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The six-part series, taped before a live audience at NJPAC’s Victoria Theater, features performances from eight stars of stage, screen and concert halls: Tom Wopat, Valerie Simpson, Rebecca Luker, Sandy Stewart and Bill Charlap, Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley, and Maude Maggart. Each performs their favorite American Songbook standards followed by a Q&A session conducted by Ted Chapin, president and executive director of Rodgers & Hammerstein: An Imagen Company.
|S01E01||Rebecca Luker||05/01/2014||Broadway actress and singer Rebecca Luker takes the stage at NJPAC, performing a selection of music written by the legendary songwriter, Jerome Kern. With classics like “Bill” and “Can’t Help Loving that Man” (Kern/Hammerstein II), Luker dazzles as she celebrates the Kern’s everlasting presence in the world of musical theater.|
|S01E02||Tom Wopat||12/01/2014||Tom Wopat may be best known for his starring role in the '80s hit television series The Dukes of Hazzard, but his career has spanned from TV to film to Broadway. Onstage at NJPAC he explores new, intriguing musical twists in such Great American Songbook classics as “The Good Life” (Distel/Reardon) “Call Me Irresponsible” (Cahn/Van Heusen), “I Won’t Dance” (Kern/Fields/McHugh/Hammerstein II) and, “I’ve Got Your Number” (Coleman/Leigh).|
|S01E03||Valerie Simpson||19/01/2014||Valerie Simpson, one half of the beloved and legendary songwriter/producers and performers Ashford & Simpson, returns to the stage at NJPAC in a special performance of classic Motown music. Performing Ashford & Simpson hits such as “I’m Every Woman,” “Remember Me,” “Solid,” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” Simpson dazzles audiences in this electrifying retrospective of her chart-topping career.|
|S01E04||Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley||26/01/2014||Broadway’s hottest couple, Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley, unites at NJPAC to prove that two great singers are better than one. Both husband and wife have graced the stages of Broadway with critically acclaimed performances in The Full Monty, Next to Normal and Kiss Me, Kate. In this program, the couple gets up close and personal, sharing the romantic details of their lives through the intimate medium of song, performing American Songbook classics by Oscar Hammerstein II, Yip Harburg, Cole Porter and many more.|
|S01E05||Maude Maggart||02/02/2014||Maude Maggart, a chanteuse with a rich family history in show business, has exploded into one of today’s most compelling international concert artists. In her performance at NJPAC, the dazzling Maggart performs American Songbook classics from classic composers like Irving Berlin, Cole Porter and Jerome Kern, as well as more contemporary music by Joan Baez and Judy Collins.|
|S01E06||Sandy Stewart and Bill Charlap||09/02/2014||Sandy Stewart, singer and master of the Great American Songbook, joins forces with son and acclaimed concert jazz pianist, Bill Charlap for a performance of sweet melodies and soulful ballads. Their performance includes such classics as “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” (Kern/Harbuck) and “I Thought About You” (Van Heusen/Mercer).|