Lincoln Center has revealed details for its upcoming 2023 American Songbook series, subtitled "A Place You Belong." Two-time Tony winner George C. Wolfe has conceived the upcoming season, exploring the legacies of iconic underground NYC venues, including the Palladium Ballroom, Paradise Garage, Savoy Ballroom, and Café Society.
One of the planned performances is an original solo concert from Academy Award-winning West Side Story star Ariana DeBose. Set for April 8 at David Geffen Hall, DeBose has titled the evening Authenticity. She'll be joined by music director Benjamin Rauhala for a set list honoring her musical influences, including Dionne Warwick, Stephen Sondheim, Judy Garland, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ray Charles, and ABBA.
Broadway favorite Mykal Kilgore (Motown, Hair) will join Aminah Imani and the Matt Ray Trio April 6 at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Appel Room for Cabaret at the Café Society, a tribute to the racially integrated, '40s downtown spot. The venue gave a stage to such performers as Sarah Vaughan, Lena Horne, Zero Mostel, Josh White, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, and Billie Holiday. The tribute will be given three nights with different performers at each evening. The April 5 edition will feature Rizo and Ikechukwu Ufomadu, while an April 7 performance will star Raye Zaragoza and Jordan Carlos. Each of the three evenings will conclude with a special guest performing Holiday's "Strange Fruit."
For a full schedule, visit LincolnCenter.org.