1. Jonathan Groff Shares His Ultimate Rodgers & Hammerstein Playlist
From “Oh What A Beautiful Mornin’” to “Some Enchanted Evening,” there’s a Rodgers & Hammerstein song to fit any mood (or time of day). Below, Frozen and Looking star Jonathan Groff shares his ultimate Rodgers & Hammerstein playlist for any situation. Check it out, then catch Groff in our Lyrics & Lyricists concert Getting to Know You: Rodgers & Hammerstein running April 5 through 7, in only five performances. The Rodgers & Hammerstein Song I Listen to When…
I’m happy: “My Favorite Things”
I’m sad: “This Nearly Was Mine”
I’m angry: “Many A New Day”
I’m working out: “Kansas City”
I’ve had a great date: “I Cain’t Say No” 
The Rodgers & Hammerstein Song I Want Played at My…
Wedding: “Something Good”
Funeral: “Edelweiss”
Which songs are on your ultimate Rodgers & Hammerstein playlist?

    Jonathan Groff Shares His Ultimate Rodgers & Hammerstein Playlist

    From “Oh What A Beautiful Mornin’” to “Some Enchanted Evening,” there’s a Rodgers & Hammerstein song to fit any mood (or time of day). Below, Frozen and Looking star Jonathan Groff shares his ultimate Rodgers & Hammerstein playlist for any situation. Check it out, then catch Groff in our Lyrics & Lyricists concert Getting to Know You: Rodgers & Hammerstein running April 5 through 7, in only five performances.

    The Rodgers & Hammerstein Song I Listen to When…

    The Rodgers & Hammerstein Song I Want Played at My…

    Which songs are on your ultimate Rodgers & Hammerstein playlist?

  2. Want a musical preview of what Jonathan Groff is singing at our Rodgers & Hammerstein Lyrics & Lyricists concert April 5 thru 7? Get the swoon-worthy preview over at BroadwayWorld. In his interview, the Frozen and Looking star reveals which R&H character he pretended to be when he was 3!

    Want a musical preview of what Jonathan Groff is singing at our Rodgers & Hammerstein Lyrics & Lyricists concert April 5 thru 7? Get the swoon-worthy preview over at BroadwayWorld. In his interview, the Frozen and Looking star reveals which R&H character he pretended to be when he was 3!

  3. Jonathan Groff gave us a preview this morning of what he’s singing at our Rodgers & Hammerstein Lyrics & Lyricists concert. You guys are going to love it! The Frozen and HBO Looking star is headlining with four of Broadway’s biggest names and performing numbers from the songwriting duo behind The Sound of Music, South Pacific and more. The show runs April 5 thru 7; you don’t want to miss it!

    Jonathan Groff gave us a preview this morning of what he’s singing at our Rodgers & Hammerstein Lyrics & Lyricists concert. You guys are going to love it! The Frozen and HBO Looking star is headlining with four of Broadway’s biggest names and performing numbers from the songwriting duo behind The Sound of Music, South Pacific and more. The show runs April 5 thru 7; you don’t want to miss it!

  4. Here’s Elaine Stritch on our stage doing one of the many things she does best… saying whatever she wants. #elainestritch #michaelmusto #comedy #humor #saywhat #sassy #broadway (at 92nd Street Y)

  5. Ethel Merman and chorus girls in the Gershwins’ Girl Crazy (1930) The next show in our Lyrics & Lyricists series, “Sweepin’ the Clouds Away: Boom, Bust and High Spirits,” opens this weekend. In his artistic director’s note, Robert Kimball writes: The Rodgers and Hart ingénue was no longer like “A Ship Without a Sail”; she was now selling her “friendship” for “Ten Cents a Dance” as a taxi dancer in the Palace Ballroom… Yet, even as the Depression worsened, the grim economic situation could not silence the exuberant, life-affirming voices of America’s songwriters or dampen the public’s desire for entertainment that would lift its spirits. Difficult as it is for us to believe, even at the depth of the Depression nearly 200 shows opened in a season. Today that number is around 40…. To read more from Mr. Kimball and to see a sampling of songs from the show, visit the “Program Notes.”

    Ethel Merman and chorus girls in the Gershwins’ Girl Crazy (1930)

    The next show in our Lyrics & Lyricists series, “Sweepin’ the Clouds Away: Boom, Bust and High Spirits,” opens this weekend. In his artistic director’s note, Robert Kimball writes:

    The Rodgers and Hart ingénue was no longer like “A Ship Without a Sail”; she was now selling her “friendship” for “Ten Cents a Dance” as a taxi dancer in the Palace Ballroom…

    Yet, even as the Depression worsened, the grim economic situation could not silence the exuberant, life-affirming voices of America’s songwriters or dampen the public’s desire for entertainment that would lift its spirits. Difficult as it is for us to believe, even at the depth of the Depression nearly 200 shows opened in a season. Today that number is around 40….

    To read more from Mr. Kimball and to see a sampling of songs from the show, visit the “Program Notes.”

  6. Photo: Masterworks Broadway
#throwbackthursday Elaine Stritch records the original #Broadway cast album of Company in 1970. Joanne becomes one of her most famous roles, earning her a Tony nomination and making her song “The Ladies Who Lunch” iconic. Get your tickets to see the brassy 89 year old talk about her legendary career and new documentary, Shoot Me, at 92Y on Feb 17.

    Photo: Masterworks Broadway

    #throwbackthursday Elaine Stritch records the original #Broadway cast album of Company in 1970. Joanne becomes one of her most famous roles, earning her a Tony nomination and making her song “The Ladies Who Lunch” iconic. Get your tickets to see the brassy 89 year old talk about her legendary career and new documentary, Shoot Me, at 92Y on Feb 17.

  7. Ryan Shaw sings “Evermore” from his 2012 album Real Love

    We’re pleased to present Ryan Shaw, a recent addition to the cast of tonight’s sold-out 80th Birthday Celebration of Songwriter Mike Stoller and his partnership with lyricist Jerry Leiber, which produced such iconic songs like “Jailhouse Rock,” On Broadway, “Love Potion #9” and “Is That All There Is?”

    This weekend Ryan just received his third Grammy nomination, Best Traditional R&B Performance for “Yesterday” in his new CD, Real Love, as well as a collective nomination for Best Cast Album for Motown: The Musical. To introduce Ryan, we asked him our “Stoller Q&A.”

    What’s your favorite Leiber and Stoller song?
    “I Who Have Nothing.” It was my first audition song in New York. It was my second day in New York City on my own, and I had an audition for Smokey Joe’s Cafe. I did my best to recreate Victor Cook’s rendition—and I received a standing ovation from the panel. But the problem came in the dance callback…yikes!

    What other artists would you like to perform with whom you haven’t yet?
    I would love to perform with Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder (who I now play on Broadway in Motown: The Musical).

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  8. All’s well that ends well this Saturday when Lyrics &Lyricists presents its final show of the season, “Brush Up Your Shakespeare: The Bard and the Broadway Musical.” The cast includes three 92Y newcomers who are eager to introduce themselves with our L&L Q&A.
Britney Coleman, who has appeared across the country as Deena in Dreamgirls, Rapunzel in Into the Woods and Kala in Tarzan: The MusicalDaniel Breaker, who played the Donkey in Shrek the Musical and the Youth in Passing Strange on BroadwayHeather Jane Rolff, who’s just finished the 25th anniversary North American tour of Les Misérables
What’s your favorite song from the American Songbook?Britney: “My Funny Valentine” by Richard Rogers and Lorenz HartDaniel: At the moment, “Willow Willow Willow” from the musical Kean by Robert Wright and George Forrest. This is such a haunting piece that beautifully compliments the “Willow” song in Verdi’s Otello.Heather: I think my “favorites” change with my moods, but I will always have a soft spot for “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg, “Come Rain or Come Shine” by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer and “What’ll I Do?” by Irving Berlin.
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What other artists would you like to perform with whom you haven’t yet?Britney: Audra McDonald!Daniel: If Audra McDonald is looking for an acting partner, please tell her to give me a call.Heather: Bernadette Peters, Martina McBride and Reba McEntire
What is your favorite “guilty pleasure” song beyond the American Songbook—rock, country, hiphop, etc?Britney: Anything and everything Motown. Mary Wells’ “Two Lovers” is a particular favorite. I can never get enough of The Punch Brothers, India.Arie, Janelle Monae and Sarah Vaughan, as well as Blood, Sweat and Tears. You could say I have eclectic taste.Daniel: This list is ever changing. At the moment: “Paranoid Android” by Radiohead. I sang this song at my last concert at 54 Below. People weren’t expecting me to sing that type of song. It’s always a delight to surprise the audience.Heather: I listen to absolutely everything except Heavy Metal!! I especially love all things country, and my “go-to” happy music is singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles.
What was your first professional gig?Britney: My dad is a recording artist in Michigan, and when I was around five years old, he wrote and produced a song called “Stop the Violence.” You can hear me at the end of the track saying, “Stop the violence just for us kids!”Daniel: The Taming of the Shrew in an open air theater in Jacksonville, Florida…in August. A heavy wool costume, a bloody mouth, and a few cases of heat stroke. All in all, lots of fun.Heather: I got my Equity card doing the world premiere of a musical called Meet Me At The Pitkin, about performers in the heydays of Brooklyn’s legendary Lowe’s Pitkin Theatre in the 1930s.
If you weren’t a performer, what would you do?Britney: I would teach. I’ve always been interested in Music Education, so I have no doubt this will happen at some point down the line.Daniel: Two options: (1) Open a restaurant in Sydney, Australia; or (2) become the principle conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic. After Simon Rattle steps down, of course.Heather: I would definitely be a professional crafter, scrapbooker and master bedazzler—a mini Martha Stewart, if you will!
What’s your favorite restaurant?Britney: Kashkaval (856 9th Ave) in Hell’s KitchenDaniel: Impossible question. For seafood, Le Bernardin (155 W 51st St). For French cuisine, Buvette (42 Grove St). For Nouveau-Korean, Momofuko Ssam Bar (207 2nd Ave). For steak, Porterhouse at Columbus Circle (10 Columbus Circle, 4th floor). This list just made me hungry.Heather: This is a complicated question to ask someone who just spent the better part of two years touring (and eating) her way across the country. In Seattle, it’s Salumi (309 Third Ave South). In St. Louis, it’s Cleveland Heath (106 North Main St, Edwardsville, IL). In Boston, it’s The Barking Crab (88 Sleeper St) and The Friendly Toast (1 Hampshire St, Cambridge). In Chicago, it’s Hot Doug’s (3324 N California Ave) and Yolk (three locations). My favorite “anytime” place in New York City is 5 Napkin Burger (four locations).
Who’s your favorite Beatle, and why?Britney: I have no business choosing just one, but my mom’s favorite has always been John Lennon because of his focus on peace, acceptance and love in both his music and personal life. I’d say I have to agree with her 100%!Daniel: I would say my favorite is the Western Bark Beetle for its resilience. Also, Ringo Starr is pretty cool, too.Heather: I don’t think it’s nice to play favorites when it comes to The Beatles!!

    All’s well that ends well this Saturday when Lyrics &Lyricists presents its final show of the season, “Brush Up Your Shakespeare: The Bard and the Broadway Musical.” The cast includes three 92Y newcomers who are eager to introduce themselves with our L&L Q&A.

    Britney Coleman, who has appeared across the country as Deena in Dreamgirls, Rapunzel in Into the Woods and Kala in Tarzan: The Musical
    Daniel Breaker, who played the Donkey in Shrek the Musical and the Youth in Passing Strange on Broadway
    Heather Jane Rolff, who’s just finished the 25th anniversary North American tour of Les Misérables

    What’s your favorite song from the American Songbook?
    Britney: “My Funny Valentine” by Richard Rogers and Lorenz Hart
    Daniel: At the moment, “Willow Willow Willow” from the musical Kean by Robert Wright and George Forrest. This is such a haunting piece that beautifully compliments the “Willow” song in Verdi’s Otello.
    Heather: I think my “favorites” change with my moods, but I will always have a soft spot for “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg, “Come Rain or Come Shine” by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer and “What’ll I Do?” by Irving Berlin.

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  9. Jason Danieley, Sheldon Harnick, Mary Testa
What do Broadway stars listen to when they’re not performing on stage? Jason Danieley (Next to Normal, Curtains, The Full Monty) is appearing in this weekend’s Lyrics & Lyricists show, "W.S. Gilbert and the Broadway He Inspired," and he let us take a peek into his iPod. We’ve recreated his playlist on YouTube.
Matt Munisteri - “Let’s Do Something Bad” Matt Munisteri - “A Cottage For Sale” Martin Sexton - “Happy” Martin Sexton - “Sugarcoating” James Taylor - “My Traveling Star” The Steeldrivers - “Guitars, Whiskey, Guns and Knives” Earth, Wind and Fire - “Shining Star” Huey Lewis & The News - “Finally Found a Home” Phil Collins - “Why Can’t It Wait ‘Til Morning” David Wilcox - “Burgundy Heart-Shaped Medallion”

    Jason Danieley, Sheldon Harnick, Mary Testa

    What do Broadway stars listen to when they’re not performing on stage? Jason Danieley (Next to Normal, Curtains, The Full Monty) is appearing in this weekend’s Lyrics & Lyricists show, "W.S. Gilbert and the Broadway He Inspired," and he let us take a peek into his iPod. We’ve recreated his playlist on YouTube.

    Matt Munisteri - “Let’s Do Something Bad”
    Matt Munisteri - “A Cottage For Sale”
    Martin Sexton - “Happy”
    Martin Sexton - “Sugarcoating”
    James Taylor - “My Traveling Star”
    The Steeldrivers - “Guitars, Whiskey, Guns and Knives”
    Earth, Wind and Fire - “Shining Star”
    Huey Lewis & The News - “Finally Found a Home”
    Phil Collins - “Why Can’t It Wait ‘Til Morning”
    David Wilcox - “Burgundy Heart-Shaped Medallion”