OakRoomWinter2010 One of the most sought-after singers in the world of cabaret, multi-award-winner Karen Oberlin returns to the Oak Room with a centenary salute to the great Hollywood and Broadway songwriter Frank Loesser. Karen will lend her matchless interpretations to such classics as “Heart and Soul,” “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve,” “Spring Will Be A Little Late This Year” and “I Don’t Want To Walk Without You.” She will sing “I Believe in You” and “If I Were A Bell” from the Broadway output of the quadruple Tony, Academy Award, Grammy Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and lyricist.

Shows are Tuesday through Thursday at 8:30 and Friday and Saturday at 8:30 and 11, with a $50 cover charge ($25 for late weekend shows) plus either a $30 food and beverage minimum or $60 prix fixe dinner. Acclaimed jazz pianist Jon Weber and incomparable bassist Sean Smith completes the trio. Award-winning Eric Michael Gillett directs.

Karen Oberlin, selected as one of the “Saviors of the Great American Songbook” by Stephen Holden in a New York Times pictorial feature, is the granddaughter of vaudevillians and daughter of two classical musicians. She appeared in her first opera at age six and hasn’t stopped singing since. After working extensively in musical theatre, Karen launched her solo career in the Oak Room and other major New York boites and concert halls, gaining awards for her shows and two CDs, “My Standards” and “Secret Love: The Music of Doris Day.”

Frank Loesser, a native New Yorker, performed in nightclubs before moving to Hollywood to work for Paramount pictures. In 1938 he broke through as a lyricist and became a top songwriter at Paramount Studios with two hits, the first one with Shirley Ross and Bob Hope singing, “Two Sleepy People” in Thanks For The Memory and then again with “Heart and Soul” in A Song Is Born, both with music by Hoagy Carmichael. He joined the Army Air Corps and in 1942 wrote “Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition,” the first popular song for which Loesser wrote the music in addition to the lyric. He won an Academy Award in 1949 for “Baby It’s Cold Outside” from Neptune’s Daughter. Loesser hit Broadway in 1948 with music and lyrics for Where’s Charley? starring Ray Bolger. Two years later he won two Tonys for Guys and Dolls, and in 1961 two more and a Pulitzer for Drama for How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (slated for Broadway revival next year with Daniel Radcliffe as Finch). He wrote the book, music and lyrics for his final two Broadway musicals, Most Happy Fella and Greenwillow. Karen Oberlin promises an exciting and memorable evening paying homage to one of America’s truly great creative spirits.