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Kennedy Center - 2009 Broadway Today and Tomorrow Series

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The Millenium Stage at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. hosts free concerts every night at 6pm ET, sponsored by Target and Fannie Mae. In most cases, tickets are not required. All performances are broadcast live on the web and archived for later viewing.


Broadway Today & Tomorrow

As part of the Millenium Stage 12th Anniversary, the Kennedy Center hosted a special series of Broadway Today & Tomorrow events from January 31 to February 7, 2009. Each night featured Broadway composers talking about their work and performing their songs with the help of some of Broadway's best singers. The opening concert featured "Today's" best composers, while each subsequent evening featured one of "Tomorrow's" rising stars. This is part of the Kennedy Center's season-long initiative "Broadway: The Third Generation", which celebrates current and rising Broadway composers.


Broadway Today

Saturday, January 31, 2009
Hosted by Michael A. Kerker, ASCAP, the performance features a parade of Tony-recognized artists, including nine-time Tony Award nominee Stephen Schwartz, Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens (Ragtime, Once on This Island), Scott Frankel & Michael Korie (Grey Gardens), and Jeanine Tesori (Caroline, Or Change). Vocalists include Tony winner Brian Stokes Mitchell (Ragtime), Liz Callaway (Merrily We Roll Along, Cats), Capathia Jenkins (Caroline, or Change), and KT Sullivan performing with the composers at the piano. Video details and link to performance.


Broadway Tomorrow

Sunday, February 1, 2009
Songwriting team Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner present works from their Broadway musical adaptation of the film Secondhand Lions in collaboration with vocalist Megan Hilty. Video details and link to performance.

Monday, February 2, 2009
Composer and pianist Michael Kooman and lyricist Christopher Dimond present work from Dani Girl brought to life by vocalists Anderson Davis and Natalie Weiss. Video details and link to performance.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Upcoming stars Benj Pasek and Justin Paul—recipients of a 2007 Jonathan Larson Award—present work in collaboration with vocalist Leslie Kritzer, who is from Broadway’s A Catered Affair. Video details and link to performance.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Lyricist Scott Burkell and composer Paul Loesel premiere new work accompanied by vocalist Stephanie J. Block, who is straight from Broadway’s Wicked. Video details and link to performance.

Thursday, February 5, 2009
Composer and lyricist Adam Gwon, recipient of the 2008 Fred Ebb Award for excellence in musical theater songwriting, presents work with vocalists Stanley Bahorek and Leah Horowitz. Video details and link to performance.

Friday, February 6, 2009
Composer Joshua Salzman and lyricist Ryan Cunningham perform work from I Love You Because with vocalists Colin Hanlon and Farah Alvin. Video details and link to performance.

Saturday, February 7, 2009
Creative partners since 1993, lyricist Marcy Heisler and composer Zina Goldrich present work accompanied by vocalist Scott Coulter. Video details and link to performance.