, the series hosts performers from the worlds of Broadway, jazz, Latin, hip-hop and folk music in the Appel Room (formerly the Allen Room) and the Kaplan Penthouse at Lincoln Center in New York.

Tickets (at $55) can be ordered at AmericanSongbook.org.

Just a few of the remaining American Songbook 2016 programming highlights follow:

Jerry Dixon and Mario Cantone (Feb. 6 at 8:30 PM). The last time actor, songwriter and director Jerry Dixon (If/Then, Once on This Island, tick, tick…BOOM!) and comic/actor Mario Cantone ("Sex in the City," Assassins) teamed up, they created Laugh Whore, Cantone’s Tony-nominated one-man show-turned-Showtime special. Now, one of the New York theatre world’s favorite married couples comes together onstage in the intimate confines of The Appel Room for an evening of stories, songs, and laughs. Tickets start at $55. Andy Karl and Orfeh (Feb. 20 at 8:30 PM). The funny and sexy real-life couple Andy Karl & Orfeh have had a long run as two of Broadway’s favorite performers. Although they met while doing the Broadway production of Saturday Night Fever, their chemistry became the stuff of legend when they co-starred in Legally Blonde, which garnered Orfeh a Tony Award nomination. Karl has earned his own Tony nods for his performances in the title role of Rocky and last season’s On the Twentieth Century. This evening will be directed by Charles Randolph-Wright. Tickets start at $3

American Songbook in the Penthouse highlights include:

The Story Goes On: Liz Callaway Sings Maltby & Shire (March 30 at 8 PM). Recording star and celebrated cabaret artist Liz Callaway (Cats, Miss Saigon, Follies in Concert at Lincoln Center) pays homage to one of the great American songwriting teams for the stage and revisits, among many others, the songs that earned her a Tony nomination in 1984 for Baby. With her celebrated voice, Callaway illuminates an essential corner of the music theatre repertoire. Tickets start at $45.

For a complete list of American Songbook shows, visit AmericanSongbook.org. That's also the place to order tickets, or call (212) 721-6500.

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