Idina Menzel, Anika Noni Rose slated to sing
Idina Menzel and Anika Noni Rose will sing the world preem of “American River Suite,” a new work by composer Stephen Flaherty and lyricist William Schermerhorn, at a benefit gala for the New York Pops later this month.Two more legit veterans, Cheyenne Jackson and Brian D’Arcy James, also are set to perform along with Ashford & Simpson and Michael Feinstein. “American River Suite” was commissioned for the upcoming Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks, to be seen on NBC. The Pops gala perf will be conducted by Steven Reineke, incoming music director of the Gotham orchestra. Liz Smith hosts the evening, set for April 27 at Carnegie Hall.