Baby, Dream Your Dream: Great Women Writers of the American Songbook
A quartet of Broadway’s top leading ladies – Nancy Anderson, Samantha Massell, Kenita Miller and Karen Ziemba – join forces to pay tribute to immortal women songwriters in this delightful cabaret performance.
Throughout musical theater history, there have been a few bold pioneers-in-heels who crashed the songwriting boys’ club: Marilyn Bergman, Dorothy Fields, Mary Rodgers, Jeanine Tesori, Betty Comden and Carolyn Leigh. These are the women behind timeless songs and shows like “On the Sunny Side of the Street,” Sweet Charity, On the Town, “Witchcraft,” Once Upon a Mattress, and many more.
The work of these women is celebrated in Baby, Dream Your Dream, a musical revue scripted and hosted by Deborah Grace Winer. A leading expert on the classic American Songbook, Winer completed nine seasons as artistic director of the 92Y’s Lyrics & Lyricists concert series, where Baby, Dream Your Dream was born.
At NJPAC, the performance will feature Nancy Anderson (A Class Act, Wonderful Town); Samantha Massell (Fiddler on the Roof, Baz Luhrmann’s La Bohème); Kenita Miller (Once on This Island, The Color Purple); and Tony winner Karen Ziemba (Curtains, Chicago, Lincoln Center Theater’s Contact). Baby, Dream Your Dream is directed by Mark Waldrop (Howard Crabtree’s When Pigs Fly), with music direction and arrangements by pianist John Oddo, who will lead a jazz trio featuring bassist Jay Leonhart and drummer Clint de Ganon.
"Baby, Dream Your Dream blazes with relevance,” says Cabaret Scenes. "This tribute to women writers couldn’t be more timely,” says Theater Pizzazz.
NICO Kitchen + Bar will be open for this performance.