The 92nd Street Y in New York City will host a tribute to Yip Harburg on Jan. 25, 26th and 27th, 2020 to launch a series of 50th anniversary concerts in celebration of the “Lyrics and Lyricists” series which Yip launched in 1970.
Check out this NBC segment that aired 8/27/19 about our Wizard of Oz: A Jazz Musical for All Ages, a unique 21st century take!
YouTube’s “History Guy” posted a segment about Yip Harburg on July 12, 2019 entitled “Yip Harburg: Forgotten Lyricist.”
“Over the Rainbow” by Yip Harburg and Harold Arlen from The Wizard of Oz (1939) is featured in the upcoming motion picture, Judy, starring Renee Zellwegger as Judy Garland, the beloved star who introduced the classic song. Zellwegger sings part of the song in this trailer. The film is scheduled for US release on Sept. 27, 2019.
The Harlem Repertory Theatre presents Jamaica, the musical show in which Lena Horne made her Broadway debut in 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. Running at the Tato Laviera Theatre, 240 E. 123rd St., NYC and continuing until Jan. 11, 2020.
The Wizard of Oz: A Jazz Musical for All Ages, a new stage adaptation by Deena R. Harburg and Arthur Perlman of the beloved classic film, has been extended to January 2020 at the Harlem Repertory Theatre where it has been running since 2016 to enthusiastic response. See the reviews at NiteLife Exchange, Stage Buddy, The Broadway Blog, Huffington Post and Times Square Chronicles.
Walter Rimler’s biography of Harold Arlen, The Man That Got Away: The Life and Songs of Harold Arlen, was published by University of Illinois Press in August 2015. The book contains extensive material about Yip Harburg, who, over a span of nearly fifty years, wrote more than 100 songs with Arlen , including “Over the Rainbow” and “It’s Only a Paper Moon.”
Over the Rainbow: The Life and Rhymes of Yip Harburg by Stuart Stotts was released in paperback in September 2015 by Big Valley Press. It is also available as a Kindle book.
On Aug. 6, 2015 the Huffington Post published “Lyricist Yip Harburg’s Son Ernie: How My Dad Inspired Me to Become a Scientist” by Mike Sigman based on an essay by Ernie entitled “Yip and I.”
The Yip Harburg Songbook. Piano/vocal sheets to 34 songs including “Over the Rainbow,” “It’s Only a Paper Moon,” “April in Paris,” “Lydia, the Tattooed Lady,” “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?” “Old Devil Moon,” and an illustrated introductory essay by Stephen Holden. Hal Leonard Publishers, 2009.