HOWARD MC GILLIN MAKES OAK ROOM DEBUT IN “ISN’T IT ROMANTIC” WITH CHARM AND CONGENIALITY

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Best known for his record-setting performances as the Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway, Howard McGillin has enjoyed a varied career on both Broadway and London stages. Mr. McGillin, has a winning way with his audience and a lovely and cultured tenor voice that has made him the quintessential leading man in theatre.

At his eagerly awaited Oak Room debut, (From September 13-24),  McGillin presented an evening of love songs that aptly answered the question, “Isn’t It Romantic?” Howard offers a program, with appealing patter, that explores a variety of romantic experiences, highlighted by a rendition of “All The Things You Are,” (Jerome Kern/Oscar Hammerstein II) that was simple and without embellishments, proving that a great song needs nothing more than to be sung with sensitivity to make its point.

A combined arrangement of “A Foggy Day IN LONDON TOWN” (George and Ira Gershwin) and the lovely “A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square” (Eric Maschwitz; Manning Sherwin; Jack Strachey)  gives Howard the opportunity to fill us in on his adventures, when living in London, and a neat duo pairing, a rollicking “SHE LOVES ME” (Sheldon Harnick; Jerry Bock) with a subtle version of “Dear Friend” (Sheldon Harnick; Jerry Bock) from the same show, allows Mr. McGillin to demonstrate his dramatic range and vocal finesse.

The high point of the evening was a stunning rendering of “Putting It Together” (Stephen Sondheim) that was eclipsed by the beyond-beautiful “Good Thing Going” (Stephen Sondheim), demonstrating that some of the best theater songs come from shows that are less than memorable.

“Time” (Barry Kleinbort; Joseph Thalken), offered an appealing contemporary touch, while “Two For The Road” (Henry Mancini; Leslie Bricusse) was the perfect encore.

Beautifully accompanied by Joseph Thalken at the piano and Richard Sarpola on bass, Howard McGillin is easy to like, easy to listen to and brings a thoroughly pleasant evening of entertainment to the Algonquin’s legendary Oak Room.  

Shows are Tuesday through Thursday at 8:30 pm and Friday and Saturday at 8:30 and 11 pm. There is a $50 cover charge plus either a $60 dinner at 7 or $30 food and beverage minimum. Reservations: 212 419 9331 or bmcgurn@algonquinhotel.com.

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JESSICA MOLASKEY AND DAVE FRISHBERG ASK “DO YOU MISS NEW YORK?” MARCH 15-APRIL 2 IN THE OAK ROOM

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Jessica%20Molaskey%20-%20Photo%202 An evening of scintillating wit and melodies will be on tap beginning March 15th when Jessica Molaskey and Dave Frishberg join forces in their new show, “Do You Miss New York?” The Broadway and award-winning cabaret and concert vocalist and the multiple Grammy-nominated jazz songwriter, pianist and vocalist will regale Oak Room audiences with “My Attorney Bernie,” “Can’t Take You No Where,” “Long Daddy Green,” “I Want to Be a Side Man,” as well as selections from The New Yorkers, a musical about the legendary Algonquin Round Table.

Shows during the March 15-April 2 engagement are Tuesday through Saturday at 8:30 and Friday and Saturday at 8:30 and 11, with a $50 cover charge per person weeknights and late shows and $60 for early shows Friday and Saturday, plus either a $30 food and beverage minimum or $60 prix fixe dinner, with dinner seating at 7 pm. Reservations: 212 419 9331 or bmcgurn@algonquinhotel.com

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PAULA WEST: FEINSTEIN’S AT LOEWS REGENCY

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PRESENTS THE DEBUT OF

CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED JAZZ VOCALIST

PAULA WEST

OCTOBER 12 – 16 AND NOVEMBER 22 – 27

FEINSTEIN’S AT LOEWS REGENCY, the nightclub proclaimed “Best of New York” by New York Magazine, and “an invaluable New York institution” by The New York Post, continues its Fall 2010 season with the debut engagement of critically-acclaimed jazz vocalist PAULA WEST from October 12 – 16 and from November 22 – 27. He will perform selections by Bob Dylan (“Shelter From The Storm”), Jimmy Webb (“Wichita Lineman”), Duke Ellington (“Everything But You”) and Irving Berlin (“Suppertime”). She will be joined by the George Mesterhazy Quartet, which features Mr. Mesterhazy (Shirley Horn) on piano, Barak Mori (Madeline Peyroux) on bass, Jerome Jennings (Christian McBride, Sonny Rollins) on drums and Ed Cherry (Dizzy Gillespie) on guitar. According to The New York Times, “with each engagement Ms. West displays more courage, maturity, interpretive insight and vocal confidence. She and her quartet are a match made in pop-jazz heaven.” All performances take place at the Regency Hotel (540 Park Avenue at 61st Street).

PAULA WEST has captured the hearts of critics and audiences alike from coast to coast. Known and respected for her creative and distinct repertoire, West adds her own depth and drama to whichever song she chooses for the moment, creating whole new frameworks of meaning for American favorites. West has performed to sell-out houses annually at in San Francisco and New York, increasing her exposure via films, radio broadcasts and performances in France, Italy and Switzerland. West has also sung at major jazz festivals and has shared the bill with numerous jazz luminaries including Rosemary Clooney, Stacey Kent, Mose Allison, Freddy Cole, Jimmy Scott, Oscar Brown Jr., Rita Rudner, Mavis Staples and Dave Frishberg. Other recent appearances include the Spoleto Festival, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the San Francisco Jazz Festival, clubs like Jazz Standard and the Blue Note in New York and Sculler’s in Boston, Jazz Aspen, and a performance at The White House in a salute to American writers.

Ms. West was honored as the year’s “Outstanding Female Jazz Vocalist” by the New York Nightlife Awards in 2004, 2005 and 2006. Her critically acclaimed CDs include Temptation, Restless and Come What May, which received the California Music Award for “Outstanding Jazz Album,” as well as guest appearances on Eric Reed’s Max Jazz Christmas CD, Merry Magic, and Frank Mantooth’s final project, Ladies Sing for Lovers, featuring Karrin Allyson, Ann Hampton Callaway, Sheila Jordan and Oleta Adams. West has been featured on numerous television programs including A&E’s “Breakfast with The Arts” the Oxygen Network and BBC Television. Her film appearances include Chris Columbus’ Bicentennial Man starring Robin Williams and the Lynn Hershman film Teknolust starring Tilda Swinton.

FEINSTEIN’S AT LOEWS REGENCY will present PAULA WEST from October 12 to 16 with the following schedule: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 8:30 PM; and Friday and Saturday at 8:00 PM and 10:30 PM; and from November 22 to 27 with the following schedule:  Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 8:30PM; and Friday and Saturday at 8:00 PM and 10:30 PM. PLEASE NOTE: There will be no show on Thursday, November 25.  Performances have a $40.00 cover with $60.00 premium seats available, in addition to a $40.00 food and beverage minimum.  Jackets are suggested but not required. The club is located at 540 Park Avenue at 61st Street in New York City. For ticket reservations and club information, please call (212) 339-4095 or visit us online at Feinsteinsatloewsregency.com and TicketWeb.com.

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