Sneak Preview of Broadway Song Fest at Williams College, Feb. 25

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., Feb. 16, 2001 — Hot new songs from a rising generation of musical theatre composers and lyricists will be featured in a special Williamstown performance by Broadway tenor and Williams College alumnus Michael Winther ’85. The performance, which will take place in Payne Hall in Goodrich on the Williams College campus at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 25, is a preview to Winther’s upcoming debut in Lincoln Center’s “American Songbook” concert series.

The concert, titled “Hear & Now!” will showcase the works of such up-and-coming composers as Adam Guettel, Debra Barsha, Jenny Giering, and Williams College alumnus Marcus Hummon ’84. Singer and composer Giering, whose “The Mistress Cycle” will be featured in a workshop at the Williamstown Theatre Festival this summer, will accompany Winther on piano.

Winther received enthusiastic reviews this past year for his performances of “Looking Forward, An Evening of New Theatre Music” at the Triad Theatre in Manhattan. New York Times reviewer Stephen Holden called the performance “an impressive showcase of new music by rising younger theater composers” and describes Winther as having “a voice that traverses genres.” “Endowed with a strong, appealing folk-pop voice,” Holden writes, “Winther also displays the range, ballast, and discipline of a trained theater singer.”

Since his 1985 graduation from Williams, Winther has appeared in plays and musicals both on and off Broadway, with credits including 1776, Damn Yankees, and the New York premieres of two works by Tom Stoppard, Hapgood and Artist Descending a Staircase.

This special Williamstown performance is free and open to the public, hosted by the Williams Association of the Berkshires.