EXCLUSIVE: A five-part video and podcast sequence celebrating the life and career of Broadway composer Lucy Simon – one of many closing initiatives the sister of Carly Simon labored on previous to her demise final week – launches as we speak on YouTube and the Broadway Podcast Network.
Celebrating Lucy Simon was introduced and launched as we speak by Broadway Podcast Network Co-Founders Dori Berinstein and Alan Seales. The sequence will characteristic never-before-heard tales from The Secret Garden composer Simon herself, in addition to from such collaborators as Judy Collins, Marshall Brickman, Marsha Norman, Victoria Clark, and others.
The sequence may even embody new performances by Broadway stars Sierra Boggess, Funny Girl‘s Ramin Karimloo, The Secret Garden original stars Daisy Eagan and John Cameron Mitchell, and others. Eagan, Boggess and Karimloo performed in two New York concert versions of The Secret Garden in 2016. Songs to be performed on the new series will include the musical’s “Wick,” “Come to my Garden” and “Lily’s Eyes.”
Simon died on Oct. 20 of metastatic breast most cancers at her residence in Piermont, New York. Her elder sister, opera singer Joanna Simon, died at 85 the day earlier than of thyroid most cancers. Their youthful sister is the singer-songwriter of such hits as “You’re So Vain” and “Anticipation.”
“I cannot overstate the impact that Lucy has had on my life,” stated Eagan, who was simply 11 when she received a Tony Award for her efficiency in The Secret Garden in 1991. “The Secret Garden was a formative experience for me, and quite literally may have saved my life. Lucy’s music helped carry me through an extremely difficult personal time, and obviously helped to shape my professional life. Dozens of people over the years have told me that the Original Cast Recording of The Secret Garden got them through their own difficult times. The countless people that Lucy touched with her gift will hold her in their hearts forever.”
Said Boggess, “For me, Lucy’s music has been my soul music for as long as I can remember. Then once I got to work with her and know her, I fully understood why I had been drawn to her music for my whole life. She is ethereal, other worldly, regal, uses her entire being in her work, she cares deeply, she is grace and emotion all rolled into one. Lucy called me her goddaughter and I feel the most immense connection to her, my surrogate godmother. From now until forever my ‘Lily’ is for her.”
The sequence is described by producers as a celebration of “the life and work of the Grammy Award winning composer, from the perspective of her friends, family, and collaborators.”
Victoria Clark, who carried out in a regional manufacturing of The Secret Garden and stars within the upcoming Broadway musical Kimberly Akimbo, referred to as Simon’s music “soulful” and stated the composer’s “uncanny gifts for melody and melodic expression” had been “unparalleled.”
“It was a joy to work on The Secret Garden, Fanny Hackabout Jones, and On Cedar Street with her and to learn from her as an artist, person, and mother,” Clark stated. Simon had been working with Susan Birkenhead and Emily Mann on the musical On Cedar Street, based mostly on the 2015 ebook, Our Souls At Night, with Clark directing.
Simon’s different credit embody the 2015 Broadway musical Doctor Zhivago. A live performance model starring Karimaloo might be offered at The Palladium in London on May 9, 2023.
Celebrating Lucy Simon is produced by Loraine Boyle, Dori Berinstein, Alan Seales, Kimberlee Garris and the Broadway Music Network, a division of Broadway Podcast Network. The Simon podcast helps the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Video episodes of the sequence can be found here, and the podcast is offered on the Broadway Podcast Network and wherever podcasts are discovered.