Friday, August 17, 2012

New Generation of Fans 2013 Family Concerts Celebrate Rodgers & Hart, Johnny Mercer and Stephen Schwartz


Introducing the Masterpieces of American Musical Theater to a New Generation of Fans 2013 Family Concerts Celebrate Rodgers & Hart, Johnny Mercer and Stephen Schwartz  @ Merkin Concert Hall’s Broadway Playhouse series introduces children age 4-11 to classic Broadway shows through mini-musicals, medleys, sing-alongs and games in which children participate. Now in its 7th season, Broadway Playhouse has delighted both children and adults with playful presentations of musicals by Leonard Bernstein, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Alan Menken and many others. This season, families will get the inside story on Rodgers & Hart, Johnny Mercer and Stephen Schwartz and discover classic musicals like Wicked, Li’l Abner and Babes in Arms.

Sun, 1/13/13, 11 am

Broadway Playhouse: Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart

One of the most successful songwriting teams in Broadway history, composer Richard Rodgers (1902-1979) and lyricist Lorenz Hart (1895-1943) collaborated for many years and wrote the musicals On Your Toes and Pal Joey. The concert features a mini-version of their 1937 classic hijinks musical Babes in Arms, which includes the songs “My Funny Valentine” and “The Lady Is a Tramp.”

Sun, 2/3/13, 11 am

Broadway Playhouse: Johnny Mercer

Lyricist Johnny Mercer (1909-1976) worked with some of America’s greatest composers in Hollywood and on Broadway – including Harold Arlen, Jerome Kern, Duke Ellington and Henry Mancini. He wrote songs such as “Hooray for Hollywood” and “Moon River” as well as the Broadway shows St. Louis Woman and Li’l Abner. The show includes a mini-production of Li’l Abner, the musical based on the comic strip by Al Capp.

Sun, 3/3/13, 11 am

Broadway Playhouse: Stephen Schwartz

Stephen Schwartz is one of only two composer/lyricists to have three shows run longer than 1,500 performances on Broadway: Wicked, Godspell and Pippin. Schwartz was also involved in Disney’s classics Pocahontas and The Hunchback of Notre Dame and wrote the score for Dreamworks’ Prince of Egypt. This concert will “Defy Gravity” and has lots of “Magic to Do” as we celebrate one of Broadway’s greatest living composers/lyricists.

Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Center

129 W. 67th St. btw Broadway & Amsterdam Ave.

New York, NY 10023

Tickets at 212 501 3330 or


3-concert series subscription: $50

Single tickets: $20

Press Information

Joan Jastrebski

212 501 3386

Kaufman Center is New York’s creative home for listeners, learners and performers.

Founded in 1952 as a community school for pre-conservatory music training, today's Kaufman Center is home to Merkin Concert Hall; Lucy Moses School, New York’s largest community arts school; and Special Music School, a K-12 public school for musically gifted children.

Kaufman Center presentations in Merkin Concert Hall are made possible, in part, with institutional support from: Bloomberg Philanthropies, BMI Foundation Inc., The Edward T. Cone Foundation, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, The Barbara Bell Cumming Foundation, The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, The Friars Foundation, Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, The Rodgers and Hammerstein Foundation, The Janis and Alan Menken Foundation, The Edith Meiser Foundation, The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation and TD Charitable Foundation.

Presentations in Merkin Concert Hall are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and from the New York City Council through the good offices of Councilmember Gale Brewer. Kaufman Center presentations in Merkin Concert Hall are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Merkin Concert Hall has also been awarded support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Special thanks to Andrea Brown, Kara Unterberg, David Shaw, Beth Kobliner Shaw and the friend and supporters of Kaufman Center’s Theater Wing.

New-York Historical Society Reports

Madeleine Albright, Ken Follett, Charles Osgood, Robert Morgenthau, Tom Brokaw, George Lucas, and Adam Gopnik to Cast New Light On WWII During the New-York Historical Society’s Fall Film and Discussion Series

WHAT: The New-York Historical Society will present the exhibition WWII & NYC (on view October 5, 2012 – May 27, 2013), which will explore the most widespread, destructive, and consequential conflict in history through the lens of New York, telling the stories of the 800,000 New Yorkers who served and the sacrifices of those on the home front. New-York Historical will become the city’s headquarters for WWII programming this fall with a major exhibition, programs, and special displays all related to the historic event.

In conjunction with WWII & NYC, New-York Historical will host a number of public programs related to the exhibition, with highlights to include:

world-renowned novelist Ken Follett discussing his latest book, Winter of the World, with CBS Sunday News and CBS Radio anchor Charles Osgood on Tuesday, September 18 at 6:30 pm. Follett’s new novel, the second in the Century Trilogy following Fall of Giants, chronicles the experiences of five interrelated families living in a time of social, political, and economic turmoil in the 1930s and 1940s, with special focus on the events leading up to and during WWII.

a dance class with Pierre Dulaine Dancing Classrooms to learn the Lindy Hop, Jitterbug, and other swing-style dances that were popular in American culture and spread widely during the WWII period on Friday, October 5 at 6 pm.

a film series presented in conjunction with the exhibition, featuring a special showing of Double Victory (2012) by George Lucas about the legendary Tuskegee Airmen of WWII, the first African-American aerial unit. George Lucas, Roscoe Brown, and Brent Staples will speak at the screening on Friday, October 26 at 7 pm.

Robert M. Morgenthau sharing his remarkable life experiences during WWII with legendary newsman Tom Brokaw on Tuesday, December 11 at 6:30 pm. The grandson of the U.S. Ambassador to Turkey at the outbreak of WWI and the son of FDR’s Secretary of the Treasury, Mr. Morgenthau began his own journey to prominence on the decks of naval destroyers during WWII and later served nine terms as New York District Attorney.

The Instrument of Surrender, on view at New-York Historical from September 21–October 21, 2012. One of only twenty copies made of the United States’ signed original formal surrender document officially marking Japan’s surrender to the Allies on September 2, 1945, that ended WWII. The Instrument of Surrender was last shown in New York in 1945. Other rarely exhibited documents to be shown in rotation include Four Freedoms posters (October 10, 2012 – December 2, 2012) and a Longfellow poem (December 7, 2012 – January 1, 2013).

WHERE: The New-York Historical Society

170 Central Park West (at Richard Gilder Way, 77th Street)

New York, NY 10024

WHEN: WWII & NYC will be displayed October 5, 2012 to May 27, 2013. See dates above for public programs and rare documents on exhibition.


Tuesday – Thursday, Saturday 10am-6pm

Friday 10am-8pm (6-8pm pay-as-you-wish)

Sunday 11am-5pm

Adults: $15

Seniors: $12

Students: $10

Kids 5-13: $5 (under 5 FREE)

About the New-York Historical Society

New-York Historical is recognized for engaging the public with deeply researched and far-ranging exhibitions, such as Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Made Modern America; Slavery in New York; Nature and the American Vision: The Hudson River School at the New-York Historical Society; Grant and Lee in War and Peace; and the 2009 exhibition Lincoln and New York. Supporting these exhibitions and related education programs are one of the world’s greatest collections of historical artifacts, works of American art, and other materials documenting the history of the United States and New York.


Laura Washington / New-York Historical Society / (212) 873-3400 x263

Sarah Buffum / Arts & Communications Counselors / (212) 715-1594

Mets complete trade with Boston

FLUSHING, N.Y., August 16, 2012 – The New York Mets today announced that righthanded pitcher Pedro Beato has been assigned on a waiver claim to the Boston Red Sox to complete the August 14 trade that brought Kelly Shoppach to New York for a player to be named later.

Beato, 25, did not receive a decision in seven games with the Mets this season. He compiled a 10.38 ERA (five earned runs/4.1 innings) with five strikeouts and two walks. He appeared in 24 games, one start, with Buffalo (AAA) of the International League, going 4-4 with a 4.14 ERA (17 earned runs/37.0 innings).