Beginning April 20, join us for four Friday nights featuring some of musical theater’s leading voices: Sutton Foster, Leslie Odom Jr., Stephanie J. Block and Andrew Rannells. Blending the intimacy of a cabaret with Broadway’s razzle dazzle, each episode features one of these performers illuminating their musical journey to stardom, revisiting favorite songs and offering glimpses of future projects. The performances, which will include appearances from additional guest stars, were filmed in front of audiences at The Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center.
“It’s thrilling to collaborate with PBS on showcasing four of the most exciting stars currently working on Broadway, and members of the Live From Lincoln Center family, through this project,” said Andrew C. Wilk, executive producer of Live From Lincoln Center. “I know how extraordinary Sutton, Leslie, Stephanie and Andrew are as performers and people, and we are looking forward to shining the spotlight on both of these aspects and the magic of their performances up-close through this series.”
Andrew Rannells (“Girls,” Tony nomination for “The Book of Mormon”) and Stephanie J. Block (“Wicked,” Tony nomination for “The Mystery of Edwin Drood”) both starred in last fall’s broadcast of “Falsettos,” earning Tony Award nominations for their performances. Sutton Foster (Tony Award-winner for “Anything Goes” and “Thoroughly Modern Millie”) was a featured performer in Live From Lincoln Center’s “SINATRA: Voice for a Century,” which aired on PBS in December 2015. Leslie Odom Jr. won a Tony Award for his portrayal of Aaron Burr in “Hamilton.”
April 20 at 8 p.m.: Sutton Foster
Two-time Tony winner Sutton Foster brings her irresistible talent and effusive charm to the intimate Appel Room for a special night with a special guest, two-time Tony nominee Jonathan Groff (“Hamilton,” “Spring Awakening,” “Glee”). Watch via Passport.
April 27 at 8 p.m.: Leslie Odom Jr.
Winner of the 2016 Tony for Best Leading Actor in a Musical for his legendary performance as Aaron Burr in “Hamilton,” Leslie Odom Jr., a jazz vocalist with an actor’s ear for a lyric, brings his remarkable talent to this intimate performance. Watch online.
May 4 at 8 p.m.: Stephanie J. Block
Stephanie J. Block, a show-stopping Tony-nominated performer who was featured in Lincoln Center Theater’s “Falsettos” as well as in “Wicked” and “The Boy from Oz,” unleashes her immense voice and bold charisma for a special night of cabaret. Watch online.
May 11 at 9 p.m.: Andrew Rannells
Known for his Tony-nominated, Grammy-winning performance as Elder Price in “The Book of Mormon” and as Elijah in HBO’s “Girls,” Andrew Rannells brings his signature blend of superb vocal prowess and wry wit to a sparkling set of songs. Watch online.