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January 27, 2016

Lorne Michaels to be Honored at Lincoln Center’s American Songbook Gala Thursday, February 11, 2016

American Songbook

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Tina Fey and Jeff Richmond to write and direct special performance featuring Tituss Burgess, Jimmy Fallon, Cheyenne Jackson, Taran Killam, Jane Krakowski, Audra McDonald, Maya Rudolph, Martin Short,  and other surprise guests


January 27, 2016 ? Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA) will honor Executive Producer Lorne Michaels, the Emmy Award-winning producer and writer, best known as the creator and executive producer of “Saturday Night Live,” at its American Songbook Gala on February 11, 2016 in Alice Tully Hall.  The Gala is co-chaired by Lincoln Center board members Adrienne Arsht and Bryan Lourd, and actor Hugh Jackman. For this special tribute, Tina Fey and Jeff Richmond will write and direct a performance featuring Tituss Burgess, Jimmy Fallon, Cheyenne Jackson, Taran Killam, Jane Krakowski, Audra McDonald, Maya Rudolph, Martin Short, and other surprise guests. The 8:00 performance will be preceded by a 7:00 champagne reception and followed by a buffet supper.


Proceeds from the gala benefit will go towards supporting the American Songbook series and Lincoln Center’s other performance series, as well as its educational and community initiatives.


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.


Now in its 17th season, the series runs now through early April, with 25 performances in three Lincoln Center venues.


Since the first “Saturday Night Live” show on October 11, 1975, when Janis Ian (who is in the American Songbook lineup this season), was a musical guest, “SNL” has been as much about live music as it has been about topical comedy. The list of singers and songwriters who have performed on “SNL” over the decades reflects the power and reach of popular music. In addition to Janis Ian, other singers who have performed, or are, part of the American Songbook series include Rosanne Cash, Alan Cumming, Marianne Faithfull, k.d. lang,  Megan Mullally, Joan Osborne, Bernadette Peters, St. Vincent, Patti Smith,  Suzanne Vega,  Loudon Wainwright III, and Vanessa Williams.


Lorne Michaels is the creator and executive producer of “Saturday Night Live.” “SNL” is the longest running, most Emmy-nominated, and highest-rated weekly late night television program in history, currently in its 41st season. Michaels is also executive producer of the Emmy-nominated “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” and “Late Night with Seth Meyers” on NBC, as well as IFC’s “Documentary Now!,” Peabody Award-winning “Portlandia,” and FXX’s comedy “Man Seeking Woman.”


Michaels’ previous television credits include: the Emmy-nominated “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” the Golden Globe and Emmy- winning “30 Rock,” “Up All Night,” “The Kids in the Hall,” “Night Music,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” as well as specials with Lily Tomlin, Steve Martin, Paul Simon, The Rutles, Flip Wilson, The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys, Randy Newman, Neil Young, and Simon and Garfunkel in Central Park. On Broadway, he produced and directed “Gilda Radner Live from New York” and produced the subsequent motion picture “Gilda Live.”


Lorne Michaels’ motion picture credits as a producer include “Mean Girls,” starring Lindsay Lohan and written by Tina Fey, “Baby Mama,” starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, “Wayne's World,” “Tommy Boy,” and “Three Amigos” (which he produced and co-wrote with Steve Martin and Randy Newman).  Michaels’ latest film, “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot,” is an American comedy war film and is based on the 2012 book by Kim Barker.


Michaels has personally won 13 Emmys as a writer and producer of television.  He was inducted into the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame in 1999, and in 2004 he received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Michaels received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1999. In Canada, he was awarded the Governor General’s Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement in 2006, and had previously been inducted into the Order of Canada in 2002.  In 2008 and 2015, he was named one of Time magazine's “Time 100” – a list of the most influential people in the world. In 2013, Michaels received the Distinguished Collaborator Award by the Costume Designers Guild and also earned the rare honor of an individual Peabody Award.


Program and artists subject to change.


For tickets and information, please contact Tina Maddaloni, Office of Special Events, [email protected] or 212.875.5462.


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Lead Support for American Songbook provided by PGIM.


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


Endowment support provided by Bank of America.


Additional support for Lincoln Center’s American Songbook is provided by 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.


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 Career Grants, Free Thursdays at the David Rubenstein Atrium, Great Performers, Lincoln Center at the Movies: Great American Dance, Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Awards, Lincoln Center Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Lincoln Center Vera List Art Project, Midsummer Night Swing, Mostly Mozart Festival, White Light Festival, and 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: The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, The Film Society of Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Juilliard School, Lincoln Center Theater, The Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet, New York Philharmonic, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, the School of American Ballet, and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. In addition, LCPA led a series of major capital projects, now complete, on behalf of the resident organizations across the campus. For more information, visit or



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