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Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?

Publish Date: 2/13/2020 4:21:56 PM

                                    Review by Brenda Repland


This week, Lyrics & Lyricists at the 92nd Street Y featured a program dedicated to the late lyricist, Yip Harburg who wrote (mostly show tunes) for more than forty composers during the 30’s and 40’s.  Many of his pieces were collaborations with Harold Arlen and Burton Lane.


His lyrics often reflected the effects of the financial crash of 1929 with such songs as “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?” 


Some of his most famous songs are those written for “The Wizard of Oz” and “Finian’s Rainbow.”


Some of the highlights performed included “Happiness Is A Thing Called Joe”  (which the House UnAmerican Activities panel accused defendants of using as a code for Josef Stalin!) sung beautifully here by Mikaela Bennett;  “It’s Only A Paper Moon” sung by Laura Darrell who also performed a lovely “How Are Things In Glocca Morra?”


The real showstopper was “Lydia, The Tattooed Lady” by Megan Sikora which brought the house down and had the audience cheering wildly.

The evening closed with the entire company singing a melancholy yet heartfelt “Somewhere Over The Rainbow.”


Matt Kunkel, director

Paul Masse, music direct6or & orchestrator

Jon Marans, writer


Paul Masse, piano & conductor

Steve Lyon, woodwinds

Kiku Enomoto violin & viola

Laura Bontrager, cello

Lynette Wardle, harp

Kory Grossman, percussion

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