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Howard Reich
Jazz, cabaret and Broadway converge
Jazz, cabaret and Broadway converge

It was a three-and-half-hour marathon of songs — some indelible, some forgettable, all sharing at least one rarefied trait: Each appeared in a Tony Award-winning musical. That does not necessarily imply consistently great songwriting, as Monday night's Chicago Humanities Festival program "A Night at the Tonys" definitively proved. But the William and Greta Wiley Flory Concert, which each year offers an intriguing view of the songwriter's art, shed welcome light on changing musical fashions and enlisted several distinctive singers to tell the tale. Jazz and blues coursed through much of this music, as did light rock and R&B, pop and rap and whatnot. The...