66th & Broadway: Frank Wildhorn & Friends

Air date: 10/11/2015

Performance Arts Series 66th & Broadway Shines Spotlight on Frank Wildhorn on THIRTEEN and WLIW21 in October


Broadcast to coincide with the 26th Annual New York Cabaret Convention


66th & Broadway, WNET’s local performing arts series, which showcases  the town’s thriving cabaret scene, returns with two new editions to its lineup: 66th & Broadway: Mark Nadler and 66th & Broadway: Frank Wildhorn & Friends.

Taped before a live audience at the Tisch WNET Studios at Lincoln Center, and premiering on Thursday October 1 at 10 p.m. on WLIW21 and Sunday, October 11 at 7 p.m. on THIRTEEN, the second of the two new editions features the multi-Grammy and Tony-nominated composer and lyricist Frank Wildhorn.

Joined by Clint Holmes, Carrie Manolakos and Adrienne Warren, Wildhorn performs some of his best-loved songs, including Whitney Houston’s hit “Where do Broken Hearts Go?” and “A New Life” from Jekyll & Hyde. His performances for 66th & Broadway also features “Sad Eyes,” “Anything Can Happen” and “Gold,” among others.

Wildhorn is known for his work in both musicals and popular music. In 1999 he became the first American composer to have three shows running simultaneously on Broadway: Jekyll & Hyde, The Scarlet Pimpernel and The Civil War. He is also a prominent composer globally, with many productions in Europe and Asia that have had long runs.

Beyond his work with Whitney Houston, Wildhorn has worked with numerous artists in the popular music arena including: Natalie Cole, Kenny Rogers, Sammy Davis Jr., Liza Minnelli, Julie Andrews, Freddie Jackson, Deana Carter, Tracy Lawrence, John Berry, Trisha Yearwood, Trace Adkins, Patti LaBelle, Bryan White, Amy Grant, Ben Vereen, Regina Belle, The Moody Blues, Jeffrey Osborne, Stacy Lattisaw, Dennis DeYoung, Molly Hatchet, Brenda Russell, John Raitt, Anthony Warlow, Stanley Turrentine, Johnny Mathis, and Colm Wilkinson.

66th & Broadway premieres these new shows as, The Mabel Mercer Foundation prepares to present the 26th New York Cabaret Convention later in the month.

After the initial broadcast, this episode of 66th & Broadway will be available to a national audience for online streaming at https://www.thirteen.org/programs/66th-and-broadway/.

66th & Broadway is a production of WLIW LLC in association with WNET. WNET is the parent company of THIRTEEN and WLIW21, New York’s public television stations and operator of NJTV.

David Stern is director. Mike Kostel is executive producer. Judy Moy is broadcast producer. Diane Masciale is general manager of WLIW21 and executive producer of local production, including the 66th & Broadway series.

Funding for the 66th & Broadway: Frank Wildhorn & Friends has been provided by Viewers Like You.




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