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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 – Concert for Uganda 2017

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 build a vocational school in Kyakatara, Uganda with the non-profit Children Waiting Everywhere. The concert will feature another local musician, Alanna Boudreau. Venue: 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 The Theater Center, NYC, starting July 22, 2017

The Harlem Repertory Theatre will present  Jamaica, the musical show that made Lena Horne a Broadway star, at The Theater Center in New York City.  This year, 2017, also happens to be the show’s 60th anniversary. Featuring a book by Yip Harburg and Fred Saidy, lyrics by Harburg and music by Harold Arlen. This production will be directed by Keith Lee Grant. Performances begin July 22, 2017 and will continue on Saturdays at 3PM until November 25. For more information, see Harlem Rep’s web site.

FINIAN’S RAINBOW Returns to Irish Rep

Charlotte Moore’s adaptation of the classic Yip Harburg-Burton Lane-Fred Saidy musical Finian’s Rainbow returned to the Irish Repertory Theatre from Nov. 6, 2016 through Jan. 29, 2017 (extended twice after opening to rave reviews). The initial 2004 engagement  was also received with great acclaim. Tony-nominee Melissa Errico reprised her role as “Sharon.”