Well, as of this morning, it’s official: Alan Menken, who has three shows running on Broadway — “Sister Act,” “Newsies” and “Leap of Faith” (which opens tonight) — will be at Stepinac High School on May 15 at an event to aid the school’s musical programs.
To welcome Menken, a native of New Rochelle who now lives in northern Westchester, the student musicians will perform songs from “Newsies,” including “Seize the Day” and “Santa Fe.” The concert is under the direction of Chloe Sasson, who teaches at Stepinac and whose late husband, Phil, was a lifelong friend of Menken’s.
After the concert, Menken will talk about the impact of music on his life, which has been considerable. A Q&A will follow — and then a private reception, admission to which is not included in the $20 ticket price ($10 students).
The concert starts at 7 in the school’s Major Bowes Theatre, 950 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains. 914-946-4800, Ext. 385.
It’s part of a busier-than-busy spring for the eight-time Oscar winner: Read all about it in my interview with Menken in The Journal News on Sunday. And check back here for video from “Sister Act,” “Newsies” and “Leap of Faith.”
Photo by Carucha L. Meuse/The Journal News: Alan Menken, at the Broadway haunt Angus McIndoe after a rehearsal of “Leap of Faith,” which opens tonight.