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Recording Broadway: An Evening with Thomas Z. Shepard

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 6:30 PM | Members' Room | open to the public | $15 per person | registration required

From George M. Cohan to Lin-Manuel Miranda, the rhythm of Broadway is the heartbeat of America. In this special evening, the preeminent producer of Broadway cast albums gives an insightful and hilarious insider’s view of the shows, the people, and the music.

Thomas Z. Shepard is the winner of twelve Grammy Awards. He’s a gifted composer, pianist, orchestrator and even forensic musicologist, but his most enduring legacy is etched in the grooves of hundreds of records. If you’ve ever listened to the recorded versions of Ain’t Misbehavin’, Crazy for You, Dames at Sea, 42nd Street, George M.!, Jelly’s Last Jam, Kiss of the Spider Woman, La Cage aux Folles, Me and My Girl, The Secret Garden, 1776, Victor/Victoria, or Zorba, you’ve heard the work of Thomas Z. Shepard. His long relationship with Stephen Sondheim has produced iconic recordings of such shows as Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, Marry Me a Little, Merrily We Roll Along, Pacific Overtures, Side by Side by Sondheim, Sunday in the Park with George, and Sweeney Todd.

With evocative musical samples, Shepard talks about the historic shows he’s worked on and the memorable stars with whom he’s worked, including Julie Andrews, Sarah Brightman, Yul Brynner, Betty Buckley, Barbara Cook, Joel Grey, Danny Kaye, Angela Lansbury, Mandy Patinkin, Bernadette Peters, Anthony Quinn, Debbie Reynolds, Barbra Streisand - as well as legendary Broadway creators such as Harold Arlen, Leonard Bernstein, Fred Ebb, Jerry Herman, Sheldon Harnick, John Kander, Richard Rodgers and, of course, Stephen Sondheim.

Recording Broadway lets musical-theater fans hear Broadway the way one of its great professionals does.


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