Category Archives: Featured

Ariana Grande and “Over the Rainbow”

Singer Ariana Grande chose Yip Harburg and Harold Arlen’s song of hope, “Over the Rainbow,” as the finale of her June 4, 2017 “One Love” benefit in Manchester, England to help the victims of the terror bombing following her May 22nd concert in that city. At least $1.19 from each sale of the $1.29 track on iTunes will go to the “We Love Manchester Emergency Fund.”

Dave Harburg – Dare to Dream Benefit Concert

Yip’s great grandson Dave Harburg will perform contemporary versions of Yip’s more famous works, such as “Over the Rainbow,” “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?” “Old Devil Moon” and “April in Paris.” The proceeds from the concert will help restore a vocational school in a small village in Uganda with the non-profit Children Waiting Everywhere. The concert will feature another local musician, Alanna Boudreau. July 29, 2017 at 7:30 PM. Towsley Auditorium, Washtenaw Community College 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Ann Arbor, MI 48105. Tax deductible donation $10 individual or $25 for families. 734 255-2924.

JAMAICA at Harlem Repertory Theatre

The Harlem Repertory Theatre will present  Jamaica, the musical show in which Lena Horne made her Broadway debut 60 years ago (1957). Featuring a book by Yip Harburg and Fred Saidy, lyrics by Harburg and music by Harold Arlen, this production is directed and choreographed by Keith Lee Grant with a book adaptation by Art Perlman. Performances begin July 29, 2017 at the Tato Laviera Theatre, 240 E. 123rd St., NYC on and will continue until Mar. 2018.

THE WIZARD OF OZ at Harlem Rep

In fall 2016 Harlem Repertory Theatre and The Yip Harburg Foundation premiered a jazzy new stage adaptation of THE WIZARD OF OZ. The response has been enthusiastic. See the reviews at Stage BuddyThe Broadway Blog and Huffington Post and Times Square Chronicles. The show has been extended into summer 2017 with upcoming performances July 8th, 15th and 30th and Aug. 20th. Visit the Harlem Repertory Theatre web site for details. 240 E 123rd St., New York, NY.