Lyrics & Lyricists presents Lynn Ahrens - A Lyric Life - New York City Article
Lyrics & Lyricists: Lynn Ahrens - A Lyric Life
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Kudos to Ted Chapin, the new artistic director of 92Y’s long-running Lyrics and Lyricists series, for mounting a celebration of a contemporary Broadway librettist who’s not only still active, but who doubtless has many more Tony awards still ahead of her. Ms. Ahrens, who won a much-deserved Tony for Ragtime, one of the great musical plays of the current century, has been represented on Broadway in recent seasons by Rocky The Musical, Anastasia, and the ongoing revival of Once on This Island. Ms. Ahrens, herself a spry age 69, will personally host, and the roster of vocalists includes Nikki Renée Daniels, David Harris, Margo Seibert, Brandon Uranowitz, and Alton Fitzgerald White, all under the baton of musical directors Mary-Mitchell Campbell and Michael Gacetta. My only advance criticism is that the marvelous Broadway baritone and leading man Jason Danieley is participating, but, apparently, alas, only as a director; if I had my druthers, he’d come out and sing “The Wheels of a Dream” at the end of Act I.
Author: Will Friedwald
Will Friedwald writes about music and popular culture for THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, VANITY FAIR and PLAYBOY magazine and reviews current shows for THE CITIVIEW NEW YORK. He also is the author of nine books, including the award-winning A BIOGRAPHICAL GUIDE TO THE GREAT JAZZ AND POP SINGERS, SINATRA: THE SONG IS YOU, STARDUST MELODIES, TONY BENNETT: THE GOOD LIFE, LOONEY TUNES & MERRIE MELODIES, and JAZZ SINGING. He has written over 600 liner notes for compact discs, received ten Grammy nominations, and appears frequently on television and other documentaries. He is also a consultant and curator for Apple Music.
SINATRA: THE SONG IS YOU - NEW REVISED EDITION (Chicago Review Press, May 2018)