When novelist, essayist, MOTH storyteller, and New Yorker staff writer Adam Gopnik is not occupied with his day job(s), he has been drawn to create lyrics and librettos for a range of musical projects, from “Sentences,” an oratorio composed by Nico Muhly, to the forthcoming Table, a musical comedy composed by David Shire. For National Sawdust+, Gopnik hosts a program featuring Broadway star and close collaborator Melissa Errico (My Fair Lady, Amour), who will perform songs, new and old, that he has hand-picked. Selections will include songs from the one-woman show, Sing the Silence, which they co-wrote, as well as an eclectic mix of standards and original material co-written with Shire, Scott Frankel, and Peter Mills. Pianist Andy Ezrin (Chris Botti Band) joins this intimate evening of conversation and song at National Sawdust.
The NS+ series is supported, in part, by a generous gift from The Kaplen Brothers Fund.
Errico and Gopnik photos by Brigitte Lacombe.