LIFE IS A BITCH - a celebration of lyricist & poet Fran Landesman

12.06.12| 7pm

New York, NY USA

Urban Stages presents Winter Rhythms - two-weeks of performances by the crème de la crème of Cabaret, Classical, Jazz, Broadway and Hip Hop. All proceeds go to Urban Stages’ Outreach Program, helping to bring arts in education to schools and libraries in the New York area. On December 6, Mary Foster Conklin presents LIFE IS A BITCH - A celebration of songs by Fran Landesman, the self-proclaimed "poet laureate of lovers and losers," best remembered as the lyricist of The Nervous Set, the world's first (and only) beatnik musical, which premiered in St. Louis in 1959 and later flopped on Broadway. Two numbers from the show, "All the Sad Young Men" and "Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most" were widely recorded and became jazz standards. The evening will be a feast of Landesman collaborators, including Tommy Wolf, Alec Wilder, Bob Dorough, Roy Kral, Simon Wallace and John Simon, with a special nod to past singers who were champions of Fran's songs, like Jackie and Roy and Susannah McCorkle. With John diMartino on piano, Marco Panascia on bass and special vocal guest John diPinto


Urban Stages 259 West 30th Street (7th - 8th Aves) New York, NY 10001 A, C, E trains to 34th Street