Music historian, archivist and performer Michael Feinstein appears in his personal archive to showcase The Wizard of Oz and the creators of its score, Yip Harburg and Harold Arlen in this episode of his new web series “Conversations and Music,” presented by Broadwayworld.com.
Although California’s annual Chino Valley Unified School District (CVUSD) Choral Festival—originally scheduled for Wednesday, March 18—had been cancelled, the Chino Hills HS Chamber Singers demonstrated resilience by recording their individual a cappella portion of Yip Harburg and Harold Arlen’s classic “Over the Rainbow” in their separate homes, and through technology were able to appear together as a family again. Their harmonious performance was shared online for the CVUSD community with the goal of spreading hope and cheer during this difficult time. Even after 80+ years, it’s the song people sing in times of trouble.
San Francisco cabaret singer Dave Schweisguth will perform a concert of songs with Yip’s lyrics in “Here’s to Your Illusions: Songs About Life by Yip Harburg” at Martuni’s in San Francisco on Feb. 29, 2020 at 7pm. The program will consist of standards as well as buried treasures. The music director is Russell Deason.
New, Unique, FREE Workshop
Starts Feb. 18, 2020
The Yip Harburg* Lyrics Foundation offers a FREE workshop, THE ART OF COMEDY (Commedia dell’arte), taught by award-winning actor, director and designer Mark Marcante.
It will begin with Commedia dell’Arte (The Art of Comedy) that started in Italy in the 1500’s and go through the centuries to today, 2020. We will touch on and act characters from Commedia, learn the “Plate” method of performing on stage, plus pantomime, clowning, mask work and more while exploring the politics and social issues of the world today. This class is not only for the acting student, but for anyone who wishes to develop a better social awareness, communication skills and interpersonal skills. Celebrated guest teachers will include specialists John Grimaldi (juggling) Stanley Allen Sherman (masks) and Crystal Field (political theater). The workshop will culminate in a presentation of participants’ work created during the term.
To be part of this Unique, Free Workshop, contact Deena Harburg, Executive & Artistic Director, Yip Harburg Lyrics Foundation ASAP at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PLACES ARE LIMITED
Join us for a Rare, One-of-a-Kind Experience!
Dates: Feb. 18, 2020 – May 12, 2020.
Time: 5:30-7:30 pm
Place: Theater for the New City: 155 First Ave., NYC 10003
* Yip Harburg, a brilliant songwriter known as Broadway’s social conscience, wrote all the lyrics to the film The Wizard of Oz (“Over the Rainbow,” etc.) and the classic stage musical Finian’s Rainbow,among many others
Theater for the New City’s 17th annual “Love ‘n’ Courage” benefit took place Feb. 24, 2020 at the Players Club in Manhattan. As usual, the event featured a performance by the Yip Harburg Lyric Foundation’s Rainbow Troupe with singers Jennifer Babiak, Eric Poindexter and Ben Harburg, with David Gaines at piano. Deena Harburg, Executive and Artistic Director of the Yip Harburg Lyrics Foundation, conceived and produced the concert.
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 motion picture, Judy, starring Renee Zellwegger who won the Beat Actress Oscar of 2019 for her performance as Judy Garland, the beloved star who introduced the classic song. Zellwegger sings part of the song in this trailer.
On May 24, 25 and 26, 2019 Theater for the New City will present the 24th annual Lower East Side Festival of the Arts. The Yip Harburg Foundation’s Rainbow Troupe will perform a concert entitled “Yip Harburg’s Songs of Humor and Hope in Times of Trump,” conceived by Deena Harburg with the singers Jonathan Hadley, Ben Harburg, Taylor-Rey McInnes and Jessica Mortellaro, and David Gaines on piano.