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Eric Comstock and Barbara Fasano, the popular husband-and-wife team equally at home in the worlds of pop and jazz, will debut their new show,
”Helluva Town: A New York Soundtrack,” from January 4th to 15th during their annual sojourn in the legendary Algonquin Oak Room Supper Club. The duo will celebrate the love/hate affair most New Yorkers have with their city through the songs of Leonard Bernstein, Rodgers & Hart, Comden & Green, Strouse & Adams, Coleman & Leigh, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell and other explorers of the Big Apple in good times and bad. Among their selections are “Lullaby of Broadway,” “Comes Once in a Lifetime,” “My Time of Day,” “Lucky to be Me” and “How About You?”

Shows are Tuesday through Thursday at 8:30 and Friday and Saturday at 8:30 and 11. There is a $50 cover charge plus either a $30 food and beverage minimum or a $60 prix fixe dinner. Reservations: or 212 419 9331.

Winners of the 2010 Nightlife Award as Outstanding Cabaret Duo, Eric and Barbara last appeared in the Oak Room in February with their highly praised show, “This Thing Called Love,” of which Rex Reed observed, “If love is a wave, they are riding the crest of it.” Though they’ve been compared to Nick and Nora, Fred and Ginger and Lunt and Fontanne, Comstock and Fasano’s unique blend of wit and sensuality is all their own. They’ve performed at Carnegie Hall, Feinstein’s, The Carlyle and Birdland, and have headlined at Caramoor, Cooperstown Music Festival, Guild Hall in East Hampton, St. Louis, Philadelphia and Palm Beach. Eric Comstock created and contributed his masterful piano and vocals to the hit revues “Singing Astaire,” “Made for the Movies” and “Our Sinatra” (which debuted in the Oak Room and played 1300 performances off-Broadway). His new CD, “bitter/sweet” debuts this month, joining previous releases “Young Man of Manhattan” and “All Hart.” A multi-award winner from Manhattan Association of Cabarets, Barbara Fasano has appeared in musical theatre productions of Wonderful Town, Grease and Side by Side by Sondheim. She won a Back Stage Bistro Award Record of the Year for “Written in the Stars,”a Harold Arlen songbook, and another for “The Girls of Summer,” featuring songs from Springsteen to Sondheim. She will release “Roundabout,” based on her one-woman show, later this year.


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The incandescent Barbara Cook

Mary Chapin Carpenter, now up for her 6th Grammy Award

Composer Lance Horne with guest Alan Cumming and more

Indie folk stars The Low Anthem

TICKETS for the general public can be purchased online at Lincoln Center’s website, via CenterCharge at 212-721-6500, at the Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall Box Office, or at the Frederick P. Rose Hall Box Office.


Lincoln Center’s acclaimed series American Songbook returns on January 12th for Week One of its 2011 season. The series, which explores the best of the golden age of musical standards through to today’s most dynamic songwriting, will bring to the stage some of today’s most gifted interpreters of song. The luminous legend Barbara Cook opens the series and it is a rare opportunity to see her perform in an intimate setting. On January 13th folk artists The Low Anthem performs, followed by new musical theater composer Lance Horne on January 14th. Horne will be joined by stars from Broadway and the West End, including Alan Cumming (who made his solo concert debut in American Songbook in 2009), the great Lea Delaria, Meow Meow, Ricki Lake, Daphne Rubin-Vega (late show only) and, possibly, chanteuse Ann Hampton Calloway. Week One closes out with the expressive folk singer/songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter, whose new album has just been nominated for a 2010 Grammy Award (she has already won five.)

Pfizer is a proud sponsor of Lincoln Center’s American Songbook 2011.

American Songbook will be presented in the spectacular Allen Room of Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center. The Allen Room possesses one of New York’s greatest settings – a stunning vista of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline that provides an evocative backdrop for the performers.

TICKETS can be purchased online at Lincoln Center’s website, via CenterCharge at 212-721-6500, at the Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall Box Office, or at the Frederick P. Rose Hall Box Office.

Lincoln Center’s American Songbook Week One

January 12 – 15, 2011

The Allen Room, Frederick P. Rose Hall, Broadway at 60th Street

Wednesday, January 12, 2011, 8:30 pmBarbara Cook has been called “the greatest singer in the world,” and six decades after her professional debut her voice still astounds. Cook changed the way we listen to the American songbook, treating popular tunes as the art songs they are and investing the lyrics with an actor’s understanding and sensitivity. Her recent turn on Broadway in “Sondheim on Sondheim” reminded everyone of her place in American musical history. This night in The Allen Room will add to her firmament.

Thursday, January 13, 2011, 8:30 pmThe Low Anthem Formed in 2006, The Low Anthem is a newly-hot indie folk band from Providence, Rhode Island. They specialize in close harmonies often sung in guttural growls, and unexpected instruments such as the crotales (a percussion instrument of bowed cymbals) and a World War I-era pump organ.  As was apparent on their critically acclaimed album, Oh My God, Charlie Darwin, their songs are beautifully crafted and infused with a human touch.   Their eagerly-awaited second album on the Nonesuch label, Smart Flesh, will come out in February, 2011.

Friday, January 14, 2011, 8:30 pm and 10:30 pmLance Horne: First Things Last, with special guests from Broadway and the West End, including Alan Cumming and Cheyenne Jackson A composer on the rise! An arranger, songwriter and performer, Lance Horne is a musician who takes no prisoners. He composes and arranges songs for diverse talents from Broadway and the West End – many of whom will join him in The Allen Room for a night of musical theater to launch his new album, First Things Last.

Saturday, January 15, 2011, 8:30 pm: Mary Chapin Carpenter This five-time Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter recently released The Age of Miracles, a collection of songs that she calls a personal exploration of regret and resilience. She combined folk, country, acoustic, rock and blues to craft songs that speak to life’s most personal details as well as their most universal. Carpenter will perform songs from this album, as well as others, accompanied by a unique band of instrumentalists in a show created especially for the intimacy of The Allen Room. Sponsored by Logicworks. The album was just nominated for a 2010 Grammy as Best Contemporary Folk Album.