Recently the 92Y announced that Ted Chapin, President & Chief Creative Officer of Rodgers & Hammerstein, will serve in the newly created role of Producer of Lyrics & Lyricists™. Jamie deRoy & Stephen Sorokoff sat down with Ted to discuss his exciting plans for this year’s season of L&L. For nearly five decades, L&L has been at the forefront of exploring and sharing the best of the American Songbook, and this opens a new chapter.
Hanna Arie-Gaifman, Executive Producer of the series and Director of 92Y’s Tisch Center for the Performing Arts said, “I’m excited to be working closely with Ted in this new leadership role. Since its inception in 1970, we’ve been proud to work with a series of collaborators who have put their own unique stamp on this 92Y treasure, most recently with Deborah Grace Winer as Series Artistic Director for the past 9 seasons. I’m extremely grateful to Deb for her passion, her dedication to the American Songbook, and the warmth and energy she always brought to our theater.”
Comments Ted Chapin, “As someone who was in the audience at the first season, I have long been a fan of L&L. I have had the privilege of curating several programs and have followed the history over the years. I am honored to be asked to help create a new chapter of this extraordinary series. I intend to look both forward and back, learning from the past while finding new ways to explore songs and their place in world culture.”
Chapin will work with a variety of artists to create the 2018 season, including Jonathan Groff, Rob Fisher and Amanda Green, Lynn Ahrens, and David Loud. There will be both familiar composers – Leonard Bernstein, Frank Loesser, Irving Berlin – as well as those new to L&L, like Bobby Darin, who in addition to his career as a singer, wrote over 100 songs.
Ted was recently seen at L&L on June 26 as co-artistic director and co-host (with Ted Sperling) of the sold out special event concert Lyrics & Lyricists Favorites: Your Choice! starring Broadway artists Victoria Clark (The Light in the Piazza), Ben Davis (La Bohème), Capathia Jenkins (Newsies), Lindsay Mendez (Wicked), Billy Porter (Kinky Boots), Clarke Thorell (Hairspray), Nicholas Ward (In Transit), and Betsy Wolfe (Waitress). He previously served as guest artistic director for the L&L shows Stage Door Canteen (2011), Getting to Know You: Rodgers & Hammerstein (2014)