See and hear Randy Rainbow’s clever parody of the Yip Harburg-Harold Arlen song “The Jitterbug” (cut from The Wizard of Oz film) in which the singer-satirist skewers the Trump administration’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the George Floyd killing.
Phil Springer, composer of “Santa Baby,” has just released a new CD/DVD collection of the songs he wrote with Yip Harburg, entitled the Last Legacy of E.Y. “Yip” Harburg. Earlier this year he spoke with journalist Sarah Pilla about the project., and on Oct. 15 the Palisadian-Post published an article about the project.
James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director of The York Theatre Company, will moderate a live panel discussion of the company’s highly successful 1998 and 2005 “Musicals in Mufti” productions of the EY Harburg-Jule Styne-Nunnally Johnson musical Darling of the Day which ran on Broadway in 1968 starring Patricia Routledge and Vincent Price. Nancy Opel and Simon Jones headed the 1998 cast; Jones reprised his role in 2005 opposite Rebecca Luker.
Joining James will be the director of both productions, Michael Montel, adapter Erik Haagensen, and theatre historian Charles Wright, with other special guests to be announced soon. The discussion will take place on Monday May 18, 2020 at 7 pm. Reservations begin at 10 a.m.
Full contact information is available at the theatre’s web site.
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.
In Episode 48 of the CounterVortex podcast, Bill Weinberg speaks with Yip’s son Ernie Harburg, co-author of Who Put the Rainbow in The Wizard of Oz? Yip Harburg, Lyricist, and Deena Rosenberg-Harburg, Yip’s daughter-in-law and author of Fascinating Rhythm: The Collaboration of George and Ira Gershwin. The interview was conducted on Feb. 22, 2020.
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. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Harlem Rep has suspended all performances until either Fall 2020 or early 2021.