From such popular standards as "Witchcraft" and "Young at Heart" to Broadway's Little Me and Peter Pan, legendary lyricist Carolyn Leigh has an enduring legacy of smart, sophisticated and often sexy songwriting. Unsung Carolyn Leigh highlights the Tony- and Grammy-nominated icon's little-known works, including several jazz-infused items from her acclaimed 1969 Gatsby score, a cut song from How Now Dow Jones, and two numbers written with Marvin Hamlisch for the original, unproduced version of Smile. Ten dynamic performers, a sizzling trio of musicians and over twenty melodic gems color the intimate evening, which also features rare audio clips from two of Ms. Leigh's original demo recordings.
Unsung Carolyn Leigh is produced by UnsungMusicalsCo. for Lincoln Center's American Songbook.
“Unsung Carolyn Leigh unearths lost gems and reveals charm of a Gatsby musical! The crackling, passionate Jazz Age score is first-rate! If ever there was time for this hard-boiled musical to see the light of day, it is right now! The songs are tough and cynical, with a strain of sadness under their wisecracking surface! The most exciting numbers included "Sooner or Later," a bitterly sardonic ballad sung by Erin Davie that advises patience and a little recreational sex for wives of straying husbands; "Myrtle's Parade," an accelerated march pumped up with Jazz Age razzmatazz; and "Daisy," a passionate ballad performed by Max von Essen! The style of Ms. Leigh's lyrics might be described as a brassy hybrid of Cole Porter and Dorothy Parker! Unsung Carolyn Leigh focused on the little-known lyrics of the brassy, tart-tongued lyricist. They were brought to life by 10 singers. In addition to Gatsby, the Lincoln Center American Songbook program at the Kaplan Penthouse included several selections written for Caesar's Wife and Juliet, two other unproduced shows that yielded significant songs!”
—Time Out New York