Lyrics & Lyricists:
“Yes I Can! – The Sammy Davis Jr. Songbook”
92nd Street Y (92Y)
1395 Lexington Avenue, (212) 415-5500
Saturday through Monday (February 23-25)
Just in time to dovetail with the new American Masters documentary, Sammy Davis, Jr.: I Gotta Be Me (check your local PBS listing), comes what promises to be a superlative celebration of one of the all-time most iconic American entertainers, the diminutive dynamo, that “sun-tanned superman,” Sammy Davis, Jr., the world’s most remarkable dancer, singer, comedian, actor, Ratpacker, impressionist, civil rights crusader, Nixon-hugger, and persistent autobiographer. Written and curated by Laurence Maslon, who served the same role in the PBS show, this new L&L lineup costars the exuberant dancer Jared Grimes along with a versatile cast of singer-actors in Harriett D. Foy, Max Kumangai, Betsy Wolfe, and the highly-redoubtable, always-welcome Matthew Saldivar. If it’s anything like the late Sammy himself, this show should be fast paced and highly exciting, but also full of emotion and extremely moving.
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