OAK ROOM’S NEW SEASON OPENS AUGUST 31-SEPTEMBER 11

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OAK ROOM’S NEW SEASON OPENS AUGUST 31-SEPTEMBER 11

WITH 10TH ANNIVERSARY ORIGINAL CAST

PRODUCTION OF “OUR SINATRA”

It began in the Oak Room little more than a decade ago and has been performed

nearly 2,000 times coast to coast to universal acclaim.  Now, with its original cast of

co-creators Eric Comstock, Hilary Kole and Christopher Gines, OUR SINATRA returns to its first home for a limited two-week run from August 31st through September 11–a singing complement to Broadway’s current dancing tribute to Ol’ Blue Eyes.  Kurt Stamm is director, and Richard Maltby, Jr., production supervisor.  Producer is Jack Lewin.

OUR SINATRA is a celebration of the magic and music of the legendary Frank Sinatra, and features over 50 Sinatra classics from his early years (“All or Nothing at All” –his first recording), from his movie career  (“My Kind of Town,” “All the Way”), saloon songs (“One For My Baby,” “In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning”) and the hits of the 50s and 60s (“Night and Day,” “Fly Me to the Moon,” “The Lady is a Tramp”), among countless others.  

This stylish revue is not only a tribute to Ol’ Blue Eyes, but to the illustrious Oak Room, which remains the Grande Dame of New York’s classic cabaret rooms, managing to be classy without being trendy, elegant sans snob and ever improving its food, which now rivals some of the best to be found in Manhattan supper clubs. This season, new oversized china has been added and preparations are more carefully executed and seasoned with authority. (Best new dish are Pan Seared Scallops on Acorn Squash Risotto). Service is warm and considerate.

But the show’s the thing and thanks to Barbara McGurn, you can depend on the most consistent lineup of talent in the city season after season.

OUR SINATRA  is bursting with terrific ensemble performances from Eric Comstock, Hilary Kole and Christopher Gines, The act is beautifully timed, staged and executed. And this is one of the few times in recent memory that 90 minutes whizzed by and left a full house of happy customers clamoring for more.

The complete song list, below, gives just a hint of the professional pacing, striking arrangements of range of emotions (and vocal talent) of this tantalizing trio. Memorable moments worth the price of admission include: the best version of “Everything  Happens to Me” – (Eric) I’ve every heard; a stunning “Old Man River” – (Chris) and a laid back and poignant rendition of “It Never Entered My Mind” – (Hillary).  An ideal introduction to the Fall, 2010 season. Long live The Oak Room.

OUR SINATRA plays Tuesday through Thursday at 8:30 and Friday and Saturday at 8:30 and 11, with a $50 cover charge per person plus either $30 food and beverage minimum or $60 prix fixe dinner.   Reservations: bmcgurn@algonquin hotel.

com or 212 419-9331 (after 8/23) or 212 840 6800, Ext. 122.

Following this engagement, OUR SINATRA will perform in the Oak Room Monday evenings at 8:30, with new casts.   The cover charge will be $40 per person plus $30 minimum or $60 prix fixe dinner

The Program List

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MAUDE MAGGART’S “THREE LITTLE WORDS”

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SWEEPS SPRING LOVE INTO THE OAK ROOM APRIL 13-MAY 8maud maggot

Cabaret’s “it” girl, the beautiful and bewitching Maude Maggart, returns to the Oak Room with a new show celebrating love as interpreted by Cole Porter, Noel Coward, Stephen Sondheim, Harry Warren, Rodgers & Hart and Marshall Barer…and as youthfully reinterpreted by Maude with a voice, according to The New York Post, that “radiates beauty.” John Boswell is musical director and accompanist.

The engagement runs from Tuesday April 13th through Saturday May 8th. Shows are Tuesday-Thursday at 8:30 and Friday-Saturday at 8:30 and 11 pm. Cover charge is $50 per person plus either a $30 food and beverage minimum or $60 prix fixe dinner, with dinner seating at 7 pm. Reservations: 221 419 9331 or bmcgurn@algonquinhotel.com

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ANDREA MARCOVICCI CELEBRATES THE JOHNNY MERCER CENTENNIAL WITH “SKYLARK: MARCOVICCI SINGS MERCER”

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THE QUEEN OF CABARET BRINGS HER NEW SHOW

TO THE ALGONQUIN HOTEL’s OAK ROOM

ANDREA KICKS OFF OAK ROOM’S HOLIDAY SEASON NOVEMBER 17TH TO DECEMBER 26TH IN

“SKYLARK: MARCOVICCI SINGS MERCER”

Andrea Marcovicci, the celebrated singer and actress lauded as “the greatest cabaret star of her generation” by The International Herald Tribune, will celebrate the Johnny Mercer Centennial with the New York premiere of her new show “Skylark: Marcovicci Sings Mercer” at the Oak Room of the Algonquin (59 West 44th Street) November 17th through December 26th .

Shows are Tuesdays through Thursdays at 8:30 and Friday and Saturday at 8:30 and 11, with a $60 cover charge weeknights and late shows and $65 for the early shows Friday and Saturday, plus a $30 food and beverage minimum or $60 prix fixe dinner (dinner is required for early weekend shows). Reservations (212) 419 9331 or bmcgurn@algonquinhotel.com.

The only Mercer show to be commissioned for the Savannah Music Festival in the legendary lyricist’s hometown of Savannah, Georgia, Andrea’s personal homage celebrates the four-time Oscar winner through rarely-heard anecdotes and Andrea’s trademark interpretations of Mercer’s pensive, often impish lyrics. “Skylark” includes familiar hits like “Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive,” “That Old Black Magic,” “One for My Baby,” “Goody, Goody” and “Moon River.”

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KAREN AKERS DECLARES “ANYTHING GOES” IN HER NEW COLE PORTER SHOW SEPTEMBER 22-OCTOBER 24TH

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Karen Akers, one of America’s most arresting and successful concert and cabaret

stars, will transform the Oak Room Supper Club into a sophisticated party scene reminiscent of Cole Porter’s legendary soirées in Paris and New York. From September 22nd thru October 24th, Karen, with her ravishing looks and beguiling voice, will bring to vivid life such Porter classics as “I’m Throwing a Ball Tonight,” “Begin the Beguine,” “Too Darn Hot,” “I Concentrate on You,” “Just One of Those Things,” “Night and Day,” “It’s All Right With Me” and “Let’s Do It,” among others. The show is directed by Eric Michael Gillett, with Don Rebic as musical director and Dick Sanpola on bass.

“Anything Goes” will play Tuesday through Thursday at 8:30 and Friday and Saturday at 8:30 and 11. There is a $60 cover charge per person weeknights and late shows and $65 for the early weekend shows, plus either a $30 food and beverage minimum per person or a $60 prix fixe dinner. Reservations: (212) 419-9331 or bmcgurn@algonquinhotel.com.

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WORLD FAMOUS GENTLEMEN’S CLUB, SCORES, RE-OPENS AFTER HIATUS:

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Robert’s  Steak House at Scores

536 west 28th st. between 10th & 11th ave. – new york, new york – 10001      
phone    212-868-4900      
fax    212-868-4414.

Webaite:http://www.scoresny.com/index.html      
hours of operation -    night club      
monday – friday    5:00p.m. – 4a.m.      
saturday    7:00p.m. – 4a.m.      
sunday    8:00p.m. – 2a.m.      
hours of operation    restaurant      
monday    5:30p.m.-12:00a.m.      
tuesday – wednesday    5:30p.m. – 12:30a.m.      
thursday – friday    5:30p.m. – 3:00a.m.      
saturday    7:30p.m. – 3:00a.m.      
sunday    closed    
dress code:
scores new york requires both male and female guests to be appropriately attired at all times. collared shirts, slacks & shoes are required. t-shirts, ripped jeans, sweat pants & sneakers are not permitted. hats must be removed before entering the club.
reservation policy    highly recommended for restaurant & cabaret.      
bachelor/private parties    for rates, reservations & availability, please contact 212-868-4900 or info@scoresnewyork.com      
parking    valet parking is available      
accepted credit cards    american express, visa/mastercard, diners club    

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Fine Dining Delightful Distractions

By Nancy Walman

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Renowned New York Institution SCORES announces its re-opening and restoration, after closing for a short time. The legendary gentlemen’s club, made famous by notorious radio host Howard Stern, is once again playing host to a star-studded clientele that frequented the establishment in the 90’s.

Located at 536 West 28th Street, between 10th & 11th Avenues, the vast Chelsea space that once housed Scores West, has been extravagantly renovated to feature a restaurant modeled after the internationally acclaimed Roberts Steakhouse. Like its sister establishment, Roberts Restaurant will serve top-rated cuisine with a trendy twist to keep pace with New York’s gastronomic scene.

The new space offers 10,000 square feet of adult entertainment and accommodations for over five hundred guests. The visual focal-point of the club is a one of a kind proscenium stage framed by flat screen televisions. The refurbished SCORES also features Vegas-worthy light shows, multiple satellite stages and an LED paved runway, to create a high-tech, multi-media ambiance.

In addition to the nightly lineup of entertainers, each of whom are headliners in their own rights, expect to see edgier burlesque type acts and cutting edge performance art aimed at ushering the upscale gentlemen’s club into the next level of modern era of adult entertainment.

Executive Chef Will Savarese will be lending his classical culinary skills to the kitchen of Roberts. Will’s accomplished resume boasts celebrated names like Le Cirque and Aureole as well as a lengthy stint at Le Cote Basque and La Cremaillere, where he was the Executive Chef and helped garner a 3 star rating from the New York Times.

One sample of his steak to die for, the 29 day, dry-aged Rib-eye, charred, rare on the bone & sliced, could make you an addict. The best steak in town? In my book, without question. Also, you may have to hock the family jewels to pay the tab, but hey fine dining never comes cheap. The magical fries are also worth a visit on their own. Amazingly, appetizers like tuna tartar with quail egg and hamachi, Asian-style with preserved ginger, sliced peppers and wasabi are delicious as  as well. Service is way up there and the girls are young, fresh and food for the eyes.

Chef Will may look like a kid, but he’s a total pro. Even desserts are terrific, whether they be a sexy rice pudding or a stylishly deconstructed banana split.

“Our mission is to bring back all the elements that made SCORES famous: the glamour, the celebrity and that sense of the unexpected,” says Mark Yackow. Eventually, we plan to expand across the country, but for now, we’re focused on our hometown.

SCORES  features eighteen individually-themed private rooms, many with their own flat screens, sound systems and temperature controls, ranging from the whimsical Celebrity Rooms to the ultra spacious Presidential Suites, secluded on their own mezzanine for the end all in privacy and luxury.

The wine list is amazingly expensive, but this IS a club after all and you can stick to the excellent cocktails, or go for broke and order a bottle of the Mouton for . . . I remember it topped a thousand. There are special promos for groups that can keep the prices in line or for a treat, keep your eyes on the entertainment and enjoy. Remember: “Tomorrow may never come, For All We Know.”

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