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March 09, 2015

Lincoln Center to Live-Stream Five American Songbook March Concerts

American Songbook

Date: March 9, 2015

Contact: Kate Merlino, 212/875-5101

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Lincoln Center to Live-Stream Five American Songbook March Concerts

New musical theater compositions and contemporary Latin music highlighted


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — Lincoln Center will live-stream all of the American Songbook concerts emanating from the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse throughout the month of March 2015.  The free live-stream feed will be available internationally at and,  as well as


American Songbook in the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse is a series of concerts presented in an intimate, elegant venue that brings artists close to the audience in a cabaret-style setting. The shows run approximately 75 minutes, and they are presented without intermission. The performance schedule for the live-streamed concerts is:


- March 11 at 8 pm          In Need of Music: The Songs of Ben Toth, featuring Taylor Mac, Cheyenne Jackson, Lindsay

Mendez, Santino Fontana, and others. Ben Toth is a rising musical theater composer who will be premiering several exciting new works during his American Songbook concert: Marriage and Out West, created with Pulitzer Prize and Oscar-winning playwright John Patrick Shanley; a song cycle developed with Tony Award-winning lyricist Michael Korie; and works from Mr. Toth’s in-development musical with Todd Almond. 


- March 12 at 8 pm          Jose Llana is known for his “chillingly seductive” (New York Times) portrayal of Ferdinand Marcos in the David Byrne and Fatboy Slim collaboration, Here Lies Love.  Llana previously performed in a number of Broadway productions, including Flower Drum SongThe 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and The King & I.  


- March 13 at 8 pm          The Villalobos Brothers Originally from Veracruz, Mexico, but now based in New York, this group of family members will perform a concert filled with incendiary violins and vocals. The Villalobos Brothers were the first band from Mexico to play The Apollo Theater as featured guest artists, and in 2013 they won the “Battle of the Boroughs,” one of WNYC’s competitions.


- March 25 at 8 pm          Shaina Taub A rising star in musical theater for both her singing and composing, Taub will perform an evening of original songs.   Her evocative songwriting won her the 2013 Jonathan Larson (Rent) Grant, she was Ars Nova’s 2012 Artist-in-Residence, and she received a Lucille Lortel Award nomination for her performance in Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812.


- March 26 at 8 pm          Magos & Limón A duo made up of “the Cassandra Wilson of Mexico” singer Magos Herrera and Spanish flamenco guitarist Javier Limón, together they make music that is a convergence of jazz

with minimalist flamenco.  Their CD, Dawn, has a restrained beauty, with Herrera’s expressive voice moving from breathy to sultry to mystically elegant, often in the same song.  Limón backs her up with just the right rhythm. 


With a seating capacity of just 225, the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse allows acoustic performers to be heard to best advantage – near the audience and without elaborate amplification. The intimacy and immediacy of the performances will be captured and live-streamed to audiences throughout the world.




Since its launch in 1998, American Songbook has been dedicated to celebrating the extraordinary achievements of the

popular American songwriter from the turn of the 20th century to the present day.  Spanning all styles and genres from Tin Pan

Alley and Broadway to the eclecticism of today’s songwriters working in pop, cabaret, rock, folk and country, American Songbook traces the history and charts the course of the American song from its past and current forms to its future direction.


American Songbook is sponsored by Prudential Investment Management.

Major support for American Songbook is provided by Amy & Joseph Perella.

Endowment support provided by Bank of America.

Wine generously donated by William Hill Estate Winery, Official Wine of Lincoln Center.

Additional support for Lincoln Center’s American Songbook is provided by The Brown Foundation, Inc., of Houston,   The DuBose and Dorothy Heyward Memorial Fund, The Shubert Foundation, Jill and Irwin B. Cohen, Great Performers Circle, Chairman’s Council and Friends of Lincoln Center.


Public support is provided by the New York State Council on the Arts.

MetLife is the National Sponsor of Lincoln Center.

Movado is a Supporter of Lincoln Center.

United Airlines is a Supporter of Lincoln Center.

WABC-TV is a Supporter of Lincoln Center.

William Hill Estate Winery is a Supporter of Lincoln Center.

Artist catering provided by Zabar’s and


Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA), serves three primary roles: presenter of artistic programming, national leader in arts and education and community relations, and manager of the Lincoln Center campus. A presenter of more than 3,000 free and ticketed events, performances, tours, and educational activities annually, LCPA offers 15 series, festivals, and programs including American Songbook, Avery Fisher Artist Program, Great Performers, Lincoln Center Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Lincoln Center Vera List Art Project, Midsummer Night Swing, Martin E. Segal Awards, Meet the Artist, Mostly Mozart Festival, Free at the David Rubenstein Atrium, and the White Light Festival, as well as the Emmy Award-winning Live From Lincoln Center, which airs nationally on PBS. As manager of the Lincoln Center campus, LCPA provides support and services for the Lincoln Center complex and the 11 resident organizations.  In addition, LCPA led a $1.2 billion campus renovation, completed in October 2012.



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