Jerome Kern, “The Dean” of the modern musical
A new Lyrics & Lyricists show opens tomorrow at 92Y: “The Song is You: Jerome Kern, Coast to Coast.” So a new cast is ready to take on our L&L Q&A series: jazz recording star Karrin Allyson, L&L favorite song and dance man Jeffrey Denman, Broadway’s longest-running “Phantom” Howard McGillin and bi-coastal cabaret celebrity Paula West.
What’s your favorite song from the American Songbook?
Karrin Allyson: Today it might be “What a Wonderful World,” but who knows what it might be tomorrow?
Jeffry Denman: “The Nearness of You”—music by Hoagy Carmichael, lyrics by Ned Washington
Howard McGillin: “All The Things You Are”—it’s just about the most perfect song ever written. I don’t get to sing it in these concerts, but it’s in Debby Boone’s very capable hands. “The Way You Look Tonight,” also by Jerome Kern, is also one of my all-time faves.
Paula West: “You’ll Never Walk Alone” from Carousel, as sung by Mahalia Jackson.