A concert honoring composer Jimmy Van Heusen, best known for writing many of Frank Sinatra’s hit songs is set for 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6, in the Concert Hall at the Dorothy Young Center for the Arts on the Drew University campus at 36 Madison Ave.
The performers are Norm Lewis and Sierra Boggess, who starred together on Broadway in both “The Little Mermaid” and “The Phantom of the Opera,” will reunite to perform “Swinging on a Star: The Music of Jimmy Van Heusen” at Drew.
Van Heusen won an Emmy Award for the song “Love and Marriage” and won Oscars for four others: “Swinging on a Star,” “All the Way,” “High Hopes” and “Call Me Irresponsible.”
Other well-known Van Heusen songs include “Come Fly with Me,” “Love is the Tender Trap” and “My Kind of Town.” He wrote 85 songs for Sinatra and composed the music for six of the seven Bing Crosby/Bob Hope “road” movies.
Tickets to the Oct. 6 concert are $50 per person, $40 each for a group of 10 or more, and $15 for those with a current educational ID. Tickets may be purchased by calling (973) 408.3917or visiting drew.edu/concerthall/special-events.
Award-winning musical director Rob Fisher will serve as the musical director and host for the Oct. 6 concert. Fisher is a sought-after pianist, conductor and musical director.
The “Swinging on a Star” concert is being underwritten by the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation.
“It is with great pleasure that the Laurie Foundation is able to present this concert to honor one of America’s most prolific composers and to feature two of the most talented performers on Broadway,” said Gene Korf, executive director of the foundation. “Jimmy Van Heusen’s songs have become standards in the Great American Songbook.”
Chose Name From Ad
A native of Syracuse, N.Y., Van Heusen got his start as a radio deejay and chose his stage name from an ad for Van Heusen collars.
He wrote his first hit song for Benny Goodman in 1939 and was later hired to write songs for Paramount Pictures. He was a well-known Hollywood bachelor and also served as a test pilot during World War II. He eventually married, and lived until 1990.
Boggess, who debuted the title role in “The Little Mermaid” on Broadway in 2007 and performed in the West End production of “Les Misérables” most recently performed as Christine in “The Phantom of the Opera” on Broadway, opposite Lewis.
Lewis has appeared in several Broadway productions and is well-known for his roles in “Porgy and Bess,” “Les Misérables,” and “Chicago.” Television fans will recognize him from his recurring role in the hit show “Scandal.”
For information, visit drew.edu/concerthall/special-events.