Presenters: Kate Baldwin, Andrew Lippa, Richard Walters
Location: Salon EF (4th floor)
A fascinating recital of songs by Stephen Sondheim celebrates the new five-volume Hal Leonard publication Sondheim for Singers. Performances by Tony-nominated Broadway star Kate Baldwin (Finian’s Rainbow, Big Fish, Wonderful Town), who has often performed with Sondheim, and noted Broadway composer/lyricist and tenor Andrew Lippa, an ardent Sondheim aficionado, who will display his considerable talents as a theater singer. Richard Walters, editor of Sondheim for Singers, will participate as pianist and speaker.
Kate Baldwin earned 2010 Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critic's Circle Award nominations for her starring role in the 2009 revival of Finian's Rainbow. She recently completed Big Fish on Broadway playing Sandra Bloom. Previously, she starred in Fiorello! at City Center Encores and Giant as Leslie Lyntonn Benedict at The Public Theater, for which she received a Drama Desk nomination.
Baldwin has appeared in the Broadway casts of The Full Monty, Thoroughly Modern Millie and Wonderful Town. She starred in Irving Berlin's White Christmas (San Francisco, Detroit, Toronto), The Women at The Old Globe, Henry V at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, I Do, I Do at Westport Country Playhouse, She Loves Me at the Willliamstown Theatre Festival, and South Pacific at Arena Stage, earning a Helen Hayes Award nomination.
Baldwin has performed in concert with the New York Pops, with the American Songbook series at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center and at the legendary New York nightclubs Feinstein's at the Regency and Birdland. Her concert work also includes several appearances with Stephen Sondheim as a featured performer in his critically acclaimed evening, "A Conversation with Stephen Sondheim." She has sung as part of the Chicago Humanities Festival, with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, DC, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Portland Symphony Orchestra and the River Concert Series. On television, her work includes a guest star on NBC's "Law & Order: SVU" and a featured role in the PBS filming of Stephen Sondheim's Passion.
Baldwin’s debut album on PS Classics, "Let's See What Happens" features Lane and Harburg songs from both stage and film. Her second album celebrates the work of lyricist Sheldon Harnick and is entitled, “She Loves Him.” Both are available at www.psclassics.com.
Andrew Lippa wrote the words and music to the original theatrical oratorio I Am Harvey Milk that received its world premiere in San Francisco in June 2013 with the San Francisco Gay Mens’ Chorus starring Laura Benanti and Mr. Lippa as Harvey Milk. The recording, released in October 2013, reached No. 2 on the iTunes Classical Chart. He also wrote the music and lyrics for the musical Big Fish which opened on Broadway at the Neil Simon Theatre this past October. He wrote the Tony-nominated music and lyrics for the Broadway musical The Addams Family as well as the music for the Broadway production of Aaron Sorkin’s play The Farnsworth Invention. Other musicals include the Drama Desk award-winning musical The Wild Party (book/music/lyrics), A Little Princess (music), john & jen (music/book), Asphalt Beach (music/lyrics) and You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown (additional music/lyrics and arrangements). Lippa was music director and conductor for Kristin Chenoweth’s sold-out shows at the Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall and others. Accolades include a Tony and Grammy nomination, the Gilman/Gonzalez-Falla Theater Foundation Award, ASCAP’s Richard Rodgers/New Horizons Award, The Drama Desk and The Outer Critics Circle Award. Andrew Lippa is a graduate of the University of Michigan.
Richard (Rick) Walters is vice president of classical and vocal publications at Hal Leonard Corporation, the world’s largest source for printed music. He directs G. Schirmer publications, Boosey & Hawkes publications, musical theatre publications, and in the Hal Leonard European operation oversees publications of Ricordi, Durand and Salabert. Walters has been responsible for a renaissance in vocal music editions, conceiving, editing and directing hundreds of classical and musical theatre publications, including more than 70 art song editions in The Vocal Library series, the 27-volume series The Singer’s Musical Theatre Anthology, the five-volume Sondheim for Singers, the four-volume G. Schirmer American Aria Anthology, the four-volume Oratorio Anthology, Bernstein Theatre Songs, Samuel Barber: 65 Songs, the four-volume Musical Theatre for Classical Singers, Britten Collected Songs, and many others. He was educated with a bachelor’s degree in piano from Simpson College, where he studied opera coaching with Robert Larsen, and graduate study in composition at the University of Minnesota with Dominick Argento. He has worked in various capacities in musical theatre.