JANE MONHEIT, SARAH DASH, RORY O’MALLEY, JULIA MURNEY,

ERIN McKEOWN & GABRIELLE STRAVELLI

TO HEADLINE THE FOURTH ANNUAL

“NIGHT OF A THOUSAND JUDYS”

PRESENTED BY THE MEETING* HOSTED BY JUSTIN SAYRE

THE ACCLAIMED COMEDY/VARIETY SHOW HONORS

JUDY GARLAND TO BENEFIT THE ALI  FORNEY CENTER

Judy Garland - Get Happy


WRITTEN AND HOSTED BY JUSTIN SAYRE

 

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DIRECTED AND CHOREOGRAPHED BY JASON WISE

MONDAY, JUNE 16, 2014

The fourth annual “Night Of A Thousand Judys” – presented by The Meeting* hosted by Justin Sayre – has announced that the initial talent lineup, which will include Jane Monheit (Grammy Award nominated jazz star), Sarah Dash (R&B/Disco legend of LaBelle), Rory O’Malley (Tony Award nominee, The Book of Mormon,) Julia Murney (Wicked, The Wild Party), Erin McKeown (folk-rock singer/songwriter) and Gabrielle Stravelli (Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra). Additional special guests will be announced soon. The Monday, June 16 Pride concert to benefit The Ali Forney Center will take place at Merkin Concert Hall at the Kaufman Center (129 West 67th Street in Manhattan). Called “a rambunctious, uproarious, unpredictable all-star concert” by The Wall Street Journal, “Night Of A Thousand Judys” will honor the iconic Judy Garland with special skits, tributes and songs from her legendary career as movie star, recording artist and stage performer. This show will also help celebrate the landmark 75th Anniversary of The Wizard of Oz. There will be a pre-show VIP reception at 6:30 PM and the performance at 8:00 PM. The evening is written and hosted by Justin Sayre, and directed and choreographed by Jason Wise. For more information, visit www.aliforneycenter.org/judys.

The first three sold-out annual concerts featured the talents of Martha Wash, Carolee Carmello, Justin Vivian Bond, Madeleine Peyroux, Tonya Pinkins, Nellie McKay, Telly Leung, Karen Mason, Bridget Everett , Michael Musto, Jackie Hoffman, Howard McGillin, Jessica Molaskey & John Pizzarelli, Ashley Brown, Daniel Reichard, Karen Akers, Paul Iacono, Daisy Eagan, Frank DeCaro among many others.

“Night Of A Thousand Judys” is a special presentation of The Meeting* hosted by Justin Sayre, the acclaimed comedy/variety show known for a signature blend of outrageous comedy, politics, culture and everything in between. The Meeting* is currently enjoying a successful monthly run at Joe’s Pub, which hosted of the first “Night of a Thousand Judys” in 2011. The Meeting* has been hailed as “delicious and delightfully droll” by The New York Post and “hilarious and sardonic” by The Village Voice. A recent story for Slate.com called the evening “so deliciously icy that it left me shivering with fear and delight.” Justin Sayre and The Meeting* were named among the Top nightclub shows of 2013 by Time Out New York, and received the 2012 Bistro Award for “Comedy Artistry” and a 2011 MAC Award nomination for Best Male Comedy Performance. Each month, the I.O.S gathers to honor an artist or a cultural work that is iconic to the gay community. Justin Sayre, the show’s creator, writer and host, serves as the Chairman of the Board of the International Order of Sodomites and brings his singular wit to essential business of the day through such regular features such as “Letters to the Chairman” and “New Rulings from the Board.” www.InternationalOrderofSodomites.com

The Ali Forney Center is the nation’s largest and most comprehensive organization dedicated to homeless LGBT youth. AFC’s goal is to provide them with the support and services they need to escape the streets and begin to live healthy and independent lives. For more information on The Ali Forney Center, visit www.aliforneycenter.org

“Just like Judy we always come back,” says Justin. “Every year, the love we have for this show and the tremendous work of The Ali Forney Center only gets deeper and deeper. It’s the privilege of my whole year to work with our Judy’s Family which every year gets bigger and bigger. For 2014, expect a lot of great music brought to you by some of the most exciting performers in New York and the world, all paying homage to the great lady herself, but also giving their time and talents to the brave young people at AFC. There’s No Place Like Home, and we want that to be true for everyone. We work with the AFC to make that a reality.”

JUSTIN SAYRE was described by Michael Musto in The Village Voice as “Oscar Wilde meets Whoopi Goldberg.” In a recent story for Edge New York, Steve Weinstein said ”Comedian, raconteur, performing artist, gay rights activist and sexual outlaw: I’m not sure Justin Sayre is classifiable. The veteran performer is on his way to becoming a Downtown Manhattan institution along the lines of Charles Ludlum or Charles Busch.” Justin is a child of Forty Fort, Pennsylvania who demonstrated a supernatural instinct for “camp” at an early age. With a voice straight out the MGM finishing school for girls, he moved to New York believing it was still 1947. He was terribly misinformed. As an actor, he has worked and studied with some of the finest professionals in the city. As a comedian, Sayre is regular guest at Homo-Comicus at the Gotham Comedy Club and contributing writer to “Murray Hill’s ShowBiz” on MTVX. As a gay, Justin has excelled at scarf placement, devilish quips, and a healthy but firm love of the American musical. An evening of his short plays, Justin Sayre Is Alive and Well… Writing – called one of the “Top 10 Events on the New York Stage” by the New York Daily News – sold out two shows at Ars Nova in 2012. Sayre’s play, The Click of the Lock, was a finalist for the Eugene O’Neill Theater Conference and debuted at The Cherry Lane Theatre starring Randy Harrison. Sayre is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and Flavorwire, as well offering playful and witty love advice at The Date Report. He is currently writing a young adult novel, which will be released by Penguin Books in 2015.

JASON WISE, who served as Choreographer for “Night of A Thousand Judys” in 2012 and 2013, has established himself as one of New York’s most exciting young director/choreographers. Recent credits include the National Tour of “4 Girls 4,” starring Andrea McArdle, Donna McKechnie, Faith Prince, Leslie Uggams & Maureen McGovern (Associate Choreographer); Bayside! The Saved By The Bell Musical, currently running off-Broadway at Theater 80 featuring Dennis Haskins (Choreographer & Associate Director); Michael John LaChiusa’s See What I Wanna See at The Producers Club (Director / Choreographer) and the original East Village production and Midtown Off-Broadway transfer of Showgirls: The Musical! starring Rena Riffel (Choreographer & Associate Director). His work has also been seen at special events such as the 2013 Rutgers Gala at New York Live Arts (starring Paige Davis), and Ali Forney Center’s Broadway Beauty Pageant featuring Michael Urie, Andrea Martin and Billy Porter (Assistant Choreographer). Jason is the Resident Choreographer and Creative Consultant at Ellen’s Stardust Diner, home of New York’s world-famous singing wait staff. Upcoming project include Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party (Director). As a performer, his roles include National Tours of both Disney’s Beauty & The Beast (Carpet) and Cats (Tumblebrutus), which was also seen in Canada, Columbia, Costa Rica, Panama and Venezuela. Film and television credits include The Normal Heart (HBO), The Wolf of Wall Street (directed by Martin Scorsese), The Amazing Spider-Man 2, “Smash” (NBC), “Pan Am” (ABC) and a music video by The Ruse (“Collide”). He was the choreographer for The Meeting* Christmas Spectacular at 54 Below in December 2013.

“Night Of A Thousand Judys” – a special presentation of The Meeting* hosted by Justin Sayre – will take place at Merkin Concert Hall at the Kaufman Center, located at 129 West 67th Street, New York, NY 10023, on Monday, June 16. Tickets, which go on sale Monday, March 3, are $30, $70 and $100 (which includes a VIP pre-show reception at 6:30 PM and a deluxe gift bag). Tickets For more information, visit www.aliforneycenter.org/judys . “Night Of A Thousand Judys” is produced by Dan Fortune and Adam J. Rosen.

Excerpts courtesy of Mail Online: April 15, 2014

 

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What a dame! Veteran actress Angela Lansbury awarded MBE by the Queen at Windsor Castle, while presenter Nicholas Parsons, sculptor Antony Gormley and war hero Michael Swain also receive honours

  • Legendary stage and screen actress received honour from Her Majesty
  • Actress, 88, is currently starring in West End production of Blithe Spirit
  • The ceremony took place at Windsor Castle, Berkshire

By Scarlett Russell

Published: 12:32 EST, 15 April 2014 | Updated: 13:55 EST, 15 April 2014

 

Actress Angela Lansbury spoke of her pride as she was made a Dame by the Queen today.

The 88-year-old, who is only a year older than the monarch, is still on stage in the West End.

She received the honour at Windsor Castle for services to drama and charity, alongside presenter Nicholas Parsons, sculpton Antony Gormley and war hero Michael Swain, who also received honours.

 
Proud: British actress Angela Lansbury poses with her Dame Commander (DBE) medal given to her by The Queen earlier today
 
Proud: British actress Angela Lansbury poses with her Dame Commander (DBE) medal given to her by The Queen earlier today
 
By royal appointment: Angela Lansbury receives her DBE at Windsor Castle, Berkshire, today
 
By royal appointment: Angela Lansbury receives her DBE at Windsor Castle, Berkshire, today
 

Dame Angela, who left Britain for the US as a child, said: ‘It is a very proud day for me to be recognised by the country of my birth.’

She joins a select group of acting Dames, including Judi Dench and Penelope Keith.

The veteran – whose grandfather, George Lansbury, was leader of the Labour Party during the 1930s and father, Edgar, was a socialist politician – is known to millions as Jessica Fletcher in the TV series Murder, She Wrote.

 
She has also starred in countless films, was last year received an honorary Oscar.

She told Sky News: 'It is a very proud day for me to be recognised by the country of my birth, and to meet the Queen under these circumstances is a rare and lovely occasion.'

She was joined in Windsor Castle by her son, his wife and her niece as she collected the award for her services to drama and charitable work and philanthropy.

 
Nice to meet you: Angela Landsbury is awarded her DBE by The Queen today at Windsor Castle
 
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Badge of honour: Angela Landsbury outside Windsor Castle with her award
 
Lansbury said: 'It is a very proud day for me to be recognised by the country of my birth, and to meet the Queen under these circumstances is a rare and lovely occasion.'

In a career spanning seven decades, Dame Angela has been nominated for three Best Supporting Actress Oscars: first for her role as Nancy Oliver in Gaslight, 1944, then a year later as Sibyl Vane in The Picture of Dorian Gray.

In 1962, she received another nod for her performance as Eleanor Iselin in The Manchurian Candidate.

Other awards include six Golden Globes and five Tony Awards.

Last month, she returned to her theatrical roots when she took to the stage at the Gielgud Theatre in London's West End for a production of Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit.

It is the first time in almost 40 years that she has been on the London stage, reprising the role which won her a Tony award on Broadway in 2009.

 

 

Lucie Arnaz

 

EMMY AWARD-WINNING LUCIE ARNAZ MAKES CAFÉ CARLYLE DEBUT

APRIL 15-19, 2014

 As the daughter of one of show business’ most prominent couples, Lucille Ball & Desi Arnaz, Emmy Award-winning singer/actress
Lucie Arnaz has forged a distinct career of her own. She has had starring roles on Broadway, television and film, and has won awards
including an Emmy, a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award and an Outer Critics Circle Award. She brings her new show, Spring
is Here, to The Carlyle for a limited five-night engagement, April 15 through 19.


Spring Is Here will runTuesday - Saturday at 8:45pm. Tickets are $70 ($120 for premium seating, $50 for bar seating) Tuesday –
Thursday; and $80 ($130 for premium seating, $60 for bar seating) on Friday and Saturday. Reservations can be made at www.thecarlyle.com
or by phone at 212.744.1600. Café Carlyle is located in The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel (35 East 76th Street, at Madison Avenue).


In Spring Is Here, Arnaz will focus on the arc of love in all its glory and misgivings. Joined by Musical Director Ron Abel, bassist Tom Hubbard
and drummer Ray Marchica, she’ll perform the songs of Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen, Jule Styne, Cy Coleman, Carolyn Leigh,
Johnny Mercer, David Zippel, Marilyn & Alan Bergman, Johnny Mandel, Harold Arlen, Ira Gershwin, Yip Harburg, Cole Porter, David Friedman, Craig Carnelia, Chuck Steffan, Madeline Stone, along with original material.


Lucie Arnaz began her career on the television series “Here’s Lucy.” In the theatre she starred in Vanities, Annie Get Your Gun, Educating
Rita, Whose Life is it Anyway?, I Do! I Do!, The Guardsman, Social Security, and My One and Only for which she received the Sarah
Siddons Award. On Broadway, Arnaz has starred in Seesaw, They’re Playing Our Song, Lost In Yonkers, and Grace and Glorie. She has
hosted her own radio show, performed the opening number at the 1984 Academy Awards show, and appeared twice at White House gala
events. Arnaz’s film credits include The Jazz Singer, Who Killed The Black Dahlia, Washington Mistress, The Mating Season, Who Gets
The Friends?, and Abduction of Innocence. Arnaz has toured worldwide with her nightclub act, and released two albums, Just in Time
(Concord Jazz, 1993) and Latin Roots (LML Music, 2010). She received an Emmy for her documentary Lucy & Desi: A Home Movie.


For more information, please visit www.luciearnaz.com.

MAC program

Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs 2014 Award Winners

MAC Gala honored 25+ Members of the NYC Nightclub Industry

 

 Official Announcement:  Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs (MAC), dedicated to advancing the art and business of live entertainment, held their 28th Annual MAC Awards celebration last evening at BB King's Blues club in Times Square. Winners in twenty-five categories were announced. The show was hosted by the vivacious singer, band leader, multiple MAC Award winner and 2014 Nominee, Terese Genecco. The gala was produced by Julie Miller and directed by Lennie Watts, the current MAC President. Don Rebic served as Musical Director. Presenters included Will Friedwald of the Wall Street Journal and designer Bob Mackie.

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Terese Genecco
(Photos: Kevin Alvey)

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Marilyn Maye                           Linda Lavin, Jim Caruso       

Two Lifetime Achievement Awards were previously announced for Linda Lavin and Marilyn Maye, as well as the 2014 Board of Directors Award for the Eugene O'Neill Cabaret and Performance Conference. Lavin and Maye accepted their awards in person, and they also performed, Lavin accompanying herself on piano. Accepting for the O'Neill was director John McDaniel.

The Ruth Kurtzman Benefit Award went to the Park Concert Series (formerly The Concerts for City Greens), and was accepted by its founder, Raissa Katona Bennett.

The Hanson Award went to vocalist Amy Beth Williams, and two scholarships for Performing Arts education were awarded to youth from WingspanArts, young Jenna Barricklo and Sofia Bryant.

And the rest of the winners are:
FEMALE VOCAL IST
BILLIE ROE, 1978 NYC Underground
Metropolitan Room, Duplex

MALE VOCALIST
JONATHAN WHITTON, The F ree Residency; Black Sheep Carnival
Don't Tell Mama

MAJOR ARTIST
MARISSA MULDER, Tom…In His Words: The Songs of Tom Waits
Metropolitan Room, Stage 72, Joe's Pub

CELEBRITY ARTIST
ANITA GILLETTE, After All
Metropolitan Room, St. James Studio (London), Cape May Stage (NJ)


NEW YORK DEBUT - FEMALE
MARY LAHTI, A Kid Again
Duplex

NEW YORK DEBUT - MALE
GARY CRAWFORD, In Love With Love
Metropolitan Room, Don't Tell Mama

MUSICAL COMEDY PERFORMER
COLLEEN MCHUGH, Calendar Girl
Duplex

IMPERSONATION/CHARACTERIZATION/DRAG ARTIST
ROGER ANTHONY MAPES, Rev. Yolanda's Old Time Gospel Hour
Duplex

DUO/GROUP
TANYA HOLT & MARCUS SIMEONE , Quiet Storm
Metropolitan Room

REVUE
TWENTIETH CENTURY GIRL: THE LOIS MORTON SONGBOOK, Music and lyrics by Lois Morton, directed by Lennie Watts, musical direction and arrangements by Paul Greenwood
Don't Tell Mama, Duplex

RECURRING SERIES
SALON (founder, artistic director and host, Mark Janis

SPECIAL PRODUCTION
THE AMANDA MCBROOM PROJECT. Conceived and Directed by Eric Michael Gillett, songs by Amanda McBroom. Laurie Beechman Theater

EMCEE-RECURRING SERIES
DANA LORGE

ENSEMBLE INSTRUMENTALIST

SEAN HARKNESS, Guitar
Lauren Fox (Metropolitan Room); Terese Genecco's Little Big Band (Iridium, 54 Below, Cutting Room); Karen Akers (Allen Room, Jazz at Lincoln Center), Joanne Tatham (Café Carlyle)

PIANO BA R INSTRUMENTALIST
NATE BUCCIERI
Don't Tell Mama, Duplex

RESTAURANT/HOTEL LOUNGE INSTRUMENTALIST
BILL ZEFFIRO
La Mediterranée

PIANO BAR/RESTAURANT SINGING ENTERTAINER - FEMALE
ALISON NUSBAUM
Don't Tell Mama

PIANO BAR /RESTAURANT SINGING ENTERTAINER - MALE
BOBBY BELFRY
Brandy's

MUSICAL DIRECTOR
TRACY STARK
Barb Jungr (Joe's Pub, O'Neill Conference, 59E59), Billie Roe (Metropolitan Room, Duplex), Tanya Holt & Marcus Simeone (Metropolitan Room)

DIRECTOR
LENNIE WATTS
Billie Roe (Metropolitan Room, Duplex), Marquee Five (54 Below), Picture Perfect - The Music and Lyrics of Scott Evan Davis (Duplex, Catalina Jazz Club), 20th Century Girl: The Lois Morton Songbook (Don't Tell Mama, Duplex)

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR
JEAN-PIERRE PERREAUX
Marilyn Maye, Anita Gillette, Annie Ross (Metropolitan Room)

BEST RECORDING ( LaMott Friedman Award)
MARISSA MULDER
Tom… In His Words

BEST SONG
THE RIGHT TIME by Andrew Sotomayor

COMEDY/NOVELTY SONG
SHALOM, SANTA
Music by Douglas J. Cohen and Lyrics by Tom Toce

SHOW OF THE YEAR
ECHOES OF ETTA: A TRIBUTE TO ETTA JAMES, Created and conceived by William Blake and Michael Thomas Murray, starring William Blake, musical direction by Michael Thomas Murray Birdland, Joe's Pub, Café Carlyle

The Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs (MAC) was founded in 1983, primarily as an organization for cabaret owners, managers, and booking agents to meet and exchange ideas. The organization started accepting performers in 1985. MAC's mission is to advance the art and business of live entertainment, heighten public awareness of the field's contributions and vitality, to honor its creativity, to build its current and future audiences, and to speak out as an influential voice on behalf of MAC members and the industry at large. ?Members of MAC include cabaret, comedy and jazz artists and directors, technicians, management, clubs, club owners and personnel, members of the journalism and PR professions and a wide variety of supporters of live entertainment.

For additional information on MAC, to become a member, or to order tickets to the event, visit:
http://macnyc.com

BJD - Encore - More Rules of Road

 

BABY JANE DEXTER


ENCORE! ENCORE! 2 shows only!!!

More Rules of the Road

Fridays, April 18 & 25 at 7:00

Ian Herman at the piano

“I Got Thunder (and it Rings),” a proudly self-assertive anthem written by Abbey Lincoln and belted by Baby Jane Dexter in her new show, “More Rules of the Road,” at the Metropolitan Room, distills the resilient spirit of this venerable cabaret singer. “Love is an emotion, and it moves things,” announces the chorus of a song whose opening verse warns the faint of heart, “better run when I start coming.” Applying her formidable contralto to the song, Ms. Dexter tosses thunderbolts, but they won’t hurt you; their big, crashing sound is driven by a big heart. Stephen Holden, The New York Times

"Vocally, Ms. Dexter has the power of a mighty gospel singer with the will to move heaven and earth!" Stephen Holden, The New York Times

"Dexter's brand of entertainment is arguably the most compellingly, refreshingly honest there is." Jazz Times Magazine

Back from a SRO concert in San Miguel de Allende in Mexico where she performed More Rules of the Road at the Angela Perlata Theater and Opera House, Baby Jane Dexter returns to Metropolitan Room for two performances of that hit show on Friday, April 18 and Friday April 25. Both shows at 7:00. Sharing the stage will be guest Musical Director Ian Herman.
The Metropolitan Room is located at 34 West 22nd Street (between 5th & 6th Avenues.) There will be a $25 music charge and a two beverage minimum. Reservations: (212) 206 0440.

More Rules of the Road is the latest emotionally empowering and highly-charged show from this influential and beloved cabaret artist who never disappoints. Writing in The New York Times, Stephen Holden said of Ms. Dexter, “ The phrase "keeping it real," and all that it suggests certainly applies to Baby Jane Dexter, a longtime cabaret performer whose booming pop contralto is one of the more formidable voices on the New York nightclub stage." Her shows are filled with memorable anecdotes from life and a brilliant performing career as well as totally unforgettable song choices that have helped make her the local legend she remains today. This new 2013 show will include compelling songs by Irving Berlin, Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh and George Gershwin, as well as something by Mike Scott from the Waterboys and a song written by Randy Newman and introduced by Baby Jane. She also does a new blues written by Vivien Wolsk suggested by KT Sullivan, and songs by greats like Peggy Lee and Sonny Burke, Rufus Wainwright and Abbey Lincoln. As always in her shows, there will be her trademark unexpected twists and turns that laugh at life as well as leaving her audiences emotionally moved. About the new show, Ms. Dexter said, "I'm always excited when I discover songs that allow me to bring and share feelings in a new and even more direct way with the audience. I want them to leave with more than they came in with, and be glad about it!"

 BJD performance - Ian Herman - pink top

 

 


**THE 50/20 EXPERIENCE**

 

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4-TIME TONY® WINNING PLAYWRIGHT
TERRENCE McNALLY MARKS 50 YEARS ON
THE GREAT WHITE WAY WITH HIS
20TH BROADWAY SHOW

"MOTHERS AND SONS"

STARRING TYNE DALY


With
FREDERICK WELLER & BOBBY STEGGERT
WHO PORTRAY THE
FIRST LEGALLY MARRIED GAY COUPLE
TO APPEAR ON A BROADWAY STAGE

DIRECTED BY SHERYL KALLER

OPENS TONIGHT!
MONDAY, MARCH 24, 2014

 

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Four-time Tony® Award winning playwright Terrence McNally celebrates two milestones on The Great White Way—his 20th Broadway production and the 50th Anniversary of his Broadway debut—with the opening night of his newest play, Mothers and Sons, at the Golden Theatre (252 West 45th Street) on Monday, March 24, 2014.
Over the course of five decades, Mr. McNally has chronicled the human experience with a wide range of works including Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, The Full Monty, Ragtime, Master Class, Love! Valour! Compassion!, Kiss of the Spider Woman, The Rink, The Ritz, and Bad Habits. A noted LGBT advocate, Mr. McNally is also credited with his unprecedented tracking of the gay rights movement—in all of its stages—as depicted in his plays, culminating in Mothers and Sons, which features the first legally-married gay couple to appear on a Broadway stage.


Mothers and Sons brings McNally back to the heart of the Theatre District on 45th Street, where the red carpet will be rolled out at the Golden Theatre for a starry New York opening night to be attended by a collection of Broadway icons, cultural tastemakers, and stars of stage and screen.

Tony® and Emmy® Award winner Tyne Daly, stage and screen veteran Frederick Weller, Tony® Award nominee Bobby Steggert and newcomer Grayson Taylor star in Mothers and Sons, with direction by Tony nominee Sheryl Kaller. Preview performances began on Sunday, February 23, 2014. Mothers and Sons is produced on Broadway by Tom Kirdahy, Roy Furman, Paula Wagner & Debbie Bisno, and Barbara Freitag & Loraine Alterman Boyle. For tickets and more information, visit www.MothersAndSonsBroadway.com.

At turns funny and powerful, Mothers and Sons portrays a woman (Daly) who pays an unexpected visit to the New York apartment of her late son's partner (Weller), who is now married to another man (Steggert) and has a young son (Taylor). Challenged to face how society has changed around her, generations collide as she revisits the past and begins to see the life her son might have led.

Mothers and Sons stars Tony® and six-time Emmy® winner Tyne Daly (Gypsy, Master Class, “Cagney & Lacey”), stage and screen veteran Frederick Weller (“In Plain Sight,” Glengarry Glen Ross), Tony® nominee Bobby Steggert (Big Fish, Ragtime) and newcomer Grayson Taylor. Tony® nominee Sheryl Kaller (Next Fall) directs.

The design team for Mothers and Sons includes scenic design by John Lee Beatty, costume design by Jess Goldstein, lighting design by Jeff Croiter, and sound design by Nevin Steinberg.

Mothers and Sons had its world premiere production at Bucks County Playhouse (Jed Bernstein, Producing Director) on June 13, 2013. Tyne Daly, Bobby Steggert, and Grayson Taylor also starred in that production.

Fantasia

 

GRAMMY AWARD-WINNER

F A N T A S I A

RETURNS TO BROADWAY’S

“ A F T E R   M I D N I G H T ”

TUESDAY, MAY 13 – SUNDAY, JUNE 8, 2014

 

A PORTION OF EACH TICKET SOLD FOR FANTASIA’S FIRST PERFORMANCE WILL

BE DONATED TO THE HARLEM SCHOOL OF THE ARTS


New York: Fantasia, After Midnight’s original Grammy Award-winning “Special Guest Star,” will reprise her critically acclaimed performance in the smash hit Broadway musical, Tuesday, May 13 through Sunday, June 8, 2014.   After Midnight will donate $5 from each ticket sold for the Tuesday, May 13th performance to the Harlem School of the Arts, now celebrating its 50th Anniversary.

“Life on tour is really great, but I miss my Broadway family at After Midnight,” said Fantasia.  I am very excited to have the opportunity to rejoin this incredible company while also supporting the Harlem School of the Arts, whose mission is close to my heart.”   

In its heyday, the Cotton Club featured a cavalcade of guest stars each week, known then as “Celebrity Nights.” After Midnightreintroduces this exciting tradition by presenting stars of today in limited engagement appearances throughout the musical’s run. Grammy Award-winning recording artist Fantasia began the tradition (10/18/13 – 2/9/14), followed by four-time Grammy Award-winning icon k.d. lang (2/11/14 - 3/9/14). Grammy Award-winners Toni Braxton & Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds play a two week engagement now through March 30, 2014, followed by multi-platinum recording artist and actress Vanessa Williams (4/1/14 – 5/11/14), and  Fantasia’s four-week return engagement.

The performance schedule for After Midnight is as follows: Tuesdays – Thursdays at 7:30 pm, Friday and Saturday nights at 8 pm, and matinee performances on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2:00 pm and Sundays at 3 pm. Tickets range from $60.00 to $142.00 (premium tickets are $199) and are available via TicketMaster and in persona at the Brooks Atkinson box office.  Tickets for groups of 12 or more can be purchased by calling 212-239-6262 or 800-432-7780 or by visiting http://www.ticketmaster.com/

 

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Birdland Jazz Club Schedule for March 24 – 30.

Bill Charlap Trio

Bill Charlap


Donna McKechnie “In Good Company”

Cheyenne Jackson With Special Guest Orfeh

The Birdland Jazz Party
Featuring Carolyn Leonhart

and MORE!

Birdland Jazz Club is pleased to announce their outstanding line-up of talent for March 24-30.

Birdland will kick-off their amazing week of programming with the following acts:

March 24 (Monday) at 7:00PM
Broadway at Birdland
DONNA McKECHNIE “In Good Company”
With Special Guest ANDREA MCARDLE
“Donna McKechnie In Good Company” will bring the Tony winner’s conversational skills to the forefront, and provide a stage for unique, one-time-only musical moments with Broadway’s most celebrated and iconic artists along with a surprise musical guest. These events will be produced for Birdland by Wayne Gmitter. Donna McKechnie, the Tony Award winning star of A Chorus Line, is regarded internationally as one of Broadway’s foremost dancing and singing leading ladies. She has just completed filming a feature role in 36SAINTS, which will be released next year, and recently appeared in John Doyle’s Ten Cents A Dance at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, New Jersey and the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Some of Ms. McKechnie’s Broadway credits include: How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum,(National Tour), The Education of H*Y*M*A*N- K*A*P*L*A*N, Sondheim – A Musical Tribute (which she also choreographed), On The Town, Promises, Promises, Company and State Fair, for which she received the Fred Astaire Award for Best Female Dancer for the 1996 Season. Andrea McArdle rocketed to stardom as Broadway's original Annie, and was the youngest performer ever nominated for the Tony® Award for Best Actress in a Musical, winning both the Theatre World and Outer Critics' Circle Awards for her performance. On Broadway she originated the roles of Ashley in Starlight Express and Margy in State Fair and was seen as Belle in Beauty and the Beast and as Fantine in Les Miserables. On tour she starred in Jerry's Girls, Les Miserables as Eponine, The Wizard of Oz, Cabaret and Peter Pan. Andrea has performed in concert halls from Carnegie Hall, the best showrooms in Las Vegas, the MET Opera House as well as The White House.
All seats $30 with a $10 food/drink minimum

March 24 (Monday) at 9:30PM
Jim Caruso’s Cast Party
Jim Caruso’s Cast Party is a wildly popular weekly soiree that brings a sprinkling of Broadway glitz and urbane wit to the legendary Birdland in New York City every Monday night. It’s a cool cabaret night-out enlivened by a hilariously impromptu variety show. Showbiz superstars, backed by Steve Doyle on bass, Tedd Firth on piano and Daniel Glass on drums, hit the stage alongside up-and-comers, serving up jaw-dropping music and general razzle-dazzle.
All tickets $25, $10 food/drink minimum

March 25 - 29 (Tuesday-Saturday)at 8:30PM & 11:00PM
Bill Charlap Trio
One of the world’s premier jazz pianists, Bill Charlap has performed and recorded with many leading artists of our time, ranging from jazz masters Phil Woods and Wynton Marsalis to singers Tony Bennett and Barbra Streisand. Since 1997, he has led the Bill Charlap Trio with bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington, now recognized as one of the leading groups in jazz. Charlap is the artistic director of New York City’s Jazz in July Festival at the 92nd Street Y, and he has produced concerts for Jazz at Lincoln Center, the JVC Jazz Festival and the Hollywood Bowl. A two-time Grammy nominee, Charlap is married to renowned jazz pianist Renee Rosnes, and the two often collaborate in a duo piano setting. In the spring of 2010, Charlap and Rosnes released "Double Portrait", their acclaimed duo piano recording on the Blue Note label.
All seats are $40 with a $10 food/drink minimum

March 26 (Wednesday) at 5:30PM
David Ostwald’s Louis Armstrong Eternity Band
Inspired by the noble jazz pioneers Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, Duke Ellington, Jelly Roll Morton and their colleagues, David Ostwald's Louis Armstrong Eternity Band breathes life and passion into America’s own great art form. Now in its 14th year of residency at Birdland, the weekly post-workday engagement is the city’s best musical bargain! Tuba player David Ostwald leads a rotating lineup that features talents such as clarinetist Anat Cohen, trombonist/vocalist Wycliffe Gordon, pianist Ehud Asherie, drummer Marion Felder and more!
All seats $25, $10 food/drink minimum

March 27 & 29 (Thursday & Saturday) at 6:15PM
Cheyenne Jackson
With Special Guest Orfeh
Cheyenne is thrilled to be performing this concert at Birdland again, along with long-time musical director Ben Toth. The show will include original songs from his new album, “I’m Blue, Skies,” as well as classics from his acclaimed one-man show “Music of the Mad Men Era,” which sold out Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. The shows will have very special guest singers, who will be announced within the next few weeks. Cheyenne Jackson is a multi-talented actor, singer and songwriter, and has just released an album of original music called “I’m Blue, Skies.” In 2012 he released his first three singles “Drive,” the Top 40 hit “Before You,” and “Don’t Wanna Know,” all produced by Thomas “Tawgs” Salter. Combining stage, film, television, and concerts, Cheyenne continues to have one of the most diverse careers in entertainment. He was recently seen in Steven Soderbergh’s “Behind The Candelabra” with Michael Douglas and Matt Damon, and will next be seen starring opposite Gena Rowlands in the feature film “Six Dance Lessons In Six Weeks” in early 2014.

All seats are $45 with a $10 food/drink minimum

March 28 (Friday) at 5:00PM
The Birdland Big Band
Founded by drummer and musical director Tommy Igoe, the Birdland Big Band features the finest musicians in New York! The BBB roars into action every Friday, playing the finest Jazz, Latin and Brazilian music from the world's best arrangers. After work or before a show, drinks or a great dinner, come hear one of the world's best drummers driving the hardest swinging band in New York. Experience why the BBB is the must-see weekly jazz event in New York and kick off your weekend with what critics are calling "the best live music bargain in all of NYC!"
All seats $30, $10 food/drink minimum

March 30 (Sunday) at 6PM
The Birdland Jazz Party
Featuring Carolyn Leonhart
A soulful singer of "stunning intelligence" with a voice that is "absolute magic" (Jazz Times), award winning vocalist Carolyn Leonhart has released four critically acclaimed solo albums which have been on Jazz Radio charts worldwide. She has performed at clubs and festivals throughout the world, including The Blue Note and The Jazz Standard in NYC as well as The Detroit Jazz festival and The New Haven Jazz Festival, to name a few. In addition
to having tenure as the lead back-up vocalist with the legendary jazz/rock band Steely Dan, Carolyn has performed and/or recorded with Al Jarreau, Hank Jones, Christian McBride, Jimmy Cobb, Eric Reed, Michael McDonald, Helen Sung, The Mingus Big Band, Boz Scaggs as well as many others. Carolyn is currently preparing to record her next solo album as well as an album of music with her father (famed bassist/composer Jay Leonhart).
All seats $25, $10 minimum

March 30 (Sunday) at 9:00PM & 11PM
Arturo O’Farrill Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra
Grammy Award winning pianist, composer and educator Arturo O'Farrill -- leader of the "first family of Afro-Cuban Jazz" (NY Times) -- was born in Mexico and grew up in New York City. Son of the late, great composer Chico O'Farrill, Arturo was Educated at Manhattan School of Music, Brooklyn College Conservatory and the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. He played piano in Carla Bley's Big Band from 1979 through 1983 and earned a reputation as a soloist in groups led by Dizzy Gillespie, Steve Turre, Freddy Cole, Lester Bowie, Wynton Marsalis and Harry Belafonte.
All seats $30, $10 minimum

www.BirdlandJazz.com

 


MULTI-PLATINUM, GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING SUPERSTARS

TONI BRAXTON AND KENNY “BABYFACE” EDMONDS

 

 

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TO PLAY THEIR FIRST PERFORMANCES AS “SPECIAL GUEST STARS” IN

“AFTER MIDNIGHT”

TUESDAY, MARCH 18, 2014

 

Multi-Platinum superstars Toni Braxton and Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds are the latest Grammy Award-winning artists to join the roster of “Special Guest Star” vocalists in the smash hit Broadway musical After Midnight. With an impressive 16 Grammy Awards between them, Braxton and Edmonds will play their first performance on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, marking Edmonds’ Broadway debut and Braxton’s return. The duo will continue performances at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre (256 West 47th Street) through Sunday, March 30, 2014.

Toni Braxton and Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds teamed up for their first album of duets, "Love, Marriage & Divorce," which was released by Motown Records on February 4, 2014. “Hurt You” is earning critical raves and reached #1 on the Billboard charts. The duo first collaborated on a duet for Braxton’s smash 1992 debut, "Give U My Heart," which was co-written and co-produced by “Babyface.”

The distinctive, sultry vocals of six-time Grammy Award-winning recording artist Toni Braxton have been celebrated internationally since the release of her self-titled debut album in 1993. The album sold over 10 million copies and garnered Toni's first Grammy Awards for Best New Artist and Best Female R&B Vocal (“Another Sad Love Song”). Toni’s second Best Female R&B Vocal Grammy came the following year for “Breathe Again.” Her second album, Secrets, arrived in 1996 selling over 15 million copies worldwide. At the 1997 Grammy Awards, Toni became the second woman in history to win Best Female Pop Vocal and Best Female R&B Vocal in the same year for “Un-break My Heart” and “You're Makin' Me High,” respectively. She returned to the Grammy podium in 2001 to claim another Best Female R&B Vocal award for “He Wasn't Man Enough” from the double-platinum album The Heat. In recent years, Toni’s acting career blossomed with roles on Broadway in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and Aida, as well a dramatic turn in the Lifetime movie “Twist of Faith.”

10-time Grammy Award®-winning recording artist Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds has been revolutionizing the contemporary pop/Urban music landscape ever since scoring consecutive multi-platinum landmark albums with Tender Lover (1989, with R&B smashes “It's No Crime,” “Tender Love,” “Whip Appeal,” “My Kinda Girl”); For the Cool In You (1993, with hit singles “For the Cool In You,” “Never Keeping Secrets,” “And Our Feelings,” “When Can I See You”); and The Day (1996, with “This Is For the Lover In You” and “Every Time I Close My Eyes”). Edmonds co-founded Atlanta's LaFace Records with L.A. Reid in 1989 and nurtured the careers of megastars TLC, OutKast, Goodie Mob, Usher, and (starting in 1993) Toni Braxton. Edmonds also lent his talents to an abundance of hits with artists ranging from Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson and Boyz II Men, to Mariah Carey, Madonna, Eric Clapton, Mary J. Blige, John Mellencamp, Aretha Franklin, Fall Out Boy, P!nk, Beyoncé, Anthony Hamilton, and many others. Under Edmonds' belt are more than 125 Top 10 R&B and pop hits, 42 R&B #1 hits, and 51 Top 10 Pop hits (including 16 #1's), which have generated cumulative single and album sales of more than 500 million units worldwide. Most recent production work with other artists includes Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Keri Hilson, Ledisi and Ariana Grande. At the same time, “Babyface” is an active touring artist, performing concerts across the U.S. and around the world on a regular basis.

In its heyday, the Cotton Club featured a cavalcade of guest stars each week, known then as “Celebrity Nights.” After Midnight reintroduces this exciting tradition by presenting stars of today in limited engagement appearances throughout the musical’s run. Grammy Award-winning recording artist Fantasia began the tradition (10/18/13 – 2/9/14), followed by four-time Grammy Award-winning icon k.d. lang (2/11/14 - 3/9/14). Grammy Award-winners Toni Braxton & Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds play a two week engagement (3/18/14 – 3/30/14) followed by multi-platinum recording artist and actress Vanessa Williams (4/1/14 – 5/11/14).

Conceived by Jack Viertel, After Midnight features direction and choreography by Warren Carlyle, musical direction by Wynton Marsalis and musical supervision by Daryl Waters.

The design team for After Midnight includes prolific design couple Isabel Toledo (costumes) and Ruben Toledo, Tony Award-winners John Lee Beatty (set design) and Howell Binkley (lighting design) and Peter Hylenski (sound).

After Midnight is produced by Scott Sanders Productions, and Wynton Marsalis, in association with Marks-Moore-Turnbull Group; Stephen and Ruth Hendel; Tom Kirdahy.

The performance schedule for After Midnight is as follows: Tuesdays – Thursdays at 7:30 pm, Friday and Saturday nights at 8 pm, and matinee performances on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2:00 pm and Sundays at 3 pm. Tickets range from $60.00 to $142.00 (premium tickets are $199) and are available via TicketMaster and in persona at the Brooks Atkinson box office. Tickets for groups of 12 or more can be purchased by calling 212-239-6262 or 800-432-7780 or by visiting http://www.ticketmaster.com/.


www.aftermidnightbroadway.com

ACCLAIMED SONGWRITER & PERFORMER

LANCE HORNE

 

Lance Horne


PERFORMS SELECTIONS FROM HIS CD

“FIRST THINGS LAST” AT BIRDLAND

WITH SPECIAL GUESTS

ALAN CUMMING, ALICE RIPLEY AND RACHEL DRATCH


MONDAY, MARCH 31 AT 7:00 PM

 

LANCE HORNE – the Emmy Award winning composer, musician, vocalist and producer – will make his Birdland debut with a special concert on Monday, March 31 at 7:00 PM with special guests Alan Cumming, Alice Ripley and Rachel Dratch. They will perform songs from his acclaimed CD First Things Last in addition to a special preview of The Night Before My Wedding, Horne’s upcoming collaboration with Neil Gaiman. Lance will also headline events this spring in Los Angeles and San Francisco. He has contributed a movement to Tyler’s Suite, a choral song-cycle dedicated to Tyler Clementi, the 18-year-old Rutgers University student that took his life three years ago. The piece, which also includes contributions from Stephen Schwartz, Ann Hampton Callaway and Craig Carnelia, will premiere from the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus on March 25-26. Birdland is located at 315 West 44th Street. Tickets are $30 with a $10 minimum. Visit BirdlandJazz.com for more information.

First Things Last – the exciting album Bridging pop, rock, theater and jazz – was called “sensational” by BroadwayWorld.com and “a decidedly impressive listen” by TheaterMania.com. It features the vocal talents of American stage and screen stars Alan Cumming (“The Good Wife”), Amanda Palmer (The Dresden Dolls), Cheyenne Jackson (“30 Rock,” “Glee”), Daphne Rubin-Vega (Rent), Ricki Lake (Hairspray, “The Ricki Lake Show”), Meow Meow (Edinburgh Festival Winner), Lea DeLaria (“Orange Is The New Black”) and Alexandra Silber (Master Class at The Kennedy Center), as well as West End stars like Aneurin Barnard (Spring Awakening), Julie Atherton (Mamma Mia!, Avenue Q), Paul Spicer (Avenue Q), Emma Williams (BBC TV’s “How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?”) and Hannah Waddingham (The Wizard of Oz, Spamalot).

Alan Cumming's chilling performance of the opening number “American” was called “a hard-bitten declamation of one American's beliefs and admissions with white-hot-bitter fervor” by The Huffington Post. The song was praised by New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand for its powerful political potency. Other highlights are “January” – the dark and haunting lament from acclaimed performance artist Meow Meow – to the bright and hopeful “Leap,” as performed by London’s Emma Williams.

Horne’s compositions range from the raw emotion of “Tell Me The Truth,” as sung by Aneurin Barnard, to the loopy humor of “The Little Prince,” brought to life by Amanda Palmer. Horne flexes his jazz chops with the bluesy “Hurry Up & Take Your Time,” given a sensual reading by vocalist Lea DeLaria. The balled “Anyone Who’s Ever Been In Love” – performed on the album by rising theater star Alexandra Silber – went on to become a #1 Eurochart dance hit. Horne himself chimes in for the charming samba “Little White Asparagus Blues,” which was written for T.R. Knight to sing in the documentary Asparagus! Stalking The American Life, but ended up on the cutting room floor.

First Things Last – which debuted with concurrent concert events at Lincoln Center’s American Songbook and London’s West End – was recorded at Yellow Sound Lab in New York, Abbey Road in London, Two Sugars, Inc in Los Angeles and the Bridge Sound & Stage in Boston. The disc also features Christian Campbell and Julie Garnye on backup vocals.




Cheyenne Jackson

Birdland Jazz Club is proud to announce

Cheyenne Jackson

Returns to Birdland with newly added special guest

Stephanie J. Block!

Thursday, March 27 at 6:15PM & Saturday, March 29 at 6:15PM

The Broadway at Birdland concert series is pleased to announce that Broadway/television leading man CHEYENNE JACKSON will return to the historic music room for two shows only on Thursday, March 27 and Saturday, March 29, with shows at 6:15pm.

Cheyenne is thrilled to be performing this concert at Birdland again, along with long-time musical director Ben Toth. The show will include original songs from his new album, “I’m Blue, Skies,” as well as classics from his acclaimed one-man show “Music of the Mad Men Era,” which sold out Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center. Cheyenne’s very special musical guest will be Broadway musical theater star Stephanie J. Block (The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Little Miss Sunshine, Wicked, Boy From Oz, The Pirate Queen, 9 to 5).

Cheyenne Jackson is a multi-talented actor, singer and songwriter, and has just released an album of original music called “I’m Blue, Skies.” In 2012 he released his first three singles “Drive,” the Top 40 hit “Before You,” and “Don’t Wanna Know,” all produced by Thomas “Tawgs” Salter. Combining stage, film, television, and concerts, Cheyenne continues to have one of the most diverse careers in entertainment. He was recently seen in Steven Soderbergh’s “Behind The Candelabra” with Michael Douglas and Matt Damon, and will next be seen starring opposite Gena Rowlands in the feature film “Six Dance Lessons In Six Weeks” in early 2014. Cheyenne has appeared in a number of films, including the 2006 Academy Award-nominated “United 93,” “The Green” opposite Julia Ormond and Ileana Douglas, “Price Check” with Parker Posey, and “Lola Versus.” Upcoming 2014 films include “Lucky Stiff” with Jason Alexander and the late Dennis Farina, “Beautiful Now, Opening Night” opposite Anthony Rapp, “Mutual Friends,” Neil Labute's new miniseries “Full Circle,” with David Boreanaz, Kate Walsh, Tom Felton, Julian Mahon and Ally Sheedy, and “Love Is Strange,” opposite John Lithgow, Marisa Tomei, and Alfred Molina.

On & Off Broadway, Cheyenne has starred in The Performers, 8, Finian’s Rainbow (Drama Desk nomination), Damn Yankees, Xanadu (Drama League, Drama Desk nominations) The Agony & the Agony, All Shook Up (Theater World Award, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle nomination) the premiere cast of Altar Boyz, Aida, Thoroughly Modern Millie, On The 20th Century, and The 24 Hour Plays. On television, Cheyenne was seen on NBC’s “30 Rock” portraying series regular Danny Baker, and recently portrayed Dustin Goolsby, the new coach of Vocal Adrenaline on the hit Fox TV series “Glee.” Other television credits include “Family Practice,” “Life on Mars,” “Ugly Betty,” “It Takes a Village,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Local Talent,” “Mockingbird Lane,” and “The Onion News Empire.”

In concert, he has sold-out Carnegie Hall twice: first with “The Power of Two” with Michael Feinstein, then with his debut solo concert with the NY Pops, “Music of the Mad Men Era.” “The Power of Two” was hailed by the New York Times as “passionate,” “impeccably harmonized,” and “groundbreaking”. The New York Daily News said about “Music of the Mad Men Era,” “Cheyenne Jackson has got it all, and he showed it all: the voice, the moves, the quirky self-effacing humor. He gleamed like Don Draper’s Brylcreemed hair.”

Cheyenne continues to play an active role in a variety of social issues including LGBT Rights, Marriage Equality, and HIV/ AIDS Research. Cheyenne is a Board appointed international ambassador for amfAR (The Foundation for AIDS Research) and he serves as the national ambassador for The Hetrick-Martin Institute.

TICKET INFORMATION:

$45 cover, $10 food/drink minimum
For tickets and more information, please visit www.birdlandjazz.com

For more information and reservations call 212-581-3080.

 

Randy Graff - 54 Below

 

RANDY GRAFF

:
MADE IN BROOKLYN

A PERSONAL AND MUSICAL JOURNEY BROOKLYN STYLE


WEDNESDAY, MARCH 5, 2014 AT 9:30 P.M.

AT 54 BELOW, BROADWAY’S SUPPER CLUB

 

54 BELOW, Broadway’s Supper Club, presents RANDY GRAFF: MADE IN BROOKLYN on Wednesday, March 5 at 9:30 P.M. What do George Gershwin, Carole King, Betty Comden, Harry Nilsson, Barry Manilow, and Barbra Whatsername have in common? They were all born in BROOKLYN!

And so was Tony Award-winner Randy Graff (“City of Angels”), who will sing the music of artists from her hometown, the fourth largest city in America--backed up by a slammin’ trio of musicians, including her Musical Director/Arranger/Husband Tim Weil on the piano, Warren Odze on drums and Dick Sarpola on bass.

MADE IN BROOKLYN is the personal and musical story of Randy herself – one more great performer from the famed borough.

Though Randy made her name on Broadway, way down deep she’s still that girl from the streets of Canarsie. And MADE IN BROOKLYN is a celebration through story and song of some of the great music that came from the streets of Brooklyn, and the influence these writers and performers had on her growing up and growing into a multi-award winning actress/singer.


Randy Graff: MADE IN BROOKLYN plays 54 Below (254 West 54th Street) March 5, 2014 at 9:30 P.M. There is a $35-$45 cover charge and a $25 food and beverage minimum. Tickets and information are available at www.54Below.com. Tickets on the day of performance after 4:00 are only available by calling (646) 476-3551.

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RANDY GRAFF won the Tony and Drama Desk Award for her performance in “City of Angels.” Her other Broadway credits include: “Fiddler on the Roof” (2004 revival-Drama League Nomination), “A Class Act” (Tony, Drama Desk Nominations), “Moon Over Buffalo,” ‘Laughter on the 23rd Floor,” “High Society,” “Les MIserables” (original Fantine), and “Grease.” Off-Broadway audiences have seen her in “Damn Yankees” and “Do Re Mi” (Encores!), “Motherhood Out Loud” (Primary Stages), “The Long Christmas Ride Home” (Vineyard, Drama League Nomination), “Hotel Suite” (Roundabout), and “Coming Attractions” (Playwrights Horizons). Ms Graff played the Countess in “A Little Night Music” for the world renown Sondheim Festival at The Kennedy Center. TV and film credits include “Learning to Drive,” “Keys to Tulsa,” “Notes From the Underbelly,” “Law and Order,” “Mad About You,” and “The Tonight Show.” She can be heard on several original cast recordings and her own solo recording, “Randy Graff Sings “Cy Coleman.” Ms. Graff is proud to be making her New York cabaret debut at 54 Below. www.randygraff.com

Highlights In Jazz logo

Barbara Carroll black dress

Jack Kleinsinger’s
Highlights In Jazz
New York’s Longest Running Jazz Concert Series

Presents

"Cabaret Jazz"

Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 8 pm
 
Featuring
 
Barbara Carroll & Jay Leonhart


&
 
Andy Bey


 
At

Tribeca Performing Arts Center
Borough of Manhattan Community College
199 Chambers Street

NYC 10007

Tickets  $45.00, students $40.00 

Box Office 212-220-1460

TRIBECA Box Office at (212) 220-1460


February 24, New York:
New York’s longest running jazz concert series, continues it’s 42nd season on Thursday April 10, 2014 at 8:00 PM at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center at Borough Manhattan Community College, 199 Chambers Street, NY, 10007 with A Night of Cabaret Jazz featuring the celebrated duo of pianist/vocalist Barbara Carroll and bassist/vocalist/songwriter Jay Leonhart and the solo artistry of singer pianist/composer Andy Bey plus, as in all Highlights In Jazz concerts, a surprise special guest.
 
A world renowned pianist and vocalist Barbara Carroll, the honored recipient of the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Award of the Kennedy Arts Center and the National Arts Club’s Award of Distinction, who will be making her 11th Highlights In Jazz appearance, began her rise to stardom opening for the Dizzy Gillespie Big Band at 52nd Street’s famed Downbeat Club, after which Leonard Feather dubbed her “the first girl to play be-bop piano.”  It was later at the city’s chic Ember’s Club that Carroll was early embraced by the sophisticated New York “café society” crowd that would become an enduring audience for the pianist’s elegant stylings.  It was there that Carroll first received the encouragement of longtime admirer Tony Bennett. 
 
After a nearly 20 year hiatus from regularly performing Carroll returned to the jazz scene with a critically acclaimed album for the revitalized Blue Note label in 1977.  The following year she was booked for a two week engagement at the Bemelmans Bar of the Carlyle Hotel, where cabaret icon Bobby Short held forth across the hall at the Café Carlyle.  The performance proved to be so successful that her stay was extended for twenty-five years.  During this period Carroll began to integrate her vocalizing into shows, honing her skill such as to have the New York Times’ Stephen Holden attest to her emergence “as the most compelling exponent of the intimate parlando style since Mabel Mercer … a New York institution to be treasured.”  And writing again recently about Ms. Carroll’s weekly engagements at New York’s Birdland jazz club Stephen Holden had this to say “At 89, Ms. Carroll is as confident and buoyant a musician as she was more than 50 years ago.”
 
Carroll will be joined by her longtime associate, bassist/vocalist/composer Jay Leonhart - with whom she first recorded on her 1970’s Blue Note comeback album.  She says of her duo partner Leonhart, who will be making his 36th Highlights In Jazz appearance, “Jay and I have been making beautiful music together for over 35 years.  He’s one of the most sympathetic musicians in the world, a complete joy to play with.  He allows me to be totally free, to move in any direction I choose to go with in the music.”
 
The show will also feature pianist/composer singer Andy Bey, who will be making his very first Highlights In Jazz appearance.  Bey, whose distinctive bass-baritone voice first garnered attention during his work with the group Andy and the Bey Sisters in the mid sixties, has been heard with a myriad array of jazz stars, including Horace Silver, Max Roach, Gary Bartz and Fred Hersch, but it has been his recent work, beginning with 2005’s Grammy nominated American Song album that brought his artistry to a wider audience.  Bey’s most recent solo effort, The World According To Andy Bey (High Note), which earned him his second Grammy nomination in 2013 and France’s prestigious l’Académie Charles Cros Coups de cœur Jazz honor, brought the New York Times’ Nate Chinen to call Bey “a jazz singer of magical expressivity,” and fellow Times critic Ben Ratliff to declare, “Bey’s art is complete within itself.”
 
This season’s series concludes on Thursday, May 8, 2014 with Brothers in Jazz featuring The Heath Brothers (Jimmy Heath and Albert “Tootie” Heath with Jeb Patton and David Wong) plus Peter and Will Anderson Perform Music of the Dorsey Brothers featuring Wycliffe Gordon and a surprise special guest.
 
 
 


All Shows at:
TRIBECA Performing Arts Center
Borough of Manhattan Community College, 199 Chambers Street
TRIBECA Box Office at (212) 220-1460
http://tribecapac.org


Concerts produced in association with:
BMCC TRIBECA
PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
Borough of Manhattan Community College
199 Chambers Street
(212) 220 -1460 www.TribecaPAC.org

   

Shirley Jones

 

ACADEMY AWARD-WINNER SHIRLEY JONES

MAKES CAFÉ CARLYLE DEBUT MARCH 4-15, 2014

Nearly six decades into her career, Academy Award-winning singer and actress Shirley Jones makes her Café Carlyle debut with a two-week run of An Evening with Shirley Jones, March 4-15. Grammy, Emmy and Tony Award-winner John McDaniel (Annie Get Your Gun, Patti Lupone: Live!, "The Rosie O’Donnell Show") will serve as Music director and will accompany her on piano March 4-8; actor-composer Ron Abel (Happily Divorced, "I Love Lucy’s 50th Anniversary Special") will take his place for the performances March 11-15. She’ll perform the songs of Rogers, Hammerstein and Hart.

An Evening with Shirley Jones will runTuesday - Friday at 8:45pm; and Saturday at 8:45pm & 10:45pm. Tickets are $70 ($120 for premium seating, $50 for bar seating) Tuesday – Thursday & the Saturday late show; and $80 ($130 for premium seating, $60 for bar seating) on Friday and Saturday. Reservations can be made at www.thecarlyle.com or by phone at 212.744.1600. Café Carlyle is located in The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel (35 East 76th Street, at Madison Avenue).

Shirley Jones received her big break as a chorus member in the original Broadway cast of South Pacific, then rocketed to fame after films like Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma! and Carousel. In 1960, she shed her girl-next-door image by taking a dramatic turn in the film Elmer Gantry. Her performance as a jilted girlfriend turned prostitute earned her admiration and an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. In addition to her role as Shirley Partridge on ABC’s The Partridge Family, Jones has had recurring television roles on The Drew Carey Show, Sabrina, The Teenage Witch, Melrose Place, and most recently General Hospital, Raising Hope and Hot In Cleveland. Her autobiography, simply titled Shirley Jones: A Memoir, was released to commercial success in the summer of 2013.

For more information, please visit www.shirleyjones.com.

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